The BodySmith, LLC.

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Our Instructors

Shauna Smith

Shauna Smith Yates

Owner/ Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher/ STOTT PILATES® Certified/ Rock Steady Boxing Coach

Shauna received her full Stott Pilates certification in 2001 and became an Instructor Trainer for the method from 2002-2019. She is a Master Trainer and Director of Education for Juvo Board and is a Master Teacher for Art of Smart Movement teaching Core Barre, Core Reform, Core Suspend and AIS training.

She holds additional certifications from the National Pilates Certification Program, Precision Nutrition, PaddleFit, and Rock Steady Boxing. Shauna has studied Pilates for Neurological Conditions and is studying to become certified in the Z Health method of neurological training.

Shauna was honored to be nominated as one of 417 Magazine's Wellness Warriors in 2013, was a 2017 Springfield Business Journal's 40 under 40 recipient, and a member of Leadership Springfield's class 30. She is proud to be a representative for AeroPilates and Stamina Products fitness equipment and appears on QVC and HSN. She is excited to be working on her next project as co-creator of The Mixed Method Pilates Certification program.

Susan Gilmore

Susan Gilmore

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher / STOTT PILATES® Certified / Rock Steady Boxing Coach

Susan completed her STOTT PILATES® in October of 2007. She is certified through the advanced level on all equipment and has training in Rehab methods as well.

In addition to her Pilates training, Susan completed CORE BARRE and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) certification in 2013. She has continued to expand her knowledge with CORE SUSPEND and CORE REFORM - all part of the full line of Art of Smart Movement courses. In March 2016, Susan traveled to Indianapolis to attend training camp for Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's patients. She is currently pursuing Z Health certification. Susan brings her experience, patience, compassion, and love of people to her work, and believes integration of the mind and body truly are healing.

Richard F Nebel, II

Richard F Nebel, II

Trained Pilates Instructor

Richard is a native of the Ozarks and a classically trained ballet dancer who has worked professionally in New York City. Richard has worked as an aerialist, specializing in Spanish Web, lyra, and partner silks. Pilates is a natural extension from the movement styles he has dedicated himself to - balance, power, and focus.

Colin Denniston

Colin Deniston

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

Colin is thrilled to be back in his hometown of Springfield, MO, teaching at The Bodysmith. Colin was first introduced to Pilates in High School. In 2015, he received his full Pilates Certification through Pilates Academy International, and worked as a Pilates Instructor at Pilates On Fifth in New York City teaching Private and Duet Sessions as well as group Mat, Reformer and Chair Classes. As a Pilates Instructor, Colin has worked with clients of all ages and skill levels and is able to provide a great workout no matter the limitation. Classes with Colin are fast moving, highly focused, total body, and most of all, fun!

Sarah Wilcoxon

Sarah Wilcoxon

Trained Pilates Instructor

Sarah Wilcoxon discovered Pilates while rehabilitating several chronic injuries from years of dance training. Sarah holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University and teaches in the department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University. Sarah hopes to utilize the principles of the Pilates method to help promote a culture of wellness in the dance field.

Abbe Ehlers

Abbe Ehlers

Yoga Instructor

Abbe Ehlers, RYT-500, has been a yoga practitioner for over 14 years and teaching yoga since 2004. Abbe received her yoga teacher certification from the Yoga Alliance after studying with a variety of gifted teachers and through The Yoga Studio of Kansas City. She continues to keep her practice and teaching fresh through self-study and continuing yoga education with master teachers, predominately Aadil Palkhivala and others including; Judith Hanson Lasater, Julie Gudmested, Suzetter Schultz, Shiva Rae. Her foundation for yoga is Purna and Iyengar inspired but she incorporates a variety of styles including vinyasa flow. In 2009, Abbe completed extensive studies in therapeutic yoga with Mr. Palkhivala.

Polly Brandman

Polly Brandman

Licensed Massage Therapist / Tai Chi Instructor / Rock Steady Boxing Coach / Trained Pilates Instructor

Polly Brandman graduated from the Ozark Institute of Natural Therapies and became a licensed massage therapist in 1990. She is trained in classical Swedish massage, Thai massage, neuromuscular therapy, Active Isolated Stretching, and Reflexology. She also taught Kinesiology and Body Mechanics for Ozarks Institute of Natural Therapies and Professional Massage Training Center.

Her pursuit of Martial Arts began in 2000, studying Youn Wha Ryu and Tai Chi. She attained a Black Belt, 2nd Dan and is a Certified Instructor through Grand Master Han's Martial Arts. She has taught classes in Tai Chi at the Ozarks Senior Center, Ozarks Martial Arts, for the Missouri State University Recreation Program and for CoxHealth Fitness. She is currently pursuing certification in Z Health.

Jennifer Simpson

Jennifer Simpson

Certified Kettlebell Instructor / Certified Precision Nutrition Coach

In 1996, Jennifer Simpson became a licensed massage therapist specializing in neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies. In 2006 Jennifer became a certified kettlebell instructor under the RKC and StrongFirst School of Strength respectively. She is a Level II StrongFirst instructor and a Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist. She also performs Active Isolated Stretching and is certified in Core Barre.

An avid learner Jennifer does many continuing education classes and is currently working toward her certifications in ZHealth, a brain based training program. She is also certified in Precision Nutrition and offers nutrition counseling. Having struggled most of her life with body image and weight issues Jennifer wants to encourage and support others to become stronger and empowered no matter what their size, shape or age.

Lynette Nelson

Lynette Nelson

Office Manager

Lynette is here to help your visits to The Bodysmith go smoothly. She is excited to be a part of a team that is focused on helping people be the healthiest and strongest they can be.

Kara Dunn

Kara Dunn

In Memorium

Instructor at The Bodysmith from January 2011-September 2015

In memory of Kara, money can be donated the Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks to help support our Rock Steady Boxing Programs that allows local Parkinson's patients to fight back against their disease.

Our Studio

Our studio offers a full range of private, duet and group classes designed to facilitate our clients’ individual goals. Our instructors are creative, STOTT PILATES® certified and offer an array of specializations.

The Bodysmith’s beautiful, 4600-square foot studio space is appointed with state-of-the-art STOTT PILATES® equipment. We are located on historic Route 66 near Hammons Field, right next to the Steak 'n Shake on National and St. Louis. We have three parking lots for easy parking.


For your safety: If you are interested in joining a group class for the first time we recommend taking our Introductory Class offering.

• Private, duet and closed groups are 55 minutes in length, drop-in classes are 50 minutes.
• 24-hour notice of cancellation is required to avoid being charged. (Does not apply to closed groups.)
• Late cancel and “No shows” will be charged the full amount of the scheduled session
• All packages are non-refundable.
• 5 session packages, whether private, duet, or drop-in classes, are valid for 60 days from the date of purchase; 10 session packages are valid for 90 days
• As a courtesy to your group members in a closed group class a 2 week notice is appreciated if not continuing with the group class in the following session.

Drop-in class schedule may be changed. Please call, or check our website. Generally changes are posted one to two weeks prior.

Instructors for group classes may be substituted without notice.

Please call the studio or visit the Web Scheduler to pre-register for drop-in classes

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in with socks or bare feet.

Group classes may be cancelled when inclement weather closes Springfield Public Schools. Private sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor and client.