OUR PILATES INSTRUCTORS
Jackie Weiner, MS, PMA®-CPT
Owner & Principal Instructor
Jackie Weiner, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, has been practicing Pilates since 1995 and is a partner in The Pilates Place Studios that currently has two locations in Florida, one in Miami and the other in the heart of South Beach, Miami Beach. She fell in love with the Pilates style of movement while working at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. She began her Pilates’ journey teaching mat Pilates classes for the summer in the exclusive resort area of the Hamptons. Following that summer she completed her Pilates certification from Michele Larsson’s Core Dynamics Pilates Program.
In 2006, Jackie partnered with friend and fellow Core Dynamics graduate Louis Gonzales to bring The Pilates Place to South Beach. Jackie is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and has continued to expand her knowledge with ongoing education, including Pilates for scoliosis, pre & post-natal Pilates, and Pilates for athletes. Did you know that many professional sports have Pilates trainers on staff?
Jackie utilizes her expertise and enthusiasm to customize each client’s routine. She is meticulous about getting a detailed history from each client to be sure to address any special needs. Jackie takes her clients through custom programs to reach their goals built on the integrity of the Pilates method. Jackie keeps her students moving with the proper form to maximize the benefits from each session. The studio also offers classes in that incorporate the equipment for all levels. Jackie is always available to offer advice on what are the best classes for a student’s individual needs.
Jackie is a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist having completed the Pink Ribbon Program.
Louis Gonzales, BS, PMA®-CPT
Owner & Principal Instructor
Louis Gonzales, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, discovered his passion for Pilates at an unusual location; his boxing gym. Louis has been practicing since 2005. He received his Pilates teacher certification from Kevin Bowen of Core Dynamics. He has taught at the Sports Club LA, Pilates Miami, and Riviera Country Club. He took his passion for the practice to the next level when he opened The Pilates Place Studios South Beach with Jackie Weiner who he met during his certification. Louis has a unique understanding of athletes and has developed a strong reputation among athletes for increasing their mobility that has resulted in enhancing their game. He has a knack for creating mobility programs that also incorporate his Skanda Yoga training. In addition he has created routines for all levels of clients; teens to baby boomers. Louis emphasizes easy practices that can translate into office and day to day routines for better posture. You will leave the studio with a program tailored to your lifestyle beyond your private sessions. He is also exuberant in his classes that will take you from beginner to intermediate utilizing equipment. Louis is always updating his practice and is a valuable resource for all his students on the recent trends in the Pilates world. He is always available for a consultation.
Born and raised in Brazil, Adriana studied Physical Education at the Universidade de Franca before moving to the United States. Her passion for Pilates began in 2003 while attending University. Upon moving to the United States, Adriana continued to pursue her passion for physical fitness by at first obtaining a Personal Training Certification from ISSA, the International Sport Science Association. Adriana’s move to Miami Beach led her to The Pilates Place Studios, where she trained with Jackie Weiner and Louis Gonzalez and went through their Beyond The Basics comprehensive Pilates teacher certificate program. The benefits of Pilates are many, with programs to increase the user’s core strength, posture, balance, coordination, concentration, flexibility and prevention and treatment of back pain. She teaches Pilates from beginner to advanced levels, in both group and private sessions.
Adriana LOVES being a Pilates teacher because this enables her to not only connect with people, but motivate individuals of all ages to find or regain their strength, vigor and their physical and emotional health. She looks forward to helping YOU be in the best physical condition you can be!
Alana Appel, , PMA®-CPT
Alana Appel, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, moved to Miami Beach from her native New York City in January 2017. Having worked as an art director and designer for over 10 years, she began to feel the physical effects caused by a largely sedentary lifestyle. Though passionate about creating powerful visual messages, working long hours using technology and fine art led her to poor posture, neck strain and lower back pain. In an attempt to correct this, she embarked on several low & high impact exercises, from bootcamp to the Megaformer to running, eventually logging over 24 miles a week. Still, these exercises left her unfulfilled and commonly led to other issues and minor injuries, such as tight hips.
After stumbling upon 1 mat Pilates class at her local gym, she was hooked! Pilates did not seem to be something she could master quickly, yet proved to be an invigorating challenge for the mind and body. This mental concentration executed through slow & controlled movement was something she welcomed after various exercise methods, where instructors encourage their students to ‘push through the pain’ paying little attention to form and proper breathing.
After ‘testing out’ a few equipment classes, it was this curiosity that led her to enroll and successfully complete The Beyond The Basics comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certificate Program. Subsequently, Alana is delighted by the progress she underwent both mentally and physically as a student of the Pilates method. She is also encouraged by the teachers that have motivated her and strives to approach each client session with the same energy & vigor.
