INTELLIGENT exercise, profound RESULTS STOTT PILATES®

 

Pilates Center of Omaha Instructors



We are the only STOTT PILATES® studio in Omaha and the Licensed Education Facility for Nebraska. Our instructors are fully trained, enthusiastic and knowledgeable in Pilates as well as post-rehabilitation exercise.

Co-Owner
Licensed Physical Therapist
STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer
Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Ashlee Richardson graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her professional interests include women’s health and orthopedics. She is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and Instructor Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine - Health Fitness Specialist, Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist and Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Ashlee has received continuing education in pelvic floor disorders and treatment through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and is a certified Total Control® Instructor which focuses on pelvic floor strengthening and wellness.  
 
Ashlee utilizes her extensive Pilates and Yoga knowledge with her clients and patients to emphasize posture and movement re-education, core stability and pelvic health.
 
In her free time Ashlee enjoys the outdoors and staying active through kayaking, bicycling, swimming, backpacking and camping with her husband and dog.  Her favorite snack is anything healthy she can blend up in her Vitamix!
Co-Owner
STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer
Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
 
 
A former collegiate athlete and coach, Wendy Andersen, has been a professional educator for more than ten years. As co-owner of the Pilates Center of Omaha and owner of Victory Pilates and a certified LEAD STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, Wendy serves as an adjunct instructor and consultant to universities, professional schools and private studios and institutions around the Midwest, and has given presentations at conferences around the nation on the basic principles of Pilates and Pilates for Kids.

She holds a Masters degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University.

 

Wendy is a fully certified LEAD STOTT PILATES® Instructor and Instructor Trainer in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Injury and Specials Populations as well as the STOTT PILATES® Group Training. She is also a CORE™ and ZEN•GA® Instructor Trainer as well as a Certified Post-Operative Breast Cancer Rehabilitative Specialist. Wendy has pursued her passion of health by becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as well as a Dr. Sear’s Certified L.E.A.N (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition), Prime Time and L.E.A.N Expectations Coach and is excited to bring a well-rounded health approach to the Pilates Center of Omaha clients.

 

Wendy spends her free time with her family, husband Bob and 6 year old Dexter and 2 year old Phoebe and enjoys being outside and active!

Studio Coordinator
Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
 
Nancy was born and raised in Omaha. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha where she received her BSBA with an emphasis in marketing.
 

Nancy has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is a certified STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

 

Nancy had always been active in sports and fitness. Therefore, it was only natural for her to be drawn to the fitness industry after a career with IBM and staying home to raise a family of five.

 

Bilateral hip replacement surgery put an end to her love of running. Nancy totally attributes her Pilates practice to her full and quick recovery. Today, she enjoys cycling, Barre, Pilates, spending time with family, friends, cooking and reading.

 

Favorite foods: Pretzels and apples, lemon oatmeal cookie and a cold fountain drink.

STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer
Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Total Barre™ Instructor and Instructor Trainer

 

Andrea was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® during her studies at Oklahoma City University to help overcome dance related injuries. Andrea began her STOTT PILATES® education in 2007, during her professional dance career working for Royal Caribbean Productions. Along with dancing internationally, she has taught Pilates in studios, gyms, and physical therapy clinics in New York, New Jersey, and Canada before moving to Omaha.

 

After receiving her STOTT PILATES® Full Certification in 2013, Andrea proceeded to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness in 2014, specializing in STOTT PILATES® and Total Barre™.

 

Recently, Andrea furthered her training, in “Aerialates”. Her passion for mind-body awareness and preventing injuries, along with an upbeat teaching style, make Andrea a great fit for teaching STOTT PILATES® to a variety of clients.

 

When not teaching Pilates, Andrea enjoys dancing, taking yoga, traveling, and spending her time with her husband, and little Shih-tzu, Einstein.

 

Her favorite snack is Green Apple slices with Cashew Butter.

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Beth sought out Pilates in order to work her body like an athlete without the impact and soreness in joints she would feel after typical weight training. After years of playing sports and feeling the effects, Pilates gave her an outlet to feel strong and flexible while building awareness of her posture and breathing.

 

Beth loves teaching Pilates because clients reap those same benefits; They gain strength and confidence in their bodies and learn the proper alignment of their spines, which many times help them improve the way they move throughout the day.

 

Her favorite snack is pretzels or grapes and she enjoys riding her bike, playing the piano or listening to music in her free time.

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Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Total Barre™ Instructor
 
Sue is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor with certifications in Matwork, Reformer, and Total Barre™. She is also trained in, TRX, ZEN•GA®, Injury and Special Populations and the Cadillac and Stability Chair.  
 
After dancing and jogging her way into her forties, Sue was left with neck and shoulder injuries and three choices--surgery, painkillers, or a new life style.  She was able to choose the latter and after consistent sessions of Pilates, she has been surgery free and almost completely pain free, along with increased core strength, flexibility and balance.
 
Her greatest desire as a Pilates instructor is to help others find similar freedom and healing while reaching their goals for their exercises or hobbies.   When Sue's not teaching or taking Pilates, she enjoys reading, sewing, writing, hiking and kayaking. And recently, kale chips have become a major addition to her life. Yum!  

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Total Barre™ Instructor
ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Management Specialist
Pink Ribbon Program Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist 
Trained TRX Instructor

NETA Indoor Group Cycle Instructor


STOTT PILATES® Instructor JoAnn Smith has a B.A. in Special Education from William Paterson University located in New Jersey where she is originally from. She moved to Omaha after graduation to teach in the Omaha Public Schools system developing social and vocation skills for young adults with developmental disabilities.

