Our Team

Happy Body has positive, energetic, motivated, inquisitive, community-oriented and compassionate instructors and practitioners on its team. We are confident you will receive the highest quality care, attention, and instruction from all of our practitioners. We are comfortable scheduling you interchangeably across our exceptional team, knowing that there are often optimal matches of personality and approach. We advocate experiencing the diversity of styles available in our studio as you deepen and expand your movement awareness. We are ready to help you enjoy actively cultivating happiness in your body! 


 
  Jessica Mark -  Ortho-Bionomy® Advanced Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Owner  Jessica Mark’s greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.” Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis®, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.

Jessica Mark - Ortho-Bionomy® Advanced Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Owner

Jessica Mark’s greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.” Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis®, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.

  Richard Mark -  Personal Assistant  Richard's greatest love is assisting Jessica ensuring all of her needs and wants are met at all times.  

Richard Mark - Personal Assistant

Richard's greatest love is assisting Jessica ensuring all of her needs and wants are met at all times.  

 

 
  Mary Beth Chandler  - Pilates Instructor  Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program. Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.

Mary Beth Chandler - Pilates Instructor

Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program. Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.

  Kara Dillow  - Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist  Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life. Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist, LMBT# 5309, in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area. Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey, of Power Pilates out of New York City, and became comprehensively certified on all equipment. Kara opened a small studio in northeast PA and then joined forces with her wonderful colleague Maryanne Ruby to open a larger studio in the same area. They discovered that age and ability were nullified when it came to having passion for happy, healthy minds and bodies. Kara has now recovered from having two wonderful children and is inspired to teach people how truly amazing the human body is. She is humbled to share how it is never too late to start moving, to feel good, and to love your body, whatever form it comes in.

Kara Dillow - Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist

Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life. Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist, LMBT# 5309, in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area. Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey, of Power Pilates out of New York City, and became comprehensively certified on all equipment. Kara opened a small studio in northeast PA and then joined forces with her wonderful colleague Maryanne Ruby to open a larger studio in the same area. They discovered that age and ability were nullified when it came to having passion for happy, healthy minds and bodies. Kara has now recovered from having two wonderful children and is inspired to teach people how truly amazing the human body is. She is humbled to share how it is never too late to start moving, to feel good, and to love your body, whatever form it comes in.

  Paige Gilchrist -  Yoga Instructor  Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world..

Paige Gilchrist - Yoga Instructor

Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world..

  Nathalie Claes -  Yoga Instructor  Nathalie found her yoga roots whilst working as an environmental educator on a remote corner of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It was here that she felt a sense of grounding like never before, and experienced the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Since then she has taught yoga to backpackers in Sweden, inner city office workers in London, and now a wide array of students in Asheville.   Deeply inspired by the natural world, her classes are a slow and juicy flow, integrating alignment, balance, core work and breathing techniques interwoven with Ayurveda and the five elements. She also loves working with clients one on one, empowering you to connect into a sense of wholeness and well-being. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and leads outdoor yoga events with her brand, Inner Wild Yoga. 

Nathalie Claes - Yoga Instructor

Nathalie found her yoga roots whilst working as an environmental educator on a remote corner of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It was here that she felt a sense of grounding like never before, and experienced the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Since then she has taught yoga to backpackers in Sweden, inner city office workers in London, and now a wide array of students in Asheville. 

Deeply inspired by the natural world, her classes are a slow and juicy flow, integrating alignment, balance, core work and breathing techniques interwoven with Ayurveda and the five elements. She also loves working with clients one on one, empowering you to connect into a sense of wholeness and well-being. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and leads outdoor yoga events with her brand, Inner Wild Yoga. 


  Renee Giles  - Pilates Instructor  Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center in 2008. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.

Renee Giles - Pilates Instructor

Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center in 2008. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.

  Christa Hebal  -Massage Therapist, Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner   Christa is passionate about living life in deep connection with nature, spirit, and community and loves helping others find ease, connection, and peace through bodywork and aromatherapy. She has studied and practiced massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. Inspired through her studies of traditional indigenous healing modalities and ethnobotany, she earned her B. S. in Anthropology and followed her heart to volunteer abroad and learn directly from diverse cultures.  She came back to her roots in these mountains in 2000 and graduated from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy.  She is a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, Certified in Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, and Vedic Thai Massage. She most recently became an Ortho-Bionomy® practitioner and is thrilled with her personal and professional evolution through this work. Christa’s bodywork sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of techniques, creatively honoring the unique individual that you are on all levels. She loves sharing the gifts of aromatherapy through custom blends during bodywork sessions, creating products, consultations, teaching, and combining the therapeutic benefits with yoga.  Christa’s highest purpose is to hold a safe space for connection, healing, and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening. LMBT#7047

Christa Hebal -Massage Therapist, Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner 

Christa is passionate about living life in deep connection with nature, spirit, and community and loves helping others find ease, connection, and peace through bodywork and aromatherapy. She has studied and practiced massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. Inspired through her studies of traditional indigenous healing modalities and ethnobotany, she earned her B. S. in Anthropology and followed her heart to volunteer abroad and learn directly from diverse cultures.  She came back to her roots in these mountains in 2000 and graduated from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy.

