Pilates Instructors

Joanna Nicholls

Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor

Originally from the UK, Joanna now calls the Mornington Peninsula home. A busy mum of two, Joanna originally found a passion for mat-based Pilates as a way to manage chronic hip and gluteal pain caused by hyper-mobility after her pregnancies. Joanna loves the strength, length and stability that Mat Pilates provides both her and her clients. Qualified as a level-3 Mat Pilates Instructor, Joanna furthered her knowledge gaining accreditation in Reformer Pilates and both pre and post-natal Mat Pilates. This makes her a VERY special addition to the SMAPS squad, allowing us to offer (for the first time) Mat-based pregnancy Pilates!

In the UK Joanna worked alongside a Physiotherapist teaching Mat Pilates, Chair Pilates, and private classes.

“I love that Pilates doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can do it, anyone can improve and anyone can truly see the benefits that Pilates provides within a relatively short period of time. It’s like magic”.

Australian Business Number: 21 637 922 251


  • Certificate IV in Mat Pilates Instruction
  • Certified Barre Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Pre/Post-natal Mat Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Reformer Pilates Instructor

Emma Hadaway

Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor

Emma has always had a passion for health and fitness, starting her own Pilates journey a few years ago to help improve her core strength and posture. Emma believes that Pilates is great for people of all ages and fitness levels and is perfect for those with injuries, weakness or limitations.

Over the years Emma has enjoyed dancing, swimming, aerobics, and playing various sports – all while working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, offering her clients expert nutritional advice. Emma blends her love for high intensity fitness with a Pilates control and concept.

“I really love helping my clients obtain strength and body balance ‘inside’ and ‘out’, I try to make each class fun yet challenging, helping each client build healthy movement patterns.”

In her spare time Emma loves to spend it with her partner, Simon, 2 boys and their British Bulldog, Bonnie. She also enjoys travelling, running, swimming and yoga to keep fit.

Australian Business Number: 58 675 749 438


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Majoring in Human Movement – Deakin University
  • Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction
  • Certificate IV in Matwork
  • Mat Instructor Course – Studio Pilates
  • Reformer Instructor Course – Studio Pilates


Sarah Dewing

Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor

Sarah has grown up with a passion for dance and performance and has spent much of her working career as a performer for The Walt Disney Company with contracts in Japan, Hong Kong and Paris. She has always enjoyed being active and exercising as a part of daily life and knows firsthand the benefits of Pilates for remaining fit and healthy.
Sarah is a lifelong learner and loves that Pilates take a holistic approach to all elements of the mind / body connection. “I love to tailor each class to emphasis my clients goals and organic progression.”

Australian Business Number: 89218069882


  • Certificate of Mat Pilates Instruction
  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10838NAT)

Anita McDonald

Studio Pilates Instructor

With more than 10 years of experience Anita loves nothing more than teaching Studio Pilates.

Following a back injury Anita discovered the amazing healing benefits of Pilates and she has never looked back. Deciding to pursue a career as a Studio Pilates instructor has been life changing for Anita and she loves passing on her knowledge and experience to her clients.              With a love of sport and fitness this Mum of two has a passion for helping people heal their bodies through guided movement while paying extra attention to each client’s individual needs. Her classes are tailored to the individual and can be adjusted to suit all body types.

“I believe continual education is the key to teaching the best Pilates class possible., I love passing my knowledge on to my clients and watching them grow.”

Australian Business Number: 22514096426


  • Certified Intermediate Pilates Instructor – all apparatus
  • Diploma in Children’s Yoga Instruction
  • Registered Fitness Professional
  • Cert IV in Allied health Assistance in Physiotherapy – Occupational Therapy

Charli Duncan

Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor

Charli has been passionate about fitness and exercise her whole life.  As a recreational and competitive gymnast for over 10 years, Charli has always enjoyed the challenge of extending herself as well as the benefits that come with a healthy lifestyle.  Whilst juggling VCE and then University commitments, Charli discovered the benefits of pilates in helping her both physically and mentally.

Having completed her instructor training in 2022, Charli is keen to share her knowledge and passion with other like-minded people.


  • Certificate IV in Mat Pilates Instruction
  • Certificate IV in Reformer Pilates Instruction

Laura Maselli

Mat Pilates Instructor

Laura developed a love of Pilates after personally experiencing the benefits during her first pregnancy. She hasn’t stopped practicing since! She decided to begin a career as a Pilates Instructor to help encourage others to feel amazing & take care of their bodies. Laura is committed to lifelong learning of the Pilates method to grow and challenge not only herself but also her clients.

Laura particularly loves how Pilates exercises can build on from the smallest connections of breath all the way to challenging full-body movements!

Australian Business Number: 16357911686


  • Certificate IV in Mat Pilates Instruction


All of our Pilates Instructors:

  • Have current First aid and CPR training
  • Have current and relevant association memberships
  • Attend ongoing training, workshops and professional development
  • Act as independent instructors and carry their own public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance

Amazing place!! Amazing team!! The best and most welcoming atmosphere, will never go anywhere else!


Such a family friendly place which really caters for me as a working mum with a toddler. I really enjoy the Pilates classes they offer and love the small class sizes too.


Professional, knowledgeable and just good people who genuinely care, want to help and have the skills to help. It’s just a great place!


Great place to get all your sports injuries sorted. I wouldn’t go anywhere else and I cannot speak highly enough of the SMAPS squad.


Pilates and massage helped me so much throughout my pregnancy. It is now helping me to strengthen and tone my body. Love SMAPS.


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