Jenny Freeman’s Pilates career spans 44 years which began with her apprenticeship at age 17 under the tutelage of Ruth Hart, dance master and protege of George Balachine. She was a professional dancer for 11 years in NYC, San Francisco, Boston and Dallas. Simultaneously she earned a B.S from Mississippi State College for Women in kinesiology, dance and consumer psychology. Jenny was first attracted to movement as a healing mechanism for mentally and emotionally handicapped children. This progressed to teaching movement to deaf, blind and at risk children. With her dance background she then turned her focus to movement for rehabilitation of injured dancers and athletes. To further her studies in this area, she completed an internship at Duke University in proper movement mechanics and injury prevention. Further studies included Alexander technique, Polestar, Nickalus and Pilates rehabilitation with Alan Herdman in London. From these disciplines Jenny has developed an approach to exercise and movement that is based in sound science and is accessible, safe and beneficial for all stages and challenges of life.Jenny has lived and worked around the world. She has owned studios in Florida, Indiana and most recently in Huntsville. One of her most rewarding work experiences was introducing the Pilates reformer to the Middle East where she worked as trainer to the Saudi royal family for nine years.Jenny is excited to join the team of Johnson & Hayes Fitness Studio as a Master Trainer and to participate in their vision of rehabilitation and life fitness.

Patricia Garrard, known as Ricia, wanted to merge her love of science with the opportunity to work with people and her 15 year career path has led her to Pilates. She first graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Louisiana Tech University in 1996, then earned a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 1998. She has worked in a variety of hospital and clinical settings but specializes in outpatient orthopedics. It was her love of treating spinal pain and a need to manage her own pain from old sports injuries that first steered her towards Pilates and allowed her another method to teach core stabilization. She continues to work as an orthopedic and manual therapist at Johnson and Hayes Physical Therapists where she has been since moving to Huntsville in 2004 with her husband Jeff. She has received training and participated in education courses from APPI, the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, which she selected because it was founded by Physical Therapists. She is very excited to be able to use her education and background to teach safe and proper technique in Pilates for injury prevention at THE STUDIO.

  Lauren Harris received her Pilates certification in December, 2012 from THE STUDIO. She has a BA in Communications along with an Early Childhood Education Degree from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA. Having taught in the classroom, she has now decided to continue her love of teaching and of health and fitness to the Pilates classroom. Lauren has worked for Johnson and Hayes Physical Therapists for over five years and is excited to broaden her reach with “family”. While Lauren’s hours at THE STUDIO continue to build, her penchant for absorbing “all things Pilates” and learning new moves is ever growing as well.

Dawn Chenault has always enjoyed being physically active participating in group fitness and playing tennis. After being sidelined by injury she discovered Pilates as a way to strengthen and balance the whole body. Dawn has a background in education with a BA from Auburn University and Masters degree in Early Childhood education. Dawn became a certified aerobics instructor in 1998 and taught group fitness for 8 years. Completing her Pilates certification in 2012, Dawn is excited to join THE STUDIO at Johnson & Hayes training clients to reach their optimal fitness goals through the sound instruction of Pilates.

Jason Meyers recently received his B.S. in biology with a minor in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He spent four years as a student athletic trainer at UAH, where he predominantly worked with the hockey and soccer teams. For three years, Jason acted as the head strength and conditioning coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at UAH, where he was responsible for planning and teaching each workout. He received his USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certification in 2011 and continues to practice Olympic style weightlifting. Jason is looking forward applying his knowledge of body mechanics and proper technique to his classes at THE STUDIO.