Jill Denninger, studio owner, is a Buff Bones® and PMA®-Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT). Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida, where she was first introduced to Pilates and began her practice. She completed the Power Pilates comprehensive training program in 1999 and was certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2007. Additionally, Jill is a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist®. She continues her education in both Pilates and Craniosacral Therapy by attending workshops on an ongoing basis.
Michelle Kennedy, PT, studio owner, is a Buff Bones® and PMA®-Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT). She is a graduate of New York University and holds a BS in Physical Therapy, as well. Michelle began her Pilates practice in 2002 and immediately fell in love with this intelligent exercise system. Initially certified in mat through the Professional Health and Fitness Institute, she completed both mat (2005) and apparatus (2007) certifications through PhysicalMind. In 2015, she completed the Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation certification. She continues her study with master teachers, Doris Pasteluer Hall and Leslie Powell at Movements Afoot in NYC. Workshops have included study with Sherri Betz, Phoebe Higgins and Deborah Lessen. Michelle's physical therapy background includes courses in Maitland and McKenzie spinal evaluation and treatment and osteoporosis management. Michelle is dedicated to helping her clients understand and work with the Pilates method to gain better control of their movement and understand the role of core muscles to enhance posture and the ability to move, during activities of daily living as well as when exercising or playing a sport.
Rebecca Cooney is a Polestar Pilates and PMA Certified Pilates Instructor (CPT). Rebecca graduated in 2016 from Mason Gross School of the Arts Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and minor in Psychology. Rebecca was introduced to Pilates through her dance instructor and has grown to love it. She completed her Pilates training through Polestar Pilates teacher training program affiliated through Rutgers University under the direction of Kim Gibilsico in 2015 and was certified through Pilates Method Alliance early 2016. As a dancer and athlete Rebecca knows how important it is to maintain a healthy body and even use Pilates for recovery after injuries.
Barbara Place is fully insured and certified in Pilates, Yoga, Reiki, II, TRX and Spin. She is also a Group Fitness Leader and Personal Trainer. Barbara is a dedicated professional, intuitive teacher and healer and a lifetime student. She has been in the health and wellness field her entire life. Barbara has an innate quality of connecting the mind, body and spirit. Her specialty is alignment, core stability, and functional movement. Barbara opened and managed the Merriam Gateway Health and FItness Center in Newton before returning to school to specialize in Pilates training. Barbara studied under Romana Kryzanowska in NYC– a rigorous teaching program with over 600 hours of apprenticeship.
Suzanne Reiman, a graduate of The School of Visual Arts of NYC, has roots in the dance and fitness world. She has been studying and teaching Pilates since 1987. She works alongside Deborah Lessen of the Greene Street Studio where she completed her comprehensive training. Additionally, she teaches privately and increases her knowledge of anatomy by studying with the anatomist Irene Dowd.
Clain Thomson-Di Palma has been teaching Pilates for 20+ years since certifying with the legendary Romana Kryzanowska at Drago’s Gym in New York City. His quest for knowledge and for understanding the mechanics of the human body has led him to continue to study with several of the master teachers of Joseph Pilates’ remarkable method.
He has continued his explorations of the human body with acclaimed Anatomist/Choreographer Irene Dowd and her Anatomy and Movement training for two years, followed by an intensive Cadaver Dissection course with Gil Hedley, PhD. Clain has also studied Active Isolated Stretch with Jim and Phil Wharton as well as completing Strength and Flexibility training at the Swedish Institute of Massage. Most recently he has been Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Inclusive Fitness Trainer, CIFT. This qualifies Clain to work with People with Disabilities such as Parkinson’s, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, and Intellectual Disabilities. As a Master Exercise Instructor with Easter Seals NJ he has co-authored the Be Well! & Thrive Exercise Program for People with Disabilities.
His extensive knowledge and expertise in Pilates has made him the “go to” trainer for people seeking safe, intelligent solutions for any physical problems. Clain's professional certifications include the Pilates Method Alliance as well as being one of the original Pilates Guild Certified Teachers.
Kayla Dove is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who is certified to teach Restorative Yoga. While having recently started teaching yoga, she is no stranger to teaching movement. She holds a masters degree in Dance Education from Teachers College Columbia and taught dance for 18 years before moving onto museum education. She is honored to be sharing this amazing healing practice.
Diana Schlobohm is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with an additional certification in Restorative Yoga. Diana began teaching Pilates in 2005 and continued teaching until 2011. After a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, Diana returned to teaching Pilates for a brief period of time, before deciding to deepen her yoga practice. She's excited to share with you her knowledge and skills in the field of yoga.