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Our Instructors

It’s true, this is a beautiful building with an array of amazing equipment. However, what truly makes us special is the quality instructors who work here.

Kathy Anderson

Owner

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Kathy’s experience in business ownership, management and dance have prepared Kathy in manifesting her vision expressed through her “world class” Pilates studio.  She holds certifications in Pilates, BarreAmped, Piloxing, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®.  Fully Stott trained and a certified Pilates Golf instructor, Kathy is committed to bringing an integrative approach to well-being through Pilates, BarreAmped, GYROTONIC® exercise and movement techniques.  It is a studio to nurture the balance of mind, body and spirit thus creating overall positive physical benefits. It’s also an environment where programs and services are presented by experienced, credentialed and committed instructors. As her mother said to her shortly before her death, “Find something you love to do and the rest will fall into place.” What a wise woman she was!

Peri Akers

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Peri has a Bachelor of Science degree in natural health. She is a Stott-certified pilates instructor after completing their pilates training program in 2006.  She also has completed Stott’s advanced pilates training. She has taught mat pilates and yoga classes since 1999.  She is also a certified BarreAmped and Piloxing instructor. Peri’s past fitness training credits include an ACE personal fitness trainer certification, Reebok Coreboard training instructor, Precision Cycling instructor, Postural Analysis Specialist, and Total Body Flexibility certification. In her free time she writes a healthy food recipe and exercise blog that includes many healthy meal ideas and workout tips.  You can check out her blog at www.hubpages.com.  She writes her articles under the blog listing “mindbodyandfood4u”.

Kim Anderson

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As a Registered Respiratory therapist for over fifteen years, Kim has a strong knowledge base of the musculoskeletal structure and function of the human body.  In addition to that, Kim has always maintained fitness and good nutrition as a integral part of her life.  Through Stott Pilates, Kim had discovered the most safe and effective way in which to achieve her optimal fitness goals of core strength, flexibility and resistance training.  The mind body connection that she discovered through Stott Pilates became such a passion, that she found the strong desire to share this knowledge with others.    Kim is Stott trained in both the essential and intermediate levels of mat Pilates and on all Stott equipment.  She offers her Stott training to clients through both a one on one basis through private sessions as well as group reformer classes.  For those looking to further supplement their Pilates fitness goals, Kim is also a certified BarreAmped and Piloxing instructor offering multiple classes throughout the week.  Whatever your fitness goals may be, Kim’s knowledge and unique style will take you on a fun and challenging journey that will ultimately find you very satisfied with the results.

Shari Bowen

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Shari Bowman is a Registered Yoga Instructor, teaching in the Dayton area for over 10 years. Shari has studied extensively with John Friend, and is listed on his website as an Anusara-inspired teacher. Most recently, she completed a weeklong training with John Friend in Yoga Therapeutics. Shari has also studied with many well known teachers, including: Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Doug Swenson, and Cindi Lee from On Yoga Studio. She is the only certified Yoga for Golfers instructor in Ohio.

Shari brings and athletic spin to her Yoga practice, incorporating core and strength training into a heart inspiring class. Hatha, Anusara, and Ashtanga blend together seamlessly as the class unfolds. Each class is designed to challenge the body, open the heart, and inspire evolution.

 

Kim Chadwell

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Kim is a Licensed Managing Esthetician and a Licensed Managing Manicurist. She completed the Spa-Esthiology program at the Aveda Fredric’s Institute in Cincinnati in 2006. Kim spent two years working as a skin care specialist and nail technician in a day spa and two years in a medical spa before starting with My Pilates Studio. She has extensive continuing education in relaxation techniques, like European facial massage, as well as corrective skin care procedures, including superficial chemical peels. She also has experience using several professional product lines, such as PCA, Aveda, Spa Ritual, Obagi, Skin Ceuticals, Murad, and Jane Iredale.

Rebecca Combs

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A fitness enthusiast since youth, Becky decided to leave her job as a TV reporter in 2005 and embark on a career in fitness.  She started by leading group exercise classes at a local gym.  A knee injury from running led to physical therapy which is where she discovered pilates on the reformer.  She was thrilled to discover how practicing pilates can heal the body and result in lean, toned and balanced muscles.  Becky now enjoys sharing her knowledge of pilates to help her clients become more fit and confident with their bodies.  She holds certifications with Stott pilates, Spinning , Barre Amped and Piloxing.  Becky also earned a B.S. in Mass Communications from Miami University, Oxford.

Becky is also a competitive equestrian, who owns and shows two American Saddlebred horses.

Angela Good

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Angela Good, LMT has over 15 years experience in massage therapy.  Angela attended the Dayton School of Medical Massage  and became licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board for massage therapy.
Angela’s clients found that massage benefited their ailments which then became their treatment of choice to prevent pain, tension and injury.  From 1999-2002, Angela continued to advance her education in neuromuscular therapy, allowing a greater understanding of muscular conditions and improved ways to treat problems.  Angela’s passion is to support people in the prevention and rehabilitation of the body through therapeutic massage.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, traveling and relaxing on the beach.

