APMA and Your Innovators

The APMA is a non for profit organisation where all profits are returned directly to the members of the APMA to further advancement of needs of the Pilates industry and it's members in Australia.

Welcome your APMA Council Members!

President: Melanie Trapman

Member Since 2008 | Level 4 | 

Coming from a fitness background, Melanie embraced the Pilates method, recognising that she craved more education and knowledge around healthy, functional movement. Melanie is an energetic problem solver who believes in fostering a positive and inclusive culture amongst APMA members. Endeavouring to create a powerful force to benefit all. Stand for them, listen to them, support them and commit to progress. 

"The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier”. J.H.P

Treasurer APMA:  Sherrie Aprilovic   

Member Since 2014 | Level 2 |

Sherrie is passionate about teaching Pilates to a wide range of clientele from those with musculoskeletal issues or pathologies through to athletes and weekend warriors.
She loves to design her client's Pilates programs with a specific goal in mind even if, that goal is just being able to bend over put on socks!
Her goal is to improve the quality of everyday life for each individual so that the environment demands (no matter how big or small) on the musculoskeletal system is managed with grace and ease.

"Change happened through movement and movement heals". - J.H.P 


Secretary APMA: Zoe Ryan-Ferdowsian

Member Since 2007 | Level 4 |

Zoe has a background in all things movement, turning her hand (and body) to everything from martial arts, athletics and dance to strength training, stretch therapy and yoga. After graduating with a Bachelor of Human Movement & Exercise Science, Zoe taught Pilates before founding Camberwell Pilates 11 years ago with the aim to share her love for movement with others. As a mother of three children, Zoe aspires to live life with balance and gets a great deal of joy in helping others to do the same.

"Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.” - J.H.P


Council Member & Education Chair: Charissa Fermelis

Member Since 2017 | Level 4 | 

Having been initially drawn to Pilates in her early teens as an elite dancer, Charissa obtained her Pilates qualification through the APMA in 2007 whilst still studying physiotherapy, before graduating from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009. She has spent the past 13 years working with and alongside some of Australia's premier sports and dance physiotherapists and Pilates practitioners, and now works predominantly in the performance medicine space. Charissa is the founder and director of Grounded Movement and Pilates Escape Crew. In her new role as Chair of the Education Committee, she looks forward to guiding the APMA through the next phase of educational development. Away from the studio, she enjoys being outdoors, travelling, and training her little puppy Louis.

"The mind when housed in a healthy body, possess a glorious sense of power" J.H.P

Council Member: Geri Taylor

Member Since 2019 | Level 4 |

Geri Taylor has been teaching movement for 40 years, since the time of Jane Fonda and leg warmers, and teaching Pilates for 20 years.  The first time she did Pilates she thought “this is the best exercise ever, and everyone should be doing it.”  She still thinks the same.

Geri has taught Pilates in Australia, the US and Europe, and travelled the world to study with many of Pilates elders, and most respected teachers. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Pilates from PITC, is a Level 4 Trainer with the APMA and PAA, and has done intensive study with Polestar, Fletcher and Stotts Pilates.

Five years ago she discovered the importance of fascia and went on to do a Diploma of Bowen Therapy.  She uses the principles of myofascial release and the subtle body work of Bowen to help her clients get the best from their bodies. Geri is always delighted with how the power of Pilates, intelligent movement with breath and control, changes lives as well as bodies.

"We retire too early and we die too young.  Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.”   J.H.P 

Council Member: Nell Hoess

Member Since 2002 | Level 4 |

“Movement is my medicine”. Nell has a passion for movement and thrives on sharing that passion with others.mShe is Pilates and Yoga Instructor with a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School. Her career in Pilates started in 2001, first training at Vass & Shaw Pilates and continued with Pilates International in 2006. Nell founded Fluid Form Pilates in 2002 and sold the business after 10 years to focus on her calling towards Yoga. She has successfully completed 4 Yoga Teacher Trainings: Body Mind Life (2011), Baptiste Power Yoga (2013), Forrest Yoga Level 1 (2015), Forrest Yoga Level 2 (2019). She is also a Certified Workplace Trainer and Assessor (2010). Some of Nell’s interests include Somatic Psychology, movement and mental health and embodied anatomy. She currently lives in Redfern, Sydney, with her two daughters, husband and 17 year old Staffy.

“Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” J.H.P 

Council Member: Lizzi Webb

Member Since 2015 | Level 4 |

Lizzi first discovered Pilates in 1998 as a complementary practice to her dance studies. She completed a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (2009, Pilates International Training Centre, Sydney) and has taught at studios and physio clinics across Australia and overseas since completion. She humbly started her studio, The Pilates Way, (Darwin, 2014). 

Lizzi holds a Bachelor of Arts, (Dance), (2001, University of Western Sydney); Graduate Certificate in Arts and Entertainment Management, (2011, Deakin University), and is currently completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, (completion 2021, Charles Darwin University). The diversity of people that come into Pilates has kept Lizzi intrigued in her work and she is passionate about continued advocacy and development of professional industry practice and standards.

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness" - J.H.P

 Administrator: Paula Knight

 Since 2014 - on and off | Here to help you out |

In 2014, Paula joined the association for a 1 year term, but continued to stay on until December 2017 - with a strong hold in the RTO. Her exciting return to the association in 2021, has been a delight to many and Paula will now assist you from membership, workshop co-ordination, accounting, RTO administration & liaison for our Education & Training just to name a few. 

"Work hard in silence and let your success be your noise" - F Ocean

APMA Sub-Committee Members

APMA Workplace Health and Safety

Vrinda Fernando


APMA Advocacy

Advocacy Sub-Committee email advocacy@australianpilates.asn.au

Natalie Murray

Member Since 2004 | Level 4 |

I started Pilates in 1996 and completed the UTS Grad Cert in Pilates in 2002.  As a Level 4 APMA member and PAA Principal Trainer I actively contribute to both the APMA and PAA. I run my own business myPilates in Sydney and I also teach a Cert IV and Diploma in Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology. I joined the APMA Advocacy Committee to help raise awareness and recognition of the Pilates industry. 

Lizzi Webb

Member Since 2015 | Level 4 |

I obtained a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction from PilatesInt and am currently completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. I am proud to be representing the APMA as the only Level 4 member in the Northen Territory.

I joined the Advocacy Committee as I am passionate about advocating for the Pilates industry and improving standards.

Wendy Turner

Member Since 2002 | Level 2 |

I started Pilates 17 years ago with Monique Telfer in Brisbane. I had attended her workplace mat classes and was intrigued to explore further. In 2010, I did my Diploma with National Pilates Training and was lucky enough to take on shifts from my then teacher. I purchased Aligned for Life Pilates in Richmond in 2017 and have learned so much from my clients and other teachers. I am a biochemist by training but have worked in lots of different jobs.

I joined the Advocacy Committee as I think it is important that Diploma and Advanced Diploma Pilates teachers are recognised for their depth of knowledge and teaching capability.

Natalie Watson

Member Since 2017 | Level 2 |

I am the founder of Back to Life Studio Pilates & Wellbeing in Bendigo, Victoria. I developed a passion for Movement Therapy and Health Coaching in 2011 after working with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists as part of an early childhood intervention team to assist my two sons with disabilities as a result of the rare metabolic disease, AdsL deficiency. 

This led me to become qualified as an Allied health assistant, Pilates Movement Therapist, Health coach, Reiki practitioner and more recently to complete a Diploma in Counselling, specialising in movement, mindfulness & other expressive therapies.

I joined the APMA in 2014 upon completing my Diploma, and have now joined the APMA Advocacy committee to offer continued support to promote the Pilates method as a stand-alone industry that upholds well defined tertiary educational and industry standards that preserve, protect and benefit the future of the Pilates method as well as it’s devotees.

Di Dall’Oglio

Member Since 2014 | Level 4 |

I have been teaching Pilates since 2003, and fitness (group fitness, water aerobics and PT) since 1993. I own Emerald Pilates in Emerald Victoria and am a Level 4 member of APMA. I also conduct teacher training for the National Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology, and mentor new Pilates teachers along their journey to becoming fully qualified and affiliated with the peak Pilates bodies in Australia. 

I joined the Advocacy committee in order to raise awareness, improve the definition of Pilates and advocate for the industry during the COVID-19 crisis. I aim to provide a united voice across the AMPA and PAA for stronger advocacy of our objectives.

APMA Marketing 

Marketing Sub-Committee email marketing@australianpilates.asn.au

Rosemary Baker

Nell Hoess

Paula Knight


APMA Education Sub-Committee

Charissa Fermelis (Chair) - email education@australianpilates.asn.au

Megan Williams

Geri Taylor


APMA Conference Sub-committee

Nathalie Doudkina

Jemima North

Paula Knight