S.T.A.R. Pilates Studio Staff

Gini Murphy, PMA®-CPT

  • Instructor Trainer Pilates Academy International
  • STOTT PILATES® Post- Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist
  • PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Certified Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist
  • 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, Relief Through Rolling (RTR), STOTT Pilates Fascial Movement Instructor Course and is also a MELT Certified Hand and Foot Instructor.

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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, Relief Through Rolling (RTR) 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

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

Meg Whitbread

Meg spent much of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area where she founded and ran a large yoga studio for more than a decade. She studied many traditional styles of yoga as well as martial arts and various types of somatic movement and is also certified in the hands on technique of Shiatsu. It was during this period of self-study and observation of bodies that her teaching style began to develop. Encouraging people to feel and embody rather than to think and imitate offers students the opportunity to study themselves rather than adding a new form or a new system to their bodies.

The discovery of and certification in various parts of the Yamuna® Body Rolling system provided a format where she could synthesize and integrate all of her studies into an accessible and ever-changing practice for herself and others. At the core of the Yamuna system is Foot Fitness, which quite literally illustrates that what is going on in the foundation of the body impacts every other aspect.

Using the techniques and products from the Yamuna system as a base, Meg offers experiential anatomy to those in yoga teacher training programs as well as self-care techniques to those working hands on with other bodies. For the general population, Meg offers Sustainable Movement for the Aging Process, classes that are accessible and applicable to all bodies.

Meg views self-care as an increasingly necessary part of one’s life so that individuals can begin to feel not only in control of but also responsible for their health. She is interested in helping people understand their own habits and patterns as they consistently show up in breathing, movement and behavior. With this information, people can make changes based on their own feedback and experience.

Meg teaches from an anatomically functional and somatic perspective using YBR, yoga and other modalities and practices as the lens. Her classes are clinic-style–responsive to the group, organic and spontaneous–so that each person in the room gets the personalized information he or she needs.

Meg Whitbread

Olivia Donnelly

Olivia strives to create a training environment that not only motivates but also empowers clients to continually challenge themselves in a fun and rewarding way.

Her passion for health and fitness led her to becoming a certified personal trainer with NASM and a certified Pilates Instructor through STOTT Pilates and Pilates Academy
International.

Olivia strongly believes in the necessity for an active lifestyle, encompassing a balance of all the components of fitness. Over the years, it has given her great satisfaction to pass along her knowledge and enthusiasm with the highest standard of service, safety and professionalism to those wanting to adopt a lifestyle of physical and mental well-being. Olivia believes not only in fitness but also in re-patterning faulty alignments and correcting muscular imbalances.

Olivia Donnelly

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Governor DeSantis ordered all gyms to close on 3/20. He has now stated that Floridians are to stay home until 4/30. Therefore we have temporarily closed the studio and encourage others to stay home and practice social distancing to minimize the impact of the virus in our community. Like everyone around us, we are doing everything we can in regard to the safety and wellness of our clients and feel that this is the best option at this time. Please monitor email for updates as we are working on virtual classes and for when we re-open.