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.
Alyssa was introduced to fitness after her career as a competitive gymnast. She started coaching recreational and team gymnastics at sixteen and hasn’t stopped coaching since! Her gymnastics career was cut short due to injuries and going to physical therapy at a young age is what sparked her interest in becoming a Pilates instructor.
She wanted to know how she could help herself and move her body with integrity. She integrates the core areas of Pilates, mobility, and her deep understanding of biomechanics training into her individual sessions and group classes. She wants clients to be the best versions of themselves. Alyssa believes that having a well-rounded fitness training program develops healthy behaviors that stay with clients for the rest of their lives. With that power comes the responsibility to take care of oneself. Besides being a certified personal trainer, she is a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor, and licensed massage therapist who believes in learning the proper mechanics of lifting heavy lifting. She offers her clients a unique, multi-faceted approach to accomplishing their goals, ultimately leading to lifetime results. She is an exceptionally cheerful and motivating instructor!
Yvonne is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. She is also certified as a personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a group fitness instructor with Athletics and Fitness Association of America, and a Master Wellness Coach. She has over 15 years of experience in the health, wellness, and fitness industries and her experience goes beyond Pilates.
She has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and has managed various medically-based and corporate fitness facilities. She is a fitness writer and presenter and has provided content for two online publications: Women of the Word and Examiner.com. Her personal goal is to help clients reach their optimal health by improving their mindset, strength, flexibility, and functionality.
Allison is a certified Pilates instructor with over 20 years of teaching movement through Pilates, dance, and yoga. She integrated Pilates into her movement repertoire while completing her undergraduate degree in dance at Columbia College Chicago. Upon graduation, she pursued a Pilates certification from Body Balance Ltd., completing her coursework in 2000.
Her approach to Pilates combines both the classical and contemporary principles that honor current anatomical ideology. Her sessions will help you focusing on cultivating mindfulness, enhancing body alignment and awareness, and promoting overall wellness. Although Allison first viewed Pilates from the perspective of a professional dancer, a cancer diagnosis taught her that Pilates can bring every person, regardless of physical ability, to a place of renewal and vitality.
Stephanie received her BA in dance from University of Buffalo and has a passion for movement, nutrition, and the positive changes it can bring to your body. She's been a Pilates Instructor for over a decade and is a Level 2 STOTT PILATES Instructor. She is also a PTA Global Certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach, and has her Certification in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute. Her sessions are physical yet insightful. You will feel the work, but understand the how and the why behind the movements. Stephanie is a movement specialist with experience and knowledge in Pilates, dance, strength training, and nutrition.
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!
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.
Social Media Team
Libby received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her MPA with a focus in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works in philanthropy at UNICEF USA, a global humanitarian organization committed to saving and protecting the world’s most vulnerable children. Libby has 20+ years of professional dance training and credits her Pilates classes at Restore for helping her have the strength (quite literally!) and confidence to reincorporate dance classes into her workout routine after a decade-long sabbatical. She values a disciplined yet gentle wellness routine, which allows her to feel her best physically, mentally, and professionally.
She has been a client at Restore since the studio opened in 2021 and drawn to the studio based on their reputation and commitment to restoring both the body and mind. Hundreds of group classes later, Libby is excited to leverage social media in a positive way to help more people learn about Pilates and, specifically, experience the fun and supportive environment that is the Restore Pilates Chicago community!
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.