Team
Meet our incredibly talented and diverse team of instructors! All of our teachers bring their own personality and flavour to Studio IPF.  They are highly trained, experienced and certified to teach classes that are well planned, safe and of course fun! 
Leanne Zdebiak-Eni

Leanne Zdebiak-Eni

Owner/Director Studio IPF: Inner Pursuit Fitness TRX Training, Yin Yoga, Fusion Flow, FIT 45, Pilates

I am passionate and some would say “extremely enthusiastic” about health and fitness. I love showing people how great moving their body can feel, and that exercise can actually be fun!  I strongly believe in the power of movement to create positive change.

In 2002, Island Pilates was formed when I moved back to the Comox Valley after being away for 14 years.  In 2013, we officially changed the name of the studio to Studio IPF: Inner Pursuit Fitness.  Though once solely devoted to the practice of Pilates, Studio IPF has transformed into a multifaceted health & fitness studio, winning the title of Best Yoga/Pilates Studio in Western Canada, by Get Out There Magazine in 2011.  In 2015,  I was voted the “Person Most Likely to Whip you Into Shape,” by the Comox Valley Record’s Best Of contest.  I am a certified STOTT Pilates Matwork Instructor, a BCRPA Advanced Group Fitness Leader, a certified Yin Yoga Teacher, a certified BOSU Integrated Balance Trainer Instructor, a TRX Suspension Trainer and a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

I strive to make the studio a positive, healthy, fun, community experience.  I am so grateful for my amazing team and greatly appreciate the diverse talent & professionalism that they bring to IPF.

Birgit Nilson

Birgit Nilson

Morning Flow Yoga, IPF Strength & Core 45, Yin & Restore Yoga

I’ve been teaching Yoga and Fitness for 25 years and I have a background in Kinesiology and Exercise Rehabilitation. I am a Yoga Therapist, Trainer of Fitness Leaders (BCRPA) and Personal Trainer.

I love what I do and feel grateful to have so many people to share it with!

Jessica Wittman

Jessica Wittman

Zumba and Power Yoga

I have always had a passion for movement and started with the dancing stuff at an early age.  After a short time I was lining up my friends and stepping into the role of “instructor”…. and so the journey began!!  The smiles have been the best part!

I have experience with various styles of dance having trained at Main Dance Society in Vancouver where I completed a performing arts degree. I was a company member of Variable Velocity Modern Dance Troupe out of San Luis Obispo, California. I’ve been certified in the Iyengar style of yoga through the Santa Barbara Yoga Institute and obtained Pilates certificates through the Physical Mind Institute of Canada.

Paula Bazett

Paula Bazett

IPF FIT 45, IPF 28 Day Challenge Coach & Director of IPF Membership

I am a BCRPA certified Group Fitness instructor and I teach IPF FIT 45 classes and coach IPF Fitness Challenges. My husband and I started taking classes at IPF in 2009 and I’ve been here ever since!  I was motivated to become an instructor by the joy and inspiration I found coaching IPF Fitness Challenges. I love the community created by my relationships at IPF and I’m passionate about spreading my love for health, fitness and body positivity in all of my classes.
Tina Pringle

Tina Pringle

IPF FIT 45, Rise & Rock Bootcamp, TRX Training, IPF Rise & Energize Yoga

I am a BCRPA certified group fitness and Yoga Fit instructor.  My love of movement, desire to connect with others, and love of Studio IPF and all it has to offer led me to begin teaching fitness classes in 2014.

Jillian Christison

Jillian Christison

Pilates

Having once been a professional dancer and choreographer, I’ve experienced first hand the hard work and commitment it takes to reach ones goals.  As an ACE certified group exercise and Stott trained pilates professional, I apply these principles and dedication to all of my classes and clients.
Jenny Nijhoff

Jenny Nijhoff

IPF FIT 45, Rise & Rock Bootcamp

I have enjoyed a lifetime of fitness;  from team sports to running, skiing, hiking and group fitness.  I first became a BCRPA group fitness instructor in 1992 and taught in Quesnel, B.C. for about 5 years.  In 2018, after returning to group fitness at IPF for a number of years and loving the atmosphere, camaraderie, and enthusiastic environment I decided to become BCRPA certified in group fitness again.

It is now my privilege and pleasure to facilitate Rise & Rock as well as Fit 45. 

Naomi Chester

Naomi Chester

Yoga

My yoga practice began in 2008 after being introduced to it for my own physical/mental rehabilitation. Realizing the many benefits of this practice, I was prompted to begin teacher training so that I could assist others in optimizing their health and wellness.

Graduating from the Red Door Yoga School with both the Yoga Fitness Leader and 200 hour certification in 2014, my intention is to provide an experience of deep relaxation whilst guiding students to heal, strengthen, and revitalize.  I love to help others rediscover their own natural wisdom through Yoga.

Jessica Carter

Jessica Carter

Yoga and the IPF Barre Workout

My name is Jessica Carter, however, at studio IPF I’m known as Carter. I’ve been teaching classes at studio IPF since spring 2016, covering various styles of yoga. My background for teaching comes from dance and yoga.  Growing up as a dancer I found a great love for movement and explored many different styles of dance.  I completed my 200 hour teacher training through Red Door Yoga in fall 2017.   As a yoga teacher I focus on the physical practice, finding proper alignment and creating balance within the body.

Meghan Hunt

Meghan Hunt

POUND

Through my life, I have had extensive training in all styles of dance.  I am a certified POUND instructor, and am also a trained Zumba/Zumba Kids/Zumba Toning teacher.  I enjoy bringing a sense of relaxed fun, but strong focus to all of my classes.  I look forward to bringing Generation POUND, designed for kids, to Studio IPF soon!

Karen Boaz

Karen Boaz

Yoga and post and prenatal classes

I teach vinyasa, yin, restorative, hatha, prenatal and mom and baby yoga. My classes are dynamic, thought provoking, empowering, light hearted and most importantly fun! I first came to yoga as a coping method for stress and grief and I saw the positive transformative power that it brought to my life – improving my state of mind, health and overall well-being. I wanted to become a teacher in order to share that with others and continue to spread the light to make this world a brighter place. The idea that I can be involved in someone else’s healing, journey, life, is fascinating and incredibly humbling. Hope to see you on the mat!

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