Susie has always been captivated by the vast potential of the human body, mind and spirit. At age thirteen, she began self-studying world religions by gobbling up as many books as she could on the topic. She would go on to graduate with a degree in Comparative Religion from Miami University, Oxford, OH because she wanted to know how religion influenced and motivated individuals as well as cultures.
She co-founded a life-coaching company, ikigai (a Japanese word meaning "that which makes life most worth living") to help others seek out their own potential. Here she co-taught workshops to help professionals of all backgrounds clarify and pursue their life goals. It was through this process of leading others that she discovered her own purpose—to help individuals find confidence and strength through fitness and healthy living.
As a result, in 2010, she founded studio s. From the beginning, Susie's intention was to make studio s more than a gym. From programs rooted in the community, to classes infused with philosophical elements, studio s is an incubator for others to find and be supported in pursuing their passions.
Susie continues to help bring people closer to their personal and physical goals through one-on-one interactions during personal training, teaching a Spinning™ class, or coaching a new runner. She delights daily in the opportunity to combine her experience in life-coaching with her passion for physical movement.
In addition to studio s, she has gone in search of her own potential by participating in many marathons/triathlons, completing IRONMAN, running 50-mile ultra-marathons, completing a multi-day stage race over the Rocky Mountains and traveling the globe. In 2017, she ran six mountain ultra-marathons, on five continents in just eight weeks. Each event or adventure teaches her more about herself, the people in her life, and the universe.
She is a certified Personal Trainer with ACE (American Council on Exercise), a Group Exercise instructor with AFAA (Aerobics Fitness Association of America), a Pilates Mat instructor with PHI Pilates, a Pilates Reformer instructor with Peak Pilates and recently was in the first class to be certified in True Movement. In her fifteenth year of teaching, she holds a lifetime certification in Spinning from Mad Dogg Athletics.
Alicia was introduced to Pilates while she was preparing for her first half marathon in 2006. She began a weekly mat Pilates class to cross-train and introduce some strength conditioning into her routine. Impressed with the results achieved from this once per week regimen, she continued to take mat classes over the next several years. In 2009, she decided to do something with her passion for the Pilates method of exercise and went through a certification course. In 2011, Alicia pursued and added a Personal Trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). In 2013, she added another Pilates certification through Body Arts and Science International (BASI).
Brandon’s running journey began in college as a way to keep competition in his life, post soccer. Since then he has completed 20+ half and 3 full marathons. He joined studio s in 2013 as way to bring community and running together and owes both his half and full marathon PRs to Susie and her team. He is still chasing down the elusive Boston unicorn. Brandon is joining the studio s coaching staff to give back and support the studio s family. When its 10 degrees, he will be that guy in shorts.
Heather is an ACE certified Personal Trainer, Yoga, Health Coach and Chef. Her journey to health and wellness during her Freshman year of college. Heather’s dad passed away and that experience drove Heather to live more fully. She began running and eventually joined the cross-country team. Heather ran her first marathon one week before her college graduation from Lake Forest College. She graduated with a double major in Spanish and Environmental Studies.
In 2004, Heather’s love of the environment led her to The Midwest Culinary Institute where she could make an impact by cooking with only local and seasonal ingredients. She has a certification in Culinary Arts and an Associates degree in Pastry Arts. Heather enjoys cooking healthy, delicious and environmentally conscious meals.
To learn more about nutrition, Heather studied dietetics at the University of Cincinnati. While studying dietetics Heather decided a Yoga certification would be a great compliment to her already well rounded background. She is a 500-hour certified Yoga Instructor from Yoga Home and teaches group as well as private classes. Heather is also a certified Spin Instructor through PowerRyde.
Heather knows the importance of all aspects of a healthy lifestyle and looks forward to sharing tips on cooking and nutrition, strength building, endurance training, flexibility, meditation for stress relief and goal setting.
Tim has been a certified Spinning instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics since 2004 and enjoys teaching heart rate based training. As a husband to Shari Humbert and father of three boys, when he is not spending time with the family or Spinning, he likes to ride out side and loves to race on Sundays. One other hobby he’s had for the past 15 years is wheel thrown pottery, if you are lucky you may show up to a class where there is a pottery give-away.
Just one Pilates Reformer class was all it took for Anna to fall in love with Pilates. She began practicing reformer in 2012 and a year later pursued her Comprehensive Teacher Training through BASI Pilates. She is competent in the full line of Pilates apparatus.
Anna is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and continues to fuel her passion for all things fitness by staying curious and continuing her education with additional certifications (Barre, TRX, SPINNING) and attending a Pilates for the Mature Client workshop.
Anna graduated from the University of Dayton in 2009 with a B.A. in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. A true people person, she loves connecting with her clients and is dedicated to helping them achieve their greatest potential.
Chelsey has been dancing and performing since the age of 3 in Lima, Ohio, and was introduced to Mat Pilates at the age of 13. She danced for the University of Cincinnati’s dance team and accomplished 5 years as a NFL cheerleader. Fitness has always been a part of her career. She completed her undergrad degree in exercise science and recently finished her Master’s degree in injury prevention at CalU of PA. Chelsey enjoys the research side of fitness and presented at the Pilates Method Alliance conference last fall. She is currently certified NASM, Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist and Youth Fitness Specialist. Chelsey also has her Balanced Body Reformer certification and many Stott Pilates CEUs. She enjoys traveling and meeting fitness people all over the country. Learning from experience is her favorite thing about the fitness world and she can’t wait to share her fitness passion at Studio S.
Jonathan Cody White
Originally from Augusta, GA, Jonathan moved to NYC after graduating from the University of Miami. While pursuing a career in music and theatre, Jonathan fell in love with the energy and camaraderie of group fitness classes.
Jonathan believes that fitness should be fun and challenging and is a huge fan of dynamic and athletic training mainly using bodyweight to create strong lean muscle. He aims to create a safe space in which you can constantly push yourself to achieve whatever fitness goals you have.
Jonathan is always down for a challenge and has crossed the finish lines of obstacle course races, half marathons, 10k’s, and an Ironman 70.3.
Jonathan is a certified Group Fitness Instructor with ACE (American Council on Exercise) and holds certifications in Indoor Cycling (Schwinn), TRX Group Fitness, TRX Rip Trainer, IndoRow and Shockwave.
Ashley is a somatic practitioner, dance maker, and educator originally from Cincinnati. She has her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, which is how she found the unlimited benefit of Pilates. Ashley is currently an adjunct professor of dance at Xavier University, and has taught dance and somatic wellness at Missouri State University, Florida State University, and Miami University (OH). She has completed her Mat and Reformer certifications through Balanced Body.
Emily has been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2008, when she began her fitness career in New York City. She runs her own in-home personal training business, and is thrilled to join the studio s team. Emily also runs the blog and fitness retreat/event business, www.thecityskinny.com. She lives in Madeira with her husband and 5 and 8 year-old children.
Emily is an ACE certified personal trainer and has been in the business for 10 years. She is owner of Live In The Movement (www.liveinthemovement.com), a Fitness event experience designed to help you find your fitness groove and experience all the thriving Cincinnati fitness scene has to offer. She is also a newly certified Cancer Exercise Specialist. She lives in a Madeira with her husband and two young children. She is thrilled to be a part of the Studio S family.
Joni's philosophy in her own life as well as in training is that good fitness is not just a goal but a lifestyle choice. Seeing a client realize their strength and power is her greatest reward. It is to this end that Joni is persistent in understanding clients abilities to find a path to maximize their own inner power.
For 36 years, Joni has practiced and performed physical fitness. She has achieved many certifications including ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Qualified Trainer, Reformer 1 Certification, Biomechanics Specialist, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and ACE Senior Fitness Specialist. An athlete herself, Joni pushes her own fitness limits through competitive cycling, hiking and kayaking. She knows firsthand what improving endurance and power require and looks forward to passing this knowledge on.
Sarah first experienced Pilates while she was a dancer in high school. After college graduation, she began to take Pilates mat and reformer classes regularly and then decided to take a teacher training course. She completed her first Pilates training program in 2011 and has been teaching since then. She completed Balanced Body's comprehensive Pilates training in 2014, and she continues to enhance her Pilates knowledge through continuing education courses and conferences, such as Pilates on Tour. She enjoys introducing others to Pilates and guiding her clients through classes that will provide a good workout but also leave them feeling relaxed and balanced.