Our Instructors

Meet the Pilates Barre Portland team

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MEET THE TEAM

Our Instructors

Mary El-Ebrashi
Mary El-EbrashiOwner, Instructor
Mary El-Ebrashi is the founder of The Pilates Barre, Portland LLC. She holds a level 3 comprehensive certification through Peak Pilates, as well as certifications in TRX and Barre. Her goal for the studio is to provide a non-intimidating environment with small, welcoming class sizes and quality instructors.

Mary has always been a fitness enthusiast, and turned to Pilates in 2006 after having children to regain core strength, heal abdominal separation, and relieve her post-pregnancy chronic back pain. She is a full believer in the benefits of Pilates and its ability to heal. After 7 years of personal practice, Mary became certified through her own private instructor and Peak Pilates Master Instructor Jessica Schultz.

Mary lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Sam, her two children, Sophia and Zane, and two Jack Russel Terriers, Spike and Lucy. In her personal time, she enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, and a love of good wine.

Classes with Mary
Danielle Halstead
Danielle HalsteadInstructor
Danielle loved sports from a young age, and found her passion for health and wellness when she began coaching youth rugby. She became interested in the role mental health plays in physical health, and was inspired to pursue a degree in Exercise Science at Portland State University. Upon realizing her goal of actively helping people change their lives, Danielle added a second degree in Health Science. She started her career as a personal trainer/group exercise instructor, and has since held a variety of other positions in the fitness world. She enjoys hiking and kayaking, and regularly competes in Crossfit competitions. She holds certifications in TRX and Kettlebell.
Classes with Danielle
Cara Busacker
Cara BusackerInstructor
Cara is an Oregon native, who grew up in Central Oregon. She moved to Portland at an early age to pursue her formal dance training at Oregon Ballet Theater, and continued her training at Pacific NW Ballet in Seattle. As a dancer in her teens she discovered Pilates while rehabilitating from a knee injury. She found the full body/mind movement system to be truly beneficial in recovering from injuries but also in enhancing strength and coordination in everyday life. Cara believes Pilates is a great foundation for movement of any kind. It brings her joy to help her clients achieve proper body alignment, connect to their core, and build strength. She also strives to make each class fun and approachable, and knows that EVERYONE can benefit and heal through Pilates. Cara is PEAK Pilates certified in mat and apparatus equipment. She trained with Peak Pilates Master Instructor Jessica Schultz. She is also certified in MAMALATES, a mom and baby pre- and post-partum based program, developed here in Portland by Wendy Foster. Cara teaches Pilates mat/equipment, barre, and movement classes at studios throughout the Portland area. She enjoys dancing, music, yoga, traveling, hiking, swimming, laughing, and relaxing in the beautiful NW with her family and friends. Her motto is, “Keep the body moving while having fun”!

Classes with Cara
Tawny Phillips
Tawny PhillipsInstructor
Tawny has been dancing to the beat since she was four years old. She began her formal training with ballet in a studio setting, and went on to dance at a professional level for various dance companies and sports teams in the Portland area, including the NBA, AFL, & WHL. This dream-chaser grew up in Astoria, and moved to Portland after graduating from the University of Oregon.
Tawny holds her CPT from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as her Level I Barre Certification. As a Pilates Barre Instructor & Personal Trainer, Tawny is most passionate about inspiring and empowering her fit fam to achieve their fitness goals. She believes that Barre combined with TRX and Resistance Training creates the ideal total body workout, by providing the perfect blend of fat burning intensity and proper body alignment training to sculpt and define lean muscles, as well as increase range of motion and improve overall functional movement.
Classes with Tawny
Kate Kirkman
Kate KirkmanInstructor
Kate lives in the Multnomah Village neighborhood with her husband, Kris, and two children, Aisley and Cameron. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest in 1997 while attending Lewis & Clark College, where she practiced as a child, family and addictions psychotherapist. She discovered the incredible benefits of Pilates with Mary Elebrashi at The Pilates Barre after recovering from major hip and neck surgeries. With a background in dance and musical performance, Kate enjoys the fluidity and beauty of the Pilates movement system, with its emphasis on the importance of a mind and body connection. Inspired by her own success with the restorative and strengthening effects of Pilates, Kate wished to share this transformative experience with others, and became certified as a Peak Pilates instructor with Master Instructor Jessica Schultz.
Classes with Kate
Julia Liberman
Julia LibermanInstructor
After watching Samantha Jones on Sex and the City proudly complimenting her own physique, Julia was inspired to try pilates. She started training as a teen and pursued it professionally after encouragement from one of her instructors to start teaching. She trained in Tel Aviv and Limassol, where she obtained a formal certification for Mat and Reformer from Leslie Bender’s method Pilates Coach. She is also a qualified STOTT Barre and TRX suspension instructor. However, her passion is the Reformer. She specializes in postural analysis and correction while focusing on mobilizing the joints and stabilizing the core muscles. Having two children of her own and understanding the effect pregnancy takes on a woman’s body, she loves working with women to help them restore their bodies postpartum.
Classes with Julia
Beth Marquis
Beth MarquisInstructor
An Oregon native, Beth has studied Pilates since 2009. An active lifestyle has always been a priority for her. Nursing chronic shoulder pain and short on doctor approved physical therapy sessions, she turned to Pilates. After a few classes she realized the exercises were almost identical to her PT homework. The difference was, it was more fun. She saw that aside from learning to retrain poor muscle movement patterns, it was fabulous for toning, strengthening, building better posture, and it included a mind-body connection similar to yoga. This beautiful movement system became a passion for her. Eventually she decided to become a certified PEAK Pilates instructor under Master Instructor, Jessica Schultz here in Portland, Oregon. As an instructor, Beth combines fundamental techniques with both mat and equipment sessions for beginner to experienced students. In her teaching, she is committed to collaborating with students to find results they are seeking through useful movement patterns that transfer into their healthy everyday living.
Classes with Beth

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