Cheryl Frain, Owner

As long as I can remember, I loved to move.  Always twirling and spinning around, my mom signed me up for dance lessons at the age of 4.  I fell in love.  My childhood and teenage years were devoted to becoming a professional dancer.  My junior year of high school I attended North Carolina School of the Arts.  This would be the year I decided I better go to college.  I began to doubt my abilities and my passion and drive to be a dancer began to die.  The mind is so powerful. 

     I attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.  I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in dance.  After graduating I was still very unsure of what direction to go in with my life.  College helped me to discover that I wanted to help people in some way, shape, or form but doing what was the question?  Something was missing. 

     In 1998, I met certified Pilates instructor, Kim Gammino who introduced me to the Pilates Method and taught me my first lesson.  Again, I fell in love.  After 3 sessions, I decided I wanted to get certified.  I received my certification through The Pilates Guild under the supervision of Romana Kryzanowska.  I have studied with Master teachers Bob Liekens, Ton Voogt and Michael Fritzke.  Over the years I have also  taken various workshops from Master Teachers Brooke Siler, Alycea Ungaro, Lolita San Miguel, Ron Fletcher, Brett Howard, and Blossom Crawford.  

     In 2006, I opened up Pure Pilates Studio LLC.  It has been a learning experience on many levels.  I feel like I found that missing piece.  I feel so fortunate and grateful to love what I do.  I am inspired daily by those whom I work with.   Teaching the Pilates Method has taught me the power of movement to heal both the body and the mind.   I continue to attend workshops and take lessons.  It feels like the learning never ends. 

     In 2013, I was asked to teach pilates at the new all girls high school, Trinity Hall.  I was very honored and excited about this new opportunity.  I became Certified in the Pilates Youth Association and I am going on my 4th year at the school.  I like the challenge of this population and believe in the importance of bringing the Pilates Method into schools.  I hope in the future I can help bring this amazing method into more schools in the area.  


Lisa Shaffer
 
Upon leaving a corporate sales and marketing career in NYC to raise a family, Lisa became passionate about health and fitness and decided to turn her passion into a career. She began practicing Pilates after being introduced to the principles by her best friend and immediately fell in love with its life-changing benefits and profound results both in mind and body.
 
Lisa is a certified Pilates instructor through Stott Pilates® (Merrithew) whose methodology incorporates modern exercise principles and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. Lisa also holds various group fitness certifications and has completed various training programs including Spin®, RPM and Xtend Barre. Lisa continues Pilates education courses through Stott Pilates(Merrithew) as well as other relevant health and fitness trainings and conferences in order to develop and grow as a teacher.

Laura Harris
 
Laura has always found fitness and nutrition an important aspect of her life. During years of competing in triathlons, she found her body craved Pilates as a perfect compliment to her high-intensity training. After having her first baby, transitioning from a Wall Street trader to a Pilates instructor was a welcome change. Laura apprenticed and trained under Cheryl Frain and earned her certification from the United States Pilates Association LLC in 2013.  Laura has participated in a continuing Education Seminar titled Reforming Your Clients' Reformer Workout offered by United States Pilates Association LLC .

She firmly believes Pilates changes bodies and teaches new and challenging variations of the classical method.

Sue Perlee
 
Sue holds a BS from the University of Delaware in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  She built her career as an account manager for a college textbook publisher and worked for over 10 years in the Philadelphia and Los Angeles areas.  Sue was introduced to Pilates after having her daughter, and was immediately drawn to the precision, control and mindfulness that is so crucial to the method.  After years of playing sports and participating in dance, Sue found what worked best for her both physically and mentally. 
 
To bring more balance to her family life as well as pursue her passion, Sue made the decision to leave the corporate world and pursue her Pilates certification.  She is fully certified through Stott Pilates® (Merrithew) and has trained extensively in matwork, reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, also completing specialized training in Injuries and Special Populations.  Sue takes continuing education coursework through Stott Pilates (Merrithew) and has also participated in workshops lead by master teachers Brett Howard and Blossom Crawford. Three of her mentors at Stott Pilates are Moira (Stott) Merrithew, PJ O'Clair and John Garey.