OUR INSTRUCTORS

Melissa
Melissa, Studio Verve Owner, was first introduced to Pilates by way of a DVD in college at a time when Pilates was an “alternative” fitness regimen. She knew the technique and teachings of Joseph Pilates would be life changing.
 
The years following proved this to be true and were spent immersed in the Industry, learning various Pilates methods, including Power Pilates, Balanced Body and Stott.

Melissa’s style of teaching focuses on the mind body synergy of Pilates and aids her clients in perfecting their muscle recruitment patterns, awareness of body response and control such that their work in the studio stays with them outside of the studio, enhancing their everyday life.

She has a keen ability to push clients to their personal limits, making for great results and changes they love, while staying safe, low impact and kind to the body – the essence of Pilates! 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Melissa has lived in the valley of the sun since 2004 and calls Arcadia her home. Melissa graduated with a BS in Marketing and Minors in both Chemistry and Biology from DeSales University in Allentown, PA. She has held Corporate Marketing, Sales Management and Corporative Giving positions with Fortune 500 Companies but it was her entrepreneurial spirit and passion of Pilates that, ultimately, gave her the gusto to boot strap her way into the wonderful world of Pilates Studio ownership.

Outside of the studio, Melissa loves to travel, spend time with her family, friends and is a self pro claimed Juice/Smoothie junkie.  Need a smoothie recipe – ask her!

Chelsea

Chelsea has been a lover of movement since a very young age. She was first introduced to the Pilates method via her classical ballet and contemporary dance training, and it was during that time that she noticed the amazing benefits that Pilates could provide her both on an off the stage. From injury prevention, greater athletic performance, and helping her develop a stronger mind/body connection, she knew she would eventually want to share the method’s benefits with others.

Fast forward a few years, and Chelsea pursued her BFA in dance at Arizona State University. During college and shortly after, she studied Pilates via a classical training and later a contemporary training through Balanced Body. Since those early days, she has completed her comprehensive training on all apparatus. In addition, to her love of movement, Chelsea also is certified through Keri Glassman’s Nutritious Life Program. She is a self-proclaimed wellness junkie, and she hopes to inspire others to feel their fittest inside and out. 

When she’s not training in the studio, you can find her biking around Downtown Phoenix, checking out a new book, or walking her rescue dog, Frankie. 

Lauren

Lauren was first certified in New York City through Romana Kryanowska in 1995. Romana was one of Joe’s elders to pass on the method of study. In 2005, Lauren received another certification from Power Pilates. She has also studied through the IMX method of Pilates. Lauren enjoys teaching people and seeing the progress they can make through this method. She also still enjoys studying ballet, hiking and learning any new method of movement.

Taylor

Taylor has a strong passion for nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, an academic scholarship and her love for hiking brought her to Arizona State University, where she graduated with a BS in Human Nutrition. She furthered her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her mission is to inspire others to eat with intention and live with intention.

In addition to Pilates, Taylor also loves running and has finished 2 full marathons and 6 half marathons. When she is not in the studio, you can find her exploring new hiking trails all over AZ, cuddling with her Maltese/Yorkie pup named Henry, and watching the Eagles on Sunday.