Lee Vallely has dedicated her life to movement and wellness. After an eight-year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer in New York and San Francisco, and 20 years as a teacher and consultant in the health and wellness industry, Vallely saw a need for a higher level of education and a commitment to the precision of movement.

In 2007, she moved from teaching Pilates for other clubs, and developing and managing large corporate fitness programs in Austin and around the country, to teaching small-group training programs. RedBird Pilates & Fitness has grown every year since then, necessitating four moves to progressively larger studios.

Lee and her team of teachers—all handpicked from RedBird’s intensive 450-hour teacher training certification which she co-founded and co-developed—provide high-touch, technically oriented classes using a definitive methodology that emphasizes precision movement and proper body alignment.

Earlier in her career, Lee was the national director of corporate sales for Gold’s Gym International. She designed and built the chain’s first corporate sales division and managed their national sales team. Prior to Gold’s Gym, she was an owner of eight Austin-based World Gym locations, where she won Best Corporate Fitness Program for five consecutive years and presented at IHRSA and Club Industry multiple times on business development in corporate wellness. Lee spent her early years in the fitness industry as senior fitness director for the YMCA of Austin. In addition to being a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified teacher, Lee holds many other fitness certifications including Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates Teacher, Z-Health Brain-Based Movement Educator, Primal 7 Suspension Band Athletic Trainer and is an accredited fitness specialist with the national YMCA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a specialization in dance.


Elisabeth Kristof, RedBird co-owner and co-director, began her fitness career in 2006, as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. In 2007, she joined Lee to help build the RedBird method and business model.

Elisabeth has a large and loyal clientele that has been with her for many years. She enables lasting change for clients through education, sustainable and progressive training programs and supportive communities. Applying RedBird’s definitive methodology, which emphasizes precision movement and proper body alignment, she regularly develops RedBird innovative programming.

As media and marketing director for RedBird, Elisabeth designs, develops and oversees RedBird’s online fitness platform, RB360online.com, RedBird social media, client communications and blog.

A passionate researcher, Elisabeth has worked with Lee to bring neuromuscular re-education to the RedBird curriculum, as well as to develop a partnership with Texas State University to measure and track client outcomes. As co-creator of the RedBird Teacher Training school, Elisabeth uses the results of this research to develop instructional curriculum for the rigorous 450-hour RB Pilates teacher training certification.

In addition to being a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher, Elisabeth is a Body Arts and Science International Pilates teacher, Z-Health Practitioner, Primal 7 Suspension Band Athletic Trainer, AFFA-certified personal trainer and AFPA-certified Prenatal Exercise Specialist. Elisabeth earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship for her reporting and writing on public health.


A Pilates Method Alliance certified and RedBird Master Teacher, Molly is passionate about all aspects of RedBird programming from suspension band athletic training to Pilates to dance-based toning.

Always a mover, Molly has competed in team sports since a very young age. From swimming and track to playing college basketball, Molly relishes an athletic challenge. Her love of fitness camaraderie and healthy competition make group classes and the strengthening focus of RedBird a perfect match.
Molly is a faculty member of the RedBird Teacher Training Certification Program and finds great joy in helping new teachers understand the details and challenges of the work.
Also a classically trained chef, Molly is currently the Culinary Development Coordinator for Whole Foods Market.

Molly is high-energy, athletic and fun, but also a stickler for details and hard work! schedule the RedBird’s Starter Bundle Package or your personal training session with Molly, email molly@redbirdpilates.com.


A dancer and athlete from a young age, Emmi trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet, and the Graham and Limón methods of modern dance. As captain of her varsity track team, she broke records in the 100- and 200-meter sprints while leading her team to victory at the Horizon League championships in Southern California. Since then Emmi’s approach to exercise is one of balance and necessity.

In 2012, she experienced an injury which reduced her normal exercise regime to almost nothing, and after a year of searching, she found RedBird. Within six months of RedBird training, she felt as strong as she did back in high school. She joined the RedBird Teacher Training Program to further her understanding of Pilates and to learn RedBird’s secret to being awesome. Emmi became a RedBird teacher in 2014 and is excited to share that awesome with others.

To schedule the RedBird Starter Bundle, private Pilates or personal fitness training session with Emmi email emmi@redbirdpilates.com.


As a RedBird Pilates Teacher Training certified teacher and Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor, Judy believes that therapeutic movements should be used at all stages of life. Judy is certified by the Center for Women’s Fitness in pelvic floor and pre-and postnatal Pilates.

Judy’s goal at RedBird is to help her clients use Pilates and the RedBird method to transform their bodies, strengthen their minds, prepare them for the various phases of life, improve their health and self-esteem.

In 2006 Judy graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She was a labor and delivery nurse for several years, then received her master’s in Nursing and a master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in 2012. Currently she works as a family nurse practitioner focusing on women’s health and prenatal care at People’s Community Clinic.

To schedule a RedBird Starter Bundle or Pre/Postnatal Pilates training session with Judy, email: judy@redbirdpilates.com.


