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

Simmone Cser Pratzky

Member Since 2021 | Associate Member |

I opened Pilates 44 Studio in 2017. To date, we are the first and only fully equipped Pilates Studio in Bathurst NSW.‚Äč My journey to Pilates began in 2011 searching for a modality that could aid in managing ongoing diagnosed panic disorder as well as injury caused by a serious horse riding accident. After having amazing positive changes both physically and mentally I needed to learn more about sharing the whole body health benefits of Pilates.

I completed initial training and certification through the PIA then went on to complete training and certification in comprehensive studio and rehabilitation with Polestar education and am working towards completing my Diploma of Pilates. My focus is largely around Pilates for Women’s health, specific to perimenopause and menopause as well as breast cancer survivorship. I am big on self awareness, responsibility and autonomy and have a passion for empowering clients.

Joining the Advocacy Sub Committee was an amazing opportunity to be part of positive change within the industry. To educate people around what it means to be qualified to teach Pilates. How we can advocate for tighter guidelines within the industry in order that we can better attract teachers into Government accredited comprehensive education

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.


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

Geri Taylor


APMA Conference Sub-committee

Paula Knight