Maureen established Asheville Pilates in 2001, having moved to the United States from her native South Africa five years earlier. In South Africa, she served as an actors' agent and personal manager for several years. She also assisted the country's top consultant to professional and training dancers in body conditioning techniques.
Upon moving to the US, Maureen received Pilates certification through Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, NM, and she's also a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor, as well as a certified GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer. She has extended her training to include GYROTONIC® Applications for Dancers, Jumping Stretching Board, as well as the therapeutic applications for scoliosis, shoulder and pelvic girdle dysfunctions. She has been a reflexology practitioner since 1989.
Maureen is passionate about guiding clients to developing increased strength, grace and coordination, as well as pain-free easy and functional movement. She firmly believes that igniting a greater sense of well being allows for a more spirited and enlivened experience of life!
Ashleigh Gurtler, originally from Longwood, FL, grew up dancing, performing, and indulging herself in anything creative. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from George Mason University and earned the Excellence in Performance Award upon graduation. She then moved to New York City to pursue a professional dance career and while there had the great pleasure of working with The Metropolitan Opera, Corbin Dances, Maya Orchin, Organic Magnetics, ArtLabJ, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, KDNY, Hee Ra Yoo and Karen Reedy. Hoping to avoid injury and eager to utilize the incredible mentors around her, she began studying the Pilates methodology and quickly found herself immersed herself in a whole new passion: teaching.
She completed her mat and apparatus certification through Bent Pilates, Inc., studying the method of the Kane School of Core Integration, in 2010 and immediately began teaching throughout New York City. In her quest to further her investigation in total body health and happiness, she attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012 and is a practicing AADP Certified Holistic Health Coach. After experiencing the profound benefits of a regular yoga practice, and seeing the vast potential for the ways Pilates and yoga can enhance one other, she obtained her 500-hour Yoga certification from ISHTA Yoga in 2014. In addition to teaching hatha yoga, she also leads a Trauma-Sensitive yoga practice for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Transylvania County.
Ashleigh combines movement, kinesthetic awareness, humor, and the subtle poetry of the breath to encourage an experience that is empowering, introspective, energetic, transformative and fun!
She is currently a student at the Maryland University of Integrative Health to obtain her Master of Science Degree in Nutrition.
Dorene O’Malley, LMBT, RES-CPT, PMA-CPT
Dorene joins the Asheville Pilates family, having recently sold her Pilates & Corrective Movement Studio in California and relocated to Asheville. She has been a mover her whole life and began teaching fitness classes when she was eighteen, but it wasn’t until she began studying Pilates that she realized how incorrectly using her back and legs could create back pain.
Her own injuries and surgeries, including a spinal fusion & reconstructed knees, have since guided her practice into working more with those who are recovering from injury, surgery and looking to age gracefully and with self-efficacy. She became one of 500 - world wide Restorative Exercise Specialists (RES-CPT) after finding Katy Bowman’s work, which focuses on how the skeleton was designed to move and how many of our own faulty movement patterns can be re-patterned to lead us to feeling less pain.
Dorene is also a Natural Movement (MovNat) Level 1 instructor, a NeuroKinetic practitioner (NKT L1) and a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Trigger Point therapy. She uses a combination of all her trainings to help clients achieve their goals and is most satisfied when they reach them and then add new goals they never thought were achievable.
Leslie Myers, a New York City girl, relocated to her husband's native Asheville together with her family in 2006. During her 20+ year career as a dancer and teacher in NYC, Leslie performed and toured the United States and abroad. She was a company member with Rioult Dance New York, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Graham 2, Richard Move, and others, and has appeared in film and television. Her dance teaching includes The Martha Graham school, The Ailey school, Barnard College, Marymount Manhattan College, LIU Brooklyn campus, and numerous workshops and master classes. She was a faculty member of the Neighborhood Playhouse for the Theatre, and has worked with the Actor’s Studio Master’s degree students.
Leslie fell in love with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® while recovering from an injury and knew this was her path. Leslie brings her many years of teaching experience, her focus on the details, her passion and joy of movement, and a healthy dose of humor to every client. Whether an experienced mover or someone just starting out, Leslie’s gentle teaching can help everyone experience the joy and freedom in movement towards the goal of renewed health.
Stacey Jayne Uria
Stacey found Pilates about 13 years ago when she befriended a Pilates teacher who convinced her to try a private lesson. After her first lesson she knew that Pilates was something very special. It was an amazing workout, but one that left her body feeling alive and capable, not overly sore and exhausted. She kept going with private lessons and decided to trek into NYC (from Connecticut) to learn how to teach classical Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska, her daughter Sari Megia Santo, her granddaughter Daria Pace and the rest of the incredible staff at True Pilates. She also trained with Brooke Slier at her studio re:AB and happily began teaching there. While at re:AB she attended workshops with Mari Winsor, Jay Grimes, and Alisa Wyatt to name a few.
Fast forward a few years and Stacey had two babies which inspired her to delve into pre and postpartum Pilates, pelvic floor strengthening and diastasis repair with Anne Martens, Julie Tupler and the MUTU system. She also loves teaching other kinds of fitness classes around town such as TRX, various strength classes, and barre.
Stacey loves to teach all kinds of clients, but has a soft spot for beginners and new mamas. She believes in her clients and LOVES to watch them reap the benefits of a consistent Pilates practice!