Caring for the body you live in


Meet Our Team

Suzanne Wooder

Suzanne, the founder of Palace Pilates, has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to developing and teaching this technique. Her own  personal experience of back pain, following a spinal fracture in her 20’s, has greatly informed the way in which she works. She began as an apprentice with the Pilates Based Body Awareness Company and then went on to train with the Body Control Pilates Association. She has worked extensively with chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists to increase and widen her knowledge of back pain management. This she has blended into her unique approach to Pilates training.

Throughout her career, she has worked as the Pilates trainer for the actors in the cast of Billy Elliott, run courses and workshops at the Royal Academy of Music and run retreats in both the UK and India.

Vicki Parker

Vicky was first introduced and inspired by her mum who took up Pilates 20 years ago. She qualified with the Body Control Pilates association in 2007 and has been enjoying and practising Pilates ever since.

“I find that Pilates is not only extremely beneficial for my body helping to keep me pain-free, supple and toned but my mind benefits also. The focus taken into the body whilst exercising allows my mind to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Most of us lead such busy lives these days a bit of me time is essential and the after effects of pilates are wonderful.”

Tanya Carpenter

**Tanya is currently on maternity leave**

Tanya is a qualified Level 3 Body Control teacher. Like many teachers, Tanya started pilates following a back issue – loved the results so much that she decided to train and become a teacher herself. She has recently completed and passed her Reformer Training Qualification and now offers one to one sessions for us using this piece of equipment.

Tanya is passionate about her teaching and helping others whether it’s for health and fitness, help with an injury or just to feel good. She takes regular classes herself and is currently training for her Advanced Matwork certificate.

“My passion for Pilates continues to grow and I love the strength and focus it brings.”

Denise Lalonde

Denise has been practising Pilates for over 10 years. After many years of exploring various physical disciplines including aerobics, yoga and tai chi, she discovered the true benefits that Pilates has to offer. She began her teacher training with Body Control Pilates in 2005. After qualifying, she has been teaching classes and one to ones in South London. Denise is a passionate student and teacher of the Pilates method and continues to develop her skills. She enjoys teaching and motivating all students with all levels of fitness, from athletic cyclists to clients with chronic back pain. Denise finds working with clients and helping them to achieve their personal goals very rewarding.

Tracey Gobey

Tracey started Pilates in 2005. At the time she was working as a French teacher and had 4 young children. “I was running a lot and had very tight hamstrings which were affecting my lower back – Pilates helped enormously and I soon fell in love with it”

She trained with Body Control Pilates in 2012 and began teaching mat classes and a chair class aimed at older people with mobility issues.  In 2014 she moved to California and began running rehabilitation classes in a local Physical Therapy clinic. This led to work in a Pilates studio where she trained to teach on Reformers and studio equipment. 5 years later she is back in the UK and we are delighted she is joining the team in September 2019.  
Tracey has has worked with a wide range of clients and is passionate about sharing the benefits Pilates and intelligent movement can offer to all. “My philosophy is move well, move often and have fun!”


Valentina Fruzzetti

As well as being a Pilates teacher, Valentina is a professional dancer, dance teacher & artistic director. She trained initially with the Body Control Pilates Association as a matwork teacher, and has since gone on to study Intermediate Pilates, Advanced Pilates, Studio Reformer and Chair,  completed various specialist courses and has just gained her Matwork Master Teacher Qualification.

Valentina is a passionate, energetic and experienced teacher with a great track record of improving her client’s knowledge and understanding of Pilates. She is results orientated and dedicated to achieving the highest possible standards.

“Pilates is learning how to move the body in the best way possible and my mission is to enable all of my clients to increase their connection to their bodies and to healthy movement. I aim to inspire passion, to share my passion and knowledge  and learn from everybody I meet.”

All our teachers are qualified Body Control Pilates Instructors as well as members of the

Register of Exercise Professionals.

Visit the Body Control website