laura’s training background


My training and certifications

  • Balanced Body Pilates 500 hr Comprehensive training ( 1.5 years of training and required teaching hours)

  • Smart Spine Wellness System’s Smart Core

  • Smart Spine Scoliosis Training

  • Certified by the Pilates Method Alliance.

My training was 2013-2014 with Balanced Body Master trainers Jennifer Gianni and Casey Herdt at Fusion Pilates Studio in Asheville, NC. Their work highly influenced my approach to seeing bodies in movement and helping people find ease while doing the challenging work of Pilates.

During my training I had the joy of working in a very open and progressive studio that allowed me to merge my Pilates Training with current alternative approaches to movement as well as proper Biomechanics for the everyday person because we are not all dancers training for performances.

My exposure to Marie José Blom-Lawrence’s Smart Spine System for Wellness has played the largest role in my personal practice for well being and my work with clients who live with tightness in their body, varying therapeutic needs, and Scoliosis. I had the joy of being a demonstration model at one of her workshops in 2014, and the pleasure of having the opportunity to become one of Smart Spines Educators.

I believe very strongly in maintaining a personal movement practice, constant continuing education, and keeping up with research

In October 2018 I completed an intensive workshop  “Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis Supporting the Teachings of the Schroth Method”. This workshop was designed to bring collaboration between Physical Therapists and Pilates Professionals. Pole Star Pilates Master instructor and DPT Lise Stolze, presented the latest research on the condition of Scoliosis and the benefits of movement applied to the latest research. DPT and Schroth Therapist trainer, Dr. Hagit Berdishevsky, presented some basic Schroth elements and a plethora of recent spine research in this workshop as well. I had the joy of also benefiting from modeling for this workshop to collaborate with other professionals and share knowledge of moving with my own Scoliosis.

I am a presenter for the SmartSpine Wellness System, and in May of 2019 will be added to SmartSpine Academy Teacher Trainers list.

My specific interest in Scoliosis is because I live with Scoliosis in my body. It effects my whole body not just the spine, and intelligent movement has been vital to living a happy life for my health.

I am CPR certified through HSI.

In 2019, I am working toward my next goal to gain deeper knowledge into exercise science focused certification by becoming ACE Fitness trainer certified.

Fun Facts

I am a Fine Artist by education focusing on figurative and anatomical drawing from life observation. And a former athlete and coach for volleyball.

When I’m not in the studio I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog hiking.


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