Ann Turner is co-founder of the Downtown Pilates Studio. She was certified in 1997 by the Pilates Studio NYC and has fifteen yearsí experience teaching the method. Her expertise serves a broad spectrum of clients -- from professional athletes seeking to improve performance to individuals of any age with injuries, chronic pain, joint replacements, and degenerative diseases.
She first witnessed the powerful rehabilitative benefits of Pilates as a student, when she was immersed in an elite milieu with direct lineage to Joseph Pilates. She credits the rigor of the training she received from Romana Krysanowska for her own success in supporting the health of her clientele. Master Trainer Bob Liekens was also a formative influence.
Ann holds the distinction of having established the first Pilates studio in Alaska. Prior to the opening of its doors in 2000, in her hometown of Fairbanks, she taught in various cities in the U.S. and abroad.
Her additional professional credentials include certification in Carpediem Progressions for CoreAlign with Hayley Healey. She is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute to teach yoga, which she earned in 2009 under the supervision of Devta Kaur Khalsa and Guru Meher Singh Khalsa, students of Yogi Bhajan. Ann also received a BA in art from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, an MFA in theatre from Ohio University and has worked for several performing arts organizations, including Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City, Cleveland Play House and Juneauís Naa Kahidi Theater.
A longstanding commitment to health and well-being, to the arts and to education is reflected in Annís local community involvement. She has developed and implemented a Pilates curriculum for young dancers and a dry-land program for swimmers. She launched a juniors program for teens and also offers a program for seniors. In both her professional and volunteer efforts, she is delighted to support others in gaining the tools they need to achieve their goals.
Ann lives in downtown Fairbanks with her husband and three daughters.