Sara Coleman – Apprentice Instructor

I first started taking Pilates at ‘Pilates of Fayetteville’ back in 2008 because it was about two blocks from my house and that meant I wouldn’t have to get up TOO early. I knew that gyms weren’t for me and wanted something that would challenge me, but on a schedule and in a class environment. I fell in love and have taken it ever since…it has been the only exercise/wellness regimen I have maintained without fail. It helped me get through two pregnancies and the recovery periods after. I love that there is so much variety between types of classes and even within the same type of classes. I loved it so much that I decided to teach it. In 2016, I completed Balanced Body Mat Class I and II training at ‘Evolve Movement’ in Raleigh and I am currently undergoing online apprenticeships through ‘Fusion Pilates’ in Asheville, NC. I hope that by teaching Pilates, I will be able to challenge students the same way I have been challenged while also finding ways to better my own techniques and strengthen my own weaknesses.

Ashley Fletcher – Staff Instructor

I grew up in Nashville, TN playing tennis, running, and weight lifting. After being in a car accident in 2011, physical therapy brought me to Pilates. Pilates changed me in so many ways that I decided to become a teacher so I could share it with others.

I hold a Comprehensive certification in Pilates through Club Pilates.  In addition, I have training with Polestar Pilates and I have completed Principals, Mat 1, and Mat 2. I am also TRX certified and incorporate that training in some of my Pilates classes.  I have a passion for sharing how Pilates can change your body and mind. My classes will bring you back to the basics where everyone, beginner to advanced, can feel comfortable while still being challenged.

Melissa Gilbert – Owner/Instructor

Melissa holds her Comprehensive Pilates certification through internationally renowned Balanced Body Pilates and is also a Stott Pilates certified Pilates instructor with over 11 years of teaching experience.  Her intense passion for mindful movement over the years has kept her focused on anatomy, injuries and special populations.  She has completed over 100 hours of training in this aspect including workshops such as Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains, Polestar’s Pathokinesiology of the Lumbar Spine and Stott Pilates’ Injuries and Special Populations.  In addition to Pilates, Melissa is also a certified 200 RYT (yoga teacher) and TRX trainer and uses these disciplines to aide her in movement analysis and teaching.

Dianne Gray – Apprentice Instructor

Dianne is currently working towards gaining her Comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body Pilates, working with Evolve Movement in Raleigh, NC. She has completed Mat I and Mat II, Reformer I, II, and III, Cadillac/Trap Table and Barrels instructor training and will continue her endeavor in the months ahead. She also is earning online training through Fusion Pilates in Asheville, NC. She believes the Pilates Principals are beneficial not just for use in a Pilates class, but out of a class as well. Seeing her improvements with posture, mobility, and increased energy, she feels encouraged to bring those same daily improvements to clients of all ages and levels.

Nicole Turner – Apprentice Instructor

I completed my Pilates mat certification through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) in Dusseldorf, Germany.  After moving back to the Fayetteville area in 2018, I started coming to classes at Tone.  My love for Pilates grew even deeper after finding Tone Pilates.  I am currently working towards completing my Comprehensive training through Club Pilates.  The positive outcomes from Pilates for clients of all ages, body types and fitness backgrounds is inspirational.  I am eager to continue my apprentice teaching and am thrilled to be part of the Pilates community here!

Aria Wood – Staff Instructor

Aria is a Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Series certified Pilates instructor and is also a certified NC Pilates and Core Barre instructor.  She incorporates the TRX trainer, and AIS stretching techniques into her 9 years of teaching.  She has a rich background in movement from her 9 years of experience as a dancer and instructor having taught in Utah and North Carolina public schools and universities, and The North Carolina Ballet under the late Artistic Director Charlotte Blume.  She brings these experiences to her passion for teaching Pilates.  Her ability to understand and assess the body in motion provides each client with a highly personalized program to meet their needs and goals whether in a private or a class setting. Through Pilates Aria has seen old injuries go from weak to strong, muscular imbalances to balanced, and stiff rigid movement to fluid and free.