Expert Instruction

At Simpatico, we stay ahead of the times and are always improving our methods, furthering our accreditations, and adding classes and technologies that our customers show interest in. For us to be experts, we need to keep learning! As a result, we create and offer a well-rounded experience to keep our clients’ workouts fresh and effective. The history and core values of Joseph Pilates are important to maintaining the integrity of the work we do at Simpatico. Click here to learn more about Joseph Pilates and the inspiring story behind his work.


Simpatico instructors are a highly motivated and compatible group, working together to obtain our clients’ best health and well-being. Each trainer is an employee and works as a team player emanating balance, harmony and integrity while Simpatico supports their personal dreams and goals.

We are always looking for new instructors who are fun, dedicated, enthusiastic career professionals and certified through a PMA accredited program. For information about becoming a Simpatico instructor, please click here to email us.

Mindy Horwitz, Owner

As owner of Simpatico Pilates since 2012, Mindy strives to meet her clients’ needs for developing strength, balance, fitness, postural alignment, and mobility.  She specializes in working with individuals with rehabilitative or health concerns.

Mindy has trained individuals in Pilates for over 20 years and was certified in 1996 at Long Beach Dance Conditioning Center. There she studied with the master trainer, Marie-Jose Blom.  In 2002 Mindy became a certified Level 1 instructor of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and advanced her education to Level 2 in 2011. Mindy has been active in the dance community for over thirty years, both nationally and internationally. Her years of experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer have given her a trained eye for analyzing the body and practical knowledge for getting the most out of her clients.

Ruth Alpert
Pilates Instructor, GYROTONIC® Method Instructor

Ruth Alpert brings to her teaching extensive training in alternative movement modalities in addition to her many years’ experience as a dancer. Ruth’s interest in healing movement began in 1976, with the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Lulu Sweigard, and Susan Klein. She has been a certified practitioner of The Trager® Approach since 1987.

Ruth was trained in Pilates by Michele Larsson in 1992 and was an Associate of Core Dynamics from 1998-2009. She was certified in GYROTONIC® in 2002 and became a teacher of The Alexander Technique in 2007. Ruth has conducted workshops throughout the US since 1976.

Lindsay Ladin
Pilates Instructor

Lindsay Ladin is a BASI certified Pilates instructor from Santa Barbara. Lindsay practiced yoga for twelve years before discovering her love for Pilates in 2011. As a child Lindsay was a gymnast and has always been into physical activities such as soccer, hiking, softball, and boxing. Lindsay teaches both group and private Pilates classes on the apparatus, as well as on the mat. Lindsay’s love for teaching and her range of instruction, practice and skills makes her a well-rounded and fun instructor.

Jo Landis Shields
Certified Pilates Instructor

Jo considers teaching Pilates her dream job, as it allows her to combine her love of fitness and passion for helping others. She loves to see Pilates enhance and transform the lives of her clients. Pilates helps establish the mind-body connection necessary for a balanced fitness routine, while learning proper movement patterns that will sustain healthy posture and inspire new ways to strengthen the entire body.

Jo became a certified Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates Instructor after managing a Pilates studio in Santa Barbara for five years, and then entering the BASI Pilates teacher training program there. Jo has since earned the advanced BASI Pilates certification in “Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies” and also the “Working with the Mature Client” workshop. She is committed to continuing her Pilates education with workshops, self-practice, and supporting certifications. Jo currently serves on the Event Ambassador Committee for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation where she has been active since 2010 and enjoys cooking for family and friends, playing in the ocean, adventuring with her husband and adult kids, and tiring out their Australian Shepherd, Koda Bear.

Melody Collins
Certified Pilates Instructor

Melody discovered her passion for Pilates in 2010 while recovering from a back injury during a summer ballet program. Pilates helped immensely with her strength and recovery, and she now loves to share the benefits of Pilates with others. Melody became a certified Pilates Mat instructor in 2013 through BASI Pilates. In 2017, she completed her comprehensive BASI Pilates certificate with Dance Specialization under Karen Clippinger, while also achieving a degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science at Cal State Long Beach.

Melody loves working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, and in addition to Pilates, she has taught dance and performed professionally with several dance companies. She enjoys music, walking in nature, and spending time with family. Melody is thrilled to be a part of the community at Simpatico.  

Téana David
Certified Pilates Instructor

Téana grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia where she developed an early love of movement and the natural world. As a child, she was a gymnast, dancer, and downhill skier. Téana holds an undergraduate degree in Theater with an emphasis in Movement from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where she studied playwriting, producing, and somatics including body-mind centering, developmental movement technique, and Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice.

In New York City, where she lived from 2009 – 2019, Téana apprenticed and certified in Pilates through The Art of Fitness (lineages of Carola Trier and Roman Kryzanowski), studied anatomy with Irene Dowd, and trained in Thai Yoga Massage. She was the Director of Pilates at David Barton Gym in Manhattan’s East Village and an instructor at The Pilates Local. Téana is the founder of Six Petals Retreats, hosting yearly get-aways that combine movement and meditation at organic regenerative farms in Costa Rica. In addition to teaching Pilates, she is a writer and producer of documentaries, messaging campaigns, and livestreams that focus on environmental and social justice issues.