MEET THE TEAM
BEHIND THE SCENES
Jessica Dalliday, MA, RKin. CAT(C), Certified Pilates Instructor, STOTT (She/Her)
My name is Jessica Dalliday and I created Pilates on Demand, an online Pilates class platform designed for real bodies.
I created Pilates on Demand to conveniently bring Pilates, meditation and rehab expertise to the comfort of your home. As a busy working mom, I know how hard it can be to fit exercise into your busy day. Pilates on Demand allows for convenient and safe exercise that you can do anywhere, anytime and at any skill level.
With a masters degree in Kinesiology and as a certified Athletic Therapist, registered Kinesiologist, certified Pilates Instructor and certified Postnatal Fitness Specialist, you can feel confident that the exercise chosen for you is appropriate for your fitness level.
I strongly believe in body acceptance and my number one goal with Pilates on Demand is to help you feel stronger and more confident in your own skin.
After battling an exercise and eating disorder for many years, my health was put in jeopardy when I found out I wasn’t able to to have kids because of my so called “healthy lifestyle.”
After that, I was determined to start moving my body in a more positive, natural way, rather than trying to use exercise to control the way I looked.
After stopping the restrictive eating and exercising, I am happy to say I have my health and my fertility back!
It has been a hard road but dealing with infertility has taught me so much about myself and others struggling.
I am a strong believer that everyone should have an equal chance at fertility and that is why I am committed to raising awareness and as much funds as possible.
April Corner, Marketing and Communications (She/Her)
April is a passionate and creative individual who loves helping others. After studying Fashion in College and seeing the body negativity within that industry, April shifted her focus and began her body positive journey. She has a background in customer service, client coordination and communications.
You will often find April bringing up dogs into her conversations. To say she loves them is an understatement. In her spare time you will find her hanging out with her Catahoula Leopard Dog named Nixon (@nixonthecatahoula).
She is born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario and loves supporting her hometown.
Becky Sheehey, BSc. Kin, R.Kin, Certified Pilates Instructor (Body Harmonics) and Holistic Health Coach (She/Her)
Becky Sheehey is a Registered Kinesiologist, Pilates Teacher, and Holistic Health Coach specializing in functional movement and corrective exercise.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from University of Guelph Humber, Becky worked as a kinesiologist in a physiotherapy setting for 5 years and continues to work in a therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation setting.
As a “recovered runner”, Becky learned the importance of pilates and core training from dealing with many running injuries and chronic pain. She lends her own personal experience with injuries and pain to the work she does with clients and in classes.
With a passion for movement, and the mission to help women to live happy, healthy, and pain-free, Becky brings a class packed with information, safe & effective movement, and fun.
Emily Norris, BHPE, Certified Pilates Instructor, STOTT (She/Her)
Emily has always had a strong passion for health and fitness and started out her education by receiving an Advanced Diploma in Fitness Management at Cambrian College in Sudbury. During this program she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and then went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education at Laurentian University.
After working as a personal trainer for several years, she has discovered a passion for working with, and programming exercises for those with physical disabilities and now works in the rehabilitation setting at Active Living Physiotherapy in Peterborough.
Emily recently became a certified Pilates instructor through STOTT Pilates to not only build upon her knowledge of exercise physiology, but to offer more variety to her background. She also is a Certified Postnatal Fitness Specialist, catering to her role as a rehab trainer by accommodating those with pelvic floor issues after pregnancy.
Emily teaches part time at The Willow Studio in Peterborough, offering all levels of Pilates classes as well as fitness classes for postpartum women.
Telsi Szanyi, Certified Pilates Instructor, Body Harmonics (She/Her)
Telsi has worked as a personal trainer since 2015. Her mission is to teach people the medicine of movement as well as bring a little playfulness and joy into the lives of those she works with. She has a background in holistic medicine, psychology, gymnastics, dance, and functional fitness. Pilates has been an incredible supplement to her own personal fitness journey and she is thrilled to share the magic with you!
Learn more about Telsi by following her on Intagram @telsi.flows
Emma Jack, Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Pilates Instructor (She/Her)
Whether you’re an Olympic-level athlete or someone who wants to stay active with their grandkids, Emma Jack is passionate about helping you feel your best. After years of seeing the positive impact Pilates had on her own health, Emma incorporated her learnings from STOTT Pilates rehabilitation training into her physiotherapy practice.
