Our Instructors 

 

All of our instructors come with a wealth of knowledge of the human body. In addition to our current physical therapy and Pilates practices, we each have over a decade of instructional experience in artistic movement and dance. We also carry certified specialties and training in Pilates for Osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and neurological dysfunction and the pre & post-natal client.

 
 
 
Jennifer Lawrence poses on pilates equipment with her hands resting on her knees in a calming manner.

Jennifer Lawrence, DPT PT, PMA-CPt | Owner

Jennifer began her career path in rehabilitation practices in 2001 with her Bachelors in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware. For four years, she worked with high school and college level athletes in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries. Shortly after, Jennifer pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Duke University and from there began working as a physical therapist in various settings from in-patient rehab to home health services and out-patient orthopedics. After moving to Kansas City and enduring a sudden back injury, Jennifer was introduced to Polestar Pilates, a rehabilitative form of Pilates. Through the practice of Pilates, Jennifer was able to make a full recovery and continue her passions in dance and athletics. She has since graduated from the Polestar Pilates Education Program and is now a certified instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance. Jennifer believes that healing comes from the “inside-out” and requires an intentional partnership with how we were originally created to eat, breathe and move. Originally native to Hilo, Hawaii, Jennifer now resides in Kansas City with her husband Vaughn, Naturopath and owner of Spirit of Health and their growing family. 

 

 
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Sarah RobertS, DPT, Pt | Pilates Instructor

Sarah Roberts earned her BS in Biology from Avila University in 2006 and her DPT from Rockhurst University in 2010. A Kansas City native, Sarah is a board certified physical therapist licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. Sarah’s first exposure to Pilates was during her dance training as a teenager. As her interest in studying the human body grew, so did her desire to combine her experiences in physical therapy, Pilates, and dance to maximize the movement experience. Sarah has brought this vision to clients in outpatient orthopedics, acute care, and inpatient rehab settings and is now thrilled to be expanding her clientele to the Pilates based practice at Whole Pilates. Through more than ten years of teaching experience in modern and ballet, she has developed a practiced eye and a love for healthy movement practices that renew the body and rejuvenate the mind and spirit. Sarah has completed introductory courses in the Polestar Pilates method and is pursuing Pilates certification in order to enhance her skill set and benefit her clients. Sarah resides in South Kansas City with her husband and children.

 

 
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Lorna Jarrett, LPTA., BS, NSCA, PMA-CPt | Studio Director

Lorna is co-founder and studio director at Whole Pilates Studio in Grandview, MO. Lorna is a graduate of Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Track with PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certification. She has received additional Pilates Mat training from PBPI ™ in Overland Park, Balanced Body ™ and Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) beginning in 2005. Specialty Certifications include: TheraPilates ™ Bone Building & Injuries, Pilates for MS & Neurological Disorders, Vestibular Rehabilitation/American Institute of Balance, Bemoved ® Dance Instructor, NCSA personal trainer since 2008. Professional Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology (BS-CIS), Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA), MS Kinesiology (MS), currently completing Doctor of Health Science (DHSC) at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine/College of Graduate health Studies.

Lorna’s training philosophy is to use Pilates as a tool with physical therapy protocols to move your body from function to a level of optimal performance. Her heart is to mentor those with a desire to dedicate their work to wellness, rehabilitation and fitness. Her goal is to create unique movement opportunities which changes the body by changing the brain.

She is taking new clients in Grandview, MO and Topeka, KS.

 
 
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Mike Casey | Rebounding Instructor   

Mike was born in Texas but grew up most of his life in Manhattan, KS. He has a passion for helping people in the areas of health and wellness. Mike has graduated as a Certified Advanced Detoxification Specialist through Dr. Morse's International School of Detoxification. He holds certifications in Detoxification and Cellular Regeneration and specializes in Holistic Healing, and Herbal Protocols. He also is certified in Iridology with the Bernard Jensen International Institute and is currently studying Holistic Sports Nutrition with The College of Natural Health.

Mike is a former track and field and football athlete, was the head coach of the Manhattan Track Club for two years, and still runs competitively. Mike combines his training in athletics and exercise with his knowledge of nutrition to help others maximize their athletic performance.