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Pilates - Guest Speakers

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

Fall 2017 Pilates Guest Speaker Series XI

Our 2017 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 5:     Marijane Palchikoff        Melt Method, the Art of Self Care

Marijane Palchikoff IMG_0886.JPGAfter raising 3 children including, two dancers, Marijane has put her enthusiasm and energy into the art of Pilates. As a former dancer herself she was introduced to the Pilates method 25 years ago.  During that time Maijane explored other healing arts such as Qu Gong and Tai Chi, but choose to pursue Pilates. Now as an instructor she brings her extensive knowledge of the body and its ability to heal itself to the studio to share with others. 

Sept 12:   Jake Caldwell, DPT         A “Good” Stretch

    (Bio and picture coming soon!)

Sept 19:   Gilda Gilak, MS, DC        Dancer’s Guide to Nutrition

gilda-47-Edit.jpgDr. Gilda Gilak is a California State Board Certified Chiropractor. She graduated from Southern California University of Health and Sciences, her undergraduate degree is in the field of cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Microbiology, which fostered her understanding of the physiology of the human body; and Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from University of Western State. Dr. Gilak served as President of CCA orange county district in 2008-2009. She was nominated by Southern California University of Health and Sciences to receive a leadership award from “Who’s Who Among American Student Colleges”, Jan.2004. She was nominated to receive an outstanding graduate award from Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage, March 2006. She is certified Kinesio Taping method as of April of 2007 also, she is a certified practitioner in Active Release Technique of the Spine, Upper and Lower Extremities, and nerve entrapment since 2007-Current.  Previous academic engagement: Instructor in Anatomy Department of Southern California University from 2007-2009.

Oct 10:     Nicole Quibodeaux        Explore Your Core

Nicole Quibodeaux FullSizeRender.jpegAfter a career in marketing and sales, Nicole turned her passion for mind-body movement and solving movement dysfunction into a career. As a comprehensively certified Pilates teacher and 500 E-RYT, she helps students zero-in on their body mechanics and posture to drastically improve their fitness and function. Visit her website for more information.

Oct 17:     Diane Diefenderfer        Continuing the Legacy:  Authentic Pilates

Diane Diefenderfer DDhdsht25.jpegDiane Diefenderfer has been teaching the Pilates Method for over 35 years. She studied extensively with and worked for Ron Fletcher's original Studio for Body Contrology in Beverly Hills, CA as well as private study with Romana Kryzanowska. Diane opened Studio du Corps/Pilates Center of Orange County in 1987 and has been a faculty member at University of California, Irvine since 1988, teaching ballet and directing the Dance Wellness/Pilates Program. Prior to her discovery of the Pilates Method, she was a soloist with the Frankfurt Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet companies. Diane is a regular presenter at international conferences and workshops and is Distinguished Faculty for Pilates Anytime. 

For more information contact Sue Stewart at (714) 501-4435
or email