Our Teachers

Meet the Founder

Spencer Baker

Originally from Chicago, Spencer Baker moved to New York to pursue his dreams of being an artist. While going to graduate school, he also pursued a passion for dance and fitness. After finishing his MFA degree in 2002 from Hunter College he decided to get certified in Pilates.

He started a Pilates program at a Physical Therapy clinic in Forest Hills. Soon, his clients ranged from athletic, to elderly and sometimes disabled. He realized his life as a creative artist, had morphed into another dedication, for Rehabilitation and helping people with injuries.

In 2006, he opened his own Pilates Studio, Spencer Pilates Arts in Forest Hills. The studio currently has over 70 classes a week, and also features Barre and specialized classes and workshops. It was been voted “Best of the Boro” multiple times by the Queens Courier.

His teaching is inspired by his studies of Anatomy and Physiology. He tries to imbue each exercise as if it were an act of creativity. He has been certified by the Pilates Method Alliance.


    Samantha feels she relates to Pilates through her background in jazz and ballet dance.  Specifically, she is interested in Pilates not only to help people tone and shape their bodies, but also to help people understand and become aware of their body mechanics and how Pilates can effect their overall well being. Samantha’s other hobbies include dance, writing, painting/drawing, playing bass guitar, piano, and singing.  Samantha holds certifications through Balanced Body University.

  • Yael Levy
    Yael Levy

    Yael began her study of Pilates at Body Control Studio (in Israel, 1988) as a means of improving her dance technique. Yael’s approach integrates the fundamental principles of pilates with her background as a dance teacher, and her studies of anatomy and kinesiology. The goal of her teaching is to help her students build overall strength and to better understand their individual structures. By doing so, the students are given the tools with which to understand, maintain, and care for their body and spirits. Yael holds certifications from the Kane School of Core Integration.

  • Masako Koga
    Masako Koga

    Masako is originally from Osaka, Japan, where after finishing her BA in English,  she worked for a major insurance company.  Bored,  she decided to move to Southern California to further her studies in anthropology and other social sciences. Suffering a mysterious paralysis that left her weakened for years to come, she turned to the intense classical ballet training of her youth. This discipline rekindled her passion for dance and led to a professional modern and contemporary dance career in New York City.  It was in New York that she discovered Pilates, eventually getting her comprehensive Pilates certifications (mat and apparatus) from the Kane School of Core Integration and the Physicalmind Institute. She continues to further her education having taken workshops from almost all of the master Pilates teachers around the world. She now teaches certification programs, workshops and master classes internationally.

  • Maria Lorenzo
    Maria Lorenzo

    Maria Lorenzo has been in fitness for almost 3 decades. She is a AFAA personal trainer/group instructor. She has many speciality certifications such as, Yoga 200RYT, Yoga for Anxiety and Yoga for Veterans (PTSD)
    She is fully trained on all PILATES apparatus through Balanced Body.  Maria is also a certified Integrated Corrective Exercise Specialist for the aging population. (I.C.E) and a Certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation. (I.C.F.)
    Maria has experienced first hand the benefits of the method. She has severe scoliosis and lived in pain until she found pilates. Through the method and her work with corrective exercises, she now lives pain free.
    She combines her passion for pilates, knowledge of the body, and her coaching skills to help people live pain free and be mindful in their movements so they can remain injury free and strong. mariasmountain.com


    Gessica is a professional dancer originally from Tuscany, Italy, is fully certified in all Pilates apparatus by Balanced Body University.  She is also Integral Yoga certified from Yogea Art Flow Center.  In dance, she has studied Graham and Limon techniques.  Her own dance company called Codice Rosso, is set to perform next season at Brooklyn Academy of Music Fisher Fishman space.


    Karen is a long time Pilates enthusiast.  Her passion for tennis is what inspired her to pursue a certification in Pilates.  She received her mat certification from Kane School.  As both enthusiast and educator, she is committed to teaching people how to move more efficiently to improve their quality of life.  Recently, Karen has taught pilates at Annie Black Physical Therapy.  She is excited to join Spencer Pilates Arts and to share her experiences with others.


    Elisabeth has been a student of Pilates for almost ten years and is pursuing her instructor certification with Balanced Body. To compliment her Pilates workouts, she began taking barre classes and loved the unconventional mix of classical ballet and an exuberant 1980s-group fitness aesthetic. She then went on to complete Tracey Mallet’s Booty Barre instructor-training program. Now she looks forward to encouraging elegant form while jamming out to loud chart-topping hits in all her classes.

    Elisabeth holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and an MA in Sociology from The New School for Social Research. She is currently working on her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland.


    Roberta Wein, P.T., founder and director of P.T. and Pilates, has had over 20 years of experience, bringing together a background of dance, Pilates and physical therapy. Her unique practice offers Pilates as a means of rehabilitation.


    Angie Lu is a dancer and currently studying in the MFA Program at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. As a dancer, Angie has experienced her fair share of injuries. In the process of healing her injuries she discovered her love of Pilates. She is currently pursuing her certification under Lesley Powell and Joy Karley from Balanced Body. Through her teaching, she wants to convey that Pilates is not only a hard work out but an opportunity to learn about your body.

  • Sasha Nyurgechova
    Sasha Nyurgechova

    Sasha loves being active and enjoys different types of movement, especially cycling and running, as it gives her a chance to explore nature and to build mental strength and physical endurance.  She was introduced to Pilates after a running injury 5 years ago. Pilates helped her to build a base of strength and stability, improve her posture and flexibility, which lead to better running form and spirit.  Encouraged by her progress, she wanted to share Pilates with others. Sasha completed the Mat and Equipment Training Certification Program at Gramercy Pilates NYC in June 2021.  She believes more precision in the movements results in better execution of the exercises and loves nothing more than helping others become healthy and strong.

  • Doria Rosa
    Doria Rosa

    Doria Rosa has over 20 years in the health and fitness industry, as a fitness, yoga and Pilates teacher. She is originally from Rhode Island and has worked for 15 years in South Florida. Her interests include Yoga and Pilates for Rehabilitation, as well as Pilates for Osteoporosis. Doria teaches in a holistic way, believing strongly in the importance of strength, balance, and flexibility of the body and mind. Her heart-based teaching style draws on all her background and experiences.