Meet Our Staff

Paula Mallory, a certified Pilates trainer with over 12 years of Pilates teaching experience, was introduced to Pilates at The University of Oklahoma where she enjoyed participating in classes and private lessons as a part of her fitness regimen while dancing with Oklahoma Festival Ballet company. After graduating from OU with a BFA in ballet performance, Paula returned to Little Rock. She earned her Pilates certification from Centerworks Pilates in Wichita, KS.

Paula enjoys being active by training for marathons, half marathons, hiking, skiing, doing anything outdoors and chasing after her young daughter. Before opening The Pilates Studio of Little Rock with Sheila in September 2003 she taught for health clubs, yoga studios, and ballet schools. Paula loves sharing her passion for fitness with everyone.

In 1992, Sheila McKinnis, CPT received a BA in Dance from the University of North Texas. During her time of study at UNT she was introduced to Pilates as part of the curriculum. After graduation, she danced professionally and taught dance in the Dallas area for ten years before moving back to her hometown of Little Rock. In 2002 she rediscovered Pilates and decided to further her studies by earning a Matwork Certification from Powerhouse Pilates. Realizing how integrated the work on the equipment is in relation to the mat, she sought out a certification program that was comprehensive. Sheila is certified under Ellie Herman, author of Pilates for Dummies and owner of The Ellie Herman studios in northern California and New York. Sheila is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Julia Taylor has been teaching Pilates since 2004. She is certified through Centerworks Pilates in Wichita, Kansas. Julia is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and is a PMA certified Pilates teacher. Julia also is a licensed provider of Fletcher Floorwork(TM), Fletcher Towelwork(TM), and Fletcher Barrework(TM). Additionally, she holds a 200-hour Yoga certification through Sage Yoga School. Prior to teaching Pilates, Julia was an elementary school teacher. She is a graduate of Hendrix College and holds a Masters degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Kristi Alexander started teaching Pilates four years ago. She began the certification program when her son, Eli, was just six weeks old, and she was a single mother working full-time. Being a certified Pilates instructor is Kristi's second career (mid-life crisis - if you will - albeit a healthy one!).

She started practicing Pilates more than 10 years ago using it as mental and physical therapy from a stressful job in advertising sales. Kristi fell in love with Pilates and decided to make it a career which she could be both passionate and compassionate. While raising her infant son and working full-time, it took more than a year and a half to complete the rigorous - and normally 9-month - certification program.

Kristi loves to learn and will never stop pursuing knowledge as inspiration for herself and her clients. Kristi has a bachelor's degree from Hendrix College and a Masters degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Matt Allman, CPT Graduated with a Undergraduate degree in arts while studying three different subjects (French, Dance. and History) in 2009. Shortly after his graduation (and working in every retail job imaginable) the opportunity came in 2010 to move out of the state which he had lived his entire life and move to a place (Little Rock!) with the hope of experiencing new things. Being exposed to Mat Pilates as a dancer in college, he decided to start taking lessons in the hope that conditioning his body would be the kick off point to start dancing again. After his first lesson of classical Pilates he was humbled not only by the amount of control it takes to execute and do the exercises properly but how different the body feels when doing the work. For the 2011 year, Matt went back and forth from Wichita, Kansas for 10 months to meet with Aliesa George (owner of Centerworks Pilates Institute) and train under her. After those 10 months, Matt finished his comphresive certification in both equipment and mat with well over 700 hours of observation, teaching, and training.

Matt enjoys teaching classes that are energy driven, focused on flow, precision, and execution. He is a very "hands on" teacher not only in private lessons but in classes alike because doing the exercises properly is key. For the 2 years he has been teaching and apprenticing Pilates work he has taught for Colleges/Universities, Studios, and Health clubs.

Matt is also a certified Yoga Teacher (RYT) Through Balance and Wellness Yoga (formerly Floating Lotus) and is a certified member of the PMA. He is very happy to be part of the Pilates Studio of LIttle Rock team and has never been happier (or healthier!)

Nikki Wilkins is a Little Rock native who began her adventures in movement at a young age through a love of dance and a tumbling class in gymnastics. She spent most of her years at Joel's House of Dance learning Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. After deciding to study Studio Art at UALR, she decided she needed to move after all that sitting and discovered a love of Belly Dance through some videos and teaching herself, and dabbled in Modern Dance as well.

When her college years were interrupted by her son Elias's birth in 2006, she found herself at the Pilates Studio of Little Rock on a whim, to get back into shape to continue dancing. Once she realized she had an intuitive understanding of how Pilates worked she dove straight into Centerworks Pilates with Aliesa George to become a teacher, hoping to have a better understanding of proper movement and a solid set of teaching skills to compliment her eye for form and proportion. She has been teaching Pilates for four years. Having completed her certification with Centerworks as an instructor, Nikki plans to continue her adventures in movement this year by beginning the 8 Elements approach to Belly Dance Teacher Certification with Rachel Brice.

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