Our team has Certified Power Pilates Instructors.

We help our clients see results, stay motivated and are committed to the original work of Joseph Pilates while keeping up with new techniques.

Gretchen Johnson, nashville and brentwood pilates instructor

Gretchen Johnson

Founder & Certified Power Pilates Senior Teacher

Gretchen Johnson, certified Power Pilates Senior Teacher, has actualized her dreams. Born in Nashville, Gretchen has always had a love for exercise and competitive sports. She started gymnastics and moved to competitive cheerleading in high school. After graduating from UT Knoxville, Gretchen ventured to New York City to study Pilates at The Pilates Studio of New York, the most famous Pilates school, following the teaching of Joseph Pilates, the founder of this exercise movement. Gretchen devoted herself to hundreds of hours of school, private lessons, practice hours and testing to become a certified Authentic Pilates teacher in 2003.

Gretchen came back to her hometown to open Absolute Pilates in Brentwood, Tennessee in 2004. Her love for this method of exercise keeps her motivated and her clients see the results in her classes and in their bodies. Gretchen added to her training by completing her Power Pilates Certification in January of 2007, and then again most recently graduated from the Power Pilates Graduate Program in March of 2016 demonstrating advanced knowledge of the Pilates System, the Art of Teaching, and anatomy.

Joanne Coorts

Joanne Coorts

Certified Power Pilates Instructor & Massage Therapist

Joanne is a Certified Power Pilates Instructor/ Licensed Massage Therapist and Professional Dancer. Originating from the UK she became a Certified Fitness Instructor and owner of Atlantis Gymnasium. She graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she studied the Martha Graham technique. Following came an extensive professional dance career, working in Musical Theatre shows, Contemporary Dance Companies and in TV, both London and Worldwide. It was at this time she first became introduced to Pilates and throughout her dance career has experienced and witnessed its many benefits.

Her love of anatomy and movement led her to become a Certified Sports Massage Therapist. She worked as a resident massage therapist on musical theatre shows, ‘Sinatra’ & ‘On The Town’. She has also worked as a massage therapist at Church Chiropractic and The Sanctuary ladies Spa, London, UK.

Moving to Nashville, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist furthering her knowledge in Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release Technique. In 2011 she began her 600 hours of training to become a Certified Power Pilates Instructor. Joanne’s attention to detail and technique helps clients develop a deep understanding of their own bodies and movement patterns. She is thrilled to be sharing this method with her clients, helping them maintain physical fitness, create long lean muscles, address compensatory patterns/injuries and reduce pain.

Katie DeVier

Katie DeVier

Certified Power Pilates Instructor

Katie grew up in Carmel, Indiana, a community very similar to Brentwood/Franklin. She always loved sports growing up, everything from football to gymnastics. She was both a cheerleader and dancer in high school. Katie graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a specialty in Speech Pathology. Uncertain about investing in Graduate School, she decided to pursue a career in sales. In 2005 she transferred within the company she worked for to Nashville. This is where Katie’s love for Pilates began.

Katie initially began taking Pilates in 2006 because she wanted a form of exercise that provided getting her heart rate up, toning, and strengthening without bulk. She was instantly hooked based on how her body felt after a Pilates workout and with the results she both saw and felt. For over 10 years Katie was in healthcare sales — pharmaceutical and medical devices. Between all of the driving (roughly 1,000 miles per week), standing for extended periods of time in the operating room, and the everyday stresses that surgeries and chasing a quota entails, Katie’s back and body certainly felt it. Because Pilates is not just a great workout, but also so beneficial for keeping our overall structure healthy, Katie consistently started doing Pilates a couple of times per week. After a few consecutive months, her back and body no longer felt the pain it did before. No pain combined with the results she saw and the core strength she built lead her to consistently do Pilates at Absolute Pilates every week ever since.

After 5 years of toying with the idea of her “dream job” of becoming a Pilates instructor, and the incredible support she received from her husband and fellow Absolute Pilates instructors, Katie pursued training in Atlanta under the highly accredited and extremely impressive Senior Teacher Trainers Davidson Reid and Anne Brendle. Katie is now a Certified Power Pilates Instructor, and looks forward to teaching and sharing her passion with her clients. “My goal is to help my clients achieve the same type of results that I did — alleviate pain, strengthen, tone, and eliminate stress!”