MEET OUR STAFF
OWNER, DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR, TEACHER TRAINER
Erin Myers is an international presenter on scoliosis and founder of Spiral Spine, a company designed to enrich the lives of people with scoliosis. She owns the Spiral Spine Pilates studio in Brentwood, TN, which allows her to actively pursue her passion of helping those with scoliosis through the practice of Pilates.
Erin’s teaching philosophy is simple: enriching people’s lives through anatomically correct movement. Her unrelenting mission to find the root cause of movement dysfunction, combined with a light-hearted and accessible teaching style, draws in devoted clients of all ages.
Spiral Spine offers a growing set of scoliosis resources, including Erin’s books: Analyzing Scoliosis, The Beautiful Scoliotic Back, and My Scoli Journal, along with the downloadable workout, Hard Core Scoli. She has multiple scoliosis continuing education videos including Untwisting Scoli: Maya and three videos with Fusion Pilates EDU titled Analyzing Scoliosis, Scoliosis Spinal Fusion, and Kids with Scoliosis. Her scoliometer app, Scoliometer by Spiral Spine, allows practitioners and users to measure vertebral and rib cage rotation, helping to better manage one’s scoli.
Erin began her career as a professional dancer with the Radio City Rockettes and was trained in Pilates at the Kane School of Core Integration. She is a Balanced Body Master Instructor and is Level 2 Certified in the GYROTONIC® Method. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Entrepreneurship from Pace University in NYC (Cum Laude), along with Certifications by the American Council on Exercise and the Pilates Method Alliance.
Amy was introduced to Pilates in 2000 and quickly fell in love. After several years of personal Pilates practice, she completed her comprehensive training with Balanced Body and began teaching. Over the next decade, Amy gained valuable experience teaching private Pilates lessons in a physical therapy clinic, co-founded a successful Pilates studio, and began training new teachers as a Master Instructor for Balanced Body. With a background in Psychology, she deeply appreciates how Pilates can transform bodies through meaningful, mind-body centered movement. Years of collaborative work with bodywork professionals and manual therapists has reinforced for Amy the significance of Pilates for balanced strength, injury recovery, and overall health. By sharing her love of Pilates, she strives to empower others to take charge of their health and well-being through movement.
Amy has experience working with people of all ages and abilities from athletes to pre/ postnatal women to individuals recovering from injury/surgery. Along with holding a B.A. in Psychology, Amy is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT), is certified by the American Council on Exercise, and is a Balanced Body Master Instructor.
Lisa Chader is an entertainment PR professional with experience in a variety of athletics – dance, gymnastics and cheerleading – as a participant, competitor, coach and judge. Several years ago, she was introduced to Erin Myers who helped her discover Pilates as a way to help relieve her chronic hip and back pain. Lisa was inspired by Erin’s passion for Pilates and her commitment to helping those with scoliosis, so much so that the two began working together to launch Spiral Spine – a series of resources designed to educate and support the scoliosis community. After two books, a workout DVD, a website, a studio launch and countless Pilates lessons, Lisa woke up one morning and decided to be a Pilates teacher (Erin wasn’t surprised)! She soon thereafter went through Spiral Spine’s comprehensive Balanced Body Pilates teacher training program with Erin.
Lisa believes that Pilates is the perfect example of “mind, body awareness,” and aims to help others from all walks of life, feel their best.
CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR, STUDIO MANAGER
Kate Fleming began taking Pilates over 20 years ago to help with neck and shoulder pain. She quickly developed a passion for it because it helped her live pain free and also improved her dancing, her other lifelong passion. As time went by, Pilates helped Kate become a faster, more stable runner and helped her regain strength post-partum. After becoming a mom, she decided there was no better time to pursue Pilates as a career.
At the studio, she enjoys helping clients find the perfect teacher to meet their needs and being Mary Poppins - keeping things running smoothly.
When Kate isn’t at SSP, you’ll find her playing with her son, dancing with her husband, and baking up a storm in her kitchen.
Allie Myszka is a Balanced Body comprehensively certified Pilates instructor and a professional writer. After being diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager, Allie underwent a 12-level spinal fusion surgery in 2007. Since then, she has continually pursued new knowledge to help her live a pain-free life and take ownership of her health.
Allie found Pilates and Erin Myers while working on a journalism assignment in Nashville, and has since worked alongside Erin to develop scoliosis related books and resources. Pilates has given her a path to healing and has allowed her to celebrate her body’s unique story and capabilities rather than focusing on its limitations. She hopes to help others experience that same powerful healing through movement so that they, too, can feel at home in their bodies.
Allie holds a Pilates teacher certification from the Pilates Method Alliance as well as a degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. When she’s not in the studio, you’ll find her exploring Music City with her husband and their dog, reorganizing her closets, or getting lost in a book.
Jennifer Stark grew up dancing and marching parade routes while twirling batons, despite having scoliosis. Years after her childhood diagnosis, she received a private lesson with Erin Myers as a birthday present to work on her scoliosis and immediately fell in love with Pilates. As she learned to balance her strength and flexibility, the lifelong physical pains stemming from her scoliosis melted away—as did her scoliosis, which is barely noticeable now.
As her love of Pilates blossomed, Jennifer completed her comprehensive training through Balanced Body at Spiral Spine Pilates and became a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher. Pilates has gifted Jennifer with a greater understanding of movement and the human body, which she shares with others so they can become empowered and take control of their bodies, just like she did. When not in the studio, Jennifer uses this knowledge to teach the marching arts to teenagers.
Prior to becoming a PMA®-CPT, Jennifer graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan University and used her English and history degrees in private education. She worked in a myriad of roles from 2013 to 2018 specializing in tailoring curriculum to students with learning differences and helping students with sensory regulation.
Aprill Tate is a licensed physical therapist and comprehensively trained Pilates instructor. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville followed by a doctorate of physical therapy degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis.
After she sustained an injury while working as a physical therapist and recovered with the help of Pilates, Aprill quickly saw the benefits of Pilates and fell in love. Soon thereafter, she started her Balanced Body Pilates instructor training. She fuses modern Pilates principles with her physical therapy background to create fun, safe, and empowering environments for her clients.
When Aprill is not in the studio, you can find her at a local rehab center treating patients, cooking at home, or having fun with her husband and son.
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