S.T.A.R. Pilates Studio Staff

Gini Murphy

  • STOTT PILATES® Post- Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist
  • Former Instructor Trainer Pilates Academy International
  • Certified CARDIOLATES® Instructor
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance
Gini Murphy, Founder of S.T.A.R. Pilates has been a passionate teacher of movement for over 20 years. Her initial training in traditional Pilates, along with completing two certifications in contemporary Pilates, coupled with her years of teaching dance has enabled her to empower each individual client with the knowledge and tools to care for their body by teaching them that how you move is of utmost importance. Gini trains people of all ages and fitness levels whether novice or experienced.  Her specialty is instructing those with injuries and chronic conditions due to her extensive Pilates teaching in physical therapy clinics where she was engaged in sports rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation and aging populations. Her objective is to is to have her clients gain strength, flexibility and knowledge of proper biomechanics so that it can be applied to everyday life in conjunction with the understanding needed to manage, maintain and improve the health of their body. Gini attends yearly continuing education courses. She has completed STOTT Pilates Zen*Ga, STOTT Pilates Total Barre,  STOTT Pilates Fascial Movement Instructor Course and is also a MELT Certified Hand and Foot Instructor.
Gini Murphy

Christine Purdy

  • Certified MELT Method Instructor
  • Certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Academy International
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified
  • Reiki Master in the Usui Tradition

Christine has been teaching MELT for 14 years and was the first person to bring it to Florida. She has taught at Physical Therapy clinics and has taught MELT Intensives throughout Florida. Christine helps to relieve her clients discomfort through Private MELT sessions as well as MELT classes.

She has been a Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to her students. Continuing education is an integral part of Christine’s lifestyle. She has taken many STOTT Pilates courses, Cranial Unwinding, Pilates for MS, Anatomy Trains (Tom Myers) courses, STOTT Pilates Fascial Movement Instructor Course, and numerous MELT courses.

Christine is an avid runner, training marathoner and tri-athletes alike. She utilizes her knowledge of different modalities to create balance and strength in her clients and classes.

Christine Purdy

Adrian Goodfellow

Adrian enjoyed a twenty year career in show business and since retiring from performing in 2006 he has worked as a Dance Teacher, a Personal Trainer in the Fitness Industry and as a Fully Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor.

Having had one hip re-surfaced, the other totally replaced and having experienced a lifetime of the stresses and strains put on a dancer’s body, Adrian’s training focus is very much on keeping one’s body moving functionally, pain free and feeling younger for longer!

Adrian comes to STAR Pilates Studio with fifteen years experience teaching Pilates in the London area including work in a Physio Clinic, in several Pilates studios conducting group classes in Matwork, Reformer, Tower and Stability Chair; also one to one sessions on all equipment with abilities ranging from professional dancers and athletic conditioning to Prehab/Rehab hip and knee replacements.

For his last eight years in London he has been the personal Pilates coach to Dame Emma Thompson (also her friends and family) and completed a six month contract teaching group classes and one to one sessions at The Chelsea Football Club Gym and Spa at Stamford Bridge Stadium, London before coming to America.

Adrian arrived in the USA 5th September 2019 and has been teaching Pilates on Zoom during lockdown and in Studios in Rockville and Bethesda MD and in the Washington DC Metro area during this time.

Adrian Goodfellow

Michelle Cote

  • Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (retired)
  • Training in Thai Body Healing
  • Training in JUVO Board

“You deserve a workout that doesn’t kill you to make you stronger. Let me help you fall in love with your workouts so you stick with it.”

Hello I’m Michelle! I just moved to Florida, but have owned a fabulous Pilates Studio in Missouri since 2016. I’m super down to earth and I have a huge passion for helping others improve their health and fitness. One thing that truly sets me apart from other instructors is that I have an Occupational Therapy and Thai healing background. I have worked extensively with patients and clients who suffer with various chronic pain issues. Helping you work out in a safe and effective manner that is suitable for your body is my #1 priority.

I myself have explored various approaches to my health and fitness and my number one love of everything that I’ve tried is 100% PILATES. It’s the one workout routine that I’ve never gotten sick of and I always look forward to doing. I bet if you give it a try you’ll find the same to be true for yourself.

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Pilates instructor, Michelle Cote

Jennifer Cancio, Ph.D.

  • PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Certified in Pilates for Pathologies
    and Injuries
  • Certified Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Specialist
  • IIN Certified Health Coach

Pilates Education and Inspiration

Jennifer Cancio, Ph.D., has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years as a means of helping others acquire personal fitness and improve overall body conditioning and prevent injury. Jennifer’s interest in Pilates began after sports related knee and back injuries led her to seek rehabilitation through Pilates. After trying various  methods to heal from her injuries, she quickly discovered the benefits of the Pilates method to condition her body and prevent injury. Jennifer’s enthusiasm for this method motivated her to learn more about Pilates and eventually seek training and certification in Pilates.

In 2002, Jennifer completed her mat certification through the Physical Mind Institute under the instruction of Maria Leone in Beverly Hills, CA (Bodylinela.com) and pursued a second certification in Standing Series Pilates. In 2004 she earned her teacher training certification through the legendary Long Beach Dance Conditioning in which she completed over 500 hours of Pilates training including apprentice work. Jennifer is PMA certified which means she is certified under the Pilates Method Alliance – the largest internationally recognized Pilates certification organization. She is an active member of the PMA.

Experience and Style

From 2005 – 2011 Jennifer lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan where she taught the Pilates method to a variety of clients ranging from those recovering from injury, to university swimmers and professional dancers and rotational sports. She speaks Japanese fluently.

Jennifer moved to Vero Beach, Florida from Japan in 2011. Prior to
joining S.T.A.R. Pilates, Jennifer had been working in a clinical physical therapy setting in Vero Beach at Back in Form Physical Therapy, and has experience with sports related injuries and pathologies.

Jennifer has an extensive background in anatomy, body biomechanics and muscle system. She specializes in customizing and designing individual exercise programs for clients recovering from injury or surgery as well as for the well-seasoned athlete who wishes to enhance sports performance. Jennifer prides herself on her meticulous eye, attention to detail and creating exercise programs for people at all fitness levels. She is certified under the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and continues to enhance her professional expertise by regularly attending training workshops throughout the year.

She earned her certification as an IIN Health Coach in 2012 and is passionate about coaching others about health, wellness and disease prevention.

Favorite quote? “If you do not make time for health and wellness now, you will have to make time for disease and injury later.

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Jennifer Cancio


Julia has been a fitness instructor for the past 15 years. She began her fitness career in the metro D.C. area, where she taught Pilates-Yoga fusion, core conditioning, Body Pump, and other classes. She also earned a personal-training certificate and worked with clients one-on-one. During the past 10 years, Julia has focused primarily on her Pilates practice, teaching both group and private sessions. She is certified in both mat and reformer Pilates. Prior to her fitness career, Julia studied classical piano and dance, with a concentration in classical ballet. Julia’s love of dance, music, and fitness is evident in her teaching style.

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Jan Drygulski

Jan Drygulski was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned her BA in Art Education, Secondary Level from The George Washington University. She’s been practicing yoga for 35 years and teaching it for 13. She likes to say that with her teaching background she is able to break lessons down into small, digestible bites so students find them easy to follow.

She loves living in Vero Beach. It’s her favorite place after living in D.C., Mass., NH, TX, PA, and, of course, Jersey.

Jan will be teaching a yoga blend class on Tuesdays at 9 am. All are welcome since she will be offering 3 levels and plenty of modifications so your practice can be tailored to you.

Jan Drygulski