Intelligent exercise. Profound results. STOTT PILATES®


We are the STOTT PILATES® Licensed Education Facility for Nebraska. Our instructors are fully trained, enthusiastic and knowledgeable in Pilates as well as post-rehabilitation exercise.

Pilates Center of Omaha Instructors

Licensed Physical Therapist
STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer
Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Ashlee Richardson graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her professional interests include women’s health and orthopedics. She is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and Instructor Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine - Health Fitness Specialist, Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist and Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Ashlee has received continuing education in pelvic floor disorders and treatment through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and is a certified Total Control® Instructor which focuses on pelvic floor strengthening and wellness.  
Ashlee utilizes her extensive Pilates and Yoga knowledge with her clients and patients to emphasize posture and movement re-education, core stability and pelvic health.
In her free time Ashlee enjoys the outdoors and staying active through kayaking, bicycling, swimming, backpacking and camping with her husband and dog.  Her favorite snack is anything healthy she can blend up in her Vitamix!

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Beth sought out Pilates in order to work her body like an athlete without the impact and soreness in joints she would feel after typical weight training. After years of playing sports and feeling the effects, Pilates gave her an outlet to feel strong and flexible while building awareness of her posture and breathing.


Beth loves teaching Pilates because clients reap those same benefits; They gain strength and confidence in their bodies and learn the proper alignment of their spines, which many times help them improve the way they move throughout the day.


Her favorite snack is pretzels or grapes and she enjoys riding her bike, playing the piano or listening to music in her free time.

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Total Barre™ Instructor
ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Management Specialist
Pink Ribbon Program Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist 
Trained TRX Instructor

NETA Indoor Group Cycle Instructor

STOTT PILATES® Instructor JoAnn Smith has a B.A. in Special Education from William Paterson University located in New Jersey where she is originally from. She moved to Omaha after graduation to teach in the Omaha Public Schools system developing social and vocation skills for young adults with developmental disabilities.


JoAnn began practicing Pilates 12 years ago to help manage a low back issue. She started teaching Pilates shortly after seeing and feeling the physical benefits. She became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2011 and completed the Injuries and Special Populations training the following year.


Jo Ann has also completed the STOTT PILATES® Cadillac, Chair and Barrel, Total Barre™, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and ZEN•GA® instructor trainings. The most recent training was Aerial Silks and she has discovered that is a fun way to diversify a Pilates workout. She is pursing a goal of becoming a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor.


Her true Pilates passion is encouraging bereaved Moms to consider the value of Pilates work to manage and support the grief process.

Licensed Physical Therapist
Certified Polestar Pilates® Instructor
Certified Sportsmetics® ACL injury Prevention Instructor

Megan Freeman graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her professional interests include orthopedics and ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation. She is a fully certified Polestar Pilates® Instructor. Megan has been certified in Sportsmetics® ACL injury prevention, and has received continuing education in Pilates Rehabilitation in the Osteoporotic patient.

Megan utilizes her physical therapy background and Pilates training with her clients and patients to encourage healthy movement and optimize daily function and performance.


In her free time Megan enjoys running, walking her goldendoodle, and spending time with her husband, Matt and daughter, Samantha.

ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Pilates Unlimited Certified - All Equipment
Pilates Coach Certified Reformer & Mat
ESA Certified Pilates Mat
IDEA Specialty Training Certificate in Resistance Training
STOTT PILATES Injury and Special Population Trained
IDEA Trained in Structural Assessment
Trained in Assessing Core Function CHEK Institute

Amy graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan in Physical Education and Biology and The University of Nebraska in Omaha with a Master of Arts in Exercise Science. She began her fitness career as an intern in a corporate pharmaceutical facility writing exercise prescriptions, instructing group exercise classes, and nutritional counseling. Additional education Amy has received includes exercise programming for paraplegics and individuals with incontinence and osteoporosis.