She is a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, Certified in Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, and Vedic Thai Massage. She most recently became an Ortho-Bionomy® practitioner and is thrilled with her personal and professional evolution through this work. Christa’s bodywork sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of techniques, creatively honoring the unique individual that you are on all levels. She loves sharing the gifts of aromatherapy through custom blends during bodywork sessions, creating products, consultations, teaching, and combining the therapeutic benefits with yoga.  Christa’s highest purpose is to hold a safe space for connection, healing, and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening. LMBT#7047

  Mallory Holmes  - Pilates Instructor  Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment.  Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE), is a certified Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®, and is a certified level 1 Gyrotonic® instructor. Other studies include Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend and TRX. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics. 

Mallory Holmes - Pilates Instructor

Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment.

Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE), is a certified Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®, and is a certified level 1 Gyrotonic® instructor. Other studies include Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend and TRX. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics. 

  Alex Moody  - Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner, Yoga Instructor  As an Ortho-Bionomy® practitioner and therapeutic yoga instructor, Alex Moody is passionate about providing these supports to help facilitate comfort, ease and self-awareness for her clients.  She specializes in acute and chronic pain management.  In her Ortho-Bionomy sessions, she provides education for self care exercises integrating therapeutic yoga and Ortho-Bionomy techniques.  This allows clients to see longer-term results as well as empowers them to understand and be in relationship with their pain.  She is adept at working with "highly sensing" clients since she has had chronic migraine pain in the past due to overwhelm in her nervous system.  She understands how to meet these clients with empathy and intuition so that they can move resiliently through life.    Alex Moody has lived in North Carolina for 14+ years and completed her 500 hr yoga therapeutics training at Asheville Yoga Center.  In her previous life, she majored in creative writing at Appalachian Sate University, achieved her master's in higher education administration from the University of Virginia, and was a career counselor for over 5 years.

Alex Moody - Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner, Yoga Instructor

As an Ortho-Bionomy® practitioner and therapeutic yoga instructor, Alex Moody is passionate about providing these supports to help facilitate comfort, ease and self-awareness for her clients.  She specializes in acute and chronic pain management.  In her Ortho-Bionomy sessions, she provides education for self care exercises integrating therapeutic yoga and Ortho-Bionomy techniques.  This allows clients to see longer-term results as well as empowers them to understand and be in relationship with their pain.  She is adept at working with "highly sensing" clients since she has had chronic migraine pain in the past due to overwhelm in her nervous system.  She understands how to meet these clients with empathy and intuition so that they can move resiliently through life.  

Alex Moody has lived in North Carolina for 14+ years and completed her 500 hr yoga therapeutics training at Asheville Yoga Center.  In her previous life, she majored in creative writing at Appalachian Sate University, achieved her master's in higher education administration from the University of Virginia, and was a career counselor for over 5 years.


  Ashton Peters  - Administrative Goddess  Ashton arrived in Asheville by way of Austin, Texas where her love of live music and tacos was born. After working in the hustle and bustle of the technology industry as an interaction designer, she moved to Asheville to be closer to family and explore a career focusing on embodiment and wellness. When she was introduced to Happy Body, it became clear that the compassionate community here and the opportunity to learn about Pilates, Yoga and Ortho-Bionomy as a path to wellness was a perfect fit! She is passionate about the power of mindfulness, body awareness and movement to change the brain, heal the body and create a healthier life. As Happy Body's administrator she hopes to keep things organized and running smoothly, aid staff in creating fun and educational workshops, discover new opportunities for community outreach and share the positive outlook and energy that Happy Body inspires!

Ashton Peters - Administrative Goddess

Ashton arrived in Asheville by way of Austin, Texas where her love of live music and tacos was born. After working in the hustle and bustle of the technology industry as an interaction designer, she moved to Asheville to be closer to family and explore a career focusing on embodiment and wellness. When she was introduced to Happy Body, it became clear that the compassionate community here and the opportunity to learn about Pilates, Yoga and Ortho-Bionomy as a path to wellness was a perfect fit! She is passionate about the power of mindfulness, body awareness and movement to change the brain, heal the body and create a healthier life. As Happy Body's administrator she hopes to keep things organized and running smoothly, aid staff in creating fun and educational workshops, discover new opportunities for community outreach and share the positive outlook and energy that Happy Body inspires!

