Susan Clark Pure Pilates Owner

Susan Clark, Owner and Master Trainer

PTA, BFA, PMA®-CPT

Susan Clark is a Physical Therapist Assistant, Core Connections Pilates Instructor, certified in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods, and completed a Balanced Body Barre™ course in the summer of 2013. She became a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher in the winter of 2013 and a Balanced Body® Master Educator, teaching Mat, Reformer, and Apparatus, in the spring of 2014. Susan added Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ to her teaching repertoire in the summer of 2015. Susan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a BFA in Dance. She went on to receive her Pilates training certificate of completion from Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle at the Pilates Center of Austin in 2003.  In 2004, Susan had the wonderful experience of teaching Pilates in Paris, France.  Susan completed four continuing education courses between 2008 and 2010 with Madeline Black. She became a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) in 2008 after graduating from Austin Community College, and she specializes in functional core stabilization and myofascial release.  In 2009, Susan became a certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor and in 2011 became a certified GYROTONIC® Instructor.  Both trainings were under the instruction of Master Trainer Amy Ell, and Susan had the amazing opportunity to test out with the creator of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, Juliu Horvath, in Münstertal, Germany.  Susan has also worked with Master Trainer Anjali Austin of Florida State University and Master Trainer Leda Franklin of England.  In January 2013, Susan completed a course with Master Trainer Angela Crowley in Miami, FL on GYROTONIC® applications for High Level and Elite Athletes. In the summer of 2015 she completed, GYROTONIC® Pathways of the Shoulder, Hips and Spine.  In September 2013, she completed the teacher training course of certification on the JUMPING-STRETCHING BOARD with Master Trainer Irene Pulli of GYROTONIC® San Diego.  Susan attended the “Pilates on Tour” conference in Los Angeles in November 2013.  While in LA she received certificate from Elizabeth Larkham’s course “Heroes in Motion”, which, focuses on Pilates training for individuals that have experienced trauma in some form (i.e. amputation, PTSD, and brain injury). Susan began Balanced Body MOTR training in 2016. She became a GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer in 2017.

While growing up here in Pensacola, Susan danced for Kaleidoscope, now known as Ballet Pensacola, and performed many featured roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Susan has stayed involved in Pensacola dance and theater her entire life and now serves on the Pensacola Little Theatre board where she continues to share her passion for arts in the local community. Susan enjoyed traveling the country to attend summer dance festivals, which include the Joffrey Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, the Boston Ballet, the White Mountain Dance Festival, the Walnut Hill Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival, and the local PJC festival.  When Susan attended the Bates Dance Festival she was the administrative intern for two summers and was the student administration assistant for the American College Dance Festival when the University of Texas hosted it in 2002.  In Austin, Susan worked and taught at many Pilates studios and physical therapy clinics, including Ballet Austin. Susan was also a guest teacher and lecturer for the dance department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Office Staff

Leah Jones, Molly McCort, Katy Olsen, and Megan Richard.

Wendy Devanney Pure Pilates Staff

Instructors

Kathleen Carter Pure Pilates Staff

Kathleen Carter

Yogalates Instructor and Pilates Apprentice

Kathleen Carter, a Pensacola native, began her dance training at Pensacola School of Ballet with Anthea Nader in 1995. She joined the sister company, the Emerald Coast Ballet, in 1997 and danced at the Senior level until its closure in 2008. In 2000, she joined the Northwest Florida Ballet as an Apprentice to the Company and studied under Ballet Mistress, Dorothy Lister. She has attended several summer intensives including workshops at Pensacola State College, the Northwest Florida Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She has performed in various productions including lead roles in Emerald Coast Ballet’s Coppelia and Swan Lake, and company roles in Ballet Pensacola’s Nutcracker. She has been teaching dance since 2005 and has had students of all ages and levels. She has worked on staff at several local dance schools and acted as a guest teaching artist for various workshops and master classes throughout the region. She has experience in the Royal, Vaganova, and Cecchetti methods of classical ballet, creative dance, ballroom, jazz, modern, contemporary, and ballet fitness.

