Team

Nancy Gwinnell Hurd, Founder

An educator for over 30 years, Nancy holds a BFA in Dance and a Masters in Education. Nancy is a Second Generation Pilates Teacher and is certified through Peak Pilates®, The Pilates Method Alliance, and The PilateSystem®.  She is proud to be one of Lolita San Miguel’s disciples earning her the title of a Lolita San Miguel Master Teacher™ and to have originally trained with PMA co-founder Colleen Glenn. Additionally Nancy was certified in Gyrokinesis™, The Gyrotonic Expansion System®, and Pilates for Golf. She is listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and is a member of The Pilates Method Alliance and The Authentic Pilates Union.

Nancy has been a Peak Pilates® Master Trainer for over 10 years, is a member of the Peak Pilates® Leadership Team and is a PMA CEC provider. She is the Director and Owner of The Austin Pilates Barn, creator and curriculum developer of DMI-MPT™, and teaches workshops and trainings in Austin, throughout the US and has had the pleasure of sharing her work with trainers from around the world.

Her Passion is bringing the joy and health benefits of movement to a wide variety of people. Nancy has worked with populations ranging from athletes to re-hab, youth to elders, and novice to advance. She strongly believes in the success of every “body”.

 

Amy Benenate

Amy realized that dance was a lifetime passion when she was attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance in 1997. She danced and choreographed with companies Group Motion and Ausdruckstanz in Philadelphia, and has toured worldwide with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's second company Ailey II. While living in New York, she choreographed and performed in several states on the east coast. Amy is a Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor in Peak Pilates. Pilates has improved her technique as a dancer, and has revealed itself in her everyday life.  Amy loves to share Pilates with others so that they too can benefit from the healing effects of Pilates

 

Mark Gates

A Comprehensive certified instructor from Peak Pilates and has been teaching the method for eight years. He first discovered Pilates in a mat class and quickly embraced the entire method. After regular sessions, he began to recognize and understand the exceptional benefits of consistent Pilates work.  Now, Mark enjoys the variety when working with his clients, regardless of what brings them to the system - an old injury, the desire to improve posture, well being, to become a better athlete or those that are simply looking for increased overall fitness. Mark has a keen visual sense of proper alignment and focuses on teaching a strong foundation of Pilate’s movement. "There is a place for every body in Pilates"

 

Mary L. Wilson

Mary first began her practice of Pilates in 1994 while attending the University of Texas at Austin. During her senior year she continued her studies at the University of Oxford. While in England, she practiced at prominent studios in both Oxford and London.  Mary received her BA and worked for several years as an archaeologist in Texas and California, all the while continuing her Pilates practice. After several years in the field, Mary decided to trade in her shovel and trowel for a set of knives and followed her passion for nutrition and the culinary arts to New York City.

Mary graduated with top honors from Natural Gourmet Institute, the first and foremost health supportive culinary school in the country. Despite her love for cooking, she wanted something even more rewarding from her career and decided to professionally pursue Pilates and fitness.  She received her Comprehensive Classical Instructor Certification through the renowned Peak Pilates program under Master Instructor Nancy Hurd. She concurrently received barre certification through Balance Barre and Personal Trainer Certification through the American Council on Exercise to develop a greater understanding of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, which she applies to her Pilates practice.

All of Mary’s training has culminated to make her a very knowledgeable and well-trained instructor who finds delight in teaching others and keeping her clients safe. Mary is passionate about learning, practicing, and teaching classical Pilates.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach in the studio where she trained and excited to join the outstanding team at the Austin Pilates Barn.

 

Your DMI-MPT Development Team

 

Nancy Gwinnell Hurd, PMA®-CPT, BFA, M.ED.

Founder, Program Coordinator, Curriculum Development, Course Instructor

 

 

 

An educator for over 30 years, Nancy holds a BFA in Dance and a Masters in Education from Arizona State University. Nancy is a Second Generation Pilates Teacher and is certified through Peak Pilates®, The Pilates Method Alliance, and The PilateSystem®.  She is proud to be one of Lolita San Miguels disciples earning her the title of a Lolita San Miguel Master Teacher™ and to have originally trained with PMA co-founder Colleen Glenn. Additionally Nancy was certified in Gyrokinesis™, The Gyrotonic Expansion System®, and Pilates for Golf. She is listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and is a member of The Pilates Method Alliance and The Authentic Pilates Union.

 

Nancy has been a Peak Pilates® Master Trainer for over 10 years, is a member of the Peak Pilates® Leadership Team and is PMA CEC provider.  She is the Director and Owner of Austin Pilates Barn and teaches workshops and trainings in Austin, throughout the US and has had the pleasure of sharing her work with trainers from around the world.

 

Her Passion is bringing the joy and health benefits of movement to a wide variety of people. Nancy has worked with populations ranging from athletes to re-hab, youth to elders, and novice to advance. She

strongly believes in the success of every “body”.

 

 

Kristy Demers, PT, DPT

Curriculum Development, Course Instructor

Kristy is a licensed physical therapist and a certified Pilate’s instructor.  Kristy received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, and prior to that she graduated with her B.S. in Motor Development and minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2002. Kristy has primarily practiced in the orthopedic sector of physical therapy since graduation where she primarily specializes in treatment of musculoskeletal pain syndromes of the spine, pelvis and extremities.  Areas of expertise include movement impairment disorders, chronic pain, repetitive stress injuries, sports injuries, pregnancy and post partum, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and scoliosis. Kristy enjoys combining her physical therapy and Pilate’s knowledge to identify impairments in movement, alignment, muscle length, strength, and stiffness and their relationship to the underlying cause of one’s pain.

 

Laura Phillips Hampton

PMA®-CPT, BFA, Peak Pilates® Master Instructor

Course Lead Instructor-Houston

Laura, has been a student of movement for most of her life. A Pilates teacher for over 10 years, and a Master Instructor and Continuing Education provider for Peak Pilates for the last 4, she believes that Pilates offers a way of moving that benefits everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Her ongoing study focuses on healing movement, and restoring fitness, function and balance to the body. Laura seeks out opportunities to learn and develop a deeper understanding of the body, and then opportunities to share this with other teachers and students. The founding president of the Houston Pilates Association, Laura works to support the profession of Pilates instructors, building community and bridges between teachers and studios.

 

Cherry Herzog

PMA®-CPT, Peak Pilates® Master Instructor, C.I.A.R

Course Lead Instructor-Dallas

Cherry Herzog is a Texas native with over 30 years in the health and fitness industry. She completed her first certification with Physical Mind Institute in 1997 and in 1999 her formal Pilates training with Colleen Glenn at Goodbody’s Wellness Center in Dallas, Texas. She joined Peak Pilates in 2003 as a classical teacher trainer and presenter conducting certification courses and workshops locally and nationally.  She is co-owner of Pilates Connection Studio/Peak Pilates training center in Dallas, Texas and is known and respected for her passion and dedication to excellence developing teachers from California to Florida and many states in between.

 


 

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