Lynne Alberding

Co-Owner | Senior Instructor | Thai Bodywork Practitioner

Lynne became introduced to Pilates while using the method as cross conditioning for her classical dance training. In 2007, she completed the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) comprehensive Pilates teacher-training program. Her certification affords her the ability to instruct fundamental through advanced levels, for both mat and apparatus exercises. Lynne has completed several extended education programs focused on alignment, spinal conditions, Pilates for dancers and neurological retraining. Her strength and resistance programs for clients with osteoporosis, Pilates for amputees, and post-hip replacement have helped many. In 2011, Alberding became a certified TRX suspension trainer, Zumba fitness instructor, and completed all three levels towards the Balance Body Core Align certification. Lynne is Balanced Body Faculty for the Bodhi Suspension Trainer, affording her the opportunity to train industry professionals and interested parties on the four point suspension system. In 2015 she completed her Thai Bodywork therapy practitioner license from the Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston, Illinois. Lynne’s services encompass leveled degrees of exercise science, therapeutic bodywork techniques, and biomechanical knowledge, blended with the most current contemporary styles of Pilates. She brings to her clients recognition of the benefits Pilates has on a dancer, athlete, rehab patient, and an individual in pursuit of a healthy balanced lifestyle. Her professional instruction and guidance will maximize your physical potential and bring a harmonious body-mind connection to your Pilates work.

Janine Biskind

Co-Owner | Senior Instructor | Thai Bodywork Practitioner

03_color_printA movement educator and Thai Bodywork practitioner, Janine began her practice of Pilates over 20 years ago. With a background in yoga, dance and equestrian sports, she completed the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Training program in 2008. Motivated to advance whole body wellness and the joy of efficient, elegant movement, she specializes in helping others gain enhanced awareness of their postural habits, strengthening towards a more graceful posture while cultivating a disciplined mental focus.

Believing that movement should be a mindful experience accessible to all, her customized approach is a unique combination of Pilates resistance work, Yoga balances, fascial release techniques and Thai stretches. The results are improved core stability, increased strength and healthier movement choices.  Janine continues to refine her interest in the development of deep core strength and the integration of biomechanics into movement instruction with continuing education in anatomy, kinesiology and corrective exercise. She has trained in and has experience working with scoliosis, sacroiliac discomfort, spinal dysfunctions, osteoporosis and postural imbalances. She has a particular interest in promoting women’s health and has completed training in Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise. She has also completed training in Core Align, SmartSpine© and Bodhi Suspension Training. Janine holds certifications from the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Training Program, the Pilates Method Alliance, and the Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston, Illinois. She has completed multiple trainings in Abdominal Massage with Felicity Joy as well as Advanced Training in Thai Bodywork in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Jeremy Brown

Co-Owner | Senior Instructor

   Coming from a background in teaching movement, primarily martial arts and ballroom dance, Jeremy became interested in Pilates in 2001 with a focus on naturally recovering from his injuries, and in 2006 he completed the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Training program. Jeremy’s continuing education in anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, scoliosis, spinal conditions, and shoulder, hip, and knee injuries has led to a professional focus in chronic pain syndromes, sacroiliac dysfunction, and functional movement retraining.

He believes that all populations: older adults, elite athletes, parents, and weekend warriors can benefit from intelligent movement training and becoming more efficient in their activities. In 2010 Jeremy completed the CoreAlign training through Balanced Body and in 2011 became a CoreAlign Master Instructor. He has since been teaching the CoreAlign instructor training program in Chicago and across the country. The CoreAlign system has given him the unique opportunity to evaluate and correct standing movement from the foot up. Jeremy is also studying Thai massage at the Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston, IL and hopes to be finished with their program in early 2014. With a firm belief that the standard of the industry must be raised to meet the expectations of the public and medical community Jeremy lectures and presents workshops on functional movement and is compiling a full body continuing education program focusing on functional anatomy and dynamic kinesiology for Pilates instructors, strength trainers, and physical therapists. 

Sarah Cohen

Senior Instructor

 Sarah Cohen began her athletic career at a young age. Her passion for movement and living a healthy lifestyle motivated her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Dayton and a certification in personal training through the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine).

As an athlete and overall fitness “nut”, Sarah discovered Pilates as a way to stay injury free, build uniform strength and find balance. After 10 years of practicing, Sarah became a BASI Certified Pilates instructor with additional training in pre/post-natal Pilates. She combines her knowledge of Exercise Science and bio mechanics to create a Pilates program that caters to each individual client, from beginners to accomplished athletes. Sarah feels that the most rewarding part of teaching Pilates is watching her clients start to move better by eliminating pain, strengthening weaknesses and improving overall performance.

Lindley Dobbrow

Associate Instructor

LAD.becky.ruppel.3Lindley is a transplant from California who moved to Chicago this past year.  She graduated in 2015 from UC Santa Barbara and is currently a nursing student in the GEM nursing program at Rush University. Lindley was introduced to Pilates in high school, finding it to be a great method of cross training, aiding proper body alignment and stability. She continued practicing Pilates throughout college and began teaching at a Pilates studio in 2016. Linley is certified through Fletcher Pilates® and Pilates Method Alliance. She aspires to help people become more connected with their bodies and move more efficiently whether for athlete aspirations or everyday life. When she is not busy with school, Lindley likes being active, getting outside as much as possible and exploring Chicago.

