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.
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,
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.
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
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
Sam Foster, Office Manager, Certified ITG Diet Coach
- Sam has studied
Pilates with Susan since February 2004 and has worked as the studio's
receptionist since December 2005. Pilates has allowed Sam 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. Sam is a dedicated member and the Preschool Director at Amelia Baptist Church. She graduated from
Fernandina Beach High School in May 2007 and Florida State College of
Jacksonville in May 2011. She is currently taking some time to raise her
two daughters before entering into nursing school and plans to one day
become a Nurse Practitioner. Sam is always happy and able to answer any
of your questions about Pilates and our program 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