I’m so glad to be part of the POP community!
Jennifer Bishop-Orsulak first studied Pilates, Kinesiology, and Anatomy at the University of Utah, where she earned her BFA in Dance. While furthering her dance career in NYC, she continued to use Pilates as a form of treating injuries. Jennifer moved to SF in 2000 and was certified by Carol Appel at Body Kinetics where she taught until she co-founded POP! in 2002. She has studied with Jean Claude West, who is her Applied Kinesiology guru & David Weinstock, founder of Neuro-Kinetic Therapy. Jennifer has completed a second Rehabilitative Certification with Polestar Pilates Educators, Brent Anderson, PT and Sherri Betz, PT. Her goal for each of her clients at POP! is to have a positive movement experience. Jennifer is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Teacher. Jennifer danced professionally with H.T. Chen & Dancers in NYC and Janice Garrett & Dancers in SF. She spends her spare time with her curious toddler and loving husband.
Mandi Monique Bateman is a 500-RYT Certified Yoga teacher, Polestar Pilates Mentor, a Pilates Method Alliance Certified teacher, and a Level 1 Franklin Method Educator. It is Mandi’s passion and mission to bring a more scientific based alignment paradigm to the yoga community specifically to increase joint longevity. In her teaching she passes on her own awe for the human body in hopes to replacing self doubt with reverence for oneself. Mandi has been teaching yoga & Pilates for 10 years and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Lily Lam , PT, is a Physical Therapy specialist in Marin at Kaiser Permanente. She attended and graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2011, having over 6 years of diverse experience in Physical Therapy. In 2014, she earned her Pilates Certification from Polestar, under the mentorship of Ada Wells and Jennifer Bishop, owner of POP.
Joey has been a Pilates instructor since 1998 and was the Dancemedicine supervisor at the Center for Sports Medicine in San Francisco. He received his Dancemedicine training at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital’s Center for Sports Medicine with Mercy Sidbury, Julie Lushington, and Elizabeth Larkham. He received his Pilates instructor certification at Turning Point Studios with Nora St. John and Naomi Leierson.
Joseph was a professional ballet dancer for more than 20 years, dancing in England, Japan and the United States. He also gives Pilates workshops for dancers.
Quilet has been a professional dancer for 17 years and a former member of the dance company ODC, Parsons Dance, and TRIP Dance Theatre among others. She experienced the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates while recovering from a dance injury. This inspired her to dive right in and become a Pilates instructor. She studied the Classical Pilates Method with Pilates Education Lab under Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher. To complement her enthusiasm for healthy movement, she is also a Certified Franklin Method Level I Educator. Her eye for detail combined with the Franklin Method’s focus on dynamic imagery allows her to create awareness, embody functional movement, and therefore facilitate change from the inside out.
Amelia is a recent resident to San Francisco, having moved from New York in the spring of 2016. She received her education through the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program at Rutgers University, under the direction of Kim Gibilisco. Amelia has been Polestar and PMA certified since 2015, and holds a BFA in Dance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Pilates presented itself as a natural extension of Amelia’s training and work as a dancer, and she found many complementary qualities between the two somatic practices. As a performer, it has allowed her to access heightened precision and strength, and she was inspired to evoke that change in others. Amelia values efficiency of effort and cognitive awareness in her classes. She strives to instill in her clients the joys of movement, thereby allowing them to transition into their daily routines with vitality and ease.