Kathleen is also an avid yoga practitioner and completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Certification through URU Yoga and Beyond under the tutelage of Rebecca Sathre and Tammy Virchow Urbansky in May of 2015. She is also in the process of completing her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through the Balanced Body training syllabus at Pure Pilates, under Master Trainer, Susan Clark. Kathleen is a staunch advocate for the physical and mental benefits of a regular movement practice and enjoys guiding her students in all disciplines of movement through a strong and steady flow that focuses on fluid transitions, powerful stamina, proper alignment, and injury prevention/rehabilitation. She teaches group Yoga and Pilates mat classes weekly at Pure Pilates (Gulf Breeze), and also works regularly with private Pilates clients at both Pure Pilates locations.

Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing with a minor in Public Relations from the University of West Florida. She loves dance, movement, and music with a particular penchant for classic and folk rock. She is grateful for the unwavering support from family: her parents, her sister, and her cat, Eddie.

Dianna Cochrane

Pilates Apprentice

Dianna been a fitness fanatic for as long as she can remember. She loves to help people develop body awareness, learn how to balance their muscle development, and stabilize their spine for optimum fitness performance, whether that be in sports or recreational fitness. She is certified in Power Pilates Barre and in NASM Personal Training. She was a Collegiate athlete in Cross Country and has a passion for injury prevention and recovery.

Dianna Cochrane Pure Pilates Staff
Jeannie Jernigan Pure Pilates Staff

Jeannie Jernigan

PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Jeannie Jernigan holds a comprehensive certification through the Pilates Method Alliance and is a Pilates for Buff Bones ® licensed instructor.  She completed the Balanced Body Barre course in the spring of 2013.  She also began the Balanced Body MOTR Training in 2016. She became a GYROTONIC® Apprentice in May 2017 under Master Trainer Anjali Austin. In addition, she is a graduate of the University of West Florida holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

Jeannie genuinely believes that Pilates is for everyone and can bring lifelong health benefits, including improved posture, balance, coordination and strong lean muscles.  She is able to sympathize with individuals with rehabilitation needs as well as help those who want to reach personal goals and maximize their full potential.  Jeannie is proud to be part of the Pure Pilates team.

Leah Jones

Pilates and TRX Instructor

Leah Jones is a graduate University of North Texas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, summa cum laude, with a minor certification in Retailing. She returned to North Texas for graduate studies and earned her Master of Science in Merchandising. Leah began the Balanced Body Comprehensive Training program in 2014 at Pure Pilates under Master Instructor, Susan Clark, and received her TRX Certification in 2015. She became a GYROTONIC® Apprentice in May 2017 under Master Trainer Anjali Austin.

Leah Jones Pure Pilates Staff
Evan Jordan Pure Pilates Staff

Evan Jordan

Pilates Instructor

Evan Jordan is a Florida State University graduate with a degree in Nursing. Soon after graduating she took a real interest in fitness. Evan took up running and cross training and has since completed 3 half marathons and one marathon. After getting married she discovered Pilates. She saw such fabulous results in her own body and personal well-being that she sought out Classical Pilates Education and received a certificate of completion. She began her career at The Pilates Pavilion in Tallahassee, Florida. After one year of teaching, her husband made a career move to work with Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Evans first love and priority are her 2 children, Jack and Pippa. She is thrilled to continue to instruct and even teach some new types of classes. Evan looks forward to sharing her love for Pilates and for overall fitness with Pure Pilates clients.

Michelle Luth Pure Pilates Staff

Michelle Luth

Pilates Instructor

Michelle has been teaching fitness classes since the age of 15! Since then, she has taught every kind of class you can imagine, including personal training. Michelle received her BBA in Marketing from Mississippi State University. She began teaching Pilates Mat in 2001. She completed PHI Reformer training in 2005 and Balanced Body training in 2009.

Katy Olsen

Pilates Apprentice

Katy Olsen began her fitness journey as a dance student at Ballet Pensacola under the direction of Patsy Hill, Debbie Parrish, and Nannette Grimm.  At the White Mountain Summer Dance workshop in Massachusetts, she was able to take Pilates and yoga for the first time and quickly fell in love. After graduating with honors from the Ohio State University dance department, Katy returned home to teach at Ballet Pensacola for two years before going back to school to earn an MFA in Arts Administration from the University of Alabama.

After spending ten years as an arts marketing professional in Montgomery and Birmingham, Katy moved back to Pensacola to be closer to family and reconnect to a healthy lifestyle. She is currently a Pilates Apprentice at Pure Pilates, a Kindergym and Tiny Tumblers coach at PSC Gymnastics, and a dance instructor at the PACE Dance Studio.

