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Meet Our Instructors

TonyaTonya Leeka, Owner / Certified Instructor
Tonya is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and has been teaching since 2004. 
She
works with clients of all abilities from post rehabilitation to advanced.  "I love working with a variety of people each day and seeing them experience the benefits of Pilates.  Whether they are here to get in shape, stay in shape, improve their sport, or improve their quality of life, it brings me joy knowing that I am helping them achieve that goal."
Tonya graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Dance Performance.  She took her first Pilates mat class at an American College Dance Festival in 1995 which sparked her interest in Pilates.  Eight years later after doing Pilates on her own and loving the way it made her feel and look, she decided to go for her certification in August of 2003 so she could teach others.  Tonya received her level I & II Certification in 2006.  The combination of her love for dance and movement with her interest in anatomy and bio-mechanics has proven to be a great asset in her teaching.  Tonya is also a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and has her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. 
Outside of Pilates, Health Coaching, and nutrition she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

 

Lacy

 

 

Lacy Hubbard, Certified Instructor
Lacy is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor, and has been teaching Pilates since 2004.  When her Yoga instructor first introduced Lacy to Pilates, she was immediately hooked on this training method. Pilates practice not only improved her posture, strength and flexibility, but also helped her to understand how to use the appropriate muscle groups while she was engaging other exercises and martial arts.  She loved Pilates so much that she started going to classes three times a week, and eventually decided to become an instructor.  After completing her anatomy and bio-mechanics study, Lacy entered a STOTT PILATES Certification Program in Springfield, MO.  In addition to her Level II advanced certification, Lacy also received training from Pilates for Golf in 2006 in hope of helping golfers improve their performance. 

Lacy founded Premier Pilates in 2008.  While overseeing the studio business, she also remains at her day job as VP of Global Product Support in The Elekta Group, a leading medical device company specialized in Radiation Oncology.  As the studio continually grows, she came to the difficult realization that her family needs her around more than her passion in Pilates.  In September 2016, she sold the studio business to her long time supporter and friend, Tonya.   Lacy will continually enjoy Pilates teaching and learning in her spare time.


Dana

 

Dana Yenzer, Certified Instructor
Dana is certified Level I in Mat and Reformer in the STOTT PILATES Method.  She has been teaching since 2006.
Dana started doing Pilates when she was 7 weeks pregnant with her second child and instantly fell in love with it.  "It made me stronger and more aware of my posture.  Pilates helped me with lower back pain during pregnancy and helped me bounce back so much quicker after he was born."  What she loves most about Pilates is how much stronger she is and how Pilates allows her mind to escape.  Dana hopes to share her love for Pilates with her clients and show them the awesome benefits they can reap from this method.  "I started teaching because it made me stronger and I wanted to share that with other men and women.  Pilates is efficient, relaxing and a challenge.  There are not many other forms of exercise that can claim that." 
Dana received her BS in Psychology/Sociology from St. Louis University.  She received her STOTT PILATES Certification in Level I mat and reformer in 2007 and is now trained in Level II Refomrer and Level I Stability Chair.  Dana teaches group classes with a reputation of giving challenging arm and abdominal workouts!
Along with Pilates, Dana also enjoys running, biking, reading and spending time with her family.

 

Erika

 

Erika Irace, Certified Instructor
Erika is certified Level I in the STOTT PILATES Method.  She is trained in Level II Mat and has been teaching Pilates since 2005.  In 2005, Erika was also trained in Pre-Natal Pilates through Fit4Moms.
The thing Erika Loves most about STOTT PILATES is the way it transformed her body and how the exercises are modified to accommodate every body type.  She was impressed with the way that it can help people with injuries and give back to them abilities they never thought they would have again.  Erika also enjoys seeing clients gain greater self confidence through this method. 
Erika earned a Communications degree from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.  After graduating, she worked a variety of jobs until discovering Pilates.  "I used to have a desk job and every minute I was there I was miserable.  I felt like I needed to do something that inspired me, inspired others and made me feel good about myself."  She took her first mat class at a gym and loved it!  Erika found that Pilates offers fitness, strength, balance, grace and focus all wrapped up into one.  In 2004 Erika found STOTT PILATES and began her training in Springfield, Missouri.  She received her Level I certification in 2006 and Level II Mat training in 2007.  Erika is known for her Cardio Pilates classes and strength training.
When not teaching Pilates, Erika enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, biking, traveling, hiking, swimming, weight training and staying active.  She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, drinking good wine and enjoying good conversation!

 

MelanieMelanie Summers, Certified Instructor
Melanie is certified Level l & ll in the STOTT PILATES Method and has been teaching since 2007.  Melanie began taking Pilates Mat classes at her gym and loved it immediately.  After a couple of years, she followed her Instructor to our studio and was introduced to the reformer.  Melanie enjoys teaching and decided to become a certified instructor in the STOTT PILATES Method.  It is a great compliment to her background as an Occupational Therapist.  Melanie hopes to give her clients an enjoyable yet demanding way to get and stay fit.  "I love that it is a fun, yet challenging workout!"
Melanie received her Level l & ll Mat certification and Level l Reformer certification in 2008 and is now trained in Cadillac, Stability Chair and Barrels.
She has a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She went on to receive her Masters in OT from the University of Indianapolis.  Melanie is a licensed Occupational Therapist and works full time in Early Childhood Special Education. 
When not working or teaching, Melanie loves to ride her bike and walk her dog.  She likes going out to eat and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

                                       


                                     

 
Meet Our Staff

DeniseDenise Kennedy, Office Manager
As office manager, Denise oversees the production of daily business, scheduling, and greeting clients both in person and on the telephone. 
Denise found her love for Pilates 6 years ago after taking Mat Classes with Tonya at her daughter’s dance studio. From there, she moved with her Instructor to the studio where she discovered Equipment classes and was hooked. “Pilates was the first exercise program that I found hard work but strangely relaxing. My mind gets to take a little vacation because I cannot think about what I am going to do when I leave; I have to think about what I am doing in the class. My family learned quickly that they do not mess with my Pilates time!”
Denise became the office manager for Body By Pilates in 2007 and continued with Premier
Pilates St. Louis as office manager in January of 2009. “I am still here enjoying everyday very much.” I love the interaction with the clients and the atmosphere of friendship that surrounds the studio and its clients.” 
Denise has her degree in finance from The University of Missouri – St. Louis. After college she managed the customer service department for a savings and loan company. 
While at Premier Pilates St. Louis she has enjoyed watching the studio grow.  "I love the changes that are always taking place to bring our clients and myself the latest in Pilates equipment and training. My favorite part of the job is getting to know the clients.”
Denise is a proud wife and mother of two wonderful children who keep her very busy with football, baseball, band and college.

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