Desima Dawdy

Costigliole 14055

Desima Dawdy, A.A., B.S., A.C.E. completed her initial four year Pilates course-work, observation, apprenticeship and certification process in Chicago, Denver, Miami and Kansas City from Polestar Education.

Desima was comprehensively trained and certified by Polestar as a Pilates Practitioner and has also served as a mentor and teaching assistant for both Polestar Education's Allegro Reformer and Comprehensive Studio/Rehab Hybrid Series.

Polestar Pilates is an international community of research-oriented movement science professionals, transferring advanced knowledge to our clients to improve health and well-being, through the application of Pilates and various methodologies of movement science. Polestar Education was founded in Sacramento, California in 1992 by Brent Anderson PhD, PT, OCS and Feldenkrais Practitioner Elizabeth Larkam MA. Polestar Education is affiliated with Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and is recognized as the leader in providing rehab inspired Pilates and neuromuscular re-education with a vision of impacting the world with intelligent movement.

Desima is also a licensed provider of Ron Fletcher Towelwork®, Floorwork®, Barrework™, and Fletcher Shoulder Stabilization Programming. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to study under the tutelage of Pilates Elder/Master Teacher Ron Fletcher and Fletcher Pilates Director Kyria Sabin.

Desima has also attended workshop and training courses from educators and master trainers Dr. Brent Anderson, Elizabeth Larkham, Dav Cohen MSPT, Gerard Hinderlich, bone health and osteoporosis specialist Sheri Betz PT, Laurie Tushman, Dr. Noelle Dowma, Dr. Tamara Neff, scoliosis expert Dr. Suzanne Martin, Tracey Weibel, Allison Cabot PT, Dawn-Marie Ickes MPT, Gabrielle Shier MPT, U.S Open Golf Specialist Dr. Ada Wells, U.S. Olympic Women's Swim Team Trainer Tom McCook, as well as Balanced Body Educator Sara Felt.

Desima has also had the honor and privilege of learning Pilates first hand from Pilates Elders Lolita San Miguel, Mary Bowen, Ron Fletcher, and Kathleen Stanford Grant who were trained directly by and studied with Joseph and/or Clara Pilates.

Desima specializes in functional fitness programming and neuromuscular re-education to facilitate optimal alignment, posture, balance as well as pain-free movement. Healthcare providers often send referrals to her as a part of a wellness plans for their patients who need to prepare, avoid, or delay surgical intervention. Desima is skilled at modifying Pilates to address myofascial pain, scoliosis, osteoporosis, single and double knee replacements, as well as cervical, hip, back and shoulder dysfunction. A large majority of her clientele are healthcare practitioners and providers. She also has experience and enjoys training classical dancers and sports professionals and enthusiasts to both improve performance skills and to reduce injuries.

Desima has served as a mentor/assistant for Body Mind Spirit Expo and is a member and volunteer for the Pilates Method Alliance. In addition to Pilates, Desima teaches Align & Stretch Rx, Balanced Body Foam Roller, and has received certification and/or training through YogaFit, SAFAX Yoga, Cycle Reebok, Nautilus Headquarters, Reebok University, Fitball, American Council on Exercise (ACE), SCW Aqua, and the Arthritis Foundation. Desima has taught, directed and managed a wide variety of health, college physical education classes, and wellness programs since 1983. She also was an adjunct professor at her Alma Mater Washburn University and recognized as a top three nominee in the nation for Entrepreneur of the Year by Club Industry Magazine as a trailblazer for women's fitness.

Desima is the director and owner of Pilates Performance & Rehab and has been a repeat guest instructor at the Agriturismo Cascina Papaveri, 'The Poppy Farmhouse,' in Italy, as well as The Kansas Ballet. Desima can be reached at

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About Me


  • BSBA, Wasburn University

Certifications / Trainings

Polestar - Pilates Studio Series
Expires: 2013-10-24 07:00:00 UTC
Polestar - Pilates Allegro Series
Expires: 2007-10-26 07:00:00 UTC
The Ron Fletcher Program - Towel for Shoulder Stabilization
The Ron Fletcher Program - Fletcher Intensive
The Ron Fletcher Program - Fletcher Intensive Licensed Provider
The Ron Fletcher Program - Fletcher Intensive Licensed Provider
YogaFit - Senior

CPR Certified

AED Certified

Liability Insurance

  • Pilates Method Alliance

Desima's Locations

Pilates Performance & Rehab

5638 SW 29th
Topeka, KS 66614

Agriturismo Cascina Papaveri

Str. Chiesa San Michele 8
Costigliole 14055

Additional Information


$75.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Club Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee
  • Physical Education Professor Washburn University
  • Polestar Educator Mentor and Teaching Assistant for Studio/Rehab Comprehesive Series
  • Pilates Method Alliance Member

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