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

Pilates Plus Wellness Center owner, Susan Spangler 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. Additionally, 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 with Yahweh Yoga in Chandler, Arizona.

Susan is enrolled in Yoga Therapy Training with Body Balance Yoga–all of her yoga classes include yoga therapy. Susan is working for an international Yoga organization called Kula for Karma and currently teaches Yoga to populations suffering from addiction and PTSD. Susan’s relationship with Kula is growing and she hopes to do more to help in this community.

In addition to her Pilates and yoga credentials, Susan is a Consulting Hypnotist, certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists and is currently enrolled in the internationally credentialed Institute for Integrative Nutrition‘s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During her training, she will study 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. Susan is passionate about the need to connect the community with local farmers/growers.  Raw foods is a passion for Susan; she is a Level II Raw Chef and has studied under the guidance of Alyssa Cohen’s program.  She loves to create and invent dishes to share with clients and family.  Her job is made easy because her husband of over 30 years provides beautiful organic fruits and vegetables to support her cooking passion.

Susan Spangler, owner of Pilates Plus Wellness Center, receives the 2016 Woman of Achievement award from the Southern Prince George’s Business and Professional Women group


Susan was named 2016 Woman of Achievement by the by the Southern Prince George’s Business and Professional Women group. This award recognizes the contributions of working women to the workplace and our community.


LaToya Asher, DPT, Pilates instructor

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

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.

Jae Sook Cohen, Therapeutic Reflexologist

jae2Jae 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.”

 Mara Collinson, Yoga Teacher

Mara has been cultivating her own yoga practice for over ten years and completed her 200 hour RYT training in Hatha Yoga; she is registered with Yoga Alliance. Mara has taught teachers and staff in multiple Anne Arundel and Calvert County public schools, introducing natural de-stressing techniques through breath work and alignment based instruction.  Mara feels everyone has something valuable to share, and enjoys learning from others while sharing her passion for yoga. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to create a positive atmosphere where all levels of yoga practitioners can develop basic yoga poses at their own pace while incorporating body and breath awareness in each practice. Mara is excited to encourage students to slow down in our fast-paced world cultivating a focus on their own health and well being.

Tom Cong, Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine

Tom Cong, Licensed Acupuncturist, Co-Owner and Clinical Director (M.Ac., L.Ac., M.A., C.C.S.)

For 15 years, Tom has been an innovative health and fitness professional, empowering people to engage life mindfully. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, Tom worked as a fitness director and nationally certified master trainer for a large health club chain in the DC metropolitan area. After years of rewarding experience in helping people with various fitness levels reach their goals, Tom developed a unique and integrated approach, emphasizing both structural and energetic aspects of conditioning. His goal is to help you re-connect with your inner nature, to cultivate your potential for optimum fitness without mindless exertions or injuries. Embraced by a relentless spirit to move beyond the mere mechanics of conventional fitness to a profound capacity in whole person holistic healing, Tom completed his Master of Acupuncture Degree from the Tai Sophia Institute of the Healing Arts after 4 years of rigorous study and clinic residency.

Tom’s background includes:
1) Credentialed in exercise science and practiced sports therapy for 11 years prior to acupuncture career;
2) Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (4 years), Post-Graduate Chinese Herbal Certification with Clinical Internship (2years);
    Doctor’s of Oriental Medicine (2016) with research emphasis in Evidence Based Practice.
12 years practice in Oriental medicine with emphasis on acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Qigong and vibrational energetic healing, sports medicine, and injury rehabilitation.
Tom’s passion is to assist clients in cultivating their virtues of healing naturally through the liberation of their hearts and souls; in his practice, each patient is encouraged to be an active participant of daily healing activities by tapping into personal divine energy field to manifest instantaneous healing.  Tom is committed to provide the highest quality clinical care by providing personal attention to each client.  He incorporates a unique synergy of methodologies based on empirical and evidence-based medical principles to help clients experience life-changing shifts.

