Our Philosophy & Staff

Iron Butterfly Pilates™ is a certified personal pilates training studio. We cater to each client’s individual needs in both private settings and small group classes. Iron Butterfly Pilates™ staff are all professionally certified, inspiring, and dedicated individuals.  For more information about each instructor, please click on photos below.

Heather Obleada

Owner

Heather Obleada’s passion for movement has led her through a career of dancing, choreographing and teaching. She grew up performing with The Charleston Ballet, received her B.A. in Dance from Radford University and continued her studies with The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Martha Graham School in New York. She taught ballet, choreographed, and developed the modern dance program with Jami Masters in Charlotte, NC and danced professionally with Brouseau Danceworks and American Dance Art. She graduated with her pilates certification from Body Awareness in Atlanta, GA and with her yoga certification from The Bodhi Tree En Yoga Teacher Training program in Charlotte. Heather’s lifelong passion paved the road to Iron Butterfly Pilates, which she founded in 2005. Iron Butterfly has since dedicated itself to being a place for everyone, from professional athletes to busy moms, to find their Strength from Within.

Kim Chapple

Trainer

Kim Chapple grew up in South Africa where she attended the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, receiving her bachelors degree in Sport Science and her honours degree in Biokinetics. She was introduced to Pilates during her internship year at a Sports Rehabilitation Clinic and has been hooked ever since. She lived in London, England for 7 years where she taught Pilates full time while continuing her Pilates education through the BASI method. Kim moved to Charlotte in June 2013 and is excited and honored to be apart of the IBP family.

Eva DeBrun

Trainer

Eva’s desire to combine graceful movement with strength has taken her down a path of teaching different forms of movement and exercise. She studied dance and graduated with a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Eva discovered Pilates in her search for that perfect meld of grace, fluidity, and strength. She holds a comprehensive 500 hour Pilates certification from Balancepoint Pilates. After obtaining her comprehensive certification she then went on to become a National Certified Pilates Teacher-NCPT, a well known international certification of the highest standards. She is certified in Balancepoint Barre and Core Reform Smart Movement and has also completed training with Balanced Body, Pilates Academy International, and Yogafit Worldwide. Her passion is working with others and helping them discover the love for Pilates that she has.

Katy Payne

Trainer

Katy Payne grew up in Sparta, New Jersey, where she was an avid athlete on the tennis, ski, and track team. East Carolina University brought Katy to the south where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising. Upon graduation, Katy landed in the banking industry, where she pursued a full time career for almost two decades. An unfortunate spinal injury, followed by spinal surgery, led Katy to Pilates. After years of taking Pilates classes, and seeing the benefits both physically and mentally in her own body, Katy decided she was ready to share those benefits with others. She decided on a career change and became comprehensively certified with the Pilates Academy International, headquartered in NYC. She also holds certifications in Balancepoint Barre and Core Reform Smart Movement. Katy brings to Iron Butterfly Pilates her positive energy, a love of Pilates, and a passion for teaching. Katy’s loves are her husband Randy, his boys Reed and Ryan, her two fur babies, Louie and Cam, golfing, running, and playing tennis.

Joelle Herman

Trainer

Health and fitness were at the forefront of Joelle Herman’s childhood competing in gymnastics, dance and track.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and a minor in Exercise Science from Virginia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Radford University.  After years of teaching many forms of group exercise, Joelle discovered Pilates to help her rehabilitate an injury while training for triathlons.  Recognizing the beauty of the Method and its holistic approach to movement helped her complete her Pilates mat certification in 2011 followed by a 500 hour comprehensive equipment Pilates training program from Balancepoint Pilates in 2014. That same year she became a National Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) – a prestigious international certification recognized for its high standing credentials.  The quote by Anthony J. D’Angelo, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow” is why she values continuing education to improve as a Pilates teacher.  Joelle’s knowledge and energy allows her to create a unique Pilates program for each of her clients to help them obtain their ultimate fitness and health goals.  She loves cooking, spending time with her husband, two children and dog Ginger.

Erin Toy

Physical Therapist, Trainer

Dr. Erin Laurie graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of North Carolina in 2010. During her graduate years, her research focus was on Pilates Based Physical Therapy. Dr. Laurie began teaching Pilates in 2007 and continued her 900-hour certification with The Pilates Center during the completion of her graduate program. Dr. Laurie shadowed under another Pilates Based Physical Therapist and soon realized the unlimited potential patients receive from the addition of Pilates to traditional Physical Therapy. It is Dr. Laurie’s mission to assist patients in realizing their true physical potential, which in turn will promote healing, and the restoration of health.

Lauren Skrabalak

Apprentice

After years of dancing professionally and teaching for Bodiography Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, Lauren Suflita Skrabalak brought her knowledge and passion for movement to Charlotte. Originally from upstate New York, her dance training led her to the University of Utah where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet. Realizing the benefits of Pilates to her own training, Lauren gained her Pilates Mat certification through PowerHouse Pilates and is currently working towards her apparatus certification through Balanced Body University. Most recently, she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is an Adjunct Professor at Winthrop University and is also part of the faculty at the Charlotte Ballet Academy. Lauren is proud to be a part of Iron Butterfly Pilates ™ and the mission it upholds.

