Alison Palic, MPT, MSEd



I enjoy teaching people how to move efficiently through life and through their athletic activities.

I discovered Pilates after a traumatic snowboard injury 20 years ago, leaving me with spinal instability and frequent migraines.  After much research, I discovered the Pilates Method. Pilates is a more creative approach to rehabilitation and working on the equipment was fun! Pilates rehabilitation has a specific progression for stabilization, with emphasis on alignment. Working on the Pilates equipment provided support to allow me to perform exercises that were normally painful. After 6 months, I was able to safely exercise and minimize the migraines. Through this experience, I can now understand and appreciate each patients' journey to finally move efficiently and without pain.


Credentials and expertise:

  • 2004 Founder of Synergy: Pilates Meets Physical Therapy 

  • 1991 BS, Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University 

  • 1991-1995 Intercollegiate Crew, Women's eight

  • 1993 MS Exercise Physiology, Old Dominion University

  • 1996 MSEd Physical Therapy Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia

  • 2000 Manual therapy training program with the Kaiser 

  • 2001 Maitland Australian manual therapy 

  • 2002 Craniosacral therapy training, Upledger Institute.

  • 2003 Certified Pilates Rehabilitation instructor, Polestar Education 


Training also includes

National Posture institute, Pilates for Scoliosis (Schroth Method), Pilates for Osteoporosis, Gait analysis and training, Sport-specific training including golf and surfing.​

Alison lives on the west side of Santa Cruz, married with 2 teenagers and 2 Yorkshire terriers.  She loves the ocean, surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding, Yoga, Pilates, shopping and visiting our amazing local restaurants and wineries.

Paige Czelusta



I enjoy working with people who are motivated to achieve their wellness goals. I love empowering people and teaching to take control of their own health. The combination of Physical Therapy and Pilates, to me, is the perfect recipe for integrating movement of the body while motivating the spirit.

Paige is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has trained in Pilates through Polestar Pilates. She graduated from USC in 2010 where she received her DPT. Since then, she has worked in outpatient orthopedics and has a strong background in manual therapy, receiving a postgraduate level manual therapy certificate through Kaiser Hayward's manual skills course. She is comfortable treating a wide variety of injuries in patients of all ages. There is a special place in her heart for treating shoulder pain and low back pain - injuries which she has experienced herself.

Paige discovered Pilates while she was rehabbing her shoulder from an injury she sustained while swimming from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. Pilates 3x/week for 3 months made her a faster swimmer, abolished her low back pain, and was an integral reason why she was able to train and successfully swim the English Channel (a relay in 2014).

Paige lives in Santa Cruz with her husband, two small children, and a Goldendoodle. They enjoy walking along West Cliff Drive, jogging and biking in Wilder Ranch, and all things food and drink.