Stacey Gossett

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Stacey Gossett has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Urbana University. She is a certified Personal Trainer  through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) since 2003. Stacey has 10 years of experience working with clients to assist in achieving their health and wellness goals. Stacey has her Pilates certification through Stott and has been enjoying teaching Pilates for 8 years. She is also a certified Piloxing instructor.  Stacey also loves to dance and is currently a back-up dancer for a local talented singer/song-writer, Thomas Troutman. Stacey believes that Pilates has been the key to her being able to come back from 2 major back injuries, one of which included back surgery. She is able to dance with no pain as a result of staying strong in her core, as well as working on overall strength, stabilization, and balance.  Pilates has allowed her to learn the meaning of a strong core and Stacey believes that everyone, no matter what level of fitness, can benefit from Pilates. It is absolutely possible to overcome injuries safely and progress to wellness and overall health and strength. Pilates is a great way to work toward a more stable core, an enhanced sense of body awareness, a release of stress and tension, and an increase in energy.

Kelly Hull

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Moving to Dayton several years ago from the east coast, Kelly has been practicing and studying Pilates for over 10 years. Certified in the Ron Fletcher method, who studied with Joseph Pilates himself, Kelly enjoys working with athletes and has experience helping clients with injuries or other special needs. Kelly’s background as a Registered Nurse gives her a deeper understanding of the body and extended expertise with unique client requirements. Trained on all Pilates apparatus, she also teaches Fletcher floor classes, towel and magic circle, spine corrector and toning classes. Privates or group, athlete or rehab and anywhere in between, her style is unique and one that clients will fine challenging, fun and ultimately satisfied with the results.

Vanessa Jay

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Vanessa has been practicing Pilates daily since 1997. As a fully certified Pilates instructor, with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University, Vanessa has taught private and group classes on Pilates apparatus and mat since 2001. Vanessa has attended Pilates Methods workshops with Stott Pilates, Ron Fletcher, and at Physical Mind Institute with Joan Breibart and Barbara Sampson. While managing the equipment teacher training course for The Physical Mind Institute in NYC, Vanessa was a fitness model for two instructor-training manuals, and the assistant editor of Pilates Protocols, a comprehensive guide geared toward teaching Pilates to people with special contraindications. Vanessa’s consistent and positive attitude is attributed to her personal passion for pure foods and spiritual practice.

Ann Merrill

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Ann has been a client of the studio since its opening in 2005 studying Pilates, Gyrokinesis, and Ballet. She received her training in the Stott method of Pilates and is a certified BarreAmped and Piloxing instructor.  Ann called upon her years of teaching experience to assist in the development of our Kids Pilates and Kids Ballet programs. She has been a life-long student of all forms of dance and exercise and has taught throughout the local community for over 25 years sharing her love for the beauty of movement.

Ann also has an insatiable love for nature.   As a certified volunteer naturalist for the state of Ohio, she spends lots of time leading public programs with 5Rivers MetroParks, serves as a judge on Natural Resources Day at The Ohio State Fair, and is a guest editor for the State 4-H program evaluating and writing project booklets.  She also uses her Master Gardening skills as owner and operator of her own small landscape company.

Bronwen Owsley

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Bronwen is an award winning professional belly dancer, instructor and choreographer from Dayton, Ohio. Locally, she has danced at many restaurants such as Therapy Café, Taste of the Mediterranean, Kohinoor Palace, Pasha Grille, and events and festivals such as Urban Nights, the Lebanese Festival and Lady Fest. In 2007, she won first place in the Personal Best Middle Eastern Dance Competition Headliner category, and in 2010, she took first place in the Personal Best Troupe Competition with “ Banat Alexandria”, the professional Middle Eastern Dance Company she created and directs. Bronwen has also studied ballet and modern dance and holds a Fine Arts degree in Theatre. She has a choreographer on Kettering Children’s Theatre and Sinclair Theatre Productions.. Performing and teaching are her passions and she loves to share and connect with audiences and her students.

Marissa Todd

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Marissa is a Stott Pilates Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac trained instructor.  She is also a certified BarreAmped and Piloxing instructor. She has over 7 years of experience in Jazz, Tap, and lyrical Ballet. She has studied at Sinclair Community College in the Physical Therapist Assistant program which gives her a better understanding of the body and how it responds to the exercises. Her journey with Pilates first began while pregnant with her son. Being told by her doctor to limit her workouts, she searched for an alternative way to stay in shape through out the pregnancy. When she discovered the intense, yet low impact, and safe method of Pilates, she knew it was something she wanted to make part of her life; thus becoming an instructor. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge, and sharing with others the numerous benefits Pilates has to offer. Her goal as an instructor is to help others fall in love with Pilates as much as she has!

Judy Wilson

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Judy is with the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC.org) in Santa Barbara, CA and is a 200 hour Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi ™ Instructor.

She has studied and trained for 12 years with various teachers from the Tama Martial Arts School in Dayton, OH in Yang style Tai Chi. She has also been a student of Hatha Yoga for thirteen years. She has a personal daily Tai Chi/Qigong, Yoga, and mindfulness meditation practice.

She is a licensed mental health counselor in Centerville, OH in practice for over 25 years in the Dayton area.  Current specialties include mindfulness training and stress reduction.

She is also available to come to churches, retirement centers, workplaces, hospitals, and to give private/group lessons.

Amy Wolf

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Balance Body Trained Pilates Instructor in Mat and Reformer.  Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and was a public school teacher for 7 years.  She began her second career in fitness in 2003. She started teaching Pilates in 2006 after training with Peak Pilates and their MVE Chair and Reformer.  She developed a love and appreciation for Pilates and continued her training with Balance Body focusing on the Reformer and Mat Pilates.  Amy has a passion for fitness and continues to teach Spin and a variety of other formats including PiYo.  She has been certified with AAFA, Madd Dog Athletics, PiYo as well as Reaction Cycle and Keiser training.

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