Pilates Teck's certified teachers are always the best that the Pilates industry offers.
Karena Thek Lineback
President of Pilates Teck, Inc
Host of 'Alive & Well Radio' on KHTS
Host of 'Pilates for Health Bodies' on public television
Author of OsteoPilates (New Page, 2003)
Author of Scolio-Pilates (2011)
Author of The Pilates Golf Athlete (2014)
Karena began studying Pilates as a dance student. After retiring from a professional dance career, Karena began teaching Pilates at her own studio, Pilates Teck. Six months after opening the studio, Karena became the Director of Pilates at SCV Therapy Services and expanded her study of common spine pathologies in the rehabilitation setting. She wrote her first book, OsteoPilates, in 2003, as a result of working directly with a high percentage of women with osteoporosis and without a reliable resource to steer them towards for safe exercise for osteoporosis. Scolio-Pilates came out of a desire to help help a specific client with scoliosis as well as trying to heal the pain from her own scoliosis. The Pilates Golf Athlete, was developed with the realization, that like most sports, many of its participants do not have the physical tools or capability to perform the movement that they are trying to achieve.
In 2008, as a result of her work with fitness and rehabilitation clients, Karena was asked to host the talk show 'Alive & Well' on AM 1220 KHTS. This weekly show allows Karena to teach to a larger audience, then her one-on-one work allows, while interviewing the most outstanding voices in the field of health.
In 2009, the public television special, 'Pilates for Healthy Bodies with Karena Thek Lineback was produced and aired for two years.
In 2013, Karena began working the Wounded Warrior Batallion at the C5 Unit at the San Diego Naval Medical Center.
While Karena spends much of her time on the road traveling the world to teach other Pilates Instructors and Physical Therapists, she continues to work one-on-one with clients. Karena's passion and specialty is working with people who have special needs due to injury or chronic conditions.
Karena's next project? She's not talking but it promises to be bigger than the last. You can reach Karena by going to the Contact Page of this website.
In order of their appearance at Pilates Teck:
Suzi McDonald Smith
Director of Instruction
certified by BASI
Suzi has worked consistently as a dancer in feature films, commercials, stage and industrials for the past 12 years. She came to Los Angeles from Seattle on a professional dance scholarship to Edge Performing Arts Center. From there, she was busy as a Laker Girl, world tours with the Beach Boys and Latin artist Chayanne, filming commercials for ESPN, NBC Sports, Ford and many others. She can be seen in feature films “Forrest Gump” and “Showgirls”, as well as dancing with Robin Williams on the 72nd Academy Awards. Suzi’s resume also includes many industrial shows and stage performances for Disney, “Legends in Concert”, in Las Vegas “BRAVO starring Charo and “American Superstars”. As well as performing, Suzi has guest taught and judged dance competitions nationally. As associate director of Wild Room Productions, she brings her experience and creativity to the stage with “VAMPS” performing at Risqué inside the Paris hotel in Las Vegas.
In 2000, Suzi began to transition her performing career to pilates personal training earning certification with Rael Isacowitz from Body, Arts and Science International in Costa Mesa, California. At Keith Klevens Physical Therapy in Las Vegas, Nevada, she became experienced in pilates for physical rehabilitation for sports, dance, women’s health, and debilitating conditions. In addition, Suzi continued teaching pilates at Body and Soul Pilates, also in Las Vegas.
Suzi has two daughters and has a lot of experience with what it means to get back into shape after 4 months of bedrest with her 2nd daughter.
Suzi has been with Pilates Teck since 2004. She was a fitness model for the PBS Special and DVD, Pilates for Healthy Bodies with Karena Thek Lineback, that was hosted and produced by Pilates Teck.
certified by Pilates Teck
Lisa joined Pilates Teck as a client in 2001. Not many years later, she went through a rigorous training program and is now a certified Pilates instructor. Lisa was a fitness model for the PBS special, Pilates for Healthy Bodies with Karena Thek Lineback. You can also see Lisa on the accompanying exercise DVD.
Lisa grew up an army brat on or around military bases in Europe and the United States until she finished high school. As a child, she was always athletic and early on she figured out that the more sports she was involved in the less availability she would have to do housework. So, she ran Junior AAU track and even placed in the Junior Olympics a couple of years. In addition to being a sprinter she played team volleyball, and later took on Tae Kwon Do.
At Washington State University she studied Business and after graduation moved from Tacoma to Los Angeles where she worked in an administrative position at a movie studio. Deciding a desk job was not for her, she began taking courses in TV production. From there she freelanced as a Production Assistant on various projects for about two years which included going on the road as a wardrobe assistant. She began her career in Post Production in 1990 and worked as an editing and telecine assist until 1999 when long hours of working in the dark and the birth of her son caused her to significantly curtail her work load. During this time she also discovered she could no longer do a sit up. She began taking Pilates in 2002 and has been hooked ever since.
“It has strengthened me in a way no other sport or form of exercise ever has. My love of doing Pilates became a desire to help people through teaching.” --Lisa
Crystal Lacey Edwards
Crystal her Masters of Science in Exercise Science. She is a valuable member of Pilates Teck's rehabilitation team at SCV Therapy Services. She holds certifications with the Pilates Method Alliance and the National Acamady of Sports Medicine, both accredited certifications through the NCCA. You will enjoy working with Crystal's effervescent personality and if you like, check her out on air! She joins Karena frequently on AM1220 KHTS to co-host Alive & Well Radio every Wednesday at 12pm.