Amy Teter / Founder & Owner
PMA Certified Pilates Teacher/ PAI Teacher Trainer / Core Barre / Core Suspend / TRX Instructor
Amy was introduced to Pilates in September of 2001--one month after the death of her younger sister. During this time, Amy was overweight and exercised infrequently, and through Pilates began to see healing after this devastating loss in her body, mind, and spirit. She found the center of who she is through the power of Pilates.
She founded Centered to help others find healing like she did, in body, mind, and spirit, uplifting men and women by helping center their core and reconnect their whole being upon the reality that they are valuable, worthy, beautiful, and loved.
Now nearly 15 years into her Pilates practice, Amy loves the "a-ha" moments she experiences every day on the journey towards an aligned spine and a balanced musculature. She also loves how the Pilates breath helps to keep her centered while attempting to balance the jobs of mother, studio owner, and instructor.
Amy has a B.S. in Business Management awarded by Virginia Tech in 1994. She obtained her M.B.A. from Marshall University in 1997. Amy spent ten years honing her teaching skills as a Forensic Economist before becoming a certified Pilates instructor in April of 2007. Amy opened her home-based studio in August of 2007, and within 8 months had a client base exceeding 80 individuals. She expanded to a larger studio location in August of 2008 and expanded again to a studio on Hale Street on January 1, 2012. On February 1, 2015, she opened the current location of 108 Capitol Street.
Amy has experience with pre- and post-natal clients, golfers, runners, equestrians, and tennis (as well as racquetball and squash) players. She has also worked with clients who have undergone lumbar discectomy and knee replacement surgeries (all post physical therapy), individually and in groups.
Amy strongly believes in the mission of CENTERED--she cares for the bodies, minds and spirits of each and every client utilizing the wondrous tool that is the Pilates method.
Wendi O'Dell / Registered Nurse
Certified CORE BARRE / Booty Barre Plus / TRX Instructor / Apprentice Pilates Mat Instructor
Wendi was born and raised in the great state of West Virginia. She attended Marshall University to obtain a BS in Nursing in 1994. Her nursing career was put on hold for many years as she was a devoted wife and mother to her three boys.
Being a registered nurse, health and wellness have always been a top priority. From distance running to weight training, Wendi has tried it all. However, when a friend invited her to a Pilates class at Centered in 2010, she fell in love. That's when she decided to pursue certifications to teach her own classes.
Wendi has since become a certified instructor in TRX, Core Barre and Booty Barre Plus. She is currently working as a Pilates mat apprentice through Pilates Academy International. She has been teaching at Centered for 6 years!
Wendi truly loves helping others through their journey to better health and fitness. She is thrilled to be continuing her education in the amazing works of Joseph Pilates!!
Certified Booty Barre Plus / TRX / Group Fitness Instructor
Annette’s enthusiasm for fitness started at an early age. As a straight A student who always got a “B” in gym, she realized that being an athlete wasn’t the only way of being physically fit. Together with her mother, at the age of 16, she enrolled in a dance aerobics class offered through a local community education program. Two years later, she became certified to teach her own classes and was then recruited to teach at a local fitness facility. In 2008, as a full time working mom with a daughter of her own, she converted her traditional 1 hour workout into a 30 minute time saver workout. She decided that one could accomplish just as much in a short workout by simply making the format a bit more intense. In 2011, Annette discovered Centered Pilates. Much to her delight, Centered not only offered lunch time workouts, they offered express workouts. She took her first TRX Express class in February 2012 and became a certified instructor 6 months later. Like many others, Annette fell in love with both the strength and cardio benefits of TRX training. She also admired Amy Teter's vast knowledge of proper body alignment and the benefits of incorporating such into daily activities.
Annette has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She works full time in grants administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Division of Science and Research. She has 25 years of group fitness teaching experience with certifications from the National Exercise Trainers Association(NETA), the Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFFA), Mad Dogg Spinning, Kickboxing, Zumba Gold, Tracy Mallet's Booty Barre, and TRX Suspension Training.
PMA Certified Pilates Instructor / PAI Pilates Teacher Trainer / Booty Barre Plus and Booty Barre Flex and Flow Instructor
I started taking Pilates in 2007 at CENTERED Pilates exploring different classes to help strengthen a knee issue . This began my love affair with life-changing moments through the work of Joseph Pilates . Loved the benefit of reshaping my body and giving me several amazing moments in myself. I decided everyone needs to learn more about Pilates and the benefits it can give to others with posture, balance, flexibility, strengthening, and obtaining a more centered body . Which all works together in harmony to carry you though your whole life.