Katy Olsen Pure Pilates Staff
Megan Richard Pure Pilates Staff

Megan Richard

Pilates Apprentice

Megan began training in ballet at the age of four in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She was first introduced to Pilates in 2001 through her studies in dance. She quickly noticed how effective the exercises were in strengthening and toning the body, as well as helping enforce proper alignment and aiding in injury prevention. Recognizing the compliment to her ballet technique, she continued practicing Pilates throughout her performing career.

In 2008, Megan received her Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography from McNeese State University, and began teaching ballet while continuing to dance. She also worked with various photographers in Louisiana and Florida after graduating, did promotional and event freelance photo work, and spent three years working in graphic design.

Megan is enthusiastic about pursuing a career that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle for herself and others, while staying involved in the Arts. She now teaches high school and college students at Dance Academy of Santa Rosa, in addition to teaching Pilates classes and privates with Pure Pilates.

Dani Rivera

Pilates Apprentice

Dani grew up in New Braunfels, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, and moved to Florida a few years ago. Her background in exercise movement includes weigh training, bands, and slow motion movement. Her goal in Pilates training is to help her clients understand and love their bodies in a meditational, healthy, and beautiful way. She understands that everyone struggles with their own unique bodies, and she is here to guide her clients to a greater understanding of their bodies and achieving their personal goals.

Dani Rivera Pure Pilates Staff
Ellen Schoor Pure Pilates Staff

Ellen Schoor

Pilates and TRX Instructor

Ellen Schoor has a comprehensive certificate of completion, mat and equipment, through Body Arts and Science International with additional certificates from Balanced Body. She has studied with Kathy Corey, the developer of the Core Band. Ellen has a wide range of teaching experience with all levels of fitness. She is a retired CPA and enjoys running, cooking and currently, trying to knit.

Ashlyn Swafford

Aerial Instructor

Ashlyn was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida.  While growing up, she was involved in cheerleading and gymnastics for 7 years. In 2012, Ashlyn started practicing yoga to seek healing from sports injuries.  In 2013, she became passionately involved in training for aerial acrobatics, which includes aerial yoga, aerial silks and aerial hoop (lyra). She also enjoys acro yoga and having fun with the Pensacola acrobatic yoga community. Ashlyn holds an associate of arts degree from Pensacola State College and a 200-hour hatha yoga teaching certification from URU Yoga and Beyond.

Her passion for aerial arts deepens and compliments her yoga practice continuously.

She believes in becoming who you truly are in every sense, and hopes to facilitate this through any physical practice she may teach.

Ashlyn Swafford Pure Pilates Staff
Maggie Thorp Pure Pilates Staff

Maggie Thorp

Pilates Apprentice

“Pilates helps you do whatever it is in life you love to do better.”

Maggie first began her practice and study of Pilates more than 15 years ago. A lifelong athlete, Maggie was initially drawn to Pilates hoping it might help her overcome a lumbar disc herniation caused from years of training as a junior state and nationally ranked tennis competitor while growing up in Texas. Maggie not only overcame all symptoms of her injury without invasive medical intervention, but discovered in Pilates a healthier way to exercise her body and mind for life.Maggie completed her comprehensive Pilates instructor training locally in 2010 and 2011. Maggie’s training includes classical Pilates mat progression exercises, reformer, trapeze table, integrated Pilates, stability chair, ladder barrel and props. Maggie has also trained with nationally recognized instructor Rebecca Leone. Maggie’s teaching style emphasizes stability before movement, the use of diaphragm breathing to power your work, and a focus on developing greater kinesthetic awareness. In addition to teaching Pilates, Maggie is a practicing attorney admitted in Florida and Illinois. Maggie holds a B.S. in Education from The University of Texas in Austin and received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Jane Wilkins

Pilates Instructor

Jane Wilkins received a comprehensive Pilates certificate of completion from BASI Pilates in both mat and equipment and completed a Balance Body Barre course in the summer of 2013.  She was introduced to Pilates in 2003 after running a marathon and experiencing some knee problems.  She loved it from the first mat class! Previously, Jane was an AFFA certified aerobics instructor and a Johnny G certified spinning instructor, having been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years.  Continued learning is always a high priority for Jane.  Jane’s approach to Pilates maintains that the exercises practiced in the Pilates method are the impetus which leads us towards awareness, balance, and harmony.

Jane Wilkins Pure Pilates Staff