Her educational background spans two universities and three degrees — but Emma’s learning didn’t stop there. She’s a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy, has her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, and is a member of the International Federation of Sport Physical Therapy. When she’s not helping patients at Press Play, Emma works as a therapist with Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Team Program.
Emma’s career has given her some amazing opportunities including acting as the medical lead for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. She’s worked with Skate Canada, Canada Basketball, Toronto Rock Lacrosse, and athletes at McMaster and Western University.
Sandra Pompa, Studio Owner, Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
After practicing yoga for the first time at the age of 17, she immediately fell in love. Fast forwarding many years later, she became certified to teach and took over an existing studio in Toronto’s West end called Damask Studios. Continuing to deepen her knowledge in anatomy physical education, she went on to obtain her certifications in Pilates and Personal Training.
Motivated to connect with her students on their quest for fitness and health, she believes it is important for all of us to understand our own bodies and how they move. Her mission is to guide students safely in their exercise while integrating proper breath and clarity of the mind. “We may not all be able to touch our toes, and that’s okay.”
Her class areas include: Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, Yoga Pilates Fusion, Mat Pilates 1 and 2, Pilates Fusion, Strength training and fitness
Diane Niec, Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
Since Diane was very young she has had a passion for movement, music and helping others. She followed these callings to the University of Windsor where she graduated with degrees in Musical Theatre and Education. There she was first introduced to the Pilates method and has been practicing it ever since. She completed her Pilates training with Stott Pilates in 1996 and has been coaching in this method for over two decades.
To further develop her understanding of the body and to offer her more tools in helping people achieve their fitness goals Diane began studying Thai Massage and Yoga. She successfully completed her Thai Massage Training with Thai Massage Toronto in 2005 and her 200 hour Yoga Training with Diane Bruni at 80 Gladstone in 2015.
In her efforts to evolve personally and professionally Diane accomplished a Personal Productivity course with LMI in 2016. This leadership course was extremely beneficial in helping Diane gain a better understanding of her strengths and how to guide and coach others.
Over the years Diane was blessed to have had the opportunity to perform, tour and facilitate workshops with Toronto based theatre company Theatre Gargantua. Diane gained experience teaching primary grades at Gradale Academy where she developed music, yoga and mindfulness programs for her students.
Diane has many interests and talents but considers herself to be a student first, always on the path to new discoveries.
You can learn more about Diane and check out some of her other classes on YouTube at Today’s Pilates With Diane
Juliana Valente, Certified Pilates Instructor (She/Her)
Juliana was a classical ballet dancer for 13 years, so body movement is something that has always fascinated her. Her passion for Pilates started over 12 years ago in Brazil where she is originally from. After experiencing a lumbar disc herniation she started practicing Pilates and hasn’t stopped!
A few years later, she decided to become an expert in the method, wanting to help and inspire people to also live a healthy, pain-free and balanced life. Juliana has achieved her certification for Mat and Reformer at STOTT Pilates international Training Centre in Toronto.
She is a very motivating, inclusive and passionate instructor who creates a fun and energizing learning environment while ensuring her clients feel strong and confident in their own bodies!
You can learn more about Juliana on Instagram @juvalente_pilates
Rachel Canale, Certified Pilates + Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
Rachel has been teaching movement and mindfulness full-time for over 11 years. Her passion is helping others discover their individual path to wellness and wellbeing, wherever their starting point.
Her own journey began while recovering from ACL surgery. Years of muscling though injuries and ignoring the root causes couldn’t help her heal: it was only the combination of Pilates, yoga and meditation that taught her to listen to her body and kindly nurture it back to health.
Rachel is fully certified in Stott Pilates, and has over 500 hours of yoga & meditation certification. Her specialties include post-rehabilitation, pre and post natal, chronic conditions, and healthy aging.
Her class style is mindful, alignment-based and breath-centered. Rachel believes everyone has a right to move and is so happy to be part of the Pilates on Demand community.
You can learn more about Rachel @ www.rsunmoves.com
Michelle Jermy, Certified Pilates Instructor (She/Her)
Michelle specialises in exercise medicine, women’s wellness, the use of movement therapy to restore the physical body. Pelvic floor & back rehabilitation have been of high importance over the years.
In recent years Michelle has focused on body confidence, self-love, releasing negative thoughts & beliefs. This passion has led her to study Clinical Sexology. Michelle incorporates both Mind & Movement Therapy into her practice.
