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Meet the team

Qualified Physiotherapists, Pilates Instructors and more...

Lauren McLeod

Founder, Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

LLauren McLeodauren McLeod graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2008 with a First Class (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy. She has gone on to complete her PGCert, having developed an interest in pelvic health.

Having worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS for many years, Lauren recognises the importance of exercise and correct muscle balance in preventing injury and pain. Lauren also knows that busy lives can make achieving and maintaining this challenging! Pop-up Pilates was born from this passion, to help make safe and effective exercise available and accessible to everyone.

Lauren McLeod believes that everyone can benefit from Pilates, whether to improve posture, recover from injury, or just to gain a stronger body and mind. Lauren has been a qualified Pilates instructor since 2010, but long before this the principles of Pilates have underpinned her physiotherapy work.

Lauren successfully uses Pilates with a huge variety of clients, including those with complex musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain, children, and pregnant and postnatal women. Lauren has also done post graduate training in the use of Pilates after breast cancer, and in the antenatal and postnatal population.

Lauren enjoys health promotion within her NHS role and as a Pilates instructor. Lauren takes our corporate classes and enjoys bringing Pilates into unexpected places – offices, schools, hospitals, parks – she has been there!

Lauren loves getting to know her clients and problem solving tricky issues. Lauren has a friendly and personable attitude to instructing, making Pilates fun as well as effective. Lauren believes passionately in helping individuals reach their goals through helping them learn more about their body whilst they exercise.  She has seen the benefits Pilates can have in reducing pain, increasing flexibility, strength and improving posture. See our testimonials for our client’s views.[/col_23]

Alice Rodriguez

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Alice qualified from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 and is currently working in the NHS as a specialist physiotherapist in Woman’s and Men’s health. In this role, Alice sees the importance of core balance, strength and flexibility on a daily basis.

Outside of work, Alice is keen on leading a healthy lifestyle. She regularly attends the gym and enjoys keeping fit. Alice has benefited from Pilates herself when recovering from hip surgery, this first-hand experience means Alice is passionate about Pilates for rehabilitation.

Alice takes mixed ability classes, were her approachable and relaxed method of instruction helps clients to get the most out of their classes whilst having fun.

Amy Bannings

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor


Amy completed her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2015 from Oxford Brookes, following a BSc from Durham in Cellular Biology in 2013. Amy coaches rowing, focusing on the importance of core stability in athlete training. Amy became interested in Pilates working with athletes for injury prevention. However, her experience in the NHS has demonstrated how everyone can benefit from Pilates, no matter what their ability is.

Amy hopes her work at Pop-up Pilates will help people get active in a sustainable way, preventing pain and encouraging healthy living. Amy currently takes our student classes. Amy enjoys helping her student athletes with their sporting performance. She also takes beginners classes to help all students manage the stresses and strains of studying and academic life.

Beth Harris

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Beth Harris

Bethan Harris graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. Beth currently works a senior physiotherapist in musculoskeletal health at Oxford University Hospitals, were she regularly uses Pilates as part of her treatment programmes.

Beth first began Pilates to help with her own back pain, discovering the benefits that Pilates brings by increasing her awareness of her posture and the way she performed specific movements. It was this first-hand experience of the positive impacts Pilates can have that inspired Beth to become an instructor.

Beth has a particular interest in helping others to reduce pain through Pilates, just like she did. Beth is excited to use Pilates to help others gain freedom of movement and overall, improve their symptoms and quality of life. Beth loves getting to know her clients through Pilates and enjoys teaching both beginners and those more experienced. Beth teaches a variety of adult clients in friendly and relaxed classes.

Charlotte Church

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Charlotte qualified from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc (HONS) in Physiotherapy. During her physiotherapy career, she has worked in a number of large teaching hospitals and has specialized solely in Pelvic Health physiotherapy for over 10 years. Charlotte has taught at an undergraduate level and has been a postgraduate mentor for The University of Bradford’s women’s health and continence courses. She enjoys teaching and has spoken about pelvic floor dysfunction at national and international level. Clinically, she has a wealth of experience in treating musculoskeletal problems during pregnancy, as well as treating men and women with bladder and bowel dysfunction and pelvic pain.

Given her specialist interest in pelvic health, Charlotte is keen to promote the benefits of a strong and balanced core. She is incredibly enthusiastic about the benefits of Pilates and has personally experienced the improvement in flexibility, posture and strength that can be gained with practice.

Krissie Ilsley

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Krissie IlsleyKrissie is currently studying at Oxford Brookes University for a Masters in Physiotherapy. She first developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal health during her undergraduate sports science degree before going on to pursue a career in outpatient physiotherapy.

Having coached netball for over 6 years, Krissie recognises the importance of core stability and flexibility in performance and injury prevention. Outside of work, Krissie enjoys weight training, netball, running and ballet.

Having completed her Pilates instructor course Krissie has loved getting to know new people through spreading her passion for health and fitness. Krissie enjoys teaching mixed ability classes and using small equipment to challenge and adapt exercises for her clients.


Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Olivia graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a first class honours in physiotherapy. Olivia currently works as a rotational physiotherapist at the Oxford University Hospital Trust.

Olivia first became interested in Pilates when she saw the benefits of using it to treat musculoskeletal injuries in her patients. With a sporting background she also understands, and has seen the personal benefits, in improving strength and control to enhance performance.

Olivia’s classes help promote muscle balance in her clients to treat and prevent injuries, and to promote healthy living. She has a friendly, but structured approach to teaching.

Our team of physiotherapists at Pop-up Pilates are also lucky enough to work with Susie Mack, a musculoskeletal occupational therapist. Susie adds an extra dimension to our team, taking specialist classes for staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Susie Mack

Musculoskeletal Occupational Therapist and Pilates Instructor

Our team of physiotherapists at Pop-up Pilates are also lucky enough to work with Susie Mack, a musculoskeletal occupational therapist. Susie adds an extra dimension to our team, taking specialist classes for staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Susie Mack graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2013 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. As an Occupational Therapist, Susie has a passion for how exercise can influence functional movements at home, at work and even in sports. Currently working as a senior musculoskeletal Occupational Therapist in the NHS, Susie has a particular interest in functional fitness and how we can incorporate body awareness and coordination into daily activities.

Susie developed an interest in Pilates during university, attending weekly classes to compliment her passion for dance. Since graduation Susie has completed her Pilates Instructor qualification to be able to share the benefits of Pilates with her clients and patients.

A positive, happy and zealous outlook on life is something that is at the core of all Susie believes. With her lifelong background in dance and a passion for fitness and promoting healthy lifestyles, she aims to advocate the mindset, balance and confident sense of self that Pilates can bring to all.