Karen has been a healthcare professional for over 25 years and a Pilates devotee since 1999. Karen has held leadership positions with General Electric Healthcare, Medtronic, Hill Rom and SunCrest Home Health. With experience in a variety of healthcare environments, Karen saw the clinical value of using Pilates to improve muscle strength without the same risk of injury that other exercise regimes had. In her current position as apprentice instructor at Pilates Franklin, Karen works directly with clients to develop and implement an individual program to specifically meet the needs and goals of each client. Karen holds a BS in Nursing from The University of Texas – Arlington and became trained in the STOTT PILATES® method in January 2015.
Dawn is a native of New England and moved to Nashville from Bedford, New Hampshire in June of 2017. She is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and has been teaching Pilates since 2000. After teaching all types of group fitness for many years, Pilates became her true passion and she was STOTT certified in 2005 in Mat, Reformer, and Injuries & Special Populations in 2011. Dawn is an American Council of Exercise (ACE) Certified Group Exercise Instructor and holds additional certifications in TRX, Spinning, and Kickboxing. Her work as a group exercise instructor and as a Pilates trainer has provided extensive experience training athletes as well as individuals with injuries or chronic conditions. Dawn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and loves to “analyze” her individual client’s movement patterns and help them to improve their body awareness and proper alignment to reap the full benefits that Pilates has to offer!
She has 3 grown children and a husband that all enjoy the outdoors and are avid hockey fans.
Melissa’s background as a high performance athlete and dancer led her to Pilates to maximize physical capacity while simultaneously rehabbing physical imbalances and injuries. Her teaching philosophy focuses on precision and incremental gains per the individual. She recognizes that each body has a unique physical history; she seeks to empower the individual in creating a sustainable physical practice to live a holistically-centered life. She studied various dance, Pilates, circus, and somatic movement styles, and is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor (Merrithew International). She previously worked at Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and The Joyce Theater in dance education. She holds a B.A. in Communication & Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in American Dance Studies from Florida State University.
Jyl’s breadth of movement experience includes strength training, other somatic practices.. Her passion for health and fitness inspired her to begin her STOTT PILATES training in 2019 as an Apprentice Instructor. Jyl’s dedication for whole body strength shows in her focus to guide clients towards reaching their goals. Although a longtime Franklin resident, Jyl always represents her home state of Mississippi. When she’s not training at the studio, you can find her hanging with her two daughters or out for a power walk.