Rachael began her venture into the fitness world at the age of 15, while sitting on the couch, eating pop tarts and watching an early morning aerobics show. Once she got off the couch, Rachael took her body and fitness into her own hands and 50 pounds later, she never looked back. Losing the weight gave her the confidence to compete in the Miss America Pageant system, winning swimsuit competitions, and becoming an AFAA certified aerobics instructor in 2008. In 2012, she took her first RedBird class and realized then that it’s not just about how thin you are, but about finding the joy in movement, strength and health every day! She is a classically trained professional vocalist and found Pilates also gave her the poise, endurance and even stronger breath control she needed on stage. Rachael graduated the RedBird Teacher Training Certification Program in 2015 and is now teaching Pilates in her new home of Saudi Arabia. Racheal is a part of the RedBird teaching team each summer, as she returns home to deepen her practice and reconnect with her fitness community.

To schedule a RedBird Starter Bundle or personal training session with Rachael email rachael@redbirdpilates.com.


From an early age, Lindsey was a competitive soccer player and runner. Her strong leadership and belief in supportive team building lead many of the teams she competed with to statewide victories. While she continued these athletic pursuits through college, she also discovered her passion for dance. It was through salsa, lindy hop, West African, blues, and tango dancing that Lindsey learned the real joy of movement and how deep mind-body connection and core strengthening can promote newfound confidence.

However, in 2012 Lindsey’s dancing and athletic training came to a brutal stop as she struggled with a thyroid imbalance and excruciating sciatic nerve pain from hypermobility in the hip and pelvis. After four years of striving to completely regain her health, Lindsey finally found Pilates at Redbird where she has been able to revive her passion for movement and the confidence she lost during this difficult period.

With the desire to share this passion and help others feel their best Lindsey is currently participating in the RedBird Teacher Training Program and hopes to become a Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor within the next year.

To schedule a RedBird Starter Bundle or personal training session with Lindsey, email lindsey@redbirdpilates.com


Though a mover her whole life, from swim team to workout class, Raquel didn’t discover Pilates until two debilitating car accidents led her to the method as means of physical therapy. The second accident brought migraines and chronic pain, but also taught Raquel the importance of movement as a means for pain reduction and improved quality of life. By the time, she moved to Austin in 2013, Raquel knew how important it was for her to find a Pilates studio able to meet her where she was at physically and allow her to continue her movement journey. It was then that she found her home in RedBird, where the passion and precision of the RedBird team of teachers helped her slowly get stronger and correct the compensations that were causing pain. Eventually, she decided to take her physical strength and pain management into her own hands and dove headfirst into the RedBird Pilates Teacher Training Program. Her movement practice keeps her fit and has prevented the need for back surgery. Though Raquel knows that every day in your body is different, even on the off days Pilates makes her feel better. She now looks forward to helping others reclaim vitality, reduce pain and maintain fitness through the RedBird movement method.

To schedule the Redbird’s Starter Bundle Package or your personal training session with Raquel, email raquel@redbirdpilates.com


Michelle has always been an active and playful person. Her fitness routine throughout life has been as varied as her personal interests. Her repertoire has included running the trails at Ladybird Lake, hiking, participating in local races, triathlons, boot camps and bike rides, and attending an array of boutique studios, to name a few. Michelle initially came to Redbird with a friend who consistently raved about the classes and instructors. She instantly loved it. Over the next couple of years, she delved into the apparatus work and then became hooked on the strength and conditioning classes. Wanting to enhance her own practice and challenge her mind and body in a new way, she entered the Redbird Teacher Training Program. As a person always looking for something novel to learn and explore, this was an attractive challenge. Through this process her joy in movement and life grew exponentially.

As a criminal defense attorney who owns and operates her own firm, Michelle has found her movement practice at Redbird to be essential for stress relief and work-life balance. It has helped her build a stronger body and improve postural alignment immensely. The neuroscience of movement taught at Redbird has profoundly impacted both Michelle’s practice and life outside the studio. She finds her work at Redbird truly stimulating and invigorating on both a physical and intellectual level and is eager to share that excitement with others.

To schedule the Redbird’s Starter Bundle Package or your personal training session with Michelle, email michelle@redbirdpilates.com


Jennifer began her movement practice growing up as a dancer and yogi. In 2010, she received her RYT-200 and began teaching yoga in regularly her home state of Virginia. Though Jennifer became leaner and more flexible through her yoga practice, she felt she was lacking strength and stability. At the end of 2014, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she now sees as a blessing. It was this journey that led her to the belief in the body’s ability to heal itself through movement. This belief in and desire for quality movement and physical strength led her to RedBird, where she experienced real changes in strength, vitality and ability. After a year of practicing at RedBird, in 2017, she took the leap to enroll in the RedBird Pilates Teacher Training Program. There her passion for Pilates bloomed, and she discovered the joy of teaching this passion to others. Jennifer believes deeply, from her own experience, in the body’s ability to heal if we give it the proper tools, including precise, mindful movement and neuromuscular re-education.

To schedule the Redbird’s Starter Bundle Package or your personal training session with Jennifer, email jennifer@redbirdpilates.com

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