I started my training in 2010 with training through Balanced Body, with Jennifer Gianni, Fusion Fitness in Asheville, NC. Then completed my Comprehensive Training in June 2012, and completed the national certification PMA in November 2012. Also, have certification /training Pre-Post Natal, Smart Spine, Sling work and Core Activation. Also, continue training I’ve been so lucky to work with a Master instructor’s Marie-Jose Bloom with emphasis in Core, Pelvic-Spine, and Shoulder movement. Phillip Beach in Human movement, Mary Bowen in Pilates plus Psyche/with Life Long Pilates & Body. Elizabeth Larkam in Hip/Knee Replacement.
I have worked with Parkinson clients, knee replacement, hip replacement and spinal stability. I strongly believe Pilates can help everyone in all walks of life and all ages. . I feel strongly in teaching clients about themselves and to walk out the door with improvements for every day life.
Certified TRX Instructor
Kim was introduced to Pilates and TRX as a client of Centered after moving back to West Virginia, having spent the past 3 years in Los Angeles pursuing her entertainment law career. Kim is a CA licensed attorney who has always had an interest in healthy mind and body. She believes it is her practice of Pilates and TRX that changed her body into the strong, lean physique she had always dreamed of, which has in turn changed her life by inspiring her to make healthier life choices and giving her the confidence she once lacked. Because of the proper training and knowledge of the proper breath and body alignment, Kim has achieved her goals of strengthening and lengthening. Her passion and belief in the cardio and strength training involved with TRX has motivated Kim to transition from client to qualified instructor. She hopes to "pay it forward" and inspire others the way she feels inspired by this methodology and to change other people's bodies and lives in the process.
Licensed Message Therapist
Traci graduated from Mountain State School of Massage in 2007. She is happy to have the opportunity to offer her services at Centered! Traci offers focused deep tissue massage, massage for de-stressing and relaxation, and an integration of deep tissue and Swedish methods. Traci says that massage is a great way to recover post-work out. She says it relives headaches, tension, lowers blood pressure, increases range of motion, and many other benefits.
Traci feels quite fortunate to be able to follow her calling and has loved being a massage therapist for the past eight years! Her business, Tranquil Massage & Aromatherapy, is based within the Folded Leaf yoga studio where She also instructs yoga classes. She is looking forward to meeting the Centered clientele and providing massage in the beautiful new studio.
Certified TRX Instructor
After three years of dedication to TRX classes, Christine got certified in February 2015 at Working Out in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"Like many women who try to balance exercise, healthy eating and stress management, along with the demands of work and family life, I too thought I had a handle on this aspect of my life. In the fall of 2011, I lost my father to lung cancer. I discovered that he also had Type II Diabetes. In addition, my mother has Type II Diabetes, as did both of my maternal grandparents. My mother also has severe osteoarthritis. In the early part of 2012, I was inspired by a friend to get a little more serious about my fitness routine and to start eating “cleaner”. Before this time, I had tried to: count calories, walk and talk with a friend, lift some light weights, use my elliptical machine or treadmill at home, etc. However, with co-morbid diseases in my genetic make-up, I knew I had to do as much as possible to prevent or stave off what I could through diet and proper exercise.
As a Lenten sacrifice that year I decided to follow the Paleo diet and I completely gave up, - for 47 days – all artificial sweeteners including diet soda, (I never thought it was possible, now it repulses me), coffee creamer, candy, and any processed foods, etc. I also quit using dairy products and switched to almond milk and clarified butter.
During this same time, I came across a Living Social deal to try Centered Pilates Studio. At the time I was a bit of an exercise whore, (in that, any offer that came along that seemed new, different, a good value and peaked my interest, I’d try). Little did I know what I was signing up for! I had been hearing for several months, from another friend, about the results she got from TRX. Finally, I listened.
The first TRX class I took was challenging, but fun. The next day, I could barely walk up and down steps, could not bend to tie my shoes and it hurt every muscle in my body to laugh or move swiftly. Yet through the hurt-so-good pain, I knew if I was that sore and still had fun doing it, I was onto a life-changing experience – and I was right! I was immediately hooked by the energy at Centered! Amy, Wendi and staff are inspiring, to say the least. The focus on proper alignment and positioning are second to none and clearly so imperative to success.
Within weeks I saw a difference in my appearance and by March of 2012, I had dropped 12 pounds and lost about 6 or more inches. My work continued. I still followed Paleo, although not always as strictly. And I am a regular Centered customer, fan, advocate and walking/talking billboard! I truly stop people on the street, bring it up to co-workers, friends, church members, and the like, every chance I get.