You can learn more about Rachel @ https://www.thewellnessclinic-withmj.com/
Leslie Piekarski, Certified Barre Instructor (She/Her)
Jessie Au, Certified Barre Instructor (She/Her)
Nicole Lemke, BScN., Certified Meditation Teacher (She/Her)
Nicole Lemke is a blogger and business-owner from Peterborough, Ontario. Her and her husband Jeremy live in a tiny home with their son Anderson and Gibbs the Aussiedoodle.
Nicole is a Registered Nurse, reiki practitioner, and certified meditation teacher. She is a body positivity advocate and acts as a voice in the infertility and pregnancy loss community.
You can find everything meditation & more at @thetranquilbrain. If you want to follow her personal journey, she’s on Instagram @_nicolelemke where she shares about her infertility and pregnancy loss journey as well as learning to love herself. Nicole’s blog is www.growinguprainbow.com
Rachel Allison, Certified Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
Rachel is a 200 hour Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner and oil enthusiast who believes yoga is a form of self-love. Allow her to guide you through a gentle flow, restorative class or meditation so you can unwind from the busy world we live in. Rachel enjoys teaching at these classes to remind you to slow down as well as ensure the correct alignment for your body. As Rachel is also a registered psychotherapist her classes often include techniques to you can apply on and off the mat to support your mental and emotional health.
When Rachel’s not teaching yoga she’s spending time in nature with her 3 dogs or working on something self-development related.
Treat yourself with some much needed me time by attending one of Rachel’s classes today. You can follow Rachel on Instagram or Facebook @healingwithrachel.
Carly Eagles, Certified Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
Learn more about Carly by following her on Intagram @sweetsimplenutrition.
Emily Day, Certified Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
Emily is a passionate well rounded and experienced instructor with a deep rooted love of all that Yoga encompasses. Taking her Initial training in 2014 through Modo Yoga international in Montreal and since adding modalities from prenatal and postnatal yoga to SUP yoga and restorative with certifications around trauma informed practices and mental health support. Day created a yoga program that currently partners with and runs in the Toronto District School Board.
Emily’s Mind, Body, Soul program is currently running in multiple high schools and alternative schools across the GTA. Emily is a educational partner and vendor for TDSB using her knowledge passion and abilities to support students and staff. Emily is always looking for ways to support her clients and community from running empowerment camps in the summer for young girls to hosting retreats and workshops. Emily is also a practicing level Two Reiki teacher who use her ability to help those around her feel Connected and Empowered.
Day’s favourite style of yoga to practice to is hot yoga and Emily loves guide beginners and share her strong foundation with those around her.
You can find out more about Emily by following her on Instagram @modern.day.yoga
Angela Demeester, Certified Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
Angela is a 200hr Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, Certified Meditation Teacher, and Level II Reiki Practitioner. Nearly 20 years ago, while living and travelling in Japan, Angela took her first yoga class and immediately felt a deep connection to the practice and philosophy. Over the years she has fallen in love with the healing properties of yoga and loves to share this aspect of the practice.
Her teachings are intuitive and a synergistic blend of alignment principles, integrating breath with movement and heart-centred themes encouraging students to explore their physical, emotional, and energetic body. Angela believes that time on the mat is a sacred time to create space in our mind, body and heart for the work we are about to do – which includes shifting out of the yang thinking state into a more yin feeling and listening state.
Angela is married and has two beautiful children, the youngest of which has has Cerebral Palsy. Her journey through life with a special needs child has shaped her outlook on life. An outlook that is centred on slowing down and being present, living with gratitude, and stepping away from judgment and into love.
When Angela isn’t on her mat she loves to travel, get back to nature, spend time with her family, and is always on the lookout for the best chocolate chip cookie (preferably gluten free, but when it comes to cookies it really doesn’t matter).
You can find out more about Angela by following her on Instagram @angdemeester
Ro Nwosu, Certified Yoga Instructor (She/Her)
Ro Nwosu brings together a unique combination of high energy athleticism and focused mindfulness to offer you a well rounded, balanced and healthy lifestyle, no matter your body type, fitness level or mobility.
Dynamic and experienced as a registered Yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and fitness instructor she is familiar with the challenges that come with injuries and is a firm believer, that even with limited mobility or experience, everyone can live actively.
You can find out more about Ro by following her on Instagram @wildroga