We are excited to announce that Lisa Palcic and Michelle Esquivel as our Director & Head Professionals. Lisa and Michelle will run both Pickleball Zone and the Oregon Pickleball Academy. We are fortunate to have top Pickleball Instructors in Bend on board. All of our instructors have extensive knowledge in running private and semi-private tennis facilities and will bring exciting programs for members and non-members to the Pickleball Zone and Academy.



Lisa Palcic


Lisa Palcic, has over 25 years of experience in the fitness and athletics industry. Lisa’s experience includes managing a 30,000 square foot athletic and tennis facility with over 800 members. While there, she attended the International Heath and Racquet Sports Association Conference year after year to stay current with Fitness, Athletic and Tennis industry trends. After managing Sage Springs Club and Spa for 7 years Lisa decided to open her own Tennis and Pickleball Shop. During her 8 years of successful shop ownership, Lisa obtained her Master Racquet Technician certification and strung thousands of racquets as well as becoming an expert on pickleball paddles. As an athlete, Lisa grew up in New York where she won many athletic awards in high school and college. She played College Softball for The State University of New York at Ulster. She has also coached thousands of people in many different sports of all levels and has instructed fitness classes of all types. Lisa is an Oregon USAPA ambassador, and spent time on the Bend Pickleball Club Board. Lisa has played at Nationals and the US Open and holds a Pro Credential as a pickleball player. Over the past few years, she has traveled all over with a home base here in Central Oregon for teaching. She has taught well over 8000 pickleball players of all levels. Lisa specializes in Body Mechanics, breaking down every stroke to make your body work smarter, which in turn gets the most benefit and control out of every stroke and movement. She works with each person as an individual, allowing each person to reach their full potential. Lisa is an IPTPA CERTIFIED pickleball teaching pro and helped to create and institute the new national IPTPA rating system.



Michelle Esquivel has over 15 years of teaching experience in Physical Education. Originally from Orange County, California, Michelle excelled in an outstanding tennis career as an athlete and coach. 

Michelle received a full ride tennis scholarship to Concordia University where she was the Eagles #1 singles and doubles player. After competing in college, Michelle graduated with a BA in Exercise Sports Science. While a tennis instructor at Matchpoint Tennis Academy, Michelle also took a role in coaching at the collegiate level at Cypress College and Orange Coast College. 


Michelle obtained her Masters Degree in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University and began teaching Kinesiology classes at the collegiate level. Some of her classes included Badminton, CPR, Weight Lifting, Boot Camp, Futsal and Yoga.

In 2017, Michelle decided to change paths and began teaching and playing Pickleball professionally. michelle head shot.jpg