Our highly-trained teachers have received their education from the best programs and master teachers in the country and take ongoing continuing education classes and workshops to always provide the best sessions to our clients. With backgrounds in pilates, yoga, dance, and fitness they have had thousands of hours of teaching experience with hundreds of clients of all ages and abilities.
Every teacher at Pilates by the Bay is deeply committed to their education, to our clients, and are passionate about this amazing method of movement. It is a rewarding experience to be a pilates teacher and no one loves teaching more than our talented team!
PATTY BAIANO, EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR / HEAD TEACHER
Patricia Baiano is a comprehensive Certified Master Pilates Teacher Trainer also certified with the nationally recognized Pilates Method Alliance (PMA-CPT), Balanced Body® Bodhi Suspension System™ Faculty Member.
Ms. Baiano earned her comprehensive certification through Balanced Body University (BBU), studying under the guidance of Leslie Powell in NYC. Convinced that a deeper understanding of the principles of movement and its effects on the human body could empower her to help others transform themselves, Baiano then earned the Functional Anatomy for Movement & Injuries certification through the Kane School at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
A strong proponent of the value of continuing education, Ms. Baiano continues her weekly professional self-practice mentored by 2nd Generation Pilates Teacher, Blossom Leilani Crawford, protégé of Kathy Grant. Patty has also trained in recent years with other master teachers including Anthony Rabara, Doris Pasteleur Hall, Eric Franklin, Irene Dowd, and attending many of the master workshops offered by the PMA and Pilates Center of Boulder.
With her personal mission to help people live better lives through Pilates, Patty completed the advanced teacher training program “Pilates for MS™ and Other Neurological Conditions” earning the certificate of “Specialist in Pilates-Based Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis.” Working to help clients with MS, Traumatic Brain Injury, Ataxia, and stroke overcome its most common symptoms, including balance difficulties, weakness, muscle spasticity, gait abnormalities, as well as the principles and applications of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroplasticity exercise.
In 2014 Patty had the unique opportunity to be featured in several videos and workshops on Pilates Anytime with her teacher and mentor, Blossom Leilani Crawford. Pilates Anytime is an exciting website offering online Pilates classes – mat, equipment, props – for all levels, and different physical interests.
In 2017, Baiano earned “Certified Human Potential Coach” certification through the Bulletproof® Training Institute, the premier ICF-credentialed life coach training program that goes beyond life and health coaching. The science-based program focuses on helping clients achieve their goals, realize their potential and upgrade their body, mind and life. The 35-week curriculum combines a premium life coach training program, plus cutting-edge insights from the worlds of positive psychology, nutrition, neuroscience and human potential development.
Ms. Baiano is wholly dedicated the individual needs of each of her clients regardless of gender, age or physical fitness. Whether the focus is cross training to improve sports performance, injury rehabilitation to help reduce pain, or to enhance mobility, Patricia teaches targeted movements optimized to deliver the desired personal results. Her sessions promote balanced healing and deliver total body conditioning to increase strength, range of motion, endurance, and improve total health and well-being.
Patty assumes the role of Head Teacher with an emphasis on seniors, sports & surgical rehabilitation and Neuro-Pilates.
KATHRYN LEIBE, SR TEACHER
Kathryn Roberts Leibe is a native of North Carolina where she received her BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts – School of Dance.
She has been a guest teacher for North Carolina Dance Festival and UNCSA summer program. Kathryn has performed, choreographed and trained dancers throughout North Carolina, New York City and New Jersey.
Most recently she received her Pilates teaching certification through Kinected under the supervision of Kelly Kane and with Ellie Herman of Ellie Herman Pilates in Brooklyn, NY. Kathryn lives in Toms River with her husband and two children.
Kathryn assumes the role of a Senior Teacher with an emphasis on Dance rehabilitation and Neuro-Pilates.
BERNICE CORNICELLO, TEACHER
Bernice Cornicello’s love for body movement started at the age of three when she was first introduced to dance classes. Her dance training included, Ballet, tap, toe and jazz. After years of dance training Bernice progressed to gymnastic classes and shortly after starting, earned a placed on a competitive gymnastic team.
Ms. Cornicello’s dance and gymnastic training lead her to become a Gymnastic Coach while she was in College. To date, she has 25 years of coaching experience. Her teaching certifications include, Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, Safety & Risk Management, USA Gymnastics Fitness, and CPR and First Aid Basics.
Bernice attended Kean University for Physical Education and Health Teacher Certification. She kept herself fit by always finding a new and exciting workout programs to challenge her, becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE after she became a mother.
Due to constant muscle tightness and pain, she was determined to find a balanced workout program. When she started taking Pilates classes, she was hooked and her passion for Pilates lead her to become a Certified Pilates Teacher.
Her lifelong commitment to health and well-being, are evident in her dedication to her practice. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” She has completed her Comprehensive Pilates training through Balance Body University and Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy.
ELLEN SLATTERY, TEACHER
Ellen’s love for Pilates began 16 years ago with her first mat class. After just a few sessions, she noticed her body never felt stronger and her mind was sharper than ever. Wanting to share her love for Pilates and fitness, she became an instructor 14 years ago through NETA, National Exercise Trainer Association. Ellen is also certified through Beth Shaw Yoga Fit program and now holds a comprehensive certificate from Personal Best Pilates Teacher Academy.
Ellen has a strong following of clients, having taught Pilates mat classes at Ocean County College, the YMCA in Toms River, and also at the Monmouth County Parks System. In Ellen’s words, “It’s such a joy to share my love for Pilates with all my students, most have been with me over ten years. I love teaching them about their body and showing them there is nothing they can’t achieve through focus, determination, and hard work.”