Joanna Couture - owner and instructor
I began teaching Pilates in 2000 after working as a personal trainer I began to crave something that worked the body as whole rather than a series of unconnected parts. I first found Pilates mat work and began practicing at home with a video several mornings a week. I noticed many changes in my body including better balance, flexibility, coordination and a leaner more sculpted look to my outer thighs and arms. I was hooked.
I trained with and was certified by the PhysicalMind Institute in 2000 in mat, reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, and barrels. I have since continued my training with STOTT, BASI, Ron Fletcher, and Pollstar Pilates. I enjoy learning new material using both classic and contemporary styles of Pilates and incorporating it into my sessions. During your session I will strive to find the place where you feel both challenged and successful.
I worked on my own in my Broad Ripple studio until April of 2015 when I expanded my business into our new location at 5640 N Illinois Street. I am enjoying my new role as both teacher and studio owner and the opportunity to work with and learn from other instructors.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping to match you with the right teacher to meet your needs.
MJ Gregory - instructor
Originally from New York, Mary Jeanine (MJ) Gregory, studied modern dance at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, but later went on to become an elementary Waldorf school teacher in Boulder, Colorado. She has a Master’s degree in Waldorf education, a holistic form of education for children. (MJ is also a Waldorf school graduate from Hawthorne Valley School in New York). After having met her husband, she moved to Indianapolis in 2002. She is a classically trained Pilates equipment and mat instructor (Body Arts and Science International, 2005), who appreciates a contemporary twist on a favorite exercise. MJ is certified to teach the Reformer, Cadillac, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrel and Wunda Chair. In addition to Pilates, MJ is also certified to teach Spinning and ‘WillPower and Grace’ (a barefoot, group fitness, fusion class that combines yoga, pilates and calisthenics’). MJ is married with two children, Peter and Lucy, and enjoys living in the mid-west and loves teaching movement!
Pam Hess - instructor
Pam truly has a passion for teaching and functional movement. She was once nicknamed an “undercover geek” as she is constantly looking for ways to understand the biomechanics of the body and the connection with the mind. She finds it very rewarding in helping people make healthy and positive lifestyle changes. The goals for her clientele are to assist them in feeling, seeing and being the changes resulting from their Pilates practice. Through her teachings, she provides opportunities on how to apply the practice in everyday life. She loves seeing how her clients transform both physically and cognitively through Pilates. It’s the “ah-ha” moments that continues to fuel her enthusiasm in teaching bodywork and movement. Pam’s clientele ranges in all ages and levels in both private and group settings.
Pam Hess holds a B.S. degree in Health Care Administration. She is fully comprehensive certified in Pilates through Evolve Pilates, Gainesville, Florida (2009). She is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT). She has experience in Rotational Sports and Gait Analysis from Polestar Pilates continuing education program. Pam is a certified Pilates for Buff Bones® (2013) instructor which is a medically-endorsed workout that combines Pilates, functional movement, strength training, and therapeutic exercise with bone-strengthening and balance techniques to optimize the health and safety of your bones. She also holds a certificate of Apprenticeship in Gyrotonic® (2015), a unique movement method that enables simultaneous lengthening and strengthening of muscles, stimulates circulation, and enhances joint mobility, and coordination. Currently, Pam is participating in the Skillful Teaching Mentoring program with Chantill Lopez, which is the world’s #1 professional development program for Pilates teachers.
Pam relocated to Indiana summer 2015 from Gainesville, Florida and is truly honored to be a part of Balance Pilates team. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, volunteering, and getting acquainted with the Indy community!
Ann Weddle - instructor
When I retired in 2008 I began training to be a Pilates Instructor. In 2009 I completed a 450 hour comprehensive training program with PHI-Pilates. I received certification in Reformer, Mat, Props (bands, ring, and roller) and the Wunda Chair. I participated in an intensive client assessment and session design program from 2009-2010. Since 2010, in addition to teaching I have studied Redcord and received certifications in Spinning and Biocored. In my free time I enjoy reading, knitting, walking, and spending time with family and friends.
Shika Pollard - instructor
Shika began her fitness career teaching group fitness classes during lunch time at her place of employment. From there, she expanded into personal training (ACSM Certified), water fitness (AEA Certified) and pilates (PMA Certified). Shika has furthered her pilates work and became certified in the Wounded Warrior Project (Elizabeth Larkham). She has also expanded her work to include Biocored, a suspension training system on bungees that challenges and strengthens the brain’s neuromapping and vestibular systems including joint mobility and pain management. Shika also works with rehabilitation clients, active older adult clients, MS and Parkinson clients as well as those with other neurological issues. She enjoys with people who are new or veterans of pilates helping them strengthen and transform through their work together. In her free time she enjoys her family, reading, gardening and horseback riding (when she can find one that needs a rider).
Morgan Skiles - instructor
Morgan began practicing Pilates from childhood as cross training for dance. While studying Kinesiology and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University, she incurred a foot injury that led her interest into injury rehabilitation. After receiving a STOTT Mat certification, Morgan began teaching Pilates in 2013. She recently completed Mat I & II and Reformer I & II Training through PHI PIlates, and is working toward a Pilates Method Alliance certification. Morgan currently teaches ballet at A-List Dance Center, dances with Phoenix Rising Dance Company, and is also a co-founder and dancer in Crossroads Dance Indy. In her free time, she enjoys going on camping and hiking trips, riding her bike, crafting, and dog walking. Morgan believes that Pilates is the root to finding your best posture for all physical activity.