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Pilates and Fitness Instructor Profiles


Shauna Smith

Shauna Smith Yates

Owner / Certified Instructor

Shauna began her Pilates instruction in 1999 at Studio One Pilates to rehab a reoccurring injury from her many years of ballet training. She fell in love with the movement, range of motion and strength training Pilates provided to her own body she decided she wanted to share it with others. She began her certification in the STOTT PILATES® method while finishing her degree at Drury University in Studio Art and Art History. In 2001 Shauna began instructing at Studio One Pilates in the evenings opposite of her position as curator and interim director of The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County. In 2002 she traveled to Toronto, Canada to receive her Instructor Trainer Certification and began work at the studio full-time. In addition to her work with her private clients, Shauna has provided STOTT PILATES® education to students in Springfield, the surrounding areas, and has spent time teaching in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bundang, South Korea.

Shauna is also a CORE BARRE, CORE SUSPEND, and CORE REFORM Master Trainer. In 2012 The Bodysmith became the first Core Barre Training Center in the Mid-West and now offers the full line of Smart Movement® courses including the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) technique. Shauna also holds a certification through the Pilates Method Alliance.

In 2016, Shauna traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to become a certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach. She is delighted to have The Bodysmith as an affiliate of Rock Steady, bringing this nationally recognized program designed just for Parkinson's patients to the Ozarks.

Also in 2016, Shauna became the Director of Education for Juvo Board - a fitness product developed here in Springfield. And she became a certified PaddleFit Coach. In 2017, she became a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach.

As owner of The Bodysmith, Shauna continues to enjoy teaching others and practicing Pilates in order to continue her love of running, cycling, painting and gardening. She was honored to be nominated as one of 417 Magazines Wellness Warriors in 2013, and was a 2017 Springfield Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient. Shauna also feels it is important to be active in the community. She was a member of the Leadership Springfield class of 30 and sits on both The Springfield Symphony Orchestra board and the Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks board.

Susan Gilmore

Susan Gilmore

Certified Instructor

Susan was born and raised in Springfield, Mo. She graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1989 and received a B.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southwest Missouri State in December 1994. Susan came to Pilates in 2006 as a client and immediately fell in love with the method. She began the certification program and completed her certification in October of 2007. Susan is certified through the advanced level on all equipment and has training in Rehab methods as well.

In addtion 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 very excited to be a part of the first team to bring Rock Steady Boxing to southwest Missouri and make a difference in the lives of people living with the disease. Susan brings her experience, patience, compassion, and love of people to her work, and believes integration of the mind and body truly are healing.

Liz Chiles

Liz Chiles

Certified Instructor

Liz was first introduced to Pilates as a student at Sonshine Dance Academy, where she danced for 10 years, taking classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and character. She pursued other active interests post-dance, including soccer, hiking, white water rafting guiding, and a year at an outdoor sports school in Norway (skiing, hiking, water sports, climbing, and kiting). She came back to Pilates in earnest after sustaining a shoulder injury at school, and was encouraged by Kara and Shauna to become an instructor in the STOTT PILATES® method. She is certified in CORE BARRE® and is currently working on her STOTT PILATES® and CORE SUSPEND® certifications. She graduated from Missouri State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. During her time in college she studied abroad in China, Spain, Argentina, and Peru. Liz is excited to be part of the Bodysmith! She enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds and fitness levels, and hopes to empower and encourage clients to be their best, healthy selves.

Abbe Ehlers

Abbe Ehlers

Yoga Instructor

Abbe Ehlers, RYT-500 has been a yoga practitioner for over 14 years and teaching yoga since 2004. Her yoga is called YOGA FROM THE HEART, a principle she considers each time she leads a class. 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. These influences have helped shape her eclectic style of yoga. 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

Polly Brandman's career has been focused on movement, the healing arts, and finding ways to combine these two approaches to creating healthy lives.

Her first training was in dance, which began a lifelong pursuit of performing, teaching and choreography and also sparked her interest in body mechanics. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She came to Springfield as the Artistic Director of Springfield Ballet, moving on to co-found Wishbone Dance Theatre, and to perform as a Guest Artist with Mid-America Dance Company.

In 1990, she graduated from the Ozark Institute of Natural Therapies and became a licensed massage therapist. 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.

Jennifer Simpson

Jennifer Simpson

Certified Kettlebell Instructor

Jennifer is a native Springfieldian and holds degrees in Geography and French from MSU. After college she did a three month stint with Outward Bound Wilderness School in North Carolina and Costa Rica. After this profound experience she headed to Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks. The next seven years were filled with adventure, learning and meeting people from all over the world.

