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, Owner, Pilates Plus Wellness Center

Susan Spangler has dedicated 20 years of her professional life to advanced training in health and wellness disciplines. She is committed to sharing these learnings with her clients to help them achieve their personal goals.

“My personal and professional passion is helping others lead healthy, balanced lives through nutrition, cooking, fitness, and joy.” ~Susan Spangler, Owner, Pilates Plus Wellness Center

Susan’s approach to guiding her clients is multifaceted, with formal training and expertise in numerous aspects of holistic wellness.

With regard to food and nutrition, Susan is graduate of the internationally credentialed Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program and offers her clients health coaching, meal planning, recipe development, and cooking classes.

Regarding physical fitness, Susan leads classes in Pilates, Bellicon Trampoline MOVE training, and yoga, the latter of which include yoga therapy for body balance. Her credentials include:

  • Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Nationally Certified Instructor certifications and Peak Pilates PPS I, PPSII, and PPSIII and Level 1 & 2 chair and Barrel 1 & 2 certifications.
  • Bellicon Academy trampoline certification for Bellicon MOVE classes.
  • Fifteen years of training in yoga teaching and yoga therapy, including Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Certified Christian Yoga Teacher (CCYT) certifications and specialized training as a YAMUNA® body rolling practitioner with master body sustainability teacher Yamuna Zake.

Susan also holds a Consulting Hypnotist certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists.

In addition to her work at Pilates Plus, Susan also works for Kula for Karma, an international Yoga organization that teaches Yoga to first responders suffering from addiction and PTSD.

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.

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


LaToya Asher, DPT, Pilates Instructor

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Education

LaToya S. Asher has practiced physical therapy for 13 years. She received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2004 from the University of Maryland Baltimore and a few years later she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2007.  Dr. Asher is a dedicated life learner and has taken many continuing education courses that include Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars that focus on peripheral & orthopedic manual therapy and Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute to evaluate and treat Sacroiliac Joint and Pelvic Ring.  Dr. Asher also holds a Certification for Kinesio Taping and has completed the Integrative Dry Needling Foundation Course – Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Rehabilitation.

The Perfect Union: Rehabilitative Pilates

In the summer of 2001 Dr. Asher was introduced to Pilates through Polestar Comprehensive Pilates Curriculum at the exact time she entered PT school. She made the difficult choice to postpone her studies of the Pilates method and focus on PT school. Over a decade later, after practicing PT for nearly 6 years she returned to Polestar and earned a Rehabilitation Pilates Practitioner Certificate in 2015. Dr. Asher immediately felt the chemistry between Pilates and PT and her physical therapy practice shifted to a synergistic relationship between the two that transformed how she would use the Pilates Method repertoire to do meaningful neuromuscular work to rehabilitate movement dysfunction.

A Unique Integrative Approach to physical therapy

Dr. Asher’s personal history of chronic orthopedic injuries combined with a methodical treatment approach within the Pilates Based PT model offers patients a greater opportunity to make a critical improvement in their body’s physical performance. Whether the goal is to alleviate pain, restore movement, build strength, or return to sports, she will collaborate with the patient and their health care team when necessary to get the patient well and beyond. Dr. Asher is dedicated to developing herself as a health practitioner and when she isn’t practicing PT, training Pilates, or mentoring, then she is constantly being led to find additional avenues to help her patients and clients prime the body to heal itself.  She is currently enrolled in IIN Health Coaching Program as she believes in treating the whole person.

Community

When she is not at the studio, Dr. Asher and her husband Cliff are enjoying raising two beautiful girls Logan & Clarke-Baylie. She also enjoys snuggling with the newest member of the family their Cavapoo Zen, exercising, listening to music, hearing girls sing, and exploring new foods.


 John Baylor, Tai Chi Master

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 education 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.


Jandel Benjamin, Massage Therapist

Jandel Benjamin is a licensed massage therapist from the National Massage Therapy Institute, as well as obtaining a Master of Science degree in nutrition/food science from Hunter College. Jandel is trained in multiple types of massage to allow for maximum relaxation that meets the needs of her clients.


Dr. Natalie Boulware, Naturopathic M.D

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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

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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.”


Mara Collinson, Yoga & Yoga Nidra Instructor, Bellicon Trampoline Instructor, Pilates Instructor

Mara has been cultivating her own yoga practice for over ten years and completed her 200 hour RYT training in Hatha Yoga in 2016; she is registered with Yoga Alliance.   In addition, Mara completed a 60-hour training program in Yoga Nidra in 2018 and encourages all yoga students to try this modality.  

In addition to her Yoga training, Mara completed the Bellicon Trampoline Academy in 2018, and her level One Pilates Certification through Peak Pilates as of 2019! Mara is always looking to learn grow and develop her skills and teaching styles to bring a unique style to each and every client!

Mara is frequently requested for our offsite events with corporate and community partners; she has served as a Yoga Ambassador with the International Association of Fire Fighters–delivering weekly yoga class to fire fighters in need; She has also worked with cooperate businesses and colleges to bring yoga to the community.  If you don’t see Mara on the Yoga Mat, in the Pilates room, or the Bellicon Trampoline, she is enjoying time outside with her husband and puppy, cultivating her personal practice, and spending time with family.


Tom Cong, Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine

Tom Cong (M.Ac., L.Ac., M.A., C.C.S.) , Licensed Acupuncturist, Co-Owner and Clinical Director of his own studio in Bethesda, MD.

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:

  • Credentialed in exercise science and practices sports therapy for 11 years prior to his acupuncture career
  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (4 years), post-graduate Chinese Herbal Certification with clinical internship (2 years)
  • Doctor 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.


Veronica Englert, Pilates and Yoga Instructor, 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 .


Tere Erdmann-Hubler, Pilates Instructor, MELT Instructor

Tere has been a student of ballet and movement for over 35 years! After graduating from University of Maryland,  Pilates came into her life and chose to journey toward  instructor certification. Tere is a certified Peak PilateSystem-Professional Comprehensive teacher–this is the highest possible Peak PilateSystem certification requiring a minimum of 476 hour program with successful assessment on the Mat, Reformer, Tower, Chairs, Barrels and auxiliary equipment. Tere is also certified in the MELT Method, a gentle, self-care method using soft foam rollers and soft balls.  She will be offering MELT private sessions as well as group classes at PPWC.


Tomara Moses, Yoga Instructor, Bellicon Trampoline Instructor

Tomara (Tommy) is certified in Spin, Soul Barre, and Yoga. She completed her 200 hour yoga certification with Thrive Yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She recently completed the Bellicon Trampoline Academy and is currently teaching weekly trampoline classes and Everybody Yoga Express! She is currently pursuing training in Booty Barre; you will love any class you take with her!



Susan Neal, CPR 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!


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.


 Alice Williams, Yoga Instructor

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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 Hypnotist

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 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.


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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