 

JoAnn began practicing Pilates 12 years ago to help manage a low back issue. She started teaching Pilates shortly after seeing and feeling the physical benefits. She became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2011 and completed the Injuries and Special Populations training the following year.

 

Jo Ann has also completed the STOTT PILATES® Cadillac, Chair and Barrel, Total Barre™, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and ZEN•GA® instructor trainings. The most recent training was Aerial Silks and she has discovered that is a fun way to diversify a Pilates workout. She is pursing a goal of becoming a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor.

 

Her true Pilates passion is encouraging bereaved Moms to consider the value of Pilates work to manage and support the grief process.

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
 
Cathy Jewell has been a health and fitness professional for over 20 years and caught the STOTT PILATES® bug while at the 2000 World IDEA Fitness Convention where she took her first Pilates session with Moira. She is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, group exercise instructor, personal trainer and registered yoga instructor. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Health Education. She has been teaching at PCO for over 2 years. Cathy has always been involved in health and fitness from high school and intramural sports to taking group fitness classes and working out on her own. Her favorite activity is volleyball and enjoys Zumba, TRX, and yoga.

 

Cathy currently works as the Mindful Movement Coach at Sage Nutrition in Lincoln, working with individuals, partners and small groups in Pilates mat, reformer, yoga, TRX, strength training, and stress management. She also teaches Pilates Mat and Reformer classes at the Lincoln Athletic Club (formerly know as Lincoln Racquet Club). She worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for over 16 years most recently as the Movement Specialist with Counseling and Psychological Services and previously at Campus Recreation as Assistant Director of Fitness.

 

Cathy is originally from Council Bluffs and lives in Lincoln with her husband, 2 children, and their rescued dog, Dakota. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, reading and traveling. Her favorite snack is a trail mix from Trader Joe's.

STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Jennifer is a STOTT PILATES® Reformer instructor and graduated from UNL with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She worked as a rehab trainer in Colorado for several years.

Exercise & fitness have always been a daily part of her lifestyle. She enjoys outdoor activities such as running, walking, swimming and anything active. 

Jennifer began practicing Pilates to gain the benefits of a strong core and increase her strength and flexibility as an alternative to high impact strength training. Pilates has helped her become more aware of her posture and areas to improve and challenge within herself.
 
She enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children watching them play sports. Her favorite snack is yogurt dipped pretzels, chocolate covered raisins and a cold fountain diet coke.
STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Total Barre™ Instructor

Mary graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Co-major in Dance. While at Creighton Mary also studied classical ballet and dance pedagogy under Valerie Roche through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabus. Upon graduation Mary's professional career has ranged from Medical Surgical Telemetry nurse to Outpatient Dermatology.
 
Mary currently teaches for Omaha Academy of Ballet and has performed with many local companies including the Omaha Community Playhouse, Creighton University's A Company of Dancers, Omaha Academy of Ballet and Omaha Modern Dance Collective.
 
She has found Pilates to be a wonderful way to relieve stress, as well as helping her gain increased strength and flexibility. In her free time she enjoys dancing, reading, going to movies, and spending time with her husband and their cat, Tiger. Her favorite snack is cherries and chocolate pretzels. Mary is thrilled to join the staff of Pilates Center of Omaha and begin this new journey toward better health and fitness.
BS, NSCA, AFAA
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Kickboxing Specialist
Counselor of Natural Health

 

Monae has always been interested in exercise and nutrition as a way of life. Growing up she excelled in sports and dance, and even ate healthy as a teenager! She remembers one summer day when she was about 16 years old, announcing to her parents and 3 sisters as they were all gardening, “this is the only body I get--I need to take care of it!” So, when she went to college it only made sense for her to study her passions--exercise and nutrition. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Nutrition and immediately began educating & motivating people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Kickboxing Specialist. She also has a Counselor of Natural Health degree through the College of Natural Health.

 

She competed in Cross Country and Track at the collegiate level during her 4 years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Also, while there, a campus ministry had a positive impact on her life and she vowed to give at least 1 year of her life back to a campus ministry. In 2002 she fulfilled this commitment and moved to Brussels, Belgium to work with university students. She liked it so much that she ended up staying 2 years instead of 1. Then, she moved to a small town in northern France and taught English in the public school system. While living abroad she got to share her expertise in fitness and nutrition by working one-on-one with college students and other adults. She even got to teach fitness classes in French.

 

Monae and her husband Phillip, along with their daughter Simone, are happy to call Omaha their home.
They frequent the farmer’s markets and health food stores to find organic and healthy choices, as well as tend a garden together where they grow many of their own veggies. Cooking healthy, gourmet, and in-season meals is a way they enjoy passing time together. They also love to be active together as a family. One of their favorite things to do is simply going on a walk and ending up at a near-by outdoor track to play games and run together.

 

Monae has been personal training and teaching fitness classes since 1999, and loves to work with people who are eager to develop life-long healthy habits. Two of her favorite fitness classes to teach are TRX and Circuit Training. She has been working with the TRX since 2007 and has been teaching Circuit Training since 2005. She loves how both classes easily accommodate beginners and advanced exercisers. Her next fitness endeavor is becoming certified in STOTT Pilates.

 

 

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