Founder and Pilates Instructor
Jeanne is the founder of Restore Pilates Chicago and a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor. She combines her background in freestyle figure skating and movement to design safe, yet challenging Pilates workouts for each individual, regardless of their fitness level. She believes anyone can do Pilates, at any age. She has a hands-on approach and can help you learn more about your body as you explore movement to bring strength and stability to your everyday life.
She has a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s in Health Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before becoming a Pilates Instructor, she worked for the pharmaceutical and medical communications industries. Due to a significant health event, she returned to ice skating, yoga, and Pilates as part of her recovery and restoration. She left the corporate life, trained with the best in the industry, and was the #1 Master Pilates Instructor for Fitness Formula Clubs in 2019. She works actively with the synchronized ice skating teams at McFetridge Sports and Fitness. Jeanne is trained to work with pelvic trauma injuries, chronic disease, and pre-and post-natal individuals. This, with her anatomical knowledge and experience with injuries, uniquely positions her to help you move and strengthen your body, no matter your age or fitness level.
Pilates Instructor and Studio Manager
Suzy received her BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and is a member of the improvisation ensemble STäD. After performing for many years, and sustaining several injuries, she began training in Pilates. Pilates was transformational in growing and maintaining her physical strength and mental well-being and felt like a natural connection to dance with its emphasis on anatomy, strength, and fluid movement. Suzy is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels and a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She has experience with pre- and post-natal clients. Suzy is interested in the specificity and detail of Pilates and loves that Pilates can be modified to meet people where they are.
Ann-Marie (she/her) is a Movement Artist, Dance Educator, and Pilates Instructor. She has been teaching movement based practices to all ages since she was 16 years old. While pursuing her BFA in Dance at UArts, she suffered two injuries (patella subluxation and a Grade 2 ankle sprain) which made her re-examine movement patterns in her body. She was introduced to Pilates through her rehabilitation for her injuries. Through her dancing career, Ann-Marie found that Pilates was a way to move more consciously in her body. She became certified through Drexel’s Pilates Training Program, and has clients throughout the country, mostly in Philadelphia and New York. Ann-Marie loves helping people connect to their bodies. Her classes can address each student's needs, no matter your ability or level. If you are new to Pilates, working with an injury, or simply curious about your body, then Ann-Marie is for you!
Gina is a dance artist, movement educator, Pilates instructor, and personal trainer. She discovered Pilates over a decade ago while rehabilitating an injury, and it didn’t take long for her to become hooked and want to learn more! Gina is certified with the Pilates Academy International in New York City. While dancing and teaching in NYC, she continued her education and is trained to work with scoliosis clients, those with back pain, and can do a gait analysis on you! Gina is also certified as a personal trainer through National Council on Strength and Fitness and specializes in Neurokinetic Therapy; she can help you create a corrective exercise program to help reprogram your body's movement patterns. She also focuses on proper breath work and has been trained with the Postural Restoration Institute. Gina enjoys working with all ages and levels. She can tailor your session to meet your needs, no matter your level of fitness!
Valerie is a Pilates and yoga instructor who is certified in pre- and post-natal care with a focus on pelvic floor health. After a running injury, she took a Pilates mat class to work on her strength, stability, and alignment. She instantly loved it and saw that it helped her continue to run long distances, injury-free. Wanting to learn more about Pilates, she decided to become certified as an instructor. Her group classes are classically-based with a modern twist and an athletic flair. Valerie enjoys working with people one on one, helping them figure out their movement needs, and creating a plan to help establish and improve a mind-body connection. She has worked with clients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, scoliosis, and osteoporosis. Since she’s a long-distance runner, she’s well aware of the many potential running injuries and is able to help on any running related issues. Valerie's love for Pilates comes through in each class and every interaction. She believes everyone can benefit from Pilates to help them live their best life and find a holistic connection to their body.
Social Media Manager
Jessi is invested in the intersection of art, storytelling and community-based work. She has worked in nonprofit communications for the past five years with a focus on writing and social media content creation. Jessi is also a board member of The Halide Project, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit expanding access to traditional photographic practices and raising the visibility of artists who have been historically underrepresented in photography. Jessi first engaged in movement-based practice nearly 10 years ago. After experiencing a traumatic incident, she turned to yoga as a way to restore her mind-body connection. She is thrilled to be part of the Restore team, where she is building her pilates practice and sharing the stories of our clients who have been empowered by pilates - both physically and mentally. Jessi has a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois - Chicago.
Chelsea Rice, RDN, LDN, CPT
Restore Pilates Chicago is thrilled to be partnering with Chelsea, the founder, owner, and content creator at Nuwli LLC, which stands for nutrition, wellness, and lifestyle. She is currently located in Chicago, but her goal is to reach people globally with recipes, resources, and nutrition support. As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer, Chelsea's goal is to share simple, satisfying, and healthy recipes, but also provide one-on-one support for anyone struggling with their nutrition habits. Chelsea grew up in a family with a long history of medical conditions and danced at a very early age. Chelsea was surrounded with people struggling to create healthy habits and a positive body image, but they didn’t know where to begin and this included herself!
She decided to study nutrition and help people struggling with their health, just like herself, family, and friends. Chelsea studied nutrition and health at Miami University of Ohio, then her dietary graduate work at the Medical University of South Carolina. We all struggle with at least one challenge when it comes to nutrition and health. You might struggle to reach a physical goal, have a poor relationship with food, have low energy, or don't have the right resources. She created Nuwli to help you! She wants to share her expertise and passion for nutrition and wellness by designing content and coaching programs to help individuals achieve the health they deserve! Book a session with Chelsea today at www.nuwli.com
Restore Pilates Chicago is a boutique studio founded with the joy and passion to help you restore your body and mind. We can help you move your body better, while teaching you how your body works. We have a warm atmosphere with creative instructors, ready to provide personal guidance to reduce your pain, heal your trauma, improve your posture, strengthen your core, and increase flexibility. We'd love to introduce you to our fabulous team of instructors.