Bettina Osterwind, PMA®-CPT
A fan of running, yoga and adventures, Bettina Osterwind, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, attended her first Pilates class out of curiosity 11 years ago. She immediately fell in love with how Pilates changed her body, posture and overall well-being by lengthening, strengthening, stretching and toning the entire body. For a long time she was content just reaping the physical benefits of taking Pilates classes, but eventually became interested in getting a deeper understanding of how Pilates can benefit anyone with any body type, fitness level and/or injuries. She wanted to be able to help others recognize the same benefits for fitness as well as rehabilitation, so she decided to become a Pilates instructor. She has earned her comprehensive Pilates teacher certification through the Beyond the Basic Pilates teacher certification program.
Danielle Gelley, PMA®-CPT
Danielle Gelley, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, moved to Florida from Washington D.C in 2004. After leaving the corporate world in 2009 to raise her family, she found herself seeking a fitness outlet that would accommodate her new lifestyle and schedule. She first turned to yoga to alleviate her sciatica after the birth of her son. As her yoga practice grew, so did her love for the low impact functional movement exercises. She discovered Pilates in 2015 and was immediately hooked by the impact it had on her both physically and mentally. Wanting to share the positive effects that Pilates had on her own life with others, Danielle completed a comprehensive Pilates training program with The Pilates Place Studios in 2016. As an instructor Danielle’s is always emphasizing balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. Her classes combine contemporary Pilates and fitness fusion, which include creative sequences that will leave you with a full body workout whether you are a beginner or an advanced student. Her passion is working one on one with her clients to accommodate any issues or injuries and creating a tailored experience for each one of them.
Though she hails from the Midwest, Ginger Harris considers herself a Miamian, as she’s spent more than 20 years as a Miami Beach resident. A gymnast and nationally competitive cheerleader in her younger years, Ginger has always dedicated a portion of her life to physical fitness. She’s also been a vegetarian for more than two decades. A devout yogi in her adult life, Ginger spent most of her 20s and 30s twisted like a pretzel in yoga poses. Seeing this, a friend encouraged her to try Pilates for the first time at The Pilates Place Studio. Five years later, she’s still there as both a student and now a teacher, completing her training at The Pilates Place Studios as well. Ginger was astounded to find Pilates increased her flexibility and strength far beyond that of her 20-plus year yoga practice.
After two decades as an editor, Ginger decided to pursue something more rewarding, and began Pilates training. As a Miami lifestyle blogger, Pilates allows Ginger to combine her time on the reformer with her passion of social media. She also manages The Pilates Place Studios social media accounts, where she enjoys getting all the instructors together for photoshoots to show off their moves and teach others the healing powers of Pilates.
Ginger is a firm believe that each day should begin or end with a workout, and she finds true happiness in her Pilates endorphin blast. Through Pilates, Ginger believes you can think more clearly, overcome stress, feel better about your physical appearance and heal injuries and mental hurdles. It’s these reasons why she is dedicating her life to helping others through Pilates. Plus, she thinks toning up muscles, particularly abs, is a pretty rewarding payoff, too.
Jheramie Garcia, PMA®-CPT
Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jheramie Garcia, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, has always been keen on living a healthy and active lifestyle. She initially started strength training at the gym but had an urge to implement a more holistic ways of fitness into her routine. Jhera decided to try yoga in 2007 with her best friend at a local studio and enjoyed class so much she started practicing 5-6 days a week. As the studio started expanding they added Pilates Mat classes to the schedule. This became the start of her Pilates practice as Jhera quickly became hooked and subsequently started taking reformer classes throughout the years.
After moving to Miami Beach in 2012, Pilates became Jhera’s go-to fitness style of choice. Through her Pilates practice as a student she learned to have more mind-body awareness and loved the affect it had on alleviating her minor lower back pain. In 2015 she began pursuing a deeper understanding of the method when she enrolled and successfully completed The Beyond The Basics 530 hour comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certificate Program.
Whether it is a fun and challenging workout that tones, lengthens and strengthens the body, or a vital tool for preventative or rehabilitation purposes, Jhera is a firm believer that the Pilates method is the ultimate form of exercise creating positive changes to the mind, body, spirit and overall quality of life that can and should be enjoyed by all.
Lauren Wilburne had her first brush with Pilates in 2016 after experiencing some debilitating long-term back pain. A long distance runner since childhood, she attempted many holistic solutions for pain alleviation and found nothing to be more effective than Pilates. Pilates has helped Lauren considerably in relieving the pain that she once had, while strengthening her core and transforming her body.
With Lauren’s personal success in Pilates, her next goal was to join and complete the Pilates training program at The Pilates Place Studios in Miami, where she would eventually be able to pass on her knowledge and experience to others who were in need of a change & ready to better themselves.
Lauren’s vast knowledge of music and years in the entertainment industry lends a great selection of music to every session.
These days Lauren enjoys focusing on becoming the best pilates instructor she can be, helping people feel stronger, more flexible and improve their pain symptoms the same way hers improved. She is passionate about learning and spreading the knowledge that Pilates can offer.