As someone that became a professional dancer after rehabilitating his own severe movement restrictions established at birth due to Cerebral Palsy, Trent McEntire understands how the quality of life is affected by how well you can (or can't) move your body. For 20 years, he has been sharing his discoveries and method with those seeking to overcome their own movement limitations. His work has led to an international school and equipment designed to further the development of Pilates Therapy. Trent McEntire has presented his work at international conferences and host sites in Italy, Japan, Spain, Mexico, UK, Brazil, Canada, and throughout the US.
For more than 10 years, Greg Patterson has worked with McEntire Pilates as a lead instructor. Additionally, Greg serves as Dance Program Director at Oakland University and founder of Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company. Greg has been dancing professionally in the Midwest for over twenty years as a member of Harbinger Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (EDE), Ann Arbor Dance Works, and Rigmarole Dance Company. He has also performed as a guest artist with both the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Doug Elkins Dance Company from New York. His signature piece “Who’s the Boss”, was performed in Russia as part of an EDE appearance with the Pushkin Ballet. Greg has choreographed Die Fledermaus for the Michigan Opera Theatre and this past summer, Greg choreographed "Nunsense" in Wisconsin. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Greg received his B.A. from Bowling Green State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan.
My Pilates journey started in the mid 1990’s when I pulled a muscle in my back. I knew my body needed a more intelligent way to exercise. After browsing through several books, I found a book on Pilates. Although not the best way to begin a Pilates program, I started my own home routine. I quickly came to the realization I had found a movement system I could use throughout my life and I began pursuing teacher training. That simple beginning of seeking an effective fitness program eventually turned into an avenue to rehabilitate my body after sustaining nerve damage during the birth of my second child. What neither my doctor or I knew at that time, was that my pelvis was misshapen as a result of being hit by a drunk driver when I was five years old. Up to that point, I was unaware that the accident had altered my pelvis to the point that childbirth was not something my pelvis could handle. The trauma caused by the delivery created the nerve damage and subsequent SI Joint Dysfunction. My journey since that day has changed my perception of Pilates as not just a form of mind/body fitness but a way to reclaim my muscle function from nerve damage and help re-align my pelvis from SI Joint Dysfunction. Movement had always been a part of my life, which is why I studied exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation for my undergraduate degree. However, the injuries from childbirth led me to pursue my master of science degree in human movement with an emphasis in corrective exercise. I wanted to understand my own body better and be able to take that knowledge to further help my clients. I am pleased that this knowledge has allowed me to network with local Physical Therapists and Physicians, many of whom are clients, who refer people to Lakeshore Pilates for not just overall fitness but also for post-rehabilitation. We welcome people of all fitness and health levels to the studio. Our team of competent and passionate instructors look forward to working with you.
Carolina Pava is the studio Owner and Director at BodyMind Pilates & Physical Therapy. She started her career as a classical Ballet dancer. Then she worked for renowned contemporary dance companies in Colombia, her home country, with which she performed in several countries in South America and Europe. She moved then to London, England and earned a diploma in dance and choreological studies at the Laban Centre. While in England, Carolina suffered from injuries in her back and left knee. It was through Pilates that she understood the connection between body/mind, learned about her own faulty patterns of movement and not only recovered but continued her career as a dancer succesfully. Carolina obtained her certification as a Pilates instructor from Body Control Pilates in the UK and with Balanced Body University and McEntire Pilates in the US. She is pleased to be a McEntire Pilates educator for spanish speaking countries. Carolina is a master teacher of BioCored Suspension technique. Throughout her career, Carolina has taught private and group classes of Yoga, contemporary dance, creative movement and Pilates in Bogotá, London and Grand Rapids for over 15 years.
Jo Ann Graser
Jo Ann Graser, PMA-CPT, is the President and founder of Tensile Strength Studio and Barrington Yoga Loft located in Barrington, Illinois. The studios offer Pilates apparatus, mat, Yoga, a variety of fitness classes, continuing education and Arcus courses. Jo Ann began her fitness journey in 1984 as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor working in health clubs. She eventually opened her own studio, specializing in functional training. Jo Ann discovered Pilates while searching for a discipline that would align her personal training expertise with more in-depth study of movement, alignment and function. She became acquainted with Arcus at the 2013 PMA Annual Meeting and it was love at first sight. Jo Ann feels the Arcus adds an incredible depth and accessibility of movement for everyone. She works with individuals of all ages and abilities and incorporates the Arcus into all aspects of the Pilates repertoire. Jo Ann’s passion for Arcus led her to pursue the Educator training and she hopes to introduce many others to this wonderful tool.
Paula Nascimento David
Paula was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was raised in an environment rich in Brazilian festivities and grew up dancing, sparking a passion that initiated her first steps in the world of dance, which developed into her professional career. In 1999, Paula began her studies in Contemporary Dance at the Angel Vianna School in Rio. In 2002, she began her coursework in Motor Recuperation through Movement and Dance Therapy. That same year, she began to study Pilates at Espaco Pilates and in 2003 began teaching the method as a certified instructor. In 2004, Paula decided to deepen her knowledge in the human body and began her professional certification coursework in Godelieve Denys-Struyf, a French technique commonly known as GDS at Ivaldo Bertazzo School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2007, she moved to Chicago and soon after, Paula obtained her certifications in Pre and Post Natal and Spinal Conditions. In 2010 became certified Gyrotonic Instructor, however, she never stopped studying the Gyrotonic technique in the following years. In 2011, pre- training gyrotonic level II, In 2012- Gyrotonic Specialized course- applications for the pelvic girdle. In 2013- Gyrotonic specialized course applications for dancers, Program I. Paula’s passion for learning led her to continue her eduction in 2014-15 completing trainings such as Gyrotonic Leg Extension thought by Erica Hassan at the Chicago Center for Body Movement; Gyrotonic Specialized course- applications for the shoulder girdle, Gyrotonic Specialized course- Psoas Principles. Arcus Level I taught by Trent McEntire at the McEntire International School; Arcus Level I for Educator Assistance shortly thereafter followed by Arcus Level II and Arcus Level I & II for Educator Assistance.
