Laura was introduced to Pilates in 2003, when her mother took her to a class at her hometown YMCA. She quickly fell in love with the practice because due to its precision, mental focus, and the resulting long, lean muscles--no weight lifting required!
While she began Pilates as a casual gym-goer, Laura eventually became more serious about her practice when she discovered how much it helped her running form and speed. Once a middle-of-the-pack runner, she is now age group competitive and a Boston Marathon qualifier. She credits her running accomplishments to the strengthening, form, and alignment her Pilates training has given her.
Laura finished her 700+ hour classical Pilates teacher certification with Urban Body Studios in 2012, studying with second generation teacher Penelope Wyer-Barrow. She has completed additional training with master teachers Saul Choza, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Chris Robinson, Kathi Ross-Nash, Dana Santi, Brooke Siler, Mejo Wiggin, and Mari Winsor and is a member of the Authentic Pilates Union.
Laura enjoys working with endurance athletes on improving form and efficiency, increasing core strength, and preventing injuries, but also loves working with anyone who has a zest for life and an interest in improving posture, balance, strength, and flexibility. Her teaching style is energetic, approachable, hands-on, physical, and fun.
In 2015, Laura added both TRXⓇ Suspension Training and TRXⓇ Group Training certifications to her teaching portfolio and believes the TRXⓇ system of body weight and core-focused movement perfectly compliments a Pilates practice.
Laura lives with her husband Tim, cat Daisy, and dog Rosalind on Atlanta’s Westside. She is also a freelance food and lifestyle writer, with her work appearing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Now, Eater Atlanta, The Love List, Simply Buckhead, Southern Kitchen, Tales of the Cocktail. When not teaching, she enjoys running, traveling, playing the piano and ukulele, hiking with her dog, and even the occasional yoga class.