Kathrine Kitzinger

Associate Instructor

  Centered_1032-2 Kathrine Kitzinger is a dancer, personal trainer and Pilates instructor. She has trained as a classical and competitive dancer since the age of five.  Kathrine graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in Dance and minors in Business and Theatre Arts. She is now working as a personal trainer and completed her BASI Pilates Instructor training in 2016. She was first introduced to Pilates through her dance major in college and found that it improved her strength in dance technique and performance. Katherine’s background in dance and fitness allows her to understand how to work with all types of clients from athletes and dancers to rehab patients. Through her instruction, she hopes to inspire, educate and guide her clients to a new, healthy and fit way of life. 


Kelly Nyhan

Senior Instructor | Thai Bodywork Practitioner


Kelly started her professional career in marketing and sales in the sports and entertainment industry but later left the corporate world to pursue her passion in fitness. From a young age, she danced at her local studio, competed and coached competitive cheer and later danced for the Chicago Bulls. Kelly brings over 20+ years of experience in the areas of Pilates, Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Muscle Activation Therapy and general fitness. She spends her days connecting with her clients and also connecting resources within the community. Her true “happy place” is teaching people the power of movement. Kelly believes movement brings freedom to one’s mind, body and spirit. Her motto: Inspiring the world to health and wellness one body at a time. Her mantra: “Carpe Diem – Seize the Day”. and by observing the benefits they experience from Pilates – regardless of age, ability or specific goals, and strives to develop unique functional fitness programs that will enhance their physical and mental well-being. Kelly is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, STOTT Pilates Trainer, MAT Jumpstart Specialist, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor and AEA Aqua Instructor.  She has experience as a Yoga Instructor at Moksha Yoga with further study in North and South India. Kelly completed her training as a Thai Bodyworker at Blue Lotus Thai Healing School with additional training in Thailand. In addition she is a Ski Club Gold Member in Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland. |

Kari Schwager

Acupuncture | Senior Instructor

IMG_0197Kari Schwager is an acupuncturist and health advocate specializing in orthopedic pain and chronic illness.  She started her career as a Massage Therapist in 2005 only to realize that pain is much more complicated than massaging muscles.  It was this understanding that pushed Kari to get a certification in Pilates Instruction.  An avid sports enthusiast and past professional bowler, Kari saw the importance of re-educating the body from her own compensation patterns and dysfunction.  In order to make lasting change, Kari believes one must break the body of its old patterns and build muscle and stability to create new patterns. But it wasn’t until Kari herself started experiencing a chronic illness that she discovered the power of acupuncture and diet.  It was acupuncture that introduced the idea that chronic pain has many causes, but the root cause is ultimately what needs to be identified.  Today Kari combines all her tools to develop an individualized program for each person to find and treat the root cause and to establish optimal health.  It’s her mission to educate the client and bring awareness so that each person can be there own healthcare advocate.

Amy Young

Associate Instructor                                                    

FullSizeRender Amy’s passion for movement first led her to the field of rehabilitation.  She is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist who graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.  Amy  discovered Pilates during her own rehabilitation following an athletic injury. Pilates provided her with a positive movement experience which allowed her to build strength without aggravating previous injuries.  She also noted additional benefits including improved body awareness, self awareness, flexibility and balance.  Amy realized she could help even more people outside of the health care arena and was thus inspired to complete a 600 hour comprehensive Pilates instructor training program through Pilates Artistry.  Amy welcomes all ability levels and will adapt and evolve exercises to fit your individual needs. She encourages people with a history of  injury or other conditions to not be deterred but rather to explore the many ways Pilates may inspire you!

Helen Buehler

Substitute Instructor

Helen was born and raised on her family’s winery in Saint Helena, CA. Growing up in the heart of Napa Valley, Helen spent many long days working in the vineyards and the cellar. She discovered that the physical demands of vineyard work combined with many hours on horseback proved taxing on her body. Motivated to move and feel  better, she began a Pilates practice in 2000. While traveling internationally and in the U.S., Helen continued to deepen and expand her experience of Pilates in each new locale. She fell in love with the way her body transformed and her injuries were rehabilitated through Pilates. She also found that nothing calmed her mind and offered mental therapy quite like it. She moved to Chicago in June of 2014 and began her formal training in a Basi Pilates certification program in Lincoln Park. Upon completion, she joined the team at Centered and is thrilled to share her knowledge and diverse background with clients, as well as to learn from everyone who walks through the door.

Natalie Rothgeb

Substitute Instructor


Natalie completed the Body Arts and Sciences International comprehensive Pilates teacher training in 2008 after ten years of personal Pilates practice. She began studying Pilates to supplement her ballet training, and later utilized it in a physical therapy setting after several spinal injuries, thus experiencing the benefits of Pilates as a means of both performance enhancement and injury rehabilitation. She has completed continuing education programs focused on scoliosis, alignment, Pilates for dancers, spinal conditions and shoulder mechanics. Natalie spent several years working with the professional division students and company members at Ballet Chicago, is on faculty at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and recently spent a year teaching Pilates in a physical therapy clinic in San Francisco. She is experienced in creating programs for a wide range of clients, from elite athletes to individuals transitioning from injury back into exercise. She is inspired by her clients

Julie Ruxton

Substitute Instructor

julieheadshotJulie Ruxton found her way to Pilates after a fulfilling career working in the corporate world.  Julie has  always been active, combining swimming with cardio and functional weight training, but  Pilates was always her ‘go to’ exercise choice. Julie found that Pilates helped relieve stress and made her body feel strong and centered.  As much as she enjoyed working with her clients in a business setting, Julie wants to share her passion for Pilates with others. Her goal is to help her clients experience the same benefits that she has experienced.  Julie has completed her course work  with the BASI training program and is currently teaching to fulfill her requirements to become a certified Pilates instructor. She is excited with her new adventure and looks forward to helping others achieve their movement, posture and fitness goals.