Emerald Pilates Instructors

Di – Instructor/Studio Owner

My name is Di Dall ’Oglio. I live in Emerald with my hubbie Mark and three children who are growing up way too fast!

I have been teaching fitness/movement for half of my life, starting as an “Aerobics Instructor” in the early 1990’s! I have been teaching Pilates since 2003, but required a detailed understanding of the method.

In 2014, I studied a higher level Pilates and gained qualifications recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Throughout my whole career I have loved teaching and Pilates the most. I believe Pilates is the fountain of youth, It makes me feel flexible, strong, tall and mobile in my body, as well as clear minded, calm and happy.

It has always been my dream to have my own Pilates Studio, and to help others discover the magic of Pilates and the way it can be life changing.

As a teacher and student, I am completely passionate about the Pilates method.

Wendy –Pilates & Barre Teacher

I was born in South Africa, have danced since the age of 10, and became a dance teacher 25 years ago. Pilates was always very central to my dance training, always working towards to the mid-line of the body.

After moving to Melbourne, I became mum of two, and devoted myself to my family. I live in Selby & love the peaceful lifestyle of the hills.

Always having had a passion for movement & exercise, I became a group fitness instructor once the kids started school, teaching Body Balance and Pilates, and more recently, Barre Attack.

I also practices Irish dance (with my daughter), as I am unable to stop dancing!

I am excited to begin a new journey with Di & Sarah at Emerald Pilates.

Laura – Pilates & Barre Teacher

As a registered holistic nutritionist with a passion for health and wellness, over the last year, I have come to really appreciate the place that Pilates and Barre play in my life: a place of more control and precision, finesse and elegance; a new way of centring, a new way of movement, a new way of body awareness.

Fitness and exercise have been a part of my life since I was a young child, mainly in the form of long distance running.  Today, I continue my journey as a competitive long distance runner, but have seen first-hand the balance and benefits that Pilates and Barre can add to this passion.

I see wellness as a complete, holistic ensemble and love teaching others and helping them find all the components to create the best version of themselves.  As such, I spend my time as a freelance writer, contributing to health and wellness sites and maintaining my own food and health blog.  In addition, I consult clients; teach workshops and present at corporate wellness events.  Together, with educating, teaching, creating food and practising my own fitness, I seek to embody and demonstrate a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that anyone can make into their own.

If you don’t find me in the kitchen, I’ll be out running on the trails by the ocean, engaging in my passion for travel as I explore a new part of the world, or taking on a new crazy challenge and adventure. I’m all about trying new (hard) things.

Join me, or any of the other amazing instructors at Emerald Pilates, and you will be taking the first step towards achieving your own healthy, sustainable lifestyle.  And I can’t wait to help you reach your goals.

Laura Cox – Pilates Teacher

My name is Laura Cox, and I am a new found lover of Pilates.

I am a qualified Physiotherapist, currently working in aged care. I found my way into physiotherapy from my own experiences with injuries through dance, and resolved that being able to help others with their pain would be an amazing career to have. In aged care, a lot of my work focuses around pain management, falls prevention and improving mobility.

I decided I would like to branch out a bit more, and learn new skills that I can implement in my working life to help my clients, as I want to eventually split my time between aged care and other areas of physiotherapy, such as women’s health. As part of this skill acquisition, I ventured into Pilates. I didn’t realise before I started how much it would benefit not just only my clients but myself as well! I therefore went on to study reformer Pilates, in order to better myself as well as add another level to my treatments. I love that Pilates is a way of not only making yourself stronger and healthier, but can also be a great way to address muscular imbalances, reduce pain, and allow for a safe return to exercise from injury.

In my spare time, I competitively Irish dance (and have been doing so since I was 6), and enjoy going for walks with my husband and trying new things.

I am excited to be starting this new journey, and hope to learn a lot from both the other amazing instructors but also from all of you, however you may come to be involved with Emerald Pilates.

Viv – Pilates Teacher

Viv is an experienced performer and teacher of dance and is enthusiastically embracing the benefits of Pilates in her own life. She is currently studying for her Diploma of Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology with Di at Emerald Pilates and she is looking forward to sharing the joy and work of Pilates with others as a teacher of Pilates. Viv has been teaching & performing dance for 20 years and Pilates has often been an important part of her dancing life. She is excited to explore the possibilities of Pilates and dance together and to learn how Pilates can help everybody! She is a firm believer in the power of movement and the capacity of EVERYbody to find joy in moving, and Pilates is a powerful way to find that.

Mel – Pilates Teacher

My name is Melissa Fairburn, I am the very proud mother of two amazing boys. My passion for health, fitness and well being stems from my many years of playing netball and working as a group fitness instructor and seeing the benefits that movement can have on a person.

I teach Body Balance, Barre, Water Aerobics, Body Pump, and Mat Pilates. I am currently completing a diploma of Clinical Pilates and I am enjoying gaining a deeper understanding of the benefits of movement on both the body and the mind.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and meeting up with friends. I also enjoy training for and playing netball.

I look forward to meeting you all and helping you achieve your personal goals.

Toscha – Pilates Teacher

Toscha is currently studying for her Diploma of Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology with Di at Emerald Pilates. Fitness and Sports coaching has been a part of her life for many years. Starting in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer, Gym and Aerobics Instructor in the 90’s, her passion ventured to Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon where she became a qualified coach. Working with beginner to elite athletes she travelled to many wonderful winter places around the world supporting these athletes.
She is also a keen runner preferring trails to roads. After injuring her knee during a run, the surgeon advised that she should give up running. Not an ideal situation. During rehabilitation, Toscha found Pilates. Starting with the Physiotherapist and then with the tribe at Emerald Pilates, she returned to running and skiing, even venturing back to competing in Biathlon.
Pilates methodology has made its way into her coaching activities successfully helping athletes address areas of biomechanical weakness to move with greater strength and balance and programs for proactive injury prevention. She is passionate about efficient movement and helping people achieve their goals whether it be elite performance, recovering from an injury or just feeling good in their own skin. She is looking forward to sharing the understanding of how your body moves and the benefits of Pilates as a teacher of Pilates.

Marie – Pilates Teacher

My fitness journey started when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002. I made a decision then that MS was not going to identify me. Setting myself small achievable goals was the first step. It was here, that I was able to complete my Cert III & IV in Fitness. With guidance from my wonderful support network, the next step was Matt and Reformer Pilates training. I needed to be the strongest I could be and Pilates was the way to do it. I knew that! This year my Pilates journey continued and a Diploma in Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology began. I want to inspire those who are faced with similar adversities as mine not to give up. To promote the importance of strength, coordination, flexibility and balance to improve both posture and movement. I have been an Educator for the last 20 years guiding secondary students in their chosen pathways and now a part-time fitness instructor. My love and need to be strong drives me everyday to continue on this journey, even when things seem a little tough, I will never give up. I also completed my Punchfit and MetaPWR qualifications to increase my repertoire of exercises. It never gets easier, you just get stronger. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you! Nothing ventured, nothing gained!!