 Caroline Dabbs, Office Manager

Caroline attends the College of Southern Maryland and is studying business.  She is really the FACE of Pilates Plus, handling our phones and new clients. She travels to Corporate events with Susan and has become an integral part of our nutrition program.  Caroline is gifted in communication and makes sure that the studio is fresh, tidy, and organized!  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.  Bradley is currently enrolled in Yoga training and will soon be delivering our custom brand of Yogilates classes.  Bradely lives in Southern Maryland and is pursuing a degree in Film and his passion for music simultaneously.

Veronica Englert, Pilates and Yoga Teacher, Thai Massage Therapist


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!

Deborah Enriquez, Yoga and Barre Instructor

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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.

 Sherrell Moore-Tucker, Christian Yoga Instructor

Sherrell began her yoga journey in 2008, while in search of a holistic tools for her diagnosis of arthritis as recommended by her doctor while serving in the Army. With a consistent yoga practice she began to experience less pain and more freedom in her body and mind. With a desire to explore yoga on a deeper level she enrolled in a level 1 yoga certification program in 2010 and began to teach yoga to her family and friends. Sharing yoga and meditation ignited a passion in her that made her feel alive and present. So a few years later she pursued and completed her 200-hour Hatha & Vinyasa certifications.

Always a student, Sherrell has completed various training and studies in Thai Yoga Bodywork, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Depression, Yoga for Sleep, Natural Health, and Christian meditation.  Recently, Sherrell completed  a Yoga for Trauma program to help those who would like to use yoga and meditation as holistic tools to assist with healing from health and social trauma.

 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)

Dan Nguyen has been in practice since 1973 and been working with Pilates Plus Wellness Center for almost a decade!  He has worked with patients to solve very hard/hopeless cases–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.

Cory Scoggins, Therapeutic Reflexologist

Cory L. Scoggins is a 34 year veteran in the Health and Fitness Industry, who previously served in the United States Navy as a Corpsman (Medic), and Naval Fitness Coordinator.  Scoggins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University. He also holds certifications in Personal Training, Advanced Weight Training, Therapeutic Reflexology, Therapeutic Breathology, Reiki, Kinesio Taping, Arthritis Foundation, and Senior Fitness.

 Franchesca Smallwood, Pilates Instructor

Franchesca is a rising star at Pilates Plus!  Franchesca is certified in the Peak Pilates System I and is currently enrolled in PPS II.  She has been certified under Debi Vincent, Master Instructor.  “Frannie” to us, also completed her Personal Training Certification and is currently teaching private Pilates lessons, group Pilates classes, Pilates Bootcamp classes and more!  Franchesca is not only certified thorough Peak Pilates but gained significant knowledge and experience by learning Pilates the old-fashioned way!  She studied with Susan for several months and learned by mentoring, observation, and practice–the way teachers learned when there was no formal program! We have high hopes for Franchesca and those clients who are already working with her give us rave reviews on a regular basis.

 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_0279Alice 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 Hypnotist

kendrick 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 Medicine Practitioner

Sandra 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 and to forms of Chinese healing techniques.  In an ongoing quest to understand the healing potential of energy systems in the body, she has been drawn to a number of healers.

After two years of extensive training with Donna Eden and InnerSource, Sandra became a certified Energy Medicine Practitioner.  Through this training that began nearly a decade ago, Sandra has learned to work with the nine energy systems of the body to help bring balance to individuals by removing energy blocks which thereby allows the body to heal itself.  She has received additional Energy Medicine training in fields related to Brain Health, Heart Health, Hormone Health, and Energy Psychology of Essential Oils. She has certification in Emotional Freedom Technque (EFT) and is past-president of BattleTap which was formed to use EFT to help warriors suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  She played an integral role in initiating a study by the Veterans Administration (VA) to use BattleTap/EFT to treat PTSD.  She is delighted that after many years of  examination, it has been approved as a treatment for veterans through the VA.
Sandra is also  certified as an Integral Qi Gong Practice Leader through the Institute of Qi Gong and Tai Chi (Roger Jahnke).  She has achieved her First and Second Degrees in Reiki Jin Kei Do, is certified in basic Bioenergy Healing with Mietek Wirkus (a Polish Bioenergy Practitioner), and has obtained certification at the practitioner level of the Clendenning Technique of energy healing with New Zealand healer Geoffrey Morell.
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