Instructor Bio’s

Amy Berger

Amy began to fall in love with Pilates while at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. At Goucher, she was awarded a Pilates Certification scholarship to enroll in the Romana’s Pilates Certification program in New York City in the Summer of 2003. In this program, she endured 650+ hours of training and five exams to receive her certification. Amy returned to Goucher to teach Pilates and eventually graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2004. Amy moved to Philadelphia in the Fall of 2005 and after having taught at more than seven studios in four states she opened Star Pilates in March of 2008. Amy loves having her own Pilates studio and loves traveling all over the country for Pilates conventions and workshops. She has also continued her love of dance having taught Modern at Goucher and performing in the Garden State Dance Festival in 2006 and 2007 as well as being a former company member of SHARP Dance Company from 2007-2011. Lastly, Amy feels very lucky to have the best Pilates clients in Philadelphia!

Megan Bridge

Megan Bridge was certified as a Pilates teacher with “Pilates Inc,” later Romana’s Pilates, in 2000. She has taught privately in clients’ homes as well as at several studios in the Philadelphia area over the last fifteen years. She is a dancer, choreographer, curator, dance writer, and the co-director of <fidget>, a platform for her collaborative work with sound artist Peter Price. Their performance work has toured to New York, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Dresden, Poznan, Johannesburg, Phoenix, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. Megan is also the executive director of thINKingDANCE, an on-line dance journal focused on “upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation,” where she has published twenty-four articles including critical reviews of performance work, book reviews, and features. She has also published articles in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Chronicle, a peer reviewed academic journal focusing on dance and the related arts. Megan is thrilled to be joining the team at Star Pilates…the best Pilates studio in Philadelphia!

Katy Dawley

Katy has been a Level 5, Romana’s Pilates Certified Instructor since March of 2015. She has been a student of June Hines of Romana’s Pilates since 1998. Katy has also been a Nurse Midwife for 16 years and she obtained her PHD from University of Pennsylvania in 2001. From 2007 through 2012, Katy was the Program Director of Midwifery at Philadelphia University.

Michael Mallozzi michael

Michael is a Romana’s certified Pilates Instructor. After completing the program in 2010 he taught at True Pilates in New York City and Anthony Rabara’s Pilates in Princeton, New Jersey. He is also a student of the Ido Portal Method of Movement Studies and is currently studying Mental Health Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael has overcome numerous debilitating injuries and contends that Pilates has helped immensely in addressing his physical pain and has assisted in his recovery efforts following multiple spine surgeries. A former Division I baseball player, Michael taught high school history for several years in Upstate New York before relocating to Philadelphia in 2008. He has an MA in Education with a focus on Curriculum Theory. Most recently, he has worked as a stay at home father to his four-year old daughter.

Greg Elwell

Greg Elwell is a Romana’s Pilates Certified Instructor. A student of Pilates since 2000, Greg earned his certification in 2010 after leaving the homebuilding industry a few years prior. Greg has taught Pilates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and also currently teaches at June Hines Pilates in Jenkintown. His love for Pilates stems from its positive impact on his own physical and mental well-being, and he strives for others to find those very benefits. Greg is an avid hiker and outdoorsman, and loves swimming and playing tennis. He currently lives in South Jersey with his Huskies, Lucy and Sasha.

Noa Schnizter Noa"

Noa is a classically trained Pilates instructor. She joins us from the world of dance and circus arts. She discovered Pilates by way of injury. For rehabilitation she started taking lessons with master teacher Lori Coleman-Brown at Atlas Pilates in Seattle, WA where she became a regular client.

Noa finds joy in the Pilates Method, not only through the positive results she sees in clients, but through the benefits and personal development she has enjoyed. Her physical strength has increased as well her mental will, balance, and confidence.

Noa moved to Philadelphia from Seattle to pursue deeper artistic and cultural connections. In addition to Pilates, Noa teaches aerial acrobatics, and is an artistic collaborator.

Catherine Earp

Guest Instructor

Catherine Earp is a professional Pilates Instructor. In 1999, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Olaf College, with a double major in Dance and Economics and has completed Masters-level coursework at Old Dominion University in Exercise Physiology. She danced with the Saint Olaf College Company Dance Group and has performed with the Elbert Watson Modern Dance Company of Norfolk, VA. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer and one of the highest trained Pilates instructors in the country. Earp has completed a 700-hour apprenticeship in The Pilates Method under the guidance of world-renowned Romana Kryzanowska, a Master Teacher trained directly by Joseph Pilates.

Margy Conley margy

Operations Coordinator

Margy became interested in Pilates in 2012 and attends the studio as a client. She joins the Star team as office support staff and will be focusing on marketing, scheduling and behind the scenes tasks that help keep the studio running smoothly.

For 25 years, Margy worked as an early childhood teacher, trainer and administrator, spending the majority of those years at Bright Horizons Family Solutions managing a corporate sponsored back-up child care program in Center City. She also wrote curriculum for the company, served as an ambassador for new programs and is credited with providing content for several books on the early education environments and practices. Additionally, she was instrumental in setting up play spaces (Bright Spaces) in numerous homeless shelters throughout Philadelphia through the BH Foundation for Children. Margy’s hobbies include crafting, graphic design and photo related projects. Margy donated a kidney to her brother in 1990 and is proud to be a living organ donor. She actively supports Gift of Life in Philadelphia. Margy lives in Center City with her husband, Glen.

Pilates insight:
Favorite – anything with the push through bar
Dreaded – The Tree / Side Kicks (it’s a tie)