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Pilates - Guest Speakers

Orange Coast College's Pilates department would like to invite you to:

Fall 2018 Pilates Guest Speaker Series XII

Our 2018 series will offer Five Lecture/Activity Workshops. It is open to the public for a fee of $20 per workshop or $85 for all five.

This series is free to currently enrolled OCC students, and OCC Pilates certificate alumni.

The series will be held in the Pilates Studio, Art Center 147 and 148, on Tuesdays from 11:10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Limited parking available in Lots D & C.  Metered parking available or day passes can be purchased at dispensers in Lot C.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Bursar's Office at (714) 432-5880 or at

Sept 11:     Debra Stafford        "Strategies for Progressing Your Clients"

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Debra discovered Pilates in 1995 at a local college on a summer break from Princeton University where she studied Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  An analytical thinker with a passion for interpretation of objects of beauty, whether films, texts, or bodies, Debra was immediately drawn to Pilates, and the concept that “It is the mind itself that shapes the body.” (Franz von Schiller)  Her first Pilates mentor, Jo Dierdorff, seeing her therapeutic eye and passion for Pilates, encouraged her to pursue Pilates certification one year later under Rael Isacowitz, who went on to found Body Arts and Science International. After university, Debra pursued a career in corporate America, but felt that there was something missing.  She returned to teaching Pilates part-time, and discovered that her clients with injuries were becoming strong and pain-free through their work with her. She knew she had found that sense of purpose that she had been seeking, and decided to pursue Pilates full-time. In order to further her knowledge of the rehabilitative power of Pilates, she completed her Comprehensive Teacher Training Certification with Dance Specialization in 2010, through BASI, under renowned dance and clinical kinesiologist, Karen Clippinger. Debra has experience in rehabilitative, post-rehabilitative, college, and studio settings, including cardio-chair classes.

Sept 25:   Diana Sutcliff, DPT         "Screening for Prevention of Dance Injuries"

DianaSutcliff.jpgDiana Sutcliff and her husband are owners of Impact Rehabilitation Center, an outpatient physical therapy center in Orange.  She graduated from USC with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2001.  Since then, she has worked as a Physical Therapist at Impact Rehabilitation Center, specializing in helping patients who have orthopedic spine diagnoses and neurological diagnoses.  She has enjoyed working with many dancers over the years, and founded and taught a dance class for children with special needs.  She also taught Kinesiology for Dancers and Motor Control at Chapman University, and was a Teacher’s Assistant in the Physical Therapy program at Chapman University.  She grew up dancing, including at Ballet Montmartre, Corona del Mar High School, Disneyland, and Brockus Project Dance Company.  She studied at Chapman  University, during which she earned a Bachelor of Science in Movement Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology, and a minor in Dance. 

Oct 9:     Jana Jenson, RN, MSN         "The Power of Myofascial Release"

janajensen_headshot_3in.jpgJana brings 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, nurse educator, and administrator to her care for patients. Having worked in high-risk labor and delivery for nearly a decade, she brings an in-depth understanding of the pelvic floor and related concerns in women's health care. Her training as a myofascial release therapist enhances her extensive experience in providing highly skilled and effective patient care.

Oct 23:   Barbara Nelson     "Self-Care for Pilates Teachers"

Barbara.jpgBarbara Nelson is a certified Pilate, Yamuna Body Rolling and melt Hand & Foot Instructor.  Barbara spent 14 years working for Physical Therapists as a rehab and post-rehab exercise specialist.  She currently works at Full Potential Pilates in Orange, specializing in Therapeutic Pilates.

Nov 13:   Donna Place        "Working with the Hyper-Mobile Body"

Donna PlaceDonna Place graduated with a BA in music education from Whittier College in 1987.  She spent the next 12 years teaching music, folk dance and physical education, both in college and in elementary schools.  Convinced of the necessity of movement in the school system, Donna began studying dance more formally at local studios and the Lewitzky summer dance program.  She received her MA in dance studies in 1995 from the Laban School for Movement and Dance in London.  During that time she also began studying Pilates with Alan Herdman. After returning to the United States she continued Pilates training with Marie Jos​e Blom and GYROTONIC® training with Mary Halzworth, completing both programs in 1996.  In 2000 Donna became a Gyrotonic master trainer and in 2001 she joined the dance faculty at Orange Coast College where she currently teaches kinesiology for dance.  Donna travels throughout the United States and abroad teaching anatomy seminars for various movement programs as well as teacher training courses for the GYROTONIC® system.

For more information contact Amelie Hunter at