​ITT Pilates was founded in 2003 by four Pilates Master Trainers - Jean Sullivan, Madeline Black, Joerg Chabowski, and Debra Schubert.Our desire was to build a Pilates Teacher Training Program that would provide students with a solid core of knowledge, tools to become an excellent instructor, and wisdom from our professional experience. With our decades of expertise in this field, we are proud to call our program the leading Pilates Teacher Training Program in the U.S.

Jean Sullivan, Founder & Director


Known internationally as a Master Pilates instructor and movement educator, Jean has been teaching Pilates since 1994 and certifying instructors since 1998. Jean has been a guest speaker at conferences throughout the US and travels internationally to train instructors in the ITT Pilates Certification Programs. Jean expanded her movement knowledge with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 1999. She is also certified as an ACE personal trainer, WKC Kettlebell instructor, SFMA provider and in the GYROTONIC® specialized equipment. Jean studied in corrective exercise and therapeutic applications with Jean-Claude West, Anna Schmitz, Marika Molnar, Liz Henry, and Linda-Joy Lee. She worked at St Francis Hospital's Dance Medicine department and developed Pilates-based rehabilitation programs for Bay Area chiropractors.

Jean draws on her extensive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and neuromuscular re-education, with her experience as a professional dancer and flying trapeze artist, for an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching. She enjoys working with people of all ages and movement abilities. Jean specializes in helping clients with scoliosis, spinal injuries, back and hip pain, shoulder and neck injuries, pregnancy and postnatal exercise, sports related injuries.



Margaret Tappan


Margaret is an avid and enthusiastic teacher of movement and a Master Pilates certifying instructor for the ITT Pilates training program at A Body of Work. A former professional ballet dancer, she received her Pilates certification through the Physical Mind Institute with Madeline Black in 1998 and went on to receive her GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® certification in 1999 with Master Trainer, Debra Rose and GYROTONIC® inventor, Juliu Horvath. She is certified to teach GYROKINESIS® yoga as well as the advanced applications on all of the specialized GYROTONIC® equipment.


Margaret enjoys working with people from all walks of life and is especially interested in the therapeutic applications of the Pilates and GYROTONIC® methods as a means of stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. Margaret specializes in correcting faulty posture and movement patterns, alleviating chronic pain in clients with special needs, such as scoliosis, sports and dance related injuries. Ultimately, she aspires to bring the joy of movement into people’s lives.

Fran Sholly


Fran embarked on her now 30-year exploration of fitness and movement therapies seeking to ease the musculoskeletal pain and imbalances in her own body resulting from scoliosis. And as an actress and singer she wished to cultivate a strong, supple, and balanced body. Fran specializes in treating musculoskeletal issues, such as scoliosis, and is skilled at restoring optimal balance in musculature and minimizing patterns of compensation. She can tailor and modify exercises for those recovering from accidents, injuries, and surgeries. A fascination with movement has led her to delve deeply into many movements systems, including Iyengar Yoga, Feldendrais, Alexander Technique, and Trager Bodywork, and she draws upon these in her practice. At the heart of Fran’s teaching is a profound respect and appreciation for the intelligence and resilience of the human body. She views her work with each client as a unique, exciting, and collaborative process of discovery. Fran currently holds certifications in Pilates, Gyrotonic Expansion System®, Hendrickson Method of Orthopedic Massage and Manual Therapy, and addition is an Instructor for the ITT Pilates Certification Program, educating and guiding students through the training.

Ashley Beldon


Ashley Beldon, MPH, began teaching mat in 1997, and on equipment in 2000. She has taught at UCSF's Millbery Fitness and in her own private practice in San Francisco. Since 2006, Ashley has been an educator for the Integrated Teacher Training (ITT) Pilates program. There she educates aspiring ITT Pilates teachers in how to help their clients "see, sense, and change" their bodies with the Pilates repertory. Ashley teaches her own mastery level workshops to Pilates teachers on topics including Pilates Matwork, Irene Dowd's functional movement choreographies, group reformer class teaching techniques, and stretch and release on the foam roller. To learn more about Ashley's experience and qualifications please visit www.embodytothrive.com.

Haven Caravelli


Haven Caravelli, born and raised in Nevada County, Ca., has been a dancer since the age of two. During her formative years, she danced with several local dance studios and competed in numerous dance competitions around Northern California. Professionally, Haven has taken master classes with Los Angeles based Tremaine Dance Company and nationally recognized Dupree Dance Academy. She has taught multiple forms of dance at Sierra Dance Institute for over 12 years. To better incorporate her love of dance and respect for the human body she was certified with Integrated Teacher Training Pilates in 2005. Integrated Teacher Training is a comprehensive training program using the exercises developed by Joseph Pilates to understand and appreciate movement, with sound bio mechanics. Haven is now a Master Level trainer with ITT Pilates and is excited to be the first off-site certification studio and educator.  Haven is also certified in Bodykey and Master Stretch from Italy with Kelly and Victor Uygan, and Bodycode with founder Pino Carbone. Haven’s extensive training and years of teaching have made her a true healer. She works from the perspective of rehabilitation therapy as well as conditioning the body to be healthy and work more efficiently.

Yukiko Asami


Yukiko Asami started her career as a fitness instructor and taught mainly aerobics in 1988 after graduating from a sports college. At the same time she was an aerobic gymnast, winning the second prize of single division in All Japan Championship in 1993 and 1994, the 6th prize of female single division in World Cup in 1995, the first prize of pair division in All Japan Championship.

After retiring from competition, she belonged to Athletics and Fitness Association of America Japan (AFAA Japan). She was an examiner of fitness exams, an associate consultant, and a full consultant, and was involved in qualifying and giving continuous education for aerobics instructors and personal trainers between 1997 and 2005.

She acquired the Pilates certificate of mat in 2003, and that of equipment in 2005.

In 2007 she established Yukiko Asami Pilates & Fitness (YAPF) studio in Tokyo. Next year in 2008, she started the ITT course inviting Jean Sullivan from San Francisco. She acquired ITT comprehensive certificate in 2011. She has organized 11 ITT courses having direct teaching from Jean Sullivan and continues to develop Pilates trainers in Japan. 

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