Port Pilates Studio offers private and small group apparatus training in a quiet, sunny space in downtown Newburyport. Highly educated and experienced instructors lead safe, challenging classes designed to suit individual clients’ needs and goals. We take a mindful, anatomical approach to fitness and health, and aim to help you move better, feel better, and understand your body better.
Laurie Hayes, MS, OT/L
Owner of Port Pilates Studio
Laurie’s love of movement led her away from a career in accounting. At first, she turned to Occupational Therapy. She earned a MS degree in OT from Tufts University and for many years worked with patients recovering from issues that ranged from hip and knee replacements to heart attacks. Then she discovered Pilates—and quickly realized how beautifully its principles meshed with those of OT. She became certified in Pilates through Stott Pilates; she is fully certified in all apparatus as well as in Injuries and Special Populations. She taught classes at one of the top Pilates studios in the Boston area for five years before opening Port Pilates in the fall of 2006. Her goal then is as it remains today: to create a restorative, yet motivating, environment where her combined 20 years’ experience as an occupational therapist and fitness instructor could work to benefit clients of all ages, levels, strengths, and needs. She is a firm believer in continuing education, and is currently revisiting the entirety of the classical Pilates approach through the Peak Pilates certification program. She is also completing her 200-hour yoga certification. She lives in Newburyport.
With a background in competitive baton twirling and modern, ballet, and jazz dance, Tracey has always made fitness and movement a part of her life. She is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer and holds certifications from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, TRX, Zumba, Balanced Body Barre, Les Mills International, and the American Aerobics Association International. For more than 10 years, Tracey has taught various fitness classes in the greater Newburyport area. She considers Pilates an essential component of her own wellness regimen and appreciates having the opportunity to inspire and encourage others to enjoy its many benefits. She is trained in mat- and equipment-based Pilates through Stott Pilates and works with individuals and in small groups to help her clients achieve greater core strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and alignment.
Lynn Novier, OTR/L, CHT
Lynn brings years of experience as an occupational therapist and hand therapist to her work as a Pilates instructor. As the director of Apple Therapy Services in Nashua, she first became certified to teach Pilates as a way to include Pilates movements and techniques in her rehab practice, choosing for her training Polestar Pilates, which takes a science- and evidence-based approach to traditional Pilates education. She loves Pilates because it’s so results-driven—clients often feel better and experience positive physical change after a single class, which she finds endlessly gratifying—but also because it’s fun. She brings that enthusiasm to Port Pilates, where she sees both injured and non-injured clients one-on-one and in groups. She lives on Plum Island and is a frequent triathlete.
Robin Cleveland Marino
Robin began her movement career with ballet, starting at age 9. She has danced with the Pittsford Ballet School and The University of Rochester Ballet. While attending The North Carolina School of the Arts summer program, she discovered Pilates and quickly fell in love. She went on to receive a performing arts scholarship to SUNY at Buffalo and graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies. In 2004, Robin received her 600-hour Pilates certification in mat and all apparatus through The Long Island Center for Pilates. She is also certified to teach Balletone and Exhale Core Fusion, and in addition to teaching at Port Pilates, currently leads barre classes at Exhale in Boston. She lives in Newburyport with her husband and three children.