Our Instructors

Certified Power Pilates Instructors

All our trainers are certified with Power Pilates Teacher Trainer program and adhere to the classical method.  For 20 years Power Pilates has been dedicated to Pilates training that honors the integrity of the original method developed by Joseph Pilates.  Our trainers maintain their certification by completing a number of Power Pilates Continuing Education Credits each year.  This way, you can be sure that our trainers are continuing to learn, revisit and refine their teaching skills in order to inspire their students.

Marion M. Folk

Marion, owner of The Pilates Place, has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and teaching Pilates for 14 years. She received a BS in Exercise Science at the University of Mississippi, and worked as a personal fitness trainer until 1999, when she began her training in the Classical Method of Pilates. After completing the 600 hour apprenticeship in New York City under Romana Kryzanowska at the Pilates Studio, she pursued a second certification from Power Pilates in New York. Then in 2006, Marion took her Pilates work to the next level becoming a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer, teaching & certifying all levels of Pilates. She is also a Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor. Take a class with Marion and you will find her passion for Pilates hard to resist.

Justin Gayle Goldring

Justin Gayle has completed a 600-hour comprehensive certification program in Power Pilates and is also certified by AFAA for personal training. She is currently finishing her B.A. degree in Public Relations and Journalism and is continuing her education in exercise science. Justin has been dancing since childhood and has studied ballet, modern, and jazz. She has spent time volunteering with Company D, a nationally recognized dance company for young adults with Down syndrome. She is also a volunteer with The Discover ME Program, which teaches children self-control and focus through movement. Her love of dance, movement, and physical fitness has drawn her to Pilates. Justin is a dynamic teacher and her challenging workouts include educating her clients about the importance of proper technique and body alignment to effectively accomplish their goals.  


Helen F. Wade

Helen Wade became a Power Pilates Comprehensive Certified Instructor in 2007. She took her first pilates classes because an injury was keeping her from doing many of the things she loved.  After only a few weeks at The Pilates Place, Helen realized the benefits of pilates for both healing and fitness.  She then decided to pursue the practice further.  She completed her Power Pilates classroom training in Nashville, TN while finishing the hands-on apprentice hours at The Pilates Place. Helen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College and a graduate degree from The University of Memphis.  She is the mother of two active athletes, who also benefit from the Power Pilates method.