The teachers at Portland Pilates Studio are committed to the highest standards in teaching. Through ongoing professional education and daily personal practice, our teachers pursue the path of classical Pilates with an emphasis on its relevance to contemporary life.

Danita Chandler

Owner and Pilates Teacher

Born and raised in Portland, Danita is the owner and Senior Teacher at Portland PIlates Studio. She completed the Core Dynamics Pilates Certification program lead by Michele Larsson and has been teaching since 1999. Danita has maintained a rigorous continuing education by traveling around the country and working with many of the premier elder teachers of the Pilates method.

Throughout her youth she competed in swimming, water polo, and down hill skiing.

Now she spends much time Rock climbing, cycling and maintaining her Pilate’s skills.

“Through Pilates I have found the greateserpasst understanding and awareness to my body, which has made me a healthier person inside and Out. I wish I had had this information while I was young and learning to work my physical being. My goal is to share this with as many people as possible, making a difference in the world by creating a positive influence through positive, conscious movement.”

Cell: 503.998.1283 / Email: danita@portlandpilatesstudio.com

Ellen Schmelzle


Ellen graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada with a double Honors Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She was employed as a Juvenile Probation Officer before deciding to remain at home to raise her four children. She volunteered at her children’s schools, held several PTO Board positions, worked part-time for a children’s educational book company, sang and competed with Sweet Adelines and earned a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

When she was sidelined by a very painful low back injury, many non-invasive attempts to relieve her pain were unsuccessful. Having heard about the wonders of Pilates in relieving back pain, she decided to give it a try. In a very short time, after practicing the method consistently, she became completely pain free! She not only felt stronger, more flexible and more energetic, but realized that Pilates was and is a natural path to long-term health.

This trilogy of ‘mind-body-spirit’ inspired Ellen to become a Pilates Teacher, in order to share its amazing benefits with individuals of all ages. In 2008 she graduated from the highly esteemed program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, and in 2013 she became one of their Host Advisors/Teacher Trainers. Today she enjoys Gold biking, hiking and skiing, and she is looking forward to discovering the wondrous outdoors around her new home in Lake Oswego, OR.

Cell: 205.383.9190 / Email: pilatesellen@mac.com

Scott Serpas

Scott teaches the performance-driven athlete and those individuals wanting to maintain overall fitness and good health. He studies the affects of aging on the body with a focus on the art and science of movement. This interest has taken him through a critical study of BASI Pilates and other Pilates methods based on Joseph Pilates original work. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College where he currently swims with the master’s swim team. Scott uses Pilates to improve his overall performance and to prevent and overcome injury.

When not teaching, Scott pursues cycling, horseback riding, rowing, running, skiing and tennis. He is a choral singer in a men’s show choir and practices studio based dancing for fitness and social dancing.

Scott adjusts his teaching methods to the needs of each individual client. He is compassionate for light movers and rigorous for athletes. He looks forward to working with individuals new to Pilates, sports teams, and those enjoying retirement.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring about positive change to each individual through the principles of Pilates. These include, but are not limited to, concentration, centering, control, coordination, breath control and the creation of a flowing movement. In that, ultimately, not only is the body and mind affected, but the way in which we live our lives is positively affected and felt by others. With encouraging consistent Pilates work we hope to positively influence friends and family ultimately influencing the community for better health, quality of life and happiness.

Portland Pilates StudioTM

333 South State Street, Suite W, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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