JENNIE BROOKS | Owner, Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, Group Class Instructor Jennie Brooks, founder of Longevity Fitness Charleston, brings an impressive training background and a well-traveled understanding of mindful movement to her studio and her clients everyday. A native of Charleston, Jennie’s pursuits in health and fitness have taken her from the Tuscany region of Italy to the world-renowned Pilates studios of Northern California. Throughout her journey, she has worked with Olympians, apprenticed with master instructors, and developed a signature style of training that focuses on improving body mechanics and empowering the mind to achieve wellness and longevity through movement. Classes Taught by Jennie: Reformer Classical Moves, Reformer Core Burn, TRX Transformation, Sweat Therapy
DIANA DOVE | Instructor and Personal Trainer A Connecticut native with a passion for both music and dance, Diana was captain of Boston College's (BC) dance team; a founding member of BC's Synergy Hip Hop Dance Company; and choreographer for the BC Dance Team, BC Dance Organization and Synergy. After graduation, she earned her certifications in Group Fitness and Personal Training from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She is also licensed in Masala Bhangra Workout, Zumba and CPR/AED. Diana has over 20 years of formal dance training in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop.
ASHLEY FLANER | Personal Trainer, Class Instructor Ashley Flaner began studying the Pilates method while a dance major at the University of California-Irvine. After suffering a serious back injury in 2001, she began using many of his ideas and exercises as a form of rehabilitation. Ashley was certified under Lisa Goldin at the Contra Costa Pilates Center in Walnut Creek, CA, in 2002. Her love of teaching and passing on the knowledge of her mentors has led to an amazing career in fitness.
BOBBY SHAW | Personal Trainer, Class Instructor Bobby’s career in the health and fitness industry has spanned more than 25 years. He received his BS degree from Lander in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He was part of the initial staff of the first Wellness Center in South Carolina in 1984. He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Carolina. Bobby is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Director as well as an Exercise Specialist.
DAN HEENAN | Personal Trainer, Class Instructor Daniel is an ACSM certified personal trainer and a TRX Qualified Trainer originally hailing from upstate New York. He developed a love for Charleston after several visits during his time in the U.S. Coast Guard. Following his military service, Daniel received a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts and went on to graduate from the intensive 700-hour Master Course at New York City’s acclaimed Focus Personal Training Institute. It was only inevitable that his passion for fitness, coupled with his altruistic nature, would best be put to practice in the health and wellness industry. The essence of his training philosophy is foster a better understanding of human physicality in his clients, while reinforcing efficient and sound movement patterns in their bodies.
JEANINE PETERS | Personal Trainer, Class Instructor Jeanine started her career in fitness while living in Los Angeles, where she was able to study with some of the leading trainers in the fitness industry. A lifetime runner and all around athlete, Jeanine quickly fell in love with the Pilates Reformer for its ability to strengthen and improve problem areas she had been neglecting in her routine workouts. Originally from Philadelphia, her Pilates training has taken her all over the map, from LA to Chicago, Colombia to Germany, and now Charleston. Jeanine believes that working out should never feel like a chore but rather something you enjoy doing for you! She is also a big believer in strong body, strong mind. Jeanine will motivate you through a high energy, challenging class, leaving you with a sense of pride when you leave.
MICHELLE FITZGERALD | Personal Trainer and Instructor Michelle comes to Longevity Fitness with over 10 years of group fitness and personal training experience. Since beginning her teaching career as a college freshman, Michelle has become a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, in addition to teaching cycling, barre, HIIT, TRX, kickboxing, Zumba, cardio dance classes, mat Pilates and more. Michelle received degrees in both Public Relations and Integrative Arts from Penn State University and quickly realized the best way for her to communicate her passion for movement was through personal training sessions and group classes. She uses her communication skills to carefully articulate proper alignment, monitor intensity and offer progressions and regressions in a way that will educate and motivate you at the same time. Michelle’s specialties lie in breaking down the movements you need for YOUR everyday life, whether it be golfing, gardening, swimming, walking, standing at work.
LINDSAY JOHNSON | Personal Trainer, Pre/Postnatal Class Instructor With a combined 15 years of fitness, athletic and yoga experience, ex-professional athlete, personal trainer, yogi, and mom, Lindsay Johnson, is here to help you through your prenatal & postpartum journeys. Lindsay is ISSA fitness & nutrition certified, with a specialty focus in prenatal care. She is also CPR certified and carries a prenatal yoga specialty certification from Holy Cow Yoga. Lindsay played both collegiate and professional level volleyball, and has been a resident of Charleston for over 12 years. Her passion is to make the world healthier and happier, one bump at a time.
KIM BURKE | Pilates Instructor After working at a Pilates and yoga studio while in college for landscape architecture, Kim realized she simply could not live without Pilates. Pilates had completely changed the way her body functioned, eliminating back pain caused by scoliosis. After graduating from Temple University, Kim pursued her passion for movement through Balanced Body. With more than 600 hours of training, followed by over eight years of instruction, Kim is experienced working with a broad range of conditions and injuries. She believes Pilates is the perfect marriage between mind and body, form and function, safely allowing people to make positive connections with their own body.
JEREMY MAYER | Stretch Therapist Jeremy Mayer joined the Longevity Fitness team in October 2015 as a certified sports physiologist. In this role, he works with professional and recreational athletes - as well as pre and post-surgery patients - on injury prevention and recovery training. Specializing in neuromuscular activation and active flexibility, Jeremy's process includes manual musculoskeletal techniques and posture alignment training. The results are improved movement and increased strength, circulation and balance in his clients.
PAMELA DURANT | Massage Therapist Pamela is a board-certified massage therapist and NASM-certified personal trainer. She is also the owner of Elevate Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, LLC, and has worked as a massage therapist for many professional athletes in the WTA, MLS, and U.S. Soccer. She's been an official massage therapist for the Women’s National Team since 2008, traveling to the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2012 Olympics in London. She has advanced training in myofascial release, kinesio taping, and active isolated stretching. In addition, she is a certified lymphedema therapist, which includes work in manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy. Pamela has also instructed group fitness classes in interval training, circuit training, yoga, and Pilates for 17 years. Pamela received her Bachelors of Arts from Erskine College in Psychology and History and her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of South Carolina - School of Medicine. Her massage training was done here in Charleston at Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy, where she was Valedictorian of her class
KATHLEEN OSWALT | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Kathleen moved to Charleston from California in 2003 to complete her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Nutrition from California State University - Chico, and recently became certified in food sensitivity testing. After 13 years of helping sick people get healthy, Kathleen has shifted her focus to helping people get healthy and stay healthy before they get sick. To do this work, she launched her own business as a Food Sensitivity Detective. Whether you need help with general health or weight loss, or are curious about food sensitivity testing because you are struggling with something more (such as chronic migraines/headaches, arthritis, a plethora of gut issues or even thyroid problems), she will be there to support you. Creating change in your life is not always easy but Kathleen is dedicated to helping you find passion and excitement in this process so you can love your new life!
TARAH HERRINGTON | Licensed Acupuncturist and Reiki Practitioner; Meditation Leader Tarah Herrington came to Charleston from New York City where she worked with fertility experts Angela Le L.Ac. and reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Sami David at Fifth Avenue Fertility Wellness. Tarah is a talented healer and an avid women's health advocate, empowering her patients to take an active role in their own healing process. She holds dual degrees in East Asian Studies and Strategic Communications from the University of Kansas, as well as a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She spent 2 years in Japan learning Japanese and the traditional healing art of Reiki. Tarah combines her knowledge of Eastern and Western integration to tailor treatment plans based on each individual patients' needs in their journey to wellness.