Carol has been practicing and teaching the Pilates method for over 16 years. She became interested in the body and movement many moons ago and initially practiced as a certified massage therapist. She was introduced to Pilates in 1998, by Anthony Rabara at the Anthony Rabara Studio in Princeton, NJ. She was so inspired that she went on to receive her Pilates instructor certification from Body Precision in Rosemont, PA. She continued by earning her certification in Polestar Education Rehabilitation levels 1 and 2 with Brent Anderson. She completed The Classical Syllabus with MeJo Wiggins, as well as workshops from Cara Reeser, Kathi Ross Nash, Brooke Siler, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Dana Santi, Madeline Black, Maya Aubrey, Suzanne Gutterson, and Mary Bowen.
In 2002, Kerri Ann Bender completed Romana’s Pilates Teacher Certification Program in NYC, where she apprenticed with Joseph H. Pilates’ protégé, Romana Kryzanowska. Since that time, Kerri has taught at Pure Joe Studios in Washington, DC, Bermuda Bodyworks in Bermuda, Contrology Pilates Center in Costa Rica and has spent the past 12 years teaching at Pilates in Paradise in Key Largo, FL. Kerri performed for the five seasons with The Charleston Ballet Theatre and holds a Green Belt in NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action). She believes that movement is medicine and enjoys sharing her love of Pilates and dance with her clientele. She’s very passionate about training apprentices to become instructors with Romana’s Pilates and thinks that the pure work of Joseph H. Pilates has the power to transform bodies and lives. When she’s not in the studio, Kerri is busy playing with her 7-year-old son, Jackson. She is very excited to be back in the Lowcountry and is eager to make Savannah and Momentum Pilates Studio her new home!
Jim Buckley – Romana’s Pilates, Level 5 Instructor
Jim spent over 30 years working with Oceanographic Research Facilities around the world before discovering that Pilates gave him the physical and mental change in life he needed. In 2007, he took an introductory session at a Pilates studio in Key Largo, Florida and was hooked. He continued to train under the strong guidance of Kerri Bender, Jamie Trout, Bernadette Ceravolo and had the great privilege of learning from master teachers Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia. In 2009, after a year of training with Kerri, Jim passed his test to become a level 5 instructor in Paris, France. He now starts a new chapter in his Pilates journey in Savannah with Momentum Pilates Studio.