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, 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.
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.
Lorna Jarrett, LPTA., BS, NSCA, PMA-CPt | Studio Director
Lorna is cofounder of Whole Pilates Studio and demonstrates a passion while teaching and motivating people to fulfill their purpose while living in their best bodies. This passion has led her down a path of fitness, physical therapy and wellness.
Lorna is a graduate of the Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation and is a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified instructor and NSCA personal trainer. Lorna is a Specialist in Pilates Education for Neurological Disorders. She has created movement programs for the Parkinson's Foundation and tbe MS Acheivement Center at KU. Lorna continues her Pilates training with continuing education courses through Polestar Pilates Education, APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute), Balanced Body University and TRX™ Sports medicine suspension training. She is licensed by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and practices as a PTA in short term rehabilitative and outpatient facilities. She is a member of the Orthopaedics and Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is committed to evidence based practices within her Pilates practice.
Lorna has been on staff at several performing art schools: Kansas City Ballet at Bolender Center, Lawrence Art Center, Dramatic Truth School of Ballet and Culture House School of the Performing Arts. She is dance instructor for Bemoved Dance and the STAR program sponsored by Culture House Performing Arts Center in Olathe. She uses her passion for the arts to encourage and inspire people to recognize and fulfill their movement potential.
Lorna is licensed to teach Fletcher Towelwork®, Fletcher Floorwork® and Fletcher Barrework™ and has been trained in TheraPilates™ Bone Building for Osteoporosis and Women's Pelvic Floor Health. Lorna has a Masters in Kinesiology from A.T. Still University —College of Graduate Health Studies and Osteopathic Medicine with an emphasis in Orthopedic Rehabilitation/Corrective Exercise and Adaptive Sports. She is a current Doctoral student completing her Doctorate of Health Science with an educational development emphasis, which will assist her in founding future community based adaptive movement and mentorship programs. Her endeavours are in keeping with Joseph Pilates’ dream for as many people as possible to enjoy the wondrous benefits of Pilates. She is taking new clients in Topeka and Grandview.
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.
Christopher Justin Peacock | Dance Instructor
Christopher Justin Peacock began his formal training with Tyrone Aiken, Executive Director of Kansas City Friends where he studied ballet, modern and jazz. While attending classes at Kansas City Friends, he continued his study of ballet at the Kansas City Ballet. His training continued in studying ballet, modern and jazz with Rodni Williams, Dance Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduating college, he was the Dance Director at Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy where he taught ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop dance. After deciding to pursue a professional dance career, Christopher began traveling to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Angeles, Seattle, Denver and many other places to further cultivate his passion of dance. He has served in all three capacities for several professional plays, theatre and dance productions throughout the years. He co-created and organized a Christian hip-hop dance crew entitled, “D.U.I.” which stands for “Dancing Under the Influence of Christ”. D.U.I. has been the featured opening act for several Gospel artists such as: Tye Tribbett & Greater Anointing, J-Moss, John P. Kee, Rizen, Israel & New Breed, DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet as well as other local artist in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan area.
As a result of these rich experiences, Christopher has also been able to perform as a member of several dance companies including Premiere Ballet of Kansas City “The Nutcracker,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Setting the Stage,” Imago Dei “Unmerited Favor,” “School House Rock,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” and “Blame it on the Movies.”
Shakayla Holliday | Dance Instructor
Shakayla Holliday began to cultivate her love for dance at the tender age of four through liturgical dance. At age five she began training in ballet, tap, and jazz. By age thirteen, she started competitive dance in these same genres. In addition, she provided student teaching to beginner and intermediate youth. Since then Shakayla has traveled and competed with teams and individually, choreographed several liturgical dance events at metro-area churches, and helped to foster the art for dance in urban youth throughout the metro.
Shakayla now has the honor of being a new mom to a beautiful baby boy. She is currently taking a break from pursing her bachelors in Sociology to enjoy time as a new mom and to again pursue her passion of dance.