Kelly Ann Walker

Trainer

Growing up as a competitive gymnast and water skier, Kelly Walker caught the exercise bug from an early age. After graduating from the University of California with a BA in Economics, Kelly went on to become a full-time personal trainer with a certification from AFAA. Sometime between running marathons and competing in Iron Man races throughout the US, Kelly found the joys and benefits of Iron Butterfly Pilates. In 2011 Kelly gained her pilates mat, reformer and apparatus certificates with Balanced Body University and is excited to enter the next phase of her fitness journey.

Kai Griffin

Trainer

Kai Griffin, a creative, innovative and intensely trained wellness professional specializing in trendsetting fitness and beauty; Kai’s expertise and principles, brought to the Iron Butterfly Pilates team, span over 15 years, 16 countries and 4 continents. A crackerjack ace in his industries, Kai has an innate ability to connect, engage and motivate people with his finely tuned fortes: knowledge and humor. Kai completed his comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body. He holds other Group Exercise certifications through ACE (American Council on Exercise) and AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and is a registered Continuing Education Provider for both. When not teaching and training in the fitness world, Kai spends his time in the world of beauty. While happily maintaining a devoted salon clientele, Kai’s hair and makeup work has been featured at: New York Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, The Democratic National Convention and Cannes Film Festival, to name a few. With the ability to combine his two passions, fitness and beauty, into one reticulate career, Kai considers himself “one of the luckiest guys in the world”.

Sara Moran

Pilates Apprentice

Sara Moran’s passion for health and wellbeing has lead her to a career path in movement as well as medicine. She has trained as an apprentice for the past 3 years at IBP while she completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. She is now a certified Balanced Body pilates instructor as well as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys helping her clients and patients feel strong and confident in their own skin. While Sara loves working with all different body types, from the super athlete to the Pilates novice, she has a particular interest in working with women in the prenatal and postpartum phases of life.

Tarraneh Dadgar

Studio Receptionist

An athletic scholarship for Ice Hockey landed Tarraneh at St. Norbert’s College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She graduated with her degree in biology with a concentration in biomedical science.  Tarraneh, “T” is a CrossFit L1 and CrossFit Gymnastics certified coach, a personal trainer, and nutritional advisor.  T also has extensive management experience, which along with her driven personality, brought her to Iron Butterfly.  T is excited to be part of the family as a studio receptionist.

Allison Broglie

Allison grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia and Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland. After years of playing competitive sports including lacrosse in college and running marathons and half marathons, Allison was looking for a form of movement that incorporated the entire body and made her feel good both mentally and physically. After discovering Pilates and all the amazing benefits it provides, she knew she wanted to be able to bring all the joy she finds from Pilates to others. Allison completed her comprehensive Pilates’ training through Balanced Body. She is extremely grateful to be part of the Iron Butterfly team and has been so fortunate to be able to work with amazing clients who she gets to help not only get a great workout in during class, but also feel better in their everyday lives.

Lindsay Dufresne

Lindsay was raised in upstate NY. Growing up in a family that had a magnet on their fridge that said, “Did you go to the gym today?”, athletics and movement were a part of her daily life. Realizing her dream of being a Radio City Music Hall Rockette was just that, she was able to fulfill her passion for dance through her high school majorette squad.
After graduating from Marist College in New York as a Communications Major, she soon relocated to Miami to pursue a professional career in public relations. Realizing she needed an outlet to explore her passion for fitness, she obtained her Spinning and Barre certifications, and taught part-time at exhale Miami for several years.
After leaving Miami, she moved to Palm Beach and discovered Pilates at a boutique studio where she also taught barre class. Always intrigued to learn something new, Lindsay decided to pursue her 600-hour Classical Pilates Education certification. As a recent transplant to Charlotte, Lindsay is so happy the Iron Butterfly Pilates family has welcomed her with open wings. She recently completed her comprehensive Pilates certification and looks forward to sharing her love for movement with the Queen City.

Elisabeth Bartczak

Elisabeth (Lis) has always loved movement and being active. With a background in competitive swimming, she knew from a young age she wanted to incorporate exercise into her career and her daily life. Lis earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and her Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree from the University of Miami. Her work experience spans diverse patient populations with a focus in the acute care (hospital) setting. She discovered Pilates during her graduate work in Miami when she took several classes offered by Brent Anderson, founder of Polestar Pilates. This inspired her to enroll in the Polestar Comprehensive Series to continue her learning and practice of Pilates. Lis moved to Charlotte in 2017, where she lives with her husband and their rescue dog, Jax. She believes that humans are designed to move and that Pilates provides the means to increase strength and flexibility, enhance the mind-body connection and improve quality of life. Lis is proud to be a Polestar Pilates Rehab Practitioner and a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher. She is very happy to be a part of the Iron Butterfly Pilates family!