Instructors

Each of our comprehensively trained teachers bring their own distinctive experiences, expertise, and personality to every session.  We go beyond teaching ‘exercises’ and focus on helping our clients understand their unique bodies through movement. Regardless of age or experience, our team is committed to guiding you to reach your specific goals. 

Amy Hershey – MS, NCPT

OWNER Amy Hershey has a Masters degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. She is a NASM Corrective exercise specialist  and graduate of The Pilates Centers’ 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program in Boulder, CO. Additionally, Amy is graduate of The Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program and holds a certificate as a Specialist in Pilates-Based Exercises for Neurological Conditions.

Amy brings years of experience, as well as enthusiasm and passion to properly educate, guide, and encourage each of her clients on their health and wellness journey. Her extensive trainings have given Amy a profound appreciation for functional movement and how Pilates-based exercise can help facilitate health. Having worked with everyone from elite athletes to people recovering from serious injury, Amy’s focus on the subtle, refined movements of the human body lead to big changes in her clients.  Despite being extremely detailed oriented in her teaching, her laid-back personality keeps Amy’s sessions fun and personable. Keep up with Amy’s Pilates projects and musings on her Instagram account!

Amy lives on a horse farm in Middleburg, VA with her husband, two sons, 4 dogs, 4 horses, 3 cats, and 1 mini donkey. She is passionate about helping animals and families whose pets who are undergoing cancer treatments. When she has free time (which rarely happens) Amy enjoys riding her horses, hiking and really, really loves sleeping.

“Amy is so focused and has such a keen eye. Her touch adjustments and cues are very helpful, and I feel like she’s particularly gifted at identifying causes and trying solutions.” – Lindsay O’Connor

Valerie Armstead

Val was introduced to Pilates while attending college at George Mason University, where she received a B.A. in English and a minor in dance. She has taught children’s dance for more than a decade. After taking years of Pilates lessons herself, Val completed the Power Pilates Comprehensive Training Program in 2005. In the time she has been teaching, Val has worked with array of different clients ranging from professional athletes to children and the elderly. Val runs the prenatal and postpartum classes at Loudoun Pilates. Having had 3 children of her own, she is keenly aware of the challenges faced both in pregnancy and prenatal recovery. Val’s dedication, compassionate teaching style, and vast experience working with different body types give her the ability adapt to the needs of each individual client. She enjoys getting to know her students and watching their bodies change from using The Pilates method.

Val currently lives in Leesburg, VA with her husband and children. When she isn’t teaching Pilates Val is busy being a full-time mom. She spends most of her days cleaning, cooking, organizing and being a professional chauffeur for her 3 children. If there is ever a free moment in her hectic life, Val is also an avid runner.

“I have been so excited with the strength Pilates has given me back after three back surgeries. I love working with Val! She has done more for me than Physical Therapy at getting my strength back.” – Dawn Deihl

Kate O’Harra

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Kate O’Harra began taking Pilates classes in 2001 and immediately loved both the challenges and benefits of the different exercises. Upon moving to New York City in 2005, Kate decided to take her interest in Pilates to the next level and enrolled in the Power Pilates Comprehensive Training Program. After completing her certification, Kate continued to teach for Power Pilates until moving back to Annapolis in 2007, where she worked for Evolutions Body Clinic before joining Loudoun Pilates in 2015. Kate’s favorite part of teaching is guiding clients to that ‘ah-ha’ moment when everything clicks and they discover a new understanding of an exercise and their bodies. In addition to Pilates, Kate is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys yoga, hiking, running, and TRX training. Her love of fitness is apparent in her teaching style. Kate’s classes are focused, challenging and invigorating as she aims to increase the strength of all her clients.

She currently lives in Purcellville with her husband, and their son. Kate is passionate about animals and has 2 rescue pit bulls and 2 cats. She loves the Redskins and really loves to workout so she can eat more pizza. Specifically, cheese pizza from Harris Teeter!

Dominique Takahashi – Studio Manager

Originally from the Bahamas, Dominique holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University and a minor in Psychology. As studio manager she schedules clients, answers questions, and makes sure all day-to-day operations run smoothly. Starting out as a client of Amy’s, she found Pilates as an effective tool for managing her chronic migraine symptoms.

Dominique currently lives in Leesburg, VA. She spends her free time volunteering with the DC Shiba Inu Rescue and finding new places to eat.