Our Instructors

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Margi Douglas

Owner and Certified Pilates/Alexander Instructor

Margi opened the Pilates Garage in 2002 after her certification and training with Alycea Ungaro at Tribeca Bodyworks (now Real Pilates) in Manhattan and went on to do continuing education at the Kane School with Michelle Cohen and Power Pilates’ Bob Liekens. She trained to teach Alexander Technique under master ATI (Alexander Technique International) teacher Chloe Wing in New York City.  She holds an MFA in Acting and is now teaching the Alexander Technique in Columbia’s graduate acting program as well as Tom Todoroff acting conservatory in NYC. Her teaching at the studio blends her classic Pilates training with Pilates methodology and rehab work learned at the Kane School, and her understanding and use of the body from Alexander Technique. Currently she is studying with Master Teacher Jessica Wolf who has revolutionized the breath work within the Alexander field through what she terms “the Art of Breathing.” Her mission is to help performers and non-performers find strength, ease and presence in their whole selves. 


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Dylan Goodrich

Studio Manager and Certified Pilates Instructor

Dylan Goodrich is a fully certified Pilates Instructor who studied at the Kane School of Core Integration. Dylan was introduced to Pilates through her doctor as a way to heal her back and neck pain. She was in a car that was rear- ended by five cars in the pile up accident! With Pilates she was able to rehabilitate her back and neck. Dylan feels this experience has made her sensitive to understanding clients working through limitations and pain. Dylan's teaching in Pilates has focused on osteoporosis, scoliosis and postpartum Pilates. Dylan is co-creator of a postpartum guide "Get in Shape after Having a Baby." She currently manages at the Pilates Garage and teaches at Bridge Pilates. Dylan is also a fully certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner (CNHP) and currently counsels clients on holistic health.

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Hannah Kornfeld 

Certified Mat Pilates Instructor

Hannah is a California native who moved to NYC after getting her BFA in Musical theatre. Hannah is a certified Mat Pilates instructor through the Kane school and a Vinyasa Yoga instructor from Three Sister’s Yoga. Through her love for dance and movement, she fell in love with Pilates during college while shadowing a teacher. While taking more Pilates, Hannah realized the impact and effect Pilates could have for singers and dancers, and needed Pilates to have a larger role in her life. Hannah’s mat class is energetic, specific, full of laughs, a warm environment, focuses on breath, and the development of your own personal Pilates vocabulary for any level. Her mat class is great for beginners, as well as more versed Pilates students who are interested in the classic poses you love with an added twist.

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Jessica Ree

Certified Pilates Instructor

Jessica Ree started taking Pilates at 14 after a dance-related back injury left her looking for more strength for her over-flexible body. She started in California with Rael Isacowitz. After years of taking Pilates, she decided to combine her love of Pilates with her love of teaching. She became certified through Body Tonic Pilates Gymnasium in Brooklyn, NY. Jessica has also taken courses on exercise during pregnancy. She enjoys introducing Pilates to new students.


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Donnell Oakley 

Certified Pilates Instructor

Donnell is Pilates certified through Polestar Pilates LLC and has been teaching private and group instructions around New York since 2003.  Her interest in movement began as a young dancer and has continued through her dedicated study of anatomy, bio mechanics, and various dance styles.  She places an emphasis on fluidity and seeing the body as a whole in which its constituent parts work to contribute to that whole.  The goal is to transform our restrictive and possibly painful habits into an unbound and well-aligned moving body.  Donnell has worked with clients challenged by scoliosis, plantar fasciitis, post-op prostatectomy pelvic floor dysfunction, spinal disc herniation, spinal stenosis, bursitis, various shoulder injuries and worked with prenatal and postpartum women. Donnell eagerly continues to broaden her understanding of the body in motion through various workshops at the Kane School of Core Integration/Kinected, Steele Pilates, The Pilates Garage, The Franklin Method, her employment at Corinthian Physical Therapy from 2009-2015 and as a professional contemporary teacher, dancer and choreographer. Most recently she attended Healthy Necks with Kelly Kane and Deepening Therapeutic Skills with Kelly Kane and Scott Lyons. She has loved considering The Pilates Garage to be one of her homes since 2005. 

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Theresa Squire

Certified Pilates Instructor

Theresa is a costume designer, pilates instructor and former dancer who loves dancing around with her little girl. Pilates helped her recover from multiple knee injuries (including ACL reconstruction) and has supported her through pregnancy and beyond. Her love of teaching and helping others lead to her certification at the Kane School of Core Integration in New York. She continues to further her education through workshops and master classes. Her clients have a wide variety of goals beyond just getting in shape. They range from addressing chronic issues and injury recovery to surf camp prep and getting in tune with their body. Whatever your interest, her sessions are tailored to your overall goals as well as the needs of any given day.


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Julie Olival 

Certified Pilates Mat, Yoga and Meditation instructor

Julie is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and movement educator. She discovered Pilates along her dance path and immediately noticed an increase in stability and strength in her own practice. She became infinitely captivated with bio-mechanics and movement efficiency, noticing that when mindfully applied, clients find more ease and balance in their bodies. Julie holds an MFA in dance, is a certified Yoga and Meditation instructor, and is Pilates Mat certified through Kinected Center. Julie is near completion of her apparatus certification at Kinected. When not doing Pilates, Yoga, or Dance Julie can be seen riding her bike around Brooklyn or playing with her daughter, Zoe.