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Marilee P.


Located on the North Shore of Chicago in Deerfield, Essence Pilates was founded in July 2004 by Marilee in Chicago. She started her classical Pilates training at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and finished her instructor certification from The Physical Mind Institute based in New York, New York along with completing the PMA certification in 2006.  In 2009 Marilee completed the Certified Masters Program from The Pilates Center of Boulder Colorado. Mother of two boys, Marilee has been a fitness instructor since 1995 and Personal Trainer since 1999. 


Marilee is an avid cyclist and runner and has competed in 100+ races across the country.  She has taught at many well-known health clubs in Chicago, IL and Boulder, CO. Marilee believes that if you have the will to go that extra mile there is a way and coaches those with the desire to run their first marathon. For 15 years, before a career change into Pilates, Marilee worked in the financial industry selling money management for large institutions. Pilates became a way of life for Marilee after trying to manage the aches and pains from her hobbies of cycling and running.

Marilee has completed over 20 marathons along with the Boston Marathon, six 70.3 Ironman's and The 70.3 Ironman Championship in Las Vegas in 2013. Marilee is completing her HHP education, as a Holistic Health Practitioner, which focuses on the bridge between western medicine and holistic medicine. 

Owner, Founder of Essence Pilates Studios

Owner, Founder of Support Our Soldiers Freedom, Inc.

Owner, Founder of EssenceRX

PMA®Certified Pilates Trainer

Certified Cupping Therapist

YUR® Back Certified

TPC Master Instructor

Certified Homeopathic Consultant


Jackie G.

After 25 years as a dental hygienist Jackie began to develop back pain and after many consults with doctors and specialists failed to alleviate the pain Jackie decided to try pilates.  When Jackie realized the pilates was the only thing that alleviated her pain she decided to become an instructor so she could help others get the same relief she experienced.  Jackie hopes to help her clients improve their overall health and achieve the lifestyle they desire.


Jackie completed the Apprentice Program at Essence Pilates and earned her earned Pilates Method Alliance Certification in 2011.  She has continued her pilates education taking many workshops specializing in the spine and pelvis.


PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Senior Certified Instructor

Certified Health Coach

Bodhi Certified Instructor

YUR Back Certified Instructor

Lisa F.


After several years as a client, Lisa’s interest in pilates grew and she decided to take the next step and become a certified instructor.  Lisa is passionate about teaching and loves seeing progress in her clients.  She always strives to make each session unique, enjoyable and challenging but still manageable for all skill levels.  Pilates has given Lisa a new awareness and understanding of the power of being strong inside and out.


Lisa completed the Apprentice Program at Essence Pilates and earned her earned Pilates Method Alliance Certification in 2011.  Lisa is always trying new learning opportunities to expand her knowledge of pilates and the human body, including finishing her First Generation Master Certification.


PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Senior Certified Instructor

Pilates Rehab Certification


Jen G.

While pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership Jen took a Mat Class at Essence Pilates and was hooked.  Jen is very active participating in marathons, tennis, biking, swimming and horseback riding.  Her interest grew when she saw improvements in these activities due to pilates.  Jen is excited to combine her gregarious personality and passion for teaching and exercise to help clients achieve their goals.


Jen completed the Apprentice Program at Essence Pilates and earned her Pilates Method Alliance Certification in 2015 .


PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Senior Certified Instructor

Brittney M.


Brittney’s interest in pilates started after many unsuccessful attempts to correct the abuse her body took from 20 plus years of sports left her unable to run or workout like she was used to.  After much prodding Brittney decided, with great reservation, to try pilates to help with long term back issues. After all of the other failed attempts pilates got her back to running and working out at a higher level.  Brittney wants her clients to leave their session standing taller, feeling stronger and more relaxed.


After earning a B.A. in Physical Education and teaching and coaching for 8 years Brittney moved into the fitness world.  She has been a Certified Personal Trainer for 14 years and after going through the Apprentice Program at Essence Pilates and earned her Pilates Method Alliance Certification in 2018.


PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

ACE Certified Therapeutic Exercise Specialist

Certified Senior Fitness Instructor

Stretch Certified

Myofascial Cupping Certified

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