Pilates of Amelia, Inc -                    Intelligent Fitness
Meet Our Instructors & Staff
Susan Gagnier C.P.I., Owner/Director, - In 2003 Susan completed a rigorous certification program of Authentic Pilates™ with over 800 hours of one-on-one training and instruction. She was taught by Romana Kryzanowska protege, June Hines, M.F.A., B.F.A. and several other fine instructors, all of whom are dedicated to preserving the integrity of Joseph Pilates's method.
     Committed to being happy and healthy, Susan has an extensive background as a teacher and instructor in fitness. As a 4th degree Black Belt and Chief Certified Taekwondo Instructor, disciplined fitness is a way of life for her. Her dedication won her the Taekwondo America Instructor of The Year Award in 1996. 
     In 2006, Susan furthered her training and skills by successfully completing her certification as a personal trainer with the American Fitness Professionals Association. She strongly believes that all forms of movement and exercise can benefit from Pilates training. 
     In 2007-2008, Susan attended and completed a rigorous study of contemporary style Pilates with Body Awareness, Atlanta, Georgia.
     With training in both Authentic classical and contemporary style Pilates, Susan utilizes the best of both styles to design a fitness program that best fits the needs of her clients.
     Whether her client is post rehab and still in need of some therapeutic help, or is in generally good shape and just wants to feel better, Susan creates the exercise program that allows her client to develop optimal strength and flexibility.
     As the founder/owner of Pilates of Amelia, Susan feels she has been blessed to work with a staff of professional, dedicated instructors. 

Janet Burns-Price C.P.I. - Janet completed her Body Awareness Teacher Training program in 2008.
For over three decades she has been a certified fitness professional, focusing her talents on physical strength, endurance, and weight loss through programs such as aerobics, aqua resistance, and weight training. As a licensed certified Occupational Therapist, Janet’s knowledge and experience allows for specialized cardio, muscular, and nutritional advice. Pilates is perfect for the post rehab client. It helps improve posture, alignment, concentration, and flexibility. Janet loves the integration of movement, breathing, postural alignment, and relaxation techniques, along with the modality of Electrical Therapeutic Point Stimulation and props for optimal health and wellness. She loves the opportunity to inspire clients to learn, love, and laugh as they increase body awareness, and build 

Gena Cooley C.P.I. - Gena completed a comprehensive 18-month, 800 hour Pilates training program through the Body Awareness Teacher Training Program in 2008. In 1996 Gena studied the healing arts and became a Master Reiki Teacher. In 2001 she began her practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist. As a lifelong athlete, Gena is passionate about fitness and biomechanics of the body. When she was introduced to the Pilates method in 2007, Gena was excited to find a fitness program that respected and utilized the integrity of the whole person. Through Pilates, she believes her years of training have come to a full circle. She enjoys teaching her clients about their power to bring proper movement and balance into their body. Gena looks forward to sharing her skill, knowledge, and passion for health and fitness with her clients.

Sharon Joyce, L.M.T. -
Sharon graduated in 1995 from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York.
Integrating 19 years of massage and bodywork experience with continued advanced training, she develops and renders her massages with the express intention of understanding and fulfilling each of her client’s individual needs. While massage may be enjoyed for its peaceful relaxation, Sharon’s advanced training and skill allows her to bring therapeutic relief to those suffering from muscle and joint pain syndromes.
      She is certified in Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral, Swedish, Reiki, Pre & Postnatal Massage, Deep Tissue and Repetitive Use Therapy. She has studied aromatherapy therapy and finds essential oils a great compliment in her massage treatments. The wellbeing and healing of her clients is the prime focus of her work.
      Sharon engages in a holistic approach to life and understands that she must live her life as an example for her clients. Good health, she believes, evolves from proper nutrition, exercise, meditation, and healthy relationships.
      Sharon and her husband have raised three sons. They moved to Amelia Island to remain close to their ever-growing family which now includes grandchildren and two beloved dogs, Molly and their rescue, Maggie. As a nature lover, Sharon has fallen in love with Amelia Island.
      Whether you wish to diminish stress, pain, restore emotional balance or pursue optimal physical function, Sharon has the skill and desire to tailor your massage to your specific needs. Fl Lic #MA73567

Samantha Foster, Office Manager, Certified ITG Diet Coach - Samantha has studied Pilates with Susan since February 2004 and has worked as the studio's receptionist since December 2005. Pilates has allowed her to continue playing clarinet after being told to quit in 2003 due to neck and shoulder problems. Along with Pilates, she studies dance and has also studied martial arts. She is a dedicated member and the Children's Choir Director at Amelia Baptist Church. She shares her love God, dance and music with her two girls, Josalyn and Amber. Samantha graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in May 2007 and Florida State College of Jacksonville in May 2011. She is now back at FSCJ in nursing school and plans to one day become a Nurse Practitioner. Samantha is always happy and able to answer any of your questions about Pilates and our programs here at Pilates of Amelia as well as give you a tour of the studio and show you all of our great equipment.

1894 S. 14th Street, Suite 3
Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034
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