SUSANNE WHARTON

CERTIFIED STOTT PILATES® INSTRUCTOR, CERTIFIED LEVEL 1 NKT® PRACTITIONER AND FOUNDER OF NORTH STAR PILATES.

Susanne started practicing Pilates 11 years ago due to long standing back and joint pain. She was amazed at how this simple body conditioning regime transformed her body and brought about pain relief.  It also assisted in improving her sports performance due to increased body awareness, strength and flexibility. From this point she was 'hooked' on Pilates.

Susanne qualified to teach Pilates in 2009 and has now been teaching for 9 years. She is qualified to teach to an advanced level on the Mat and on all the Pilates apparatus.  She loves how the equipment can assist clients to experience exercises and movements that may not be possible on the mat. 

Susanne continually updates her education to learn more about the human body and how to improve movement and has undertaken training with some of the leading practitioners in the world (David Weinstock - NKT, Kathy Dooley - Immaculate Dissection & NKT, Perry Nicholson -Stop Chasing Pain & Primal Movement Chains). She has traveled the world to learn from mentors, this included a year teaching and training in the STOTT PILATES® licensed training centre in Dubai. Her extensive experience, knowledge and commitment to helping others lead to the opening of the Wakefield studio in Jan 2014.

Susanne is passionate about empowering people to move better and reduce pain so they can do the things they love to do with less restrictions.

KELLY STEPHENSON

CERTIFIED STOTT PILATES® INSTRUCTOR, CERTIFIED LEVEL 1 NKT® PRACTITIONER AND LEVEL 3 PERSONAL TRAINER.

Kelly has been teaching Pilates for 8 years at various locations in the Leeds and Wakefield areas and has been with North Star Pilates from the beginning. 

Kelly went into fitness first and completed her Personal Training diploma through the YMCA London in 2009. 

She frequently suffered various injuries throughout her life, including tight muscles and lower back pain that would affect her everyday movement. Feeling frustrated she started Pilates. Kelly completed a Matwork course through STOTT Pilates® in London and more recently trained to teach Reformer.   Kelly is certified at Level 1 Neuro Kinetic Therapy, which means she is able to identify problematic muscles in the body that contribute to pain and limitations of movement. 

Kelly likes to ensure whatever people do is safe and highly effective. She is passionate about helping people move better so they feel better. Due to Kelly's history of back pain, she can understand and relate to your needs. 






GILL CARR

Gill has worked in the movement industry for over 20 years.

Fully qualified Polestar Mat and studio equipment trained instructor, she is always attending courses to develop her knowledge. Gill has worked with us for a year and half now and brings a wonderful energy to the studio.  Both class and 1:1 clients love working with her.

Gill teaches in our Wakefield studio.

CRISTINA GONZALEZA HORTIGUELA

Cristina has been involved with sports and dance all her life. She began to train in rhythmic gymnastics when she was 6 years old, participating in competitions at the regional level with the team from her home city in Spain. Later she started dancing in a ballet school and when she had to decide what to study at University, she chose Sports Science at A Coruña University, Spain.

As part of her undergraduate studies she learned about biomechanics, physiology and anatomy and these have been invaluable for her work as a Pilates Instructor. After university she returned to her dance training and also Pilates. She found the Pilates technique was the ideal vehicle to use her knowledge from her dance background and degree.
She certified in Pilates Mat in 2015 and in Reformer in 2016 and since then she has worked as a Pilates instructor. She believes in fluid and organic movement working with a sense of control and understanding of the body. She likes to convey a feeling of satisfaction from each exercise and to make it personal to the needs and abilities of each person.