I have scoliosis, I had knee surgery when I was 19, I broke my shoulder at 21, and I injured my other knee a few years ago while attempting to out-run a group of 8-year-old soccer players. I see a chiropractor and massage therapist regularly. Compared to other forms of exercise, I have not experienced knee, joint or back discomfort since doing TRX, Pilates and core barre. In fact, when my schedule pulls me away from Centered to other forms of exercise, the pain follows. I have learned first-hand how invaluable core-strengthening truly is!
The positive feedback, results and inspiration derived from Centered is the real value in their services and programs and classes. Getting fit, feeling great and seeing results are just an added bonus!" - Quote from Christine
Certified Core Suspend and TRX Instructor
Cheryl Laws was certified in Mat Pilates in 2008 and began teaching group and private classes at Centered. In 2011, she received her TRX certification and in 2013 became a certified Core Suspend Instructor. Cheryl has over 2000 individual and group instruction hours.
Cheryl used to do what most people do and told herself she could never be a runner. In 2011 she and a friend decided to try the Couch to 5K program and trained for 8 weeks to run 3.1 miles in the Charleston Distance Run. Since then, Cheryl has competed in several 5K races, the Great Greenbrier River Race twice, and in 2014 trained and competed in the Capital City Challenge- a 25 mile Run, Ride, Row Triathlon.
Cheryl taught classes at Centered while she received her undergraduate degree at West Virginia State University and then left team Centered from 2014-2016 to receive her Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. Cheryl recently returned from Boone, North Carolina to open a nonprofit, Pollen8, Inc. where she will provide services to drug addicted families who are in threat of losing custody of their children due to abuse and neglect.
Apprentice Pilates Mat instructor
Bio coming soon.
Apprentice Pilates Mat instructor
Jordan is a 2015 University of Charleston graduate with a degree in Political Science and is currently employed with Partners In Health Network as a Credentialing Clerk. After graduating and entering the world as a full-time employee, she began devoting time to her physical health. By discovering the power of Pilates, she noticed that her muscles were really shaping up.
After a few months, her amazing results included improved posture, confidence, and increased muscle strength and definition. Because of this, she was hooked and jumped at the opportunity of becoming a Certified Pilates Instructor and is proud to be completing Mat I and II Certification through Pilates Academy International. At 5’1” in height, along with a petite, yet curvaceous figure, Pilates has given Jordan confidence, strength, lean muscles and a taller posture. She has found that teaching Pilates is a great fit because she is so upbeat and loves to help others with a goal to reveal the same positive experience, results and way of life.
"The Pilates Academy International program is taking my teaching to a professional level and I am honored and excited to offer my services to our community. After reaching full certification, I will be available Monday through Friday evenings and during the day on Saturday and Sunday. I would love to give you a private session or meet to discuss your fitness goals so that I can put together a personalized workout for you!" ~ Jordan Wallace
Apprentice Pilates Mat Instructor/Retail Manager
After many years of struggling with an eating disorder; various failed attempts to deal with chronic back pain; later weight gain; and insomnia, Mia began taking classes at Centered in early 2014. To her delight Pilates was just what she needed. Through breath, movement and proper alignment, Mia finally found the relief (and healing) she was looking for. Mia, like so many others, fell in love with both Pilates and Barre. She then expanded her practice to include private reformer sessions and Core Suspend classes. She was quickly hooked and became a daily practitioner.
In 2015, Mia decided to share her love of Pilates by beginning her journey to become a PAI certified Pilates Instructor. She loves the focus on whole body health that Centered and her personal practice have brought to her life. In 2016, Mia became the retail manager at Centered when Amy decided to branch out into active wear.
In addition to her teaching at Centered, Mia is currently the office manager and paralegal for her husband's law office in Charleston, WV and also works as a floral designer for Dartagnon, Events and Culinary Designs, LLC. She obtained her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2002.
Certified Mat Pilates and Barre Instructor/Apprentice Pilates Apparatus Instructor
Meghann is a graduate of Ohio University with degrees in Performance & Choreography and Magazine Journalism. A long time movement enthusiast, she has completed training in Pilates, Barre and has over 17 years of formal training in choreography, modern dance, jazz, ballet and lyrical dance and became Pilates Mat certified through Power Pilates in 2007. After discovering how Barre combines her love of dance and pilates she became VBarre certified through Leaders in Fitness in 2012. Meghann works full time as a Public Relations Specialist and loves how Pilates and Barre make her feel balanced, centered and strong.