Owner and Head Instructor
Tracy has been practicing Pilates since 1991 and teaching since 1997. She originally trained and certified under Vivian Nickels at Body Matrix in Toronto, and has continued her training under various master teachers from around the world. She continues to study many forms of body work and movement, integrating her knowledge into the Studios’ programs. She completed her Gyrotonic training in 2001 and certified in traditional Thai Massage in 2004. In 2009 she received her certification in Vinyasa Yoga from YogaWorks. Tracy also has training in therapeutic ball release from Kathleen Keller, and in craniosacral therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from York University and continues to dance, using Integration as her home base. Her husband, Dan Friesen, custom built all the Pilates Equipment in her studio. Some of his designs are total innovations and improvements to the original apparatus.
Tara certified as a Pilates Instructor in 2001 through the Physical Mind Institute in Toronto. Along with the training she has received at Integraiton Pilates Studio, she obtained her certification at the Body Harmonics Studio in Toronto under the guidance of Margot McKinnon. Tara was a member of the University of Alberta Pandas Gymnastics team, while obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Physical Education. Tara's interest in Pilates stemmed from a need to strengthen her back due to chronic pain. Her subsequent passion for Pilates grew as a result of her physical improvements and the fantastic way it made her feel. In Tara's classes you will benefit from her emphasis on form and technique and her attention to detail. She creates engaging, safe, and motivating classes while incorporating flow and variety into her instruction. Ten years later, Tara still feels passionate about sharing with others the wonderful benefits of Pilates, core strength, flexibility and an overall feeling of good. When Tara is not teaching Pilates she can be found spending time with her husband and two children that she feels very blessed to have.
Shareen has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is dedicated to helping people develop healthy, fit, functional bodies. Shareen was Mat certified in 2001 through Body Works Pilates Studio and Dianne Miller, a Master Pilates teacher in Vancouver. Shareen is the creator of Strollercise, Babes in the Woods, and is a respected trainer and certified postnatal specialist. She has an innovative and energetic style and lectures on various wellness topics. Shareen is also certified on equipment with Tracy Friesen at Integration and teaches equipment classes at our Studio in Sherwood Park.
Kara De Jong
Kara became interested in pilates in the mid 2000’s after a hip and back injury that left permanent spinal instability. When she discovered that the best way to keep her back in health was pilates, she became passionate and enthusiastic about it! A life long sports competitor and enthusiast, Kara has found that pilates has both increased her strength and stamina, as well as improved her muscle symmetry, and believes that it can do the same for everyone. Kara also works as a certified personal trainer, and as such, is dedicated to helping people achieve their true physical potential through fitness.
Shannon was first introduced to pilates in 2000 whilst studying at the Melbourne College of natural medicine. Having suffered chronic back pain, Shannon tried and tested numerous types of rehab with no avail, until she tried pilates. Shannon is trained in mat and equipment and continues to educate herself in the discipline of pilates.
Mirella began practicing pilates after a workshop she attended over 10 years ago. She was immediately drawn to it and knew that it was something she needed to share with others. She became certified in 2004 through Integration Pilates Studio under the guidance of Tracy Friesen. She has been teaching at the studio and throughout Edmonton ever since. “Pilates is not only an exercise form, it becomes a lifestyle. I continue to be amazed by the transformations I see in people. I am truly blessed to share in one’s reconnection with their own body.” Mirella uses her background in dance, creative movement and yoga to guide her pilates instruction and continues to educate herself through various workshops and conferences.
Jim started doing Pilates in the Spring of 2003 to improve back pain due to a combination of poor posture and heavy work in construction. In a few months his back pain was under control and he began learning pilates with the intention to teach. In 2004 Jim became a certified instructor and started teaching Pilates at Integration Pilates Studio. In the Spring of 2008 Jim began learning Thai Yoga massage by completing a Certification course in Traditional Thai massage and is now also offering Thai massage sessions at Integration. In Jim’s own words, “The knowledge I have been given has made my life more active and way more fun than it ever could have been living with pain and fear of re-injury. My hope is that working at Integration I can pass along the gift of knowledge I have been given to any others who want it, and in the process empower others to more fully appreciate the awe, wonder and fun of their bodies. Live and Learn, Peace.”
Dan Friesen works out of the Integration Edmonton studio. For over 20 years, Dan has maintained a thriving and vital practice as an intuitive counselor. His work is about helping people "nurture their nature", and about giving people a deeper understanding of what their specific needs are to truly thrive. Dan also does bodywork geared towards helping people remove blockages so the body can align and heal itself. He offers a unique perspective to traditional modalities of health and healing. Remarkably diverse is his skill, Dan also designed and welded all the major apparatus at both studios. He can be reached through his own line: