Teacher Credentials

Why we are particular about who serves our clients

Our extensive Pilates Plus Wellness Center programs are designed to help clients in Upper Marlboro, Brandywine, Bowie (and all of Prince George’s County), Lothian, and Dunkirk tackle the life balance issues that most of us grapple with in modern times.

To offer you the best quality service and care, we only hire certified instructors and therapists who are accomplished in their field to instruct our classes and provide therapeutic services.

Susan Spangler, Director, Pilates Plus Wellness Center Nationally Certified Pilates Instructor, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Consulting Hypnotist

Susan Spangler, the owner is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Nationally Certified Instructor and a PMA business member. She is a Physical Mind Institute certified Pilates Instructor receiving her certifications in Mat and Apparatus in August 2002 and April 2004. She has completed Peak Pilates PPS I, PPSII, and PPSIII and Level 1 & 2 chair certifications as well as Barrel 1 & 2. Susan is a Certified Christian Yoga Teacher(CCYT) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)receiving certifications Yahweh Yoga in Chandler Arizona. Susan is enrolled in Yoga Therapy Training with Body Balance Yoga.

Susan is also an Consulting Hypnotist, certified through the National Guild of Hypnotist. Additional certifications include: American Council for Exercise (A.C.E.) certified group fitness instructor.


 LaToya Asher, DPT, Pilates InstructorIMG_0063

LaToya S. Asher, DPT, CKTP received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2004 at the University of Maryland Baltimore and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2007. Over the past 10 years while working in various orthopedic settings LaToya’s approach to physical therapy has evolved through continuing education, mentors, and experience.  LaToya enjoys working with a variety of patients but has a particular interest in orthopedic conditions and movement dysfunctions.  LaToya successfully received her Kinesio Taping Certification through Kinesio Taping Association International.  She has also recently completed Maitland I Essential Peripheral course and is eager to pioneer through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars in pursuit of a Manual Therapy certification.  LaToya’s background in dance and personal experience with chronic back and repetitive hip injuries has made her very passionate and compassionate about caring for active individuals whether it’s a mother desiring core strength and stability or an athlete.  She strives to help them to achieve their absolute highest potential by empowering them to replace faulty movement patterns with movement strategies that are optimal and safer for the betterment of their quality of life.  She approaches patient care as a partnership between the patient and physical therapist and believes that communication is key to her patients having a successful outcome.  LaToya implements Pilates and traditional exercise, kinesio taping, and manual and corrective therapy for movement dysfunctions when treating her patients.  LaToya has also completed extensive training in Pilates through Polestar Education consisting of over 500 hours of classical repertoire.  Polestar Pilates training specifically focuses on rehabilitation.  This allows LaToya to meet patients at whatever level along the health spectrum they arrive and design a unique Pilates regimen based on their individual needs and clinical diagnosis.  LaToya plans to continue to expand her manual therapy skills through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars and dry needling in the near future.  In addition to her professional endeavors she is enjoying motherhood of two beautiful girls 3 and 23 months of age, and a wife to her loving husband.   LaToya is excited and humbled to be welcomed into the Pilates Plus family.  It has been a pleasure working alongside so many beautiful and highly skilled teachers and health professionals. She is grateful and looking forward to helping such a wonderful community.


 John Baylor, Tai Chi Master

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John W Baylor Sr.  began his martial arts training in 1973 and received his first black belt in 1976.  In 1985 he joined the Shaolin Temple Boxing Association to study Yang style tai chi and Shaolin Long Fist with Sifu Michael Barry and John Johnson. John has 36 years experience teaching Tang Soo Do, Self Defense, and Tai Chi. Continuing eduction has been: Silk Reeling (Chen),  Six Healing sounds,  Bagua Qigong, Straight Sword, Tai Chi -Kung Fu fan,  Liu He Ba Fa.  John was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame – June 1998 as Master Instructor of the Year.   He is the owner and master instructor at Upper Marlboro Martial Arts and Wellness Center for the past 15 years. We are lucky to have his amazing talent on staff!


Dr. Natalie Boulware, Nautropathic M.D    NatalieBoulware

A Baltimore native, Dr. Boulware is a proud graduate of The Catholic High School of Baltimore. She attended Xavier University of Louisiana and was a cum laude graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences Biology/Pre-Medicine. She received her degree in naturopathic medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her internship at the Washington Center for Complementary Medicine and later served there as Director of the Therapeutic Weight Loss Center specializing in cutting edge integrative medicine to reverse Type II Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure naturally. Dr. Boulware served as the first naturopathic physician commissioned by Towson University (Maryland) to instruct its course on Complementary and Alternative Healthcare. Dr. Boulware specializes in healthcare for entire family with a specific interest in Women’s Medicine, Pediatrics, and Weight Loss. If she is not in the office, she can be found hosting her “Natural Medicine Works!” educational series, enjoying her family, exercise, and a good crab-cake.  Natalie is teaching workshops for us on Women’s Health.


 jae2Jae Sook Cohen, Reflexologist

Jae Sook is a gifted and talented therapist.  She received her formal education and training at the Potomac Massage Therapy Institute in Washington, DC. She worked as the lead Reflexologist at Robert Andrew Salon and Day Spa in Gambrills, Maryland for five years before opening her own practice.  She worked with us a few years ago and you all quickly embraced her gifts, we are glad to have her back and available on an as needed basis. Here’s what a recent client had to say about her experience with Jaesook: “When I was introduced to reflexology I must admit I was hesitant at first, but I knew that I wanted to at least try it and see if it was going to be something that I would benefit from.  My first experience with Jaesook was truly amazing.  I didn’t know what to expect but I just took it all in, relaxed and enjoyed the session.  I was so relaxed and at peace with myself after the very first session.  More than that I was a true believer in reflexology.  Jaesook takes care of me; it’s been over a year that I have been doing reflexology.My experience at the Pilates Studio was really good.  Like other classes I take there, the atmosphere is very appealing, and the instructors are so knowledgeable and caring.  I would highly recommend Jaesook to anyone–I talk her my reflexology sessions to everyone.”


Caroline Dabbs, Front Deskcaroline

Caroline is a freshman at the College of Southern Maryland who is studying biology and sports medicine; her long term goal is to become a  Physical Therapist. She graduated from Northern High School last year. Caroline lives in Calvert County with her lfamily. She is actively involved in church and community activities.

 


Bradley Dean, Pilates Instructor

Bradely Dean is a Peak Pilates certified PPS I, instructor.  Bradely joins our team and brings a mellow yet highly focused twist to the Pilates Method.  Bradely lives in Southern Maryland and is pursuing a degree in Film and pursue his passion for music simultaneously.


Veronica Englert, Pilates and Yoga Teacher, Thai Massage Therapist

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Veronica has worked for Pilates Plus for over 10 years–she brings 40 years of Yoga experience to the mat.  Veronica has studied under various Yoga teachers and is credentialed under several programs.  She is also a PPSII Peak Pilates Certified instructor teaching group classes and private lessons.  Finally, she graduated from the Greater Washington Institute of Massage and delivers an awesome Thai massage!  She is pure sunshine!


FullSizeRender (33)Deborah Enriquez, Yoga and Barre Instructor

Deborah has always exercised with weight training, running, martial arts, and ballet until a back injury in 1996 caused her to have to rethink how she did things. Getting to yoga was not a quick process for her. As a Certified Diabetes Educator and personal trainer she had helped people of all levels deal with their chronic disease through the use of exercise and designed many exercise programs. Years of her own and her clients escalating pain led her to study Asthanga yoga, yin yoga, and restorative yoga. She is a 200 hour RYT with the Yoga Alliance. Her passion is for people of all levels to enjoy the benefits of yoga without compromising their faith via the religious obstacles found in many yoga classes. Many love her class because she shows different levels of the postures to allow everyone to be successful in the practice. She is excited to be able to offer a time of practice that will involve strengthening body as well as the soul. Her love of ballet naturally led her to bare classes for something more. Before she completed her yoga certification, she was teaching barre core out of a studio that developed the method using pilates, yoga and ballet techniques. She uses techniques that emphasize a neutral spine to avoid injuries common to some barre methods. Deb completed her Peak Pilates System Mat Certification in January 2017.


 Danielle Head, Massage Therapist, NCTMBDSC00931

Danielle is nationally certified and state licensed Massage Therapist, as well as a graduate of the National Massage Therapy Institute. In her career, she has worked with many people from teenage athletes to the elderly. Some of the common problems she works on with her clients are headaches, muscle tension and sports injuries. Danielle believes in tailoring a massage towards the individual needs of each client by using multiple modalities to get the best results.  During her spare time she enjoys singing, reading and spending time with her family.


 Susan Neal, C.P.R. Instructor

Susan Neal is certified by the American Red Cross to teach First Aid, C.P.R. (Adult/Child/Infant) and A.E.D. for Community Responders and Professional Rescuers. She has joined the Pilates Plus Wellness Center as an adjunct instructor to help make C.P.R. training more accessible in Upper Marlboro and the surrounding areas. Susan’s goal is to inspire others to get certified in C.P.R. so that they are prepared to save a life if needed!


Dan Nyugen, Acupuncturist and Herbalist (BA, BS, ME) dhan

Dan Nguyen has been in practice since 1973, his goal is to first remove pain, then to bring patients to an optimal level of health. His treatments are carefully chosen to match each patients special needs. Dan will make you feel like family and share with you his wisdoms to help you heal and feel better.

 


Lorraine Rimando, Registered Aromatherapist

Lorraine is a Registered Aromatherapist certified by the East West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies in Westminster, Maryland. She is also a Reiki Master certified in level III Usui and traditional Japanese Reiki. Lorraine has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 13 years in an array of healthcare fields ranging from acute to chronic care settings.

Lorraine became certified in aromatic healing and soon after she became a certified Holistic Aromatherapist through the East West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies. She earned her diploma at the East West School of Herbal and Aromatic studies, and is also a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Nursing Science.

She continues to combine her experience as a health care practitioner with aromatherapy and Reiki to assist people in reaching their full health potential. She emphasizes customizing aromatic blends to fit a person’s individual needs.

Recent Client Comments:

“Lorraine was delightful. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for offering such a wonderful holistic practitioner to your staff.”


 Jenny Roberts, Pilates Instructorjenny2

Jenny has been teaching movement and fitness since 1986. Beginning as a women’s competitive team gymnastics coach and choreographer, she later became a Certified Personal Trainer; Certified TRX® Tactical Force Instructor; Certified Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Step, Body Sculpting, Kickbox and Aqua Fitness Instructor; POSE® Method Running Coach; and Master Swim Instructor.

Jenny’s interest in Pilates came in her late 30’s when back pain sent her to physical therapy. Pilates exercises were part of her rehab regime and quickly helped her back feel better. Convinced Pilates was essential to her own health, Jenny became a Certified Pilates Instructor for Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels in 2010. She soon found her interests gravitating toward rehab clients and those with special needs such as Wounded Warriors. In 2012 Jenny earned a Pilates certification for Injuries and Special Populations and began working with Wounded Warriors at Fort Sam Houston Army Base.
As a military wife, she has had opportunities to teach and learn fitness in a number of unique settings and locations all across the U.S. and overseas. Her military affiliation has also afforded her the unique opportunity to train and teach physical fitness not only to Wounded Warriors, but to active duty soldiers including Special Ops members.  Regardless of who she is working with, Jenny’s desire is to help and teach clients to function at their best level of health and live life with vitality and hope.