Jenna was born into a family of educators and entrepreneurs. With a background in professional dance pedagogy, Jenna combines her love for beautiful movement with an intelligent, educated approach that empowers people to realize their full movement potential. Jenna owns Helios 3.0 in Chicago, Illinois where she manifests her mission to provide an environment that offers movement modalities that are creative and effective. She is proud to share her gifts as a teacher with her clientele and her gifts as an educator with the Pilates community at large.
Mauro Ossola, a native of Italy, has spent his life in sport – as a cyclist, a fitness trainer, and a fitness manager. He began his Pilates training in 2009 with Jolita Trahan, the owner of Pilates Network, a PMA recognized training program in Italy, and she transmitted the “Pilates passion” to him. To further his studies, he decided to come to London in 2010 to study with Alan Herdman. Mauro is now Alan’s team manager, helping him to run his studios, as well as the rest of his business. He teaches in both studios, Marble Arch and Canary Wharf @ Reebok London and in the last few years has continued his education with courses and workshops in Europe and the U.S. Assessor, tutor and internal verifier for Alan's Pilates Teacher Training Course. ARCUS™ educator for McEntirePilates since September 2015. Always ready for new challenges. In his free time he loves buffering with Asian food and history.
Juliette discovered Pilates in 2004 when she was looking to change up her workouts. From her first class, Pilates made her feel more empowered in her body than other exercise methods. Intrigued by the way the workout unified mind, body and spirit, Juliette completed the comprehensive certification from the Physical Mind Institute and began teaching in 2007 at East Bank Club (Chicago). Over the past decade, Juliette has completed several additional certifications, including GYROTONIC® Teacher Training, Arcus, gait analysis, GYROTONIC® Applications for the Shoulder Girdle, and the McEntire Pilates Method. She is also a certified educator for McEntire Pilates and leads the McEntire Instructor Training courses at East Bank Club. Juliette enjoys working with clients of all levels, but truly loves helping those with pain and discomfort rediscover the joy and confidence that comes from moving well.
B.A., DePaul University
Physical Mind Institute
Pilates Method Alliance
McEntire Pilates Method Educator
Jumping Stretching Board
Leg Extension Unit
GYROTONIC Applications for the Shoulder Girdle
Thayer Jonutz brings with him a wealth of Pilates movement expertise to his clients as a Pilates Instructor and Educator helping both clients and Pilates professionals. Thayer's advanced level experience in Pilates, Bio-cored, and Therapeutic Pilates provides clients with the support they need to move beyond their limitations. Thayer also serves as a Professor of Dance at Oakland University and co-founder of The Take Root Dance Company. A national and international performing company, Take Root has been invited to Berlin, Germany and Seoul, South Korea to perform and teach. The company’s mission is to “connect” with as many individuals in as many diverse circles as possible. Take Root teaches master classes throughout Michigan to all ages promoting the need for connection to the arts and arts education. As part of his work with Take Root, Thayer also hosts a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease class once a month.
Classical ballet student at the Ballet Etudes Company of South Florida, Stephanie Kronick began at the early age of four and graduated in 2005 to become a member of the Company. As one of the Company’s soloists, she was awarded the privilege of performing in various classical ballet productions in the company of renowned artists from the New York City Ballet and Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico. Her dancing brought her to discover Pilates at the age of fourteen where she received training from Renee Ricca, a second generation teacher to Carola Trier. This training served as the basis for her to become a certified Pilates instructor ten years later. Her love for the art of Pilates motivates her to continue to seek education and training in the various aspects that contribute to a well-rounded instructor, such as Anatomy, Pilates, Gyrokinesis®, and movement. She accomplishes this through continuing education in recognized courses and institutions such as at F.A.M.I. (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Balanced Body with certifications in MOTR™ and Orbit™ and most recently, she is excited to have become part of the Arcus™ Education Team with Trent McEntire, in order to continue raising awareness of movement education down in South Florida. Stephanie‘s love, passion and attention to detail bring education and health to clients of all physical abilities, using the movement principles of Pilates, Gyrokinesis® and other modalities. Stephanie’s mission is to connect and inspire her clients of different levels, by letting them experience through their effort and work what their bodies are capable of and helping them reach beyond what they perceive their bodies can attain physically by helping them explore the many unique possibilities within the individual, from children to adults.
Carol Crincoli, owner of Pure Pilates, New Providence, NJ, is excited to be an educator for McEntire Pilates, offering the Comprehensive Instructor training at her studio in New Providence, NJ. She has also completed Arcus Essentials (1 & 2) and the Arcus for Hip and Knee Replacement with Trent McEntire.
Carol has been in the fitness industry since 1990 and practicing Pilates since 2003, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She trained through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY and holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. She is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.