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.
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 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.
Jessica Wade, Master Trainer
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, MOTR Instructor, and TRX Instructor
Jessica Wade has been teaching Pilates since 2004 and has been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance since 2006. She became a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher in 2015 and became a Balanced Body Master Educator in 2016. She completed her Pilates Instructor Comprehensive Training with Body Evolution in Philadelphia PA with Jessica Sehested of the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. Jessica then apprenticed with Internationally Acclaimed First Generation Pilates Master Teacher Lolita San Miguel. Other notable instructors that Jessica has trained with and have greatly influenced her teaching style are Rebecca Leone and Peter Fiasca. Pilates has been a part of Jessica’s life since an early age through her dance training with Olin Kearse, Philadelphia Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey. Jessica also recently became a Balanced Body MOTR Master Educator and a TRX instructor.
Leah Jones, Molly McCort, Laura Henry, and Emily Anderson
Yogalates Instructor and Pilates Apprentice Instructor
Kathleen began her yoga practice in 2013 and studied fervently for her first year at Abhaya Yoga Center while hoping to gain strength and recover from injuries sustained over a 20 year period of dancing classical ballet. She completed her 200 hour certification through URU Yoga and Beyond under the tutelage of Rebecca Sathre and Tammy Virchow Urbanski in 2015 and is currently a RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance. She is an active dancer in the local community, and leads regular classes at several dance studios in the region where she has been teaching classical ballet and creative dance to students between ages 3 through 70 since 2005. Kathleen has a great love for sharing knowledge and enjoys challenging and empowering her students by teaching a strong and steady flow that focuses on fluid transitions, powerful stamina, and proper alignment. Kathleen is a staunch advocate for the physical and mental benefits of a regular yoga practice; she believes that the true essence of yoga exists individually inside each practitioner and that while the journey may be different for each student, its overall goal is the same: to find strength, stability, and happiness within one’s self.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing with a minor in Public Relations from the University of West Florida. She is also currently working towards completing her Certificate in Dance through the National Dance Education Organization. She loves dance, movement, and music with a particular penchant for classic and folk rock. She is grateful for the unwavering support from her parents, her sister, her partner, Ryan, and her cat, Eddie.
Yogalates Instructor, Pilates Mat Apprentice Instructor, and TRX Instructor
Gabi brings energy, life and creativity to everything she touches, and her style of teaching is no exception. In the fifth grade, she began to practice yoga when her mom handed her two Rodney Yee vhs tapes, AM and PM Yoga. She carried yoga flashcards to all of her slumber parties throughout middle school, but tapered off when friends and high school seemed more exciting. In college at the University of West Florida, she found yoga again while dealing with anxiety. She developed a regular weekend practice, only to be amazed at each year how much deeper her dedication to yoga became.
Five years into her regular practice, Gabi decided to take her love of yoga a step further and become a yoga teacher. In July 2016, she completed her 200 hour Akhanda yoga teacher certification at Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center. Gabi became an aerial yoga trained in September of 2016, and in December of 2016, through Pure Pilates, she became a Pilates Mat I apprentice.
Gabi’s dedication to helping people come home to who they are runs deeply through every aspect of her teachings. Whether you’re an advanced pilates or yoga student, or it’s your first time in class, you are sure to feel comfortable in any of her classes.
Aerial and TRX Instructor
Andrea Henshall is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, TRX qualified instructor, and an Unnata® certified aerial yoga instructor. Andrea graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 with a masters degree in Astronautical Engineering (which she might use someday…) She received her yoga teacher training at Navarre Living Yoga in Navarre, FL; her TRX qualification from Urban Body Studios in Atlanta, GA; and her Unnata® certification from Aerial Fit in Charleston, SC. Determined never to “work” another day in her life, Andrea enjoys helping people of all backgrounds and body types find joy and friendship through their fitness practices.
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. 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.
TRX Instructor and Pilates Apprentice 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. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, Pilates, stand up paddleboarding, reading, and travel. Leah began the Balanced Body Comprehensive Training program in 2014 at Pure Pilates and received her TRX Certification in 2015. She enjoys learning new takes on traditional exercises and helping others build strength to complement their exercise pursuits outside of the studio. You can find her playing around with new exercises on Instagram @findingyourcore.
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 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.
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 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.
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.