 


 Franchesca Smallwood, Pilates Instructor

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 Jessica Wagner, Health Coach and Nutrition Counselor

Jessica received her training as a Certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition‘s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During her training, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative mind-body-spirit coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in natural nutrition, holistic health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and her knowledge of different dietary theories, she work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
 Jessica graduated in 2008 from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and also received a certificate in Health Counseling through The Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation at Teacher’s College Columbia University. Since 2008, she has counseled hundreds of individuals through their journey in healing and weight management through cleansing with whole foods. In 2009, she healed her diverticulitis and reversed her immediate need for gallbladder surgery. She has lost 15 pounds since living a natural whole foods lifestyle and she can help you do the same thing!

 Sheila Whiteman, Fitness Instructor, Physical Therapist, Pilates Teacher 

Sheila is a seasoned fitness instructor, teaching many formats including cardio kickboxing and Zumba.  Sheila  is a physical therapist by trade which allows her to tailor and modify programs the individual needs of each student.  Sheila’s credentials include the production of a long running fitness television show on local cable.  Pilates Plus had the pleasure of teaming with her to produce a Pilates show a few  years back! We welcome her to the studio and love that she offers another strength and endurance format to our offerings. Currently, Sheila has completed training for certification to teach Level I Pilates Mat and Reformer with the studio owner.


Alice Williams, Yoga Teacher dsc_0279

Alice has worked for Pilates Plus for the past two years–she brings over 40 years of Yoga practice to the mat and has been teaching Hatha Yoga for the past five years.  Alice is credentialed in a 200 hour Hatha Yoga program and is certified with the Yoga Alliance.  She is also certified in Yoga Nidra and prenatal yoga.  For Alice, Yoga is a way to find balance and stability–her purpose is to provide a basic understanding of postures, breath and meditation techniques that cultivate a creativity within.

Kendrick Weaver, Christian Meditation Leader, Consulting Hypnotistkendrick

Kendrick D. Weaver spends much of his time exploring the depths and dimensions of simplicity, silence, biblical meditation and prayer. His travels and research on Christian spirituality in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East have led him to deeper understandings of the spiritual path. He seeks to enrich communities through teaching the principles and practices of the early church.

He studied philosophy at American University and went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate in Christian Spirituality from Washington Theological Union. Rev. Weaver is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and the pastor of Union United Methodist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Kendrick’s passion for holistic healing led him to the practice of hypnosis. He trained under Jason Linett and is certified through the Tebbetts Parts Therapy Foundation and Alliance Self-Empowerment Inc. He is also a certified consulting hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Kendrick is the author of five books. His most recent work is entitled, Sleeping with God: A Biblical Guide to Christian Meditation.  He and his wife Lynnette reside in Upper Marlboro, MD.


Leanora Winters, Reflexologist and Qigong Teacher

Leanora Winters is a certified reflexologist, a Sekhem Seichim Reiki Master, a Spring Forest Qigong practitioner and a DNA Theta Technique practitioner. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, a M.S. in Government and is an Ed. D. candidate in Higher Education Administration. She is a retired U. S. Army lieutenant colonel, an ordained minister, an Astarian, a Native American Sundancer, member CEO Space, and a worldwide traveler.


Sandra Wiseman, Energy Enthusiast

Sandra Wiseman has been involved in alternative forms of healing since the early 70s. After attending many workshops and retreats for Ayurvedic healing during the 70s and 80s, it became clear every person has untapped power within themselves to restore their health. Though these alternative forms of healing were available at that time, one had to search to find them. Through multiple synchronicities, her quest for personal wellness led her in the 90s to her first introduction to energy medicine, to forms of Chinese healing techniques, and most recently to Donna Eden. Donna has taught some 50,000 people worldwide, both laypeople and professionals, how to understand the body as an energy system. Sandra was fortunate to attend a workshop this past January with Donna Eden in Costa Rica. The information learned at this workshop is the basis of the Energy Healing Workshop being offered at Pilates Plus Wellness Center.

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