THE BODYSMITH - Key Persons


Abbe Ehlers

Job Titles:
  • Yoga Instructor
Abbe Ehlers, RYT-500, has been a yoga practitioner for over 14 years and teaching yoga since 2004. Abbe received her yoga teacher certification from the Yoga Alliance after studying with a variety of gifted teachers and through The Yoga Studio of Kansas City. She continues to keep her practice and teaching fresh through self-study and continuing yoga education with master teachers, predominately Aadil Palkhivala and others including; Judith Hanson Lasater, Julie Gudmested, Suzetter Schultz, Shiva Rae. Her foundation for yoga is Purna and Iyengar inspired but she incorporates a variety of styles including vinyasa flow. In 2009, Abbe completed extensive studies in therapeutic yoga with Mr. Palkhivala.

Colin Deniston

Job Titles:
  • Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher
Colin is thrilled to be back in his hometown of Springfield, MO, teaching at The Bodysmith. Colin was first introduced to Pilates in High School. In 2015, he received his full Pilates Certification through Pilates Academy International, and worked as a Pilates Instructor at Pilates On Fifth in New York City teaching Private and Duet Sessions as well as group Mat, Reformer and Chair Classes. As a Pilates Instructor, Colin has worked with clients of all ages and skill levels and is able to provide a great workout no matter the limitation. Classes with Colin are fast moving, highly focused, total body, and most of all, fun!

Erin Owens

Erin heard about the Anat Baniel method (ABM) while researching innovative therapies for her son who was born with Cerebral Palsy. After finding a practitioner and seeing the swift progress her son made with this method, she decided to pursue her own certification as an ABM NeuroMovement® practitioner so that she too could help others - both children with special needs as well as adults - find an easier way to function in their daily lives. She has offered group classes and individual lessons out of her home since earning her certificate as an ABM practitioner. Recently having resigned from her previous profession, she now pursues her passion of teaching others the tremendous, cascading value of elegant movement as a full-time career, launching Move Your Brain, southern Missouri's only ABM practice.

Garrell Herndon

Job Titles:
  • Instructor
  • Instructor and Bodyworker
Garrell is a longtime yoga instructor and bodyworker, who has worked with both beginners and more advanced bodies. Over the years, he has fine tuned his skills in yoga and structural body work so that he is able to interpret how our bodies present the strain of today's lifestyles, seeing where that strain has left its mark as structural deficts and restrictions in the person's physical structure. Garrell works with yoga and bodywork to unwind patterns caused by such restrictions. Additionally, Garrell's sequencing skills allow for a relaxation response from the nervous system aiding a calmer overall demeanor in the individual student.

Jennifer Simpson

Job Titles:
  • Certified Kettlebell Instructor / Certified Precision Nutrition Coach
In 1996, Jennifer Simpson became a licensed massage therapist specializing in neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies. In 2006 Jennifer became a certified kettlebell instructor under the RKC and StrongFirst School of Strength respectively. She is a Level II StrongFirst instructor and a Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist. She also performs Active Isolated Stretching and is certified in Core Barre. An avid learner Jennifer does many continuing education classes and is currently working toward her certifications in ZHealth, a brain based training program. She is also certified in Precision Nutrition and offers nutrition counseling. Having struggled most of her life with body image and weight issues Jennifer wants to encourage and support others to become stronger and empowered no matter what their size, shape or age.

Kara Dunn

In memory of Kara, money can be donated the Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks to help support our Rock Steady Boxing Programs that allows local Parkinson's patients to fight back against their disease.

Lynette Nelson

Job Titles:
  • Office Manager
Lynette is here to help your visits to The Bodysmith go smoothly. She is excited to be a part of a team that is focused on helping people be the healthiest and strongest they can be.

Polly Brandman

Job Titles:
  • Licensed Massage Therapist / Tai Chi Instructor / Rock Steady Boxing Coach / Trained Pilates Instructor
Polly Brandman graduated from the Ozark Institute of Natural Therapies and became a licensed massage therapist in 1990. She is trained in classical Swedish massage, Thai massage, neuromuscular therapy, Active Isolated Stretching, and Reflexology. She also taught Kinesiology and Body Mechanics for Ozarks Institute of Natural Therapies and Professional Massage Training Center. Her pursuit of Martial Arts began in 2000, studying Youn Wha Ryu and Tai Chi. She attained a Black Belt, 2nd Dan and is a Certified Instructor through Grand Master Han's Martial Arts. She has taught classes in Tai Chi at the Ozarks Senior Center, Ozarks Martial Arts, for the Missouri State University Recreation Program and for CoxHealth Fitness. She is currently pursuing certification in Z Health.

Richard F Nebel, II

Job Titles:
  • II / Trained Pilates Instructor
  • Trained Pilates Instructor
Richard is a native of the Ozarks and a classically trained ballet dancer who has worked professionally in New York City. Richard has worked as an aerialist, specializing in Spanish Web, lyra, and partner silks. Pilates is a natural extension from the movement styles he has dedicated himself to - balance, power, and focus.

Sarah Wilcoxon

Job Titles:
  • Trained Pilates Instructor
Sarah Wilcoxon discovered Pilates while rehabilitating several chronic injuries from years of dance training. Sarah holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University and teaches in the department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University. Sarah hopes to utilize the principles of the Pilates method to help promote a culture of wellness in the dance field.

Shauna Smith Yates

Job Titles:
  • Owner / Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher / STOTT PILATES® Certified / Rock Steady Boxing Coach
Shauna received her full Stott Pilates certification in 2001 and became an Instructor Trainer for the method from 2002-2019. She is a Master Trainer and Director of Education for Juvo Board and is a Master Teacher for Art of Smart Movement teaching Core Barre, Core Reform, Core Suspend and AIS training. She holds additional certifications from the National Pilates Certification Program, Precision Nutrition, PaddleFit, and Rock Steady Boxing. Shauna has studied Pilates for Neurological Conditions and is studying to become certified in the Z Health method of neurological training. Shauna was honored to be nominated as one of 417 Magazine's Wellness Warriors in 2013, was a 2017 Springfield Business Journal's 40 under 40 recipient, and a member of Leadership Springfield's class 30. She is proud to be a representative for AeroPilates and Stamina Products fitness equipment and appears on QVC and HSN. She is excited to be working on her next project as co-creator of The Mixed Method Pilates Certification program.

Susan Gilmore

Job Titles:
  • Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher / STOTT PILATES® Certified / Rock Steady Boxing Coach
Susan completed her STOTT PILATES® in October of 2007. She is certified through the advanced level on all equipment and has training in Rehab methods as well. In addition to her Pilates training, Susan completed CORE BARRE™ and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) certification in 2013. She has continued to expand her knowledge with CORE SUSPEND™ and CORE REFORM™ - all part of the full line of Art of Smart Movement courses. In March 2016, Susan traveled to Indianapolis to attend training camp for Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's patients. She is currently pursuing Z Health certification. Susan brings her experience, patience, compassion, and love of people to her work, and believes integration of the mind and body truly are healing.