  Anna Szymanski  - Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer   Anna has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high-intensity weightlifting workouts. She chose to carry this insatiable curiosity and passion for human movement into education, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science. When she began taking Pilates, she soon experienced the wonder of its transformative results for herself, specifically as Pilates helped toward correcting biomechanical movement patterns, promoting mind-body awareness, and making her into a stronger, more efficient athlete. Duly captivated by Pilates as the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, Anna obtained her instructor certification through PEAKin 2014.  Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise, and as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, in addition to being a full-time instructor of Health and Fitness Science at A-B Tech Community College. Anna uses a comprehensive and individualized approach from her extensive knowledge of human movement for her clients to allow them to move and perform optimally. A Michigan native who moved to Asheville from metro Detroit, Anna loves creating art, being in nature, and is a die-hard recreational competitor at local CrossFit-type events. Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!

Anna Szymanski - Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer 

Anna has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high-intensity weightlifting workouts. She chose to carry this insatiable curiosity and passion for human movement into education, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science. When she began taking Pilates, she soon experienced the wonder of its transformative results for herself, specifically as Pilates helped toward correcting biomechanical movement patterns, promoting mind-body awareness, and making her into a stronger, more efficient athlete. Duly captivated by Pilates as the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, Anna obtained her instructor certification through PEAKin 2014.

Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise, and as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, in addition to being a full-time instructor of Health and Fitness Science at A-B Tech Community College. Anna uses a comprehensive and individualized approach from her extensive knowledge of human movement for her clients to allow them to move and perform optimally. A Michigan native who moved to Asheville from metro Detroit, Anna loves creating art, being in nature, and is a die-hard recreational competitor at local CrossFit-type events. Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!

  Graham Wesley  -  RH, AHG    Through ancient traditions of holistic medicine, Graham offers holistic consultations, sessions, and classes to support truly whole and integrative well being. Her work is inspired by a deep relationship with the natural world and commitment to the possibility of full and vital living through this relationship. Graham is an integrative practitioner, offering her experience as a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, stone medicine practitioner and holistic healing educator.  Through formal studies at Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, Clarity Stone Medicine, Xavier University, and beyond, she’s widened the applications of earth medicine through deep ecology, energy work, subtle bodywork, embodiment, meditation and yoga. She integrates these disciplines along with her own intimate relationship with the earth and earth allies to offer experiences that widen perspective while sustaining grounded support along the healing journey. In addition to traditional herbal consultations, Graham holds space in workshop, ceremony, stone consultations, and stone and energy sessions to cultivate holistic well being and deep healing. She creates a welcoming, open-minded and heart-centered environment for going deep and opening into the wisdom of connection. Graham joined the Happy Body team as an instructor for Outreach Yoga in 2012 and treasures the generous, welcoming, and intentional space the community offers to support truly whole wellness.

Graham Wesley RH, AHG

Through ancient traditions of holistic medicine, Graham offers holistic consultations, sessions, and classes to support truly whole and integrative well being. Her work is inspired by a deep relationship with the natural world and commitment to the possibility of full and vital living through this relationship. Graham is an integrative practitioner, offering her experience as a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, stone medicine practitioner and holistic healing educator.

Through formal studies at Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, Clarity Stone Medicine, Xavier University, and beyond, she’s widened the applications of earth medicine through deep ecology, energy work, subtle bodywork, embodiment, meditation and yoga. She integrates these disciplines along with her own intimate relationship with the earth and earth allies to offer experiences that widen perspective while sustaining grounded support along the healing journey. In addition to traditional herbal consultations, Graham holds space in workshop, ceremony, stone consultations, and stone and energy sessions to cultivate holistic well being and deep healing. She creates a welcoming, open-minded and heart-centered environment for going deep and opening into the wisdom of connection. Graham joined the Happy Body team as an instructor for Outreach Yoga in 2012 and treasures the generous, welcoming, and intentional space the community offers to support truly whole wellness.

  Lori Starr  - Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor  Lori has been a Massage Therapist and Bodywork practitioner since 1994.  Her years of experience have allowed her to experience many types of people and personalities with a variety of abilities and disabilities. As an empath, she has been able to hone her skills of discovery that help her in determining underlying complaints.  Education has been a lifelong pursuit and she holds a B.A in Sociology from Arizona State University along with a multitude of other educational experience including Teaching, Life Coaching, Yoga, Massage Therapy and Nursing.  Lori is a Certified Yoga instructor, A licensed Massage Therapist, A Life Coach, and a Health Coach. LMBT# 08015   

Lori Starr - Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Lori has been a Massage Therapist and Bodywork practitioner since 1994.  Her years of experience have allowed her to experience many types of people and personalities with a variety of abilities and disabilities. As an empath, she has been able to hone her skills of discovery that help her in determining underlying complaints.

Education has been a lifelong pursuit and she holds a B.A in Sociology from Arizona State University along with a multitude of other educational experience including Teaching, Life Coaching, Yoga, Massage Therapy and Nursing.

Lori is a Certified Yoga instructor, A licensed Massage Therapist, A Life Coach, and a Health Coach. LMBT# 08015