In 1996 she returned to the Ozarks and became a licensed massage therapist specializing in neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies. Her career took off and after ten years so did tendonitis in her elbows. In 2006 she discovered kettlebells and her life was forever changed. Not only did kettlebells help get her body stronger and out of pain, it gave her the freedom, courage, and confidence to move forward in her life. 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. In 2011 she brought Springfield Kettlebell to the Bodysmith.

An avid learner Jennifer does many continuing education classes and is currently working toward her certifications in ZHealth, a brain based training program. One of her goals is to improve herself so that she can help others. 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.

She splits her time between being a massage therapist and a kettlebell instructor and considers teaching at the Bodysmith an honor and a privilege. Jennifer truly delights is seeing people move beyond their fears and limitations toward owning their strength and courage.

Louise Love

Louise Love

Certified Juvo Instructor

Louise is originally from St. Louis, MO and moved to Springfield to attend Missouri State University. She graduated Missouri State with a B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science and with a passion for health and wellness as a whole. Louise loves the outdoors, water and everything fitness. She has taught group fitness classes from water aerobics, strength training and stretching and has been an active personal trainer in the Springfield area. Louise is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through American College of Sports and Medicine, a STOTT Mat Pilates Trained Instructor, and a Juvo Board Instructor. She is eager to begin Juvo Board group classes in June and looks forward to building up her clientele and experience in the field of exercise and wellness! She loves everything fitness and aims to be a chameleon when it comes to personal training. Not every person will have the same needs and she builds programs that best fit each and every individual. Louise enjoys teaching, backpacking, swimming and anything that involves the outdoors and her dog. Come check out BodySmith's newest addition to our group classes and get some workouts in with Louise! .

Carrie Coleman

Carrie Coleman

Pilates Instructor

Carrie is a Springfield native who graduated from Missouri State in 2005 with a M.A. in Communication. She has spent more the 15 years in the Marketing and PR industry working in the food, home and build products, non-profits, and tech industries. Carrie began her pilates journey in 2008 following the birth of her son and a two + year battle with cancer that left her with heart damage, reduced lung capacity, weak muscles and a general sense of exhaustion. She fell in love with the results she experienced within a few weeks of beginning the workouts and has been a fan ever since. Pilates enabled her to regain strength and endurance that allowed her to build up her cardio training improving her lung capacity and energy levels. After years of seeing the benefits pilates has brought to her own body, she is excited to be trained as a STOTT Pilates instructor so she can help others maintain a lifetime of health, movement and balance. She is a lover of food, animals, books, the arts, beer, fitness, and the outdoors, and is excited to be part of the Bodysmith.

Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox

Psychologist

Deborah L. Cox is a licensed psychologist, board certified in Couple and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and certified in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She specializes in the treatment of trauma and anxiety, as well as helping adults reach their creative, relationship, and health goals.

She holds the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University and is author of three books, most recently, Wife Material: A Novel of Misbehavior and Freedom. Deborah uses life-writing as a tool in trauma-recovery therapy, particularly with recovery from spiritual or religious abuse. As faculty at Missouri State University for eleven years, her research involved women's anger, spiritual autobiographies, and the impact of U.S. beauty culture on women's friendships. Her work has been highlighted in numerous online and print venues, including Prevention, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Working Mother, and ABC News Online. You can find Deborah's blog at http://www.deborahlcox.com..

Lynette Nelson

Lynette Nelson

Office Manager

Lynette has joined the office team to help your visits to The Bodysmith go smoothly. She recently returned to college to finish her degree, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English. Lynette grew up on a family farm in South Dakota before her wanderlust took her off on adventure. She has lived in Hawaii, spent a magical summer in Yellowstone National Park where she met Kettlebell Instructor Jennifer, and then worked the following winter at Grand Canyon National Park. From there she made her way to Hollywood where she worked as a teleprompter operator for 25 years. She is excited to be a part of a team that is focused on helping people be the healthiest and strongest they can be.

Stripes

Stripes

Studio Cat/Cuddle Therapist

Stripes is an overachiever, joining the staff in 2015, at just 4 months old. She was quickly a client favorite, spreading smiles and cat hair everywhere. She has her own Facebook page, which you can find by searching for @stripesthefitnesscat where you can find pictures of her activities at The Bodysmith.

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.