Amy has extensive experience in teaching fitness with 29 years as a personal trainer and 15 years of teaching Pilates. Through this experience, Amy has worked with a variety of ages and levels from children to seniors and beginners to athletes. Amy ensures her clients receive well-rounded and challenging workouts with an emphasis on safety, so they feel good when they leave.

Sports have always been an important part of Amy’s life with participation in track and field, volleyball, cross country, basketball, dance, bowling, racquetball, tae kwon do, tennis, and golf. One of her biggest passions includes water skiing. She water skied semi-professionally for 14 years, touring all over the country. Amy’s other favorite activities include swimming, snow skiing, and figure skating. She has a passion for animals and loves running with her dog, playing with her cats and working with a local rescue to control animal breeding.
Her motto is: “Even though she plays a lot of high intensity sports, she believes in balance and the importance of including low impact/low intensity activity. People can be very fit and active with Pilates alone.”


Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Cathy Jewell has been a health and fitness professional for over 20 years and caught the STOTT PILATES® bug while at the 2000 World IDEA Fitness Convention where she took her first Pilates session with Moira. She is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, group exercise instructor, personal trainer and registered yoga instructor. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Health Education. She has been teaching at PCO for over 2 years. Cathy has always been involved in health and fitness from high school and intramural sports to taking group fitness classes and working out on her own. Her favorite activity is volleyball and enjoys Zumba, TRX, and yoga.


Cathy currently works as the Mindful Movement Coach at Sage Nutrition in Lincoln, working with individuals, partners and small groups in Pilates mat, reformer, yoga, TRX, strength training, and stress management. She also teaches Pilates Mat and Reformer classes at the Lincoln Athletic Club (formerly know as Lincoln Racquet Club). She worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for over 16 years most recently as the Movement Specialist with Counseling and Psychological Services and previously at Campus Recreation as Assistant Director of Fitness.


Cathy is originally from Council Bluffs and lives in Lincoln with her husband, 2 children, and their rescued dog, Dakota. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, reading and traveling. Her favorite snack is a trail mix from Trader Joe's.

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Studio Coordinator
Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Nancy was born and raised in Omaha. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha where she received her BSBA with an emphasis in marketing.

Nancy has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is a certified STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Group Fitness Instructor.


Nancy had always been active in sports and fitness. Therefore, it was only natural for her to be drawn to the fitness industry after a career with IBM and staying home to raise a family of five.


Bilateral hip replacement surgery put an end to her love of running. Nancy totally attributes her Pilates practice to her full and quick recovery. Today, she enjoys cycling, Barre, Pilates, spending time with family, friends, cooking and reading.


Favorite foods: Pretzels and apples, lemon oatmeal cookie and a cold fountain drink.

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Total Barre™ Instructor

Amy Himes, EdD is a Fully Certified Level 1 STOTT Pilates Instructor. She is trained in the areas of Mat, Reformer, Tower, Chairs, Barrels, Total Barre™ Foundations & L1, & CORE Foundations. Amy was originally drawn to Pilates in 2003 and she joined the Pilates Center of Omaha in 2012.


Amy earned a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 2018. She has worked in the field of education for more than 25 years. Amy's top five CliftonStrengths are: Learner, Intellection, Input, Achiever, and Responsibility. Amy believes in an education of mind, body, and spirit. Pilates is known for developing strength, flexibility, body awareness, and mindfulness. Amy believes the most important benefits of Pilates are an enhanced sense of strength, stability, balance, and resilience - both physically and mentally.


Along with teaching Pilates, Amy is a Curriculum and Instruction Facilitator for Millard Public Schools. She believes that each person deserves a world-class educational community that engages & challenges all members. Whether a person is learning about science, world languages, or Pilates, that person deserves a caring instructor and the best instructional environment possible.

Amy's husband, Tim Himes Sr., is Senior City Attorney for the City of Omaha. Amy & Tim have four children (two sons, Tim & Chris, and two daughters, Ann & Emma). They also have two rescued dogs from the Nebraska Humane Society.

Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Kickboxing Specialist
Counselor of Natural Health


Monae has always been interested in exercise and nutrition as a way of life. Growing up she excelled in sports and dance, and even ate healthy as a teenager! She remembers one summer day when she was about 16 years old, announcing to her parents and 3 sisters as they were all gardening, “this is the only body I get--I need to take care of it!” So, when she went to college it only made sense for her to study her passions--exercise and nutrition. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Nutrition and immediately began educating & motivating people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Kickboxing Specialist. She also has a Counselor of Natural Health degree through the College of Natural Health.


She competed in Cross Country and Track at the collegiate level during her 4 years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Also, while there, a campus ministry had a positive impact on her life and she vowed to give at least 1 year of her life back to a campus ministry. In 2002 she fulfilled this commitment and moved to Brussels, Belgium to work with university students. She liked it so much that she ended up staying 2 years instead of 1. Then, she moved to a small town in northern France and taught English in the public school system. While living abroad she got to share her expertise in fitness and nutrition by working one-on-one with college students and other adults. She even got to teach fitness classes in French.


Monae and her husband Phillip, along with their daughter Simone, are happy to call Omaha their home.
They frequent the farmer’s markets and health food stores to find organic and healthy choices, as well as tend a garden together where they grow many of their own veggies. Cooking healthy, gourmet, and in-season meals is a way they enjoy passing time together. They also love to be active together as a family. One of their favorite things to do is simply going on a walk and ending up at a near-by outdoor track to play games and run together.


Monae has been personal training and teaching fitness classes since 1999, and loves to work with people who are eager to develop life-long healthy habits. Two of her favorite fitness classes to teach are TRX and Circuit Training. She has been working with the TRX since 2007 and has been teaching Circuit Training since 2005. She loves how both classes easily accommodate beginners and advanced exercisers. Her next fitness endeavor is becoming certified in STOTT Pilates.



Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Jennifer is a STOTT PILATES® Reformer instructor and graduated from UNL with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She worked as a rehab trainer in Colorado for several years.

Exercise & fitness have always been a daily part of her lifestyle. She enjoys outdoor activities such as running, walking, swimming and anything active. 

Jennifer began practicing Pilates to gain the benefits of a strong core and increase her strength and flexibility as an alternative to high impact strength training. Pilates has helped her become more aware of her posture and areas to improve and challenge within herself.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children watching them play sports. Her favorite snack is yogurt dipped pretzels, chocolate covered raisins and a cold fountain diet coke.
Certified Yoga Instructor 200 HR-RYT
Certified AeroZen Aerial Yoga Instructor

Latavia began using yoga as part of her journey of healing and treating Interstitial Cystitis and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. At the time, she didn't realize the powerful impact yoga would have on her life. In 2017 she received her 200-hour yoga certification from Evolve to Harmony with Carole Westerman. While studying for her certification she discovered aerial yoga and her body was amazed by the release it experienced in the yoga hammock. She received her AeroZen aerial yoga certification from Zen Body in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2018 where she learned to bring yoga to flight. Latavia is constantly expanding her practice and continuing her education in 300-hour yoga certification. She strives to make all of her classes a positive and welcoming experience for students of all levels.
Madeline graduated from The University of Missouri - Kansas City and holds BFA in dance performance and choreography with an emphasis in ballet and modern. Madeline grew up in Omaha and trained with Creighton Dance Company, Omaha Theater Ballet School and was a founding member of Ballet Nebraska II. She is the recipient of the Young Artist Award and has had her choreography featured in Omaha Dance Project.


During Madeline's formal ballet training, she was introduced to Pilates as a way to enhance her dancing through cross-training. Pilates has helped her establish greater strength and body awareness.  In addition to Pilates instruction, Madeline is a dancer with the region's resident professional ballet company, American Midwest Ballet.

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