We at Marathon align with the best instructors to ensure that your needs are uniquely met. Meet Team MP!
ANISSA POLLARD - CPI and Owner
Anissa is a dedicated mother of 2 daughters, a faithful dog, Roxy and a mystical kitty, Esme. As an ardent cross trainer, Anissa is results driven in her workout and movement practice and is an avid fan of Pilates, Barre, Spin.
Anissa came to Pilates after developing crippling back pain post-pregnancy. She states, “Pilates healed my body physically, mentally and emotionally [and] it continues to be the answer to all my body’s inquiries.” Experiencing the healing and strengthening benefits of Pilates, Anissa completed her Pilates education through Balanced Body and became a Certified Pilates Instructor. In 2014, she opened Marathon Pilates 12 South and has since dedicated her life to helping others heal through the fundamental Pilates Principles. Her desire to help others and create more spaces for people to experience the benefits of Pilates led her to expand and open Marathon Pilates East in 2017 where she partnered with bWELL Corrective Massage and P3 Physical Therapy.
Anissa provides a strong, results driven Pilates foundation to address client needs and goals. She and a village of talented, amazing people work to serve and pass along the methodology of Joseph Pilates’ life’s work.
HANNAH BLAYLOCK WAKEFIELD - CPI and General Manager
Marathon Pilates & bWELL Corrective Massage
Hannah Wakefield is the General Manager of Marathon Pilates and oversees the behind-the-scenes aspects of both studio locations as well as bWELL Corrective Massage (which is a part our Eastside location). She enjoys facilitating a consistently superior experience for every client in our community.
Hannah is passionate about all things health and wellness and treatment for true healing and has discovered that Pilates is one of the most universally healing activities that has ever been created. Growing up in Alaska then Arkansas, she spent a lot of time horse back riding, hiking, canoeing, camping, rock climbing etc. She moved to Nashville for music and spent years in search of treatments and movement activities that would give her the rebalancing she needed from the immobilities and degeneration of the road and urban life. She first discovered Pilates on tour and quickly realized she had found what she had been looking for. She got off the road to immediately dove in completing her 600 hour certification at Wellbody Pilates.
She believes strongly in Pilates because of its ability to prevent pain and decline through rebalancing and improving efficiency of movement in the body. “It is the best and only practice I have found that can heal and help literally anyone live an effervescent life at any age or activity level.” She is honored to bring her upbeat and nurturing nature to assist on her clients journeys in that venture.
LINDSEY BAYLOR - BBI and Marketing and Communications Manager
Marathon Pilates & bWELL Corrective Massage
Lindsey’s Pilates journey began in college and it could not have come at a better time. Growing up, Lindsey struggled with tight hips and hamstrings and took dance in high school to improve her strength and mobility. Wanting to try something new, she signed up for a Pilates course at Belmont University, hoping that it could help her the way that dance had. She quickly noticed improvements in her strength and flexibility and fell in love with the practice. Seeing the benefits of Pilates firsthand, Lindsey decided to pursue Pilates Instructor training under Balanced Body Master Instructor, David Gensheimer. Lindsey loves working with her clients and teaching others about the benefits of Pilates.
Lindsey’s approach to teaching is energetic, approachable and inclusive. She’s encouraging and gives a challenging workout providing modifications as needed to ensure successful movement experiences for all.
MYSTI MEESE - CPI and Operations Manager
Marathon Pilates & bWELL Corrective Massage
Mysti Meese started taking Pilates at the age of eight. Being the daughter of avid cyclists, she loved biking but quickly develop tight hamstrings that gave her knee pain at a young age. She was then introduced into Pilates by her mother, who had Mysti take classes with her to improve flexibility, strength, and alignment. Mysti instantly fell in love with Pilates through classes under Cody Welch and Michelle Tyler Heines. She grew up knowing that applying the Pilates principles through constantly working to balance out muscles groups, strengthen core, and perfect alignment aids in every form of fitness. She believes adding Pilates into any fitness regimen will help keep one safe from injury and maximize optimal body results. She became a Pilates instructor though Balanced Body, training under Master Instructor David Gensheimer. She is a PMA certified Pilates Instrutor.
Mysti is a native Texan that graduated from Belmont University with a Public Relations degree and a minor in Education. She went on to work in the music industry for a few years before wanting to add a positive healthy balance to her lifestyle and to help others find that balance through Pilates.
EMILY BARBEE - CPI
Emily became a certified Pilates instructor at the age of eighteen, just prior to moving to NYC to train with the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet School for two years. In 2009, soon after returning to Nashville, she suffered a spinal injury that resulted in severe scoliosis, multiple relapses, and disintegrating hopes for a career in dance. The next year she providentially discovered Balanced Body University, and under the mentorship of Erin Myers, became fully certified in their approach to rehabilitative training and anatomical application.
Her personal restoration fuels her profound empathy and intuitive insights for those in pain, and she has experienced great fulfillment in inspiring hope, strength, and joy through movement in her clients. Her exuberance, mastery of technique, and deep faith in our bodies capacity to heal are essential elements in the training she provides.
