Millie O'Brien 

BA, MA, PMA

Owner/Master Instructor

Millie started her Pilates career in Bellingham, WA while in graduate school. She found Pilates to be the most well-rounded and challenging practice that she has ever found. Having been a runner for most her life, Pilates helped to both enhance and repair the stress running had caused to her body. In 2003 and 2005, Millie became certified through the Physical Mind Institute and Polestar Pilates.

After moving to Oregon in 2006, Millie opened Verve Pilates Studio. During her years in Oregon, Millie began taking Movement Medicine Courses through Balanced Body University with Nora St. John. These courses have guided Millie and help to bring a different approach and practice to her Pilates instruction, one that takes every individual and every body into consideration when creating a Pilates program.

In 2013 Millie moved to the Central Valley and is now opening Verve Pilates Studio of Fresno. Millie wants to bring her passion for making Pilates approachable to everyone to Fresno. Bringing awareness to her clients' biomechanics and movement patterns as well as bringing a contemporary approach to traditional Pilates exercises Millie believes Pilates can become a lifelong pursuit.

Millie became a Master Teacher Trainer through Balanced Body Pilates in 2014 and is now offering Pilates Reformer, Mat, Apparatus ,Anatomy in 3-D and Bodhi Suspension System teacher certifications.

Millie offers highly specialized Private sessions for those with special conditions including but not limited to: Scoliosis, SI Joint Dysfunction, Bulging Discs, Spondylolysthesis, Stenosis, Osteoporosis, Piriformis Syndrome, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Undiagnosed Back Pain, Tendonitis, and Arthritis. 

Physical Mind Institute 2003

Polestar Pilates 2005

PMA Certified 2013

Balanced Body Teacher Trainer 2014

 

 

 

Kristen Freeland

Certified Pilates Instructor (Reformer, Mat and Apparatus)

Certified Bodhi Suspension System Instructor

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Kristen discovered Pilates through her background in dance and received her Pilates training through Teri Steele in 2007 and Ellie Herman in 2010 in New York City. Since then, she has taught private clients and mixed level groups in various settings in New York and California. Now she is excited to begin teaching in her hometown of Fresno!
Particularly interested in the rehabilitative aspects of exercise, she also has experience as a Physical Therapy Aide at established outpatient clinics and currently works in the acute care setting. 

Kristen has experience working with a variety of Pilates clients, from those recovering from injury to dancers, athletes and everyone in between.

She enjoys helping her clients challenge themselves and be more present in how they live in their body, to truly help others improve upon their physical, mental and emotional health.




 

Millie O'Brien

Millie O'Brien

Lauren Yengoyan

BA, PMA

Certified Pilates Instructor (Reformer and Mat and Apparatus)

Certified Bodhi Suspension System Instructor

In 2007 Lauren returned home to Fresno to work for her family’s Design Build Construction Firm. A competitive equestrian on the hunter/jumper circuit, Lauren decided to leave her horses at a Northern California training facility, freeing up time only on weekends for her to practice. Seeking an exercise program that would keep her physically strong and mentally sharp when she was not riding, Lauren started taking regular Pilates sessions. Quickly she was hooked. In 2015, Lauren decided to embark on obtaining Pilates Reformer, Pilates Mat and Bodhi certification through Balanced Body.

Taught by Verve Pilates of Fresno Studio Owner and Master Instructor, Millicent O’Brien, Lauren’s appreciation and knowledge of both classical and contemporary Pilates has become even greater. Lauren enjoys assisting clients in continuing their personal practice and introducing new clients to the world of Pilates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Stephanie Mangrum

Certified Pilates Instructor (Reformer, Mat Apparatus)

Certified Bodhi Suspension System Instructor

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BA, PMA

Stephanie has been a certified Pilates Instructor for 10 years. She received her certification and worked in LA for the last 9 years. Her certification comes from Whole Body Gallery in Los Angeles. She loves working with her clients and finding exercises and routines to challenge them. She also loves working and is able to work with clients with injuries to help them have a better quality of life as well as get them moving pain free again.

Being and avid lifelong learner, Stephanie went back to school to receive her BA in Kinesiology. This only helps Stephanie to be the best at what she does with an intimate knowledge of the body and how it performs.

Lauren Yengoyan

Lauren Yengoyan