Meet Your Instructors

Diane Gills

Diane has been coaching, teaching and motivating competitive swimmers, maratoners, clients with severe scaliosis, anorexia, fibromyalgia, osteoatritis, artritis, double hip replacements, children and senior athletes to new execisers for over 15 years. She has a true talent for helping and supporting her clients reach their highest potential. Diane trained in Toronto and Winnipeg Canada at the Stott Pilates headquarters where she completed her training and certifications in Mat and Reformer. She has continued her education with other Stott Pilates courses over the years and is proficient in all Pilates equipment repertoire. Her list of qualifications also include certifications in Group Exercise Instruction, Personal Training, and she is a Pre/Post Natal Specialist. Diane creates programs for her clients that adapt to their specific needs. Many doctors are now providing a pilates prescription to treat chronic pain, injury and discomfort as it is the fastest method to restore, strength and increase mobility.


Dr. Darlene Buan-Basit

Dr. Darlene is a Toronto Chiropractor and Pilates Instructor with a mission to live life to its fullest and to pave the way to better health and strength.

Organizing Pilates in Paradise Maui was created as an invitation to those who seek health, balance, strength and rejuvenation so they too can maximize life.


Prior to her current one-year sabbatical in Hawaii, Dr. Darlene Buan-Basit worked a comprehensive chiropractor and Pilates instructor in midtown Toronto.  With over 15 years experience, Dr. Darlene treated with a range of people from professional and recreational athletes, injured athletes, NHL players, teenagers, children and active seniors.  Dr. Darlene utilizes various manual techniques from acupuncture, Active Release Technique, and Cranial Sacral Therapy to support the body’s natural healing and repair. But she does not believe in stopping at this point!

Certified through STOTT Pilates, Body Harmonics, and the PhysicalMind Institute Dr. Darlene teaches matwork, reformer, chair and cadillac. Dr. Darlene is also a certified yoga instructor and Garuda instructor. She combines various exercise disciplines and rehabilitation principles to get people healthier, balanced, and stronger!

Dr. Darlene is a former Lululemon Athletica Ambassador, supporting community events and teaching classes. She is also a Teacher Trainer instructing Anatomy for Instructors and providing continuing education in Therapeutic Pilates for Injuries and Clinical Conditions.



Annabel Scott


Annabel Scott, B.A (Hons) and B.Comm (Hons)  is owner of Pilates Manitoba Inc in Winnipeg. Pilates Manitoba has been Winnipeg's innovative, cutting-edge body therapy and movement education studio since 2002, with 2 locations in the city and a satellite location in Brandon, MB. Pilates Manitoba is the province’s largest, independent, stand-alone, full apparatus STOTT® Pilates facility, as well as teaching Classic Diane Miller Pilates as well.  Annabel is Manitoba Fitness Council certified, Stott® Mat and Reformer certified, Stott® Injuries and Special Populations certified, Gyrotonic® certified, and Yamuna Body Rolling®certified.Annabel is Manitoba's first & only 5 levels MELT trained connective tissue specialist. She is MELT®Method Hand & Foot,MELT Length, MELT Strength, MELT for Pilates & Yoga trained and also MELT Neuro-Strength trained. She is also Manitoba's first ELDOA trained specialist.   Annabel specializes in coaching and empowering clients with therapeutic and restorative needs such as back pain, injury recovery, arthritis, cancer, headaches, fibromyalgia and obesity to name a few. Annabel’s passion is to encourage all people to be curious about not expecting and accepting pain, stress and the negative effects of aging in their lives and bodies. She is excited to help people change the way they think, differentiate their pain and process their thoughts differently so that they feel better and meet their wellness goals. Pilates works and the MELT®Method works.You will feel great, smarter and stronger for life. 


Monique Lavoie


An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ since 1997, Monique specializes ZEN•GA™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®. She is the owner and director of 3 Pilates studios and a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been the teacher trainer for Hawaii for several years already!