Staff

Lisa Ortega Loya

Lisa Ortega Loya began her Pilates journey in California where she received a Theater/Dance degree from Cal State University, Fullerton. Managing her back pain from scoliosis, she worked for several chiropractors and discovered the Pilates technique was the only thing that helped relieve her symptoms. Lisa immersed herself in Pilates work and became one of the founding members of The Institute for the Pilates Method, the only national Pilates organization at the time. She continues to run, surf, swim and play tennis.

Lisa moved to Hawaii in 1990 and taught creative movement and dance in local schools with the Hawaii State Dance Council and became a certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE) and American Federation of Fitness Association (AFAA). In 1993 she opened On Balance Pilates Studio, the FIRST Pilates studio on Oahu. She has since moved to Kailua where her current studio also offers Dynamic Strength,  TRX, Floor-Barre (R) and Bones for Life (Feldenkrais based).

Lisa has conducted many workshops on Oahu and outer islands for HMSA, Alexander and Baldwin, Mid-Pacific Country Club, Ko Olina, Olelo, and YMCA. On Balance, a former certifying studio for the PhysicalMind Institute, has been featured in The Honolulu Advertiser, Midweek, HMAA newsletter, Inside Out magazine and KITV News. She writes articles and is an expert contributor for Kailua Beach Neighbors magazine. Through years of continuous study and personal practice, Lisa has developed a unique eclectic style. Her teaching integrates her rehab, dance and fitness background, and she enjoys challenging and inspiring her students  to move with grace and efficiency in their bodies. Lisa hosted the Franklin Method educators here on Oahu and they are the first group to be certified in Hawaii for the Level One Franklin Method Training. She continued with her Franklin training in Portland and is now Level Two certified.

Pam Sandridge

Pam Sandridge has been teaching at On Balance since 1999. She is a certified PhysicalMind Institute Equipment and Pilates matwork instructor. She is also certified in a Feldenkrais Method called “Bones for Life,” trained by the creator Ruthy Alon, a member of the first group trained by Moshe Feldenkrais. In 1969 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Springfield College (Massachusetts), which implemented a national teaching program called “Movement Exploration.” Pam calls her work “COREography,” using her background as a professional choreographer and dancer (since 1973) to articulate movement through imagery and relevant life experiences. Clients testify to life-changing affirmations that go beyond the physical shifts of postural alignment. Her deepest satisfaction comes from their empowerment and confidence when they apply what they learn to their everyday lives.

Regine Pillert

Regine Pillert, with 20+ years experience in fitness training and group instruction, is a licensed personal trainer through The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a certified in Pilates Mathwork from the PhysicalMind Institute. She is equipment certified through Balanced Body University and is certified in the TRX suspension system. Regine’s special interests in fitness include post-injury rehabilitation, general athletic sports conditioning, and studies of body movement. She helps her clients reach their fitness goals in a way that is safe, efficient, healthful and enjoyable.

Jessica Howard

Jessica has been passionate about movement from a very early age. Growing up in Colorado she was active in dance and skiing. She is a true believer in the lasting physical and mental benefits of proper biomechanics and sees “movement as meditation”. She received her matwork and equipment certification through Balanced Body University. Jessica loves assisting those seeking to attain, maintain and enhance their functional movement skills, flexibility, coordination and balance. Her hobbies include yoga, surfing, swimming, hiking and cooking!

Carol Naish

Carol Naish trained in classical ballet for over 50 years. She has studied a variety of other dance techniques and performed with numerous dance companies and Ballet Hawaii for over 30 years. Carol began her Pilates journey in 1992, completed the matwork certification, is a certified TRX instructor, and is a Certified Level 1 teacher in the Franklin Method. She has taught ballet, exercise classes, including aerobic dance and Callanetics, and has participated in many workshops. Carol is continuously studying and incorporating what she has learned into her daily routine. Also a world traveler, Carol has completed Zena Rommett’s Floor-Barre (R) training in Italy and is the only teacher to offer it here in the islands. She enjoys helping her clients develop and maintain strength, flexibility and balance. She is 70+ years young and continues to inspire.

Debbie Kim

Debbie Kim, having spent many years studying ballet, jazz, hula and flamenco, sought out Pilates as a complement to dance. She enjoys helping others experience the pleasure and confidence that comes from achieving strength, flexibility and functional movement. She is certified to teach Pilates matwork through the PhysicalMind Institute and received her equipment certification with Balanced Body University. Debbie has also completed her Level 1 Gyrotonic (R) Foundation training.

Carol Lee Arnold

Carol Lee Arnold, a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), has completed Pilates matwork training under PhysicalMind Institute and a Fitness and Lifestyle Coach Education Program through Spring Fitness. For 15 years she studied under and taught with physiologist Dr. Lyn Silbert, who specialized in teaching proper biomechanics and weightlifting techniques to strengthen key muscles and relieve back pain. Carol’s interests then expanded to a love for Pilates, functional fitness and balanced healthy lifestyles. Besides working as a personal trainer in clients’ homes and being an educational coach for the University of Hawaii, she assists with the On Balance Studio newsletters, Christmas cards and workshop flyers.