Kate graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Dance. She has always been interested in learning the anatomy and physiology of the body and how the body functions as a whole. She was drawn to Pilates because it offers a practical approach to achieving and maintaining all around wellness. She believes it is important to listen to your body, build on your strengths, and work to improve your weaknesses to attain set goals and helps her clients do just that. Pilates has helped to tone and strengthen Kate’s body and she recommends it to others who are looking for a safe and productive way to exercise. She looks forward to working with clients of all ages and physical conditions to help them too see the long-term benefits of Pilates.
On Kate’s off time, she enjoys spending time with her sweet husband, her family, and her friends. She loves being outside, biking, walking, boating, and exploring. She also loves using her talent of creativity to make crafts and sew!
Katie’s journey with Pilates began when she was living in Denver, Colorado in 2009. After several injuries from running, she realized what a significant impact Pilates had on her body, by strengthening some of the smaller and deeper muscle groups. Slowly those injuries disappeared after starting Pilates, and she felt much stronger and safer pursuing other athletic activities. She truly believes in the multifaceted benefits Pilates can have for anyone interested in gaining strength, length and increasing their mind/body connection.
Katie graduated from Miami University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Upon graduation she taught English in the Czech Republic for a year, then decided to pursue a Masters of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Her practice as a social worker has been focused in oncology, working at the American Cancer Society (Denver, CO) and the Cancer Support Community (Blue Ash, OH). Empowering individuals is something that Katie is extremely passionate about and she found that the common denominator of both Social Work and Pilates is just that- empowerment. Outside of Pilates, Katie enjoys the great outdoors, traveling to the mountains or water, and time with her son, husband and 100lb golden doodle!
Jennifer is a retired professional dancer and has been teaching the Pilates technique since 1993. She was first exposed to Pilates early in her dance career in Denver Colorado. At that time she was a member of two different Modern Dance Companies and so had a very hectic rehearsal and performance schedule.
She found Pilates to be a wonderful cross training tool to avoid injury and a wonderful way to stretch and lengthen her tired overworked muscles.
Soon after she was asked: “Would you be interested in apprenticing to become a Pilates Instructor?” Obviously Jennifer’s answer was yes and so her journey began.
She first began training and earned her Instructor Certification at Power Plus in Denver Colorado and later earned another certification through the Physical Mind Institute in Sante Fe New Mexico. Jennifer then moved to Cincinnati in 1996 and began Pilates studio out of her living room and continued to it grown into a large professional studio in Montgomery Ohio.
She has continued to study the work under Master teacher Ron Fletcher and Master teacher Patricia Guyton. From 2000 to present Jennifer has completed well over 300 hours of continuing education and continues to regard the work with the utmost seriousness.
She believes that in order to continue to grow as a teacher one must always be a student. Who better to study with than the most experienced, seasoned teacher one can find, a teacher close to the source. Her choice was Ron Fletcher who learned from Joseph Pilates. It doesn’t get much closer than that!
Having taught nursing for over sixteen years, and practiced the art of nursing for over 25 years; Melissa has come to learn that it is not so much the catastrophic illness that changes lives but more the conditions that keep our bodies from moving. It is the chronic low back pain, the neck injury, the constant knee, hip, or foot, pain that are the real reasons why people lives changes.
As a person with a chronic joint decease, Melissa can attest to the strength of both Yamuna Body Rolling and Pilates as a way to stay moving, decreased pain and enjoy an active life once again.
She began her training in 2006 to become a certified Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner, studying in Chicago, Louisville and ultimately in New York with Yamuna Zake. The Pilates Center of Cincinnati remains proud to be one of two studios in the State of Ohio to offer Yamuna Body Rolling classes.
Nina’s experience with exercise and wellness began early in life with ballet and running. Upon moving to Cincinnati in 2001, she became a avid cyclist both indoors and out. In 2004 Nina accepted the program manager position for The Alliance for Integrative Medicine’s High Chi Program. This revolutionary program combined spinning with yoga, mat Pilates and meditation.
At High Chi, Nina met an instructor from the Pilates Center of Cincinnati, Colby Chapman. Colby became Nina’s mentor and instructor and introduced her to the Pilates Center of Cincinnati in 2005.
Nina is also a talented artist and likes traveling and gardening.