Diane went to Northern Virginia Community College, earning an Associate Degree in Applied Science in the Physical Therapy Program. She worked for 30 years as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Northern Virginia. It was while she was practicing in an out-patient Orthopedic Clinic that she discovered Pilates. In May 2003, Diane completed the 250-hour Comprehensive Pilates Mat Certification through the Professional Health and Fitness Institute. She immediately started applying Pilates principles and exercises to her patient therapy within the clinical setting - both she and the clients were pleased with the successes of the Pilates method that was applied. Diane continued her training in Pilates in February 2008, and after two years and 500 hours of study and training, she received her Comprehensive Mat and Equipment Certification through Core Dynamics. She studied and trained in Santa Fe, New Mexico with world-renowned Pilates Instructor Michelle Larson. Diane believes that training with Michelle, who had trained directly under Pilates elder, Eve Gentry, was life-changing. Diane continued her Physical Therapy Assistant practice and her Pilates teaching at Studio B Pilates in Fairfax, Virginia for the last 12 years. She moved to Fernandina Beach in 2018 and has continue to refresh and update her knowledge and skills with workshops and continuing education courses in Pilates.
Bonnie is a new resident of Amelia Island and is excited to be a part of our community!
She's a Peak Level 2 Pilates Instructor and began her studies in 2004, earning her Mat Certification and teaching in Johns Creek/Roswell area ever since. Bonnie continued her training with certifications in reformer, chair, and barrel in 2008. She is a breast cancer survivor, and is certified in Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Pilates as well. She is a true believer in Pilates, and has witnessed how it can build strength, flexibility, and balance in daily life. When not teaching Pilates, she loves to travel and hike.
In addition to being our studio manager, Donna has been in the fitness business for over 15 years. She loves to motivate and inspire clients she trains by getting the to think about exercise as a daily habit, just like brushing one’s teeth. Her training philosophy always includes helping clients to develop a mind body practice. She has certifications in personal training, cancer exercising training, senior fitness, indoor cycling, yoga and mat Pilates and reformer. When not at the studio, Donna loves to paint and walk her dogs on the beach.
Deb's love for Pilates began when I was introduced to it by my older daughter, who is also a Pilates instructor. Deb found the exercises were challenging, but she noticed significant benefits in flexibility, balance and overall health. She was hooked! She has her certification in Balanced Body Pilates. Her purpose is to share the benefits of Pilates with others so they can enjoy a better quality of life. Deb has lived in Fernandina Beach since 2005 and is recently retired. She looks forward to adding her talents to Pilates of Amelia as well as having more time to spend with family.