TAMARA TWEEDY - CPI
Tamara Tweedy grew up here in Nashville, exploring all kinds of movement from basketball to ballet. She attended drama school at Boston University (BFA) and Alabama Shakespeare Festival (MFA) with particular interest in all aspects of physical expression (circus skills, Commedia del’Arte, combat, period movement). Tamara trained for Pilates with the Center for Movement (classical) and with Daniel Giel at the Movement Salon in New York City. She continues her education in bodywork with various workshops (most notably with Irene Dowd). Tamara has taught in New York City (Mind Your Body, Movement Salon, Back in the Game Physical Therapy, Center for Movement, private house calls) as well as in Scarsdale, NY, Sag Harbor, NY, and Paris, France (Element). Her Manhattan studio, Power In Motion, LLC was established in the mid-2000’s and later sold.
Tamara left the bright lights of New York City and returned to the homeland in June of 2014. Happily, she found a “home” at Marathon.
SIRKKA WOOD - CPI
Sirkka is a graduate of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado where she grew up and also received a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a young dancer, Sirkka sustained a hip injury that required surgery at the age of 18. Discovering Pilates and her new found passion for anatomy and the bodies amazing abilities to heal lead to a full recovery and a continued pursuit of her dance career. She was certified as a Pilates instructor in 1995.
In 1996, she moved to NYC to teach Pilates at Hila Pauldi’s UBC Studio and scholarship to study dance with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. The she also continued to study movement with legendary teachers such as Irene Dowd, Kelly Kane of the Kane School of Core Integration, and Robin Janis and Kevin Gardener of the Iyengar Institute. She taught anatomy and repertoire for the Kane School training program in years 2000-2002.
Sirkka and her husband moved to upstate NY in 2001. There she joined The Moving Body in Woodstock, NY where she had a practice for 12 years as well as being the primary repertoire teacher for The Moving Body Teacher Training.
Sirkka brings over 20 years teaching experience for persons of all ages and abilities. She has a passion for exploring new ways to mobilize and strengthen the body and uses a creative approach to teaching as well as a deep knowledge of the traditional Pilates method.
LINDSEY RAE - BBI
Lindsey Rae’s personal experience training and teaching dance, aerial arts, flexibility, and calisthenics has shaped how she connects with Pilates and structures her classes.
Lindsey Rae is a Balanced Body trained instructor. She also teaches/has taught Fly Gym aerial fitness, flexibility, and pole classes at The Chrome Bar. In Lindsey Rae’s classes you can expect flowy, centering warm-ups, creative and challenging class content that builds strength and stability, flexy cool-downs, and thoughtfully composed playlists that move along with you. You’ll leave her classes feeling revitalized, mobile, accomplished, empowered, enhanced body awareness, strong, grounded, toned, and energized.
KIM HOLT - CPI
Kim fell in love with Pilates while receiving her MFA in dance choreography and performance at Florida State University. While attending FSU, she studied kinesiology and Pilates under Tom Welsh. In 2008 she received her Pilates certification through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) under the direction of Karen Clippinger. Before attending graduate school, she worked as a dance teacher, choreographer and performer for several schools and companies. She has continued to teach a variety of dance classes, barre classes, circuit classes and Pilates throughout the southeast. Kim has a love for movement and a love for teaching. She enjoys helping her clients reach new goals while gaining a deeper understanding of body awareness and body mechanics.
LISA BROWN - CPI, LMT
Lisa is the owner of bWELL Corrective Massage, (a partner company of Marathon Pilates East) and has over 20 years experience in Massage Therapy and Pilates. Lisa has studied and developed many bodywork tools over the years such as: trigger point, mayo fascial, postural correction, neuromuscular, prenatal and has experience as a doula. She exceeds in pelvic, hip and shoulder work and is magical at building a booty.
After experiencing years of chronic back pain from an injury, Lisa began taking private sessions in Pilates and found that after a month’s time she no longer experienced pain. She became a Certified Pilates Instructor and is now a Master Instructor through Balanced Body.
With Pilates and bodywork combined, bWELL Corrective Massage provides a custom massage and looks at clients as a whole, working to understand not only the current condition of the body but also the condition of the body once the client leaves their session. As a trained movement and Pilates practitioner, Lisa’s sessions give clients exercises and techniques they can use at home to release tension or help strengthen under active muscles that might be contributing to pain.
HEATHER HEROD COLE - MS, PT, COMT, CPI
Heather Herod Cole minored in Business Administration while earning her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. She has extensive post-graduate experience in orthopedics, manual therapy and dance medicine, including completing the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries “Principles of Dance Medicine” curriculum. She is certified in orthopedic manual physical therapy via Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. Heather is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Orthopedics section & Performing Arts Special Interest Group, and is an advanced clinical instructor of the APTA. Heather is also a member of International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and serves on the executive committee of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health. She is the official physical therapist for New Dialect, a professional contemporary dance company, and Fall, an aerial company, in Nashville.
Heather earned her rehabilitation-based certification in Pilates in March 2012 via Polestar Pilates and is an instructor trainer/educator for Polestar Pilates. She is trained in STOTT PILATES Level 1 Intensive Comprehensive program. Combining Pilates into her physical therapy practice had been a long-term goal of Heather’s and is what motivated her to start a practice that combined both modalities.