About us.

About us

Who We Are + Our Mission

McKinney Movement Center is a movement studio where you will learn to move smarter and more efficiently from our intelligent, passionate, and experienced staff members. We teach proper body mechanics, principles of alignment, balanced body effort, and injury prevention tactics to our clients of all ages and backgrounds through movement modalities such as : Pilates, Gyrotonic®Exercise, the LYT Method, Yoga, and Barre.

Our mission is activate confidence and engage joy in all of our clients, one session at a time. Through balanced body kinetic movement methods and cognitive connection work, our clients will discover their inner strength, experience joyful exercise, rehabilitative benefits, prevent injuries, and become smarter movers.

We help our clients create and set goals whether related to rehabilitation, maintenance, recovery, or excellence in their sport/hobby. We believe that through the practice our clients will experience more joy in their everyday living, movement, and this will help them form a renewed positive attitude towards life and their achievement capabilities.

Our Trainers

It’s all about the people

EMILY IVA FLOYD-LYNCH

Owner, Pilates,

GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer,

& GYROKINESIS® Trainer

Athletic Performance & Movement Specialist

NPCT, BFA, Florida State University

DESTINY IGLESIAS

Barre Teacher & Pilates Studio Apprentice

BA, University of Oklahoma

JACLYN SARTORE

Studio Coordinator & Pilates Instructor

BS, Texas A&M

CAILEY BRANDON

Pilates Instructor & Cognitive Movement Specialist

BS, MS, University Texas - Dallas

TAMARA BARIL

Mat Pilates & Barre Teacher - Pilates Studio Apprentice

BS, University of Texas

JENNIFER NICHOLSON

Pilates Instructor & Smartspine Practitioner

Occupational Therapist & Certified Lymphedema Therapist

KAYLAN SMITH

Pilates Instructor

BA, Georgia State University

SYLVIA SCHEPPS

Pilates Instructor & GYROTONIC®

Teacher

BS, University of Texas

KOREN SLOAN

LYT Method Yoga & Barre Instructor

BFA, Kent State University

VANESSA ROGERS

Yoga Instructor & Smartspine Practitioner

KATIE POTTS SHOLTY

LYT Method Yoga & Barre Instructor

BFA , University of the Arts

STEPHANIE GORDON-MEEK

Pilates Instructor & Women's Health Specialist

Physical Therapist

Emily Iva Floyd-Lynch

is the Owner of McKinney Movement Center, a Movement Studio that provides a cutting edge approach to fitness & wellness as well as a

community

of teachers and clients that love to move & believe it has the power to change us for the better. Along side owning the studio Emily is a Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body (400+ Hrs) and The National Pilates Certification Program (NCPT). She also teaches the GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Methods, Progressing Ballet Technique, and is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute to train and assess Golfers. She also recently completed Level 1 & Level 2 Scolio Pilates Teacher Training, Scoliosis Specific Exercise.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Emily holds a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from Florida State University (FSU) where she studied under Dance Medicine Specialist Dr.Thomas Welsch & Professor/Gyrotonic Master Trainer, Anjali Austin. It was then that she experienced the Injury Prevention elements Pilates & the Gyrotonic Method provide for Sport Specific Training. After graduating, Emily moved to New York City to dance professionally and work with dancers of the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program. While there she also worked in Arts Administration for notable schools in the Northeast such as The Rock School For Dance Education, The Bolshoi Ballet Academy (NYC Summer Program) Peridance Capezio Center, and Wingspan Arts. Her dream was to improve the quality of life for athletes and dancers in pre-professional schools so they could have a prolonged professional career if they desired. Emily has experience in creating specialized program development for wellness, injury protocols, and creating a healthy environment for dancers to get the support they needed mentally and physically. As a movement educator and specialist, Emily has been teaching movement for over 15 years. Her Pilates & Gyrotonic teaching journey began in Florida where she trained under Balanced Body Master Trainers, Vicki Sullivan, Cheryl Forehand, and Kristen Sullivan at Body Balance Institute (BBI) and completed a one year apprenticeship. While teaching full time at BBI she also had the opportunity to work at the PGA Corporate Headquarters, TPC Sawgrass & World Golf Village. Emily moved to North Texas in 2017 and has worked for several Pilates studios in the North Texas area. She eventually found her home at Craig Ranch Fitness + Spa where she was the Pilates Program Coordinator & Manager for 5 years. When the gym was sold to a corporate company, Emily decided to open McKinney Movement Center so she could continue offering a cutting edge, accessible, expansive, and life changing approach to fitness & wellness in the community. Emily not only has a passion for movement, but believes that movement truly has the power to heal. Her hope is to help all of her clients experience joy and freedom in their movement while they develop the confidence they need to be the best version of themselves!

Meet your instructors

“The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.”

- Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

JACLYN SARTORE

Studio Coordinator & Pilates Instructor

BS, Texas A&M

Jaclyn is a certified Pilates Instructor currently pursuing her PMA/NPCP certification and comprehensive program. She is also a full time Dance Educator at several Ballet School’s the North Texas area. As a classically trained dancer, Jaclyn Sartore was introduced to Pilates at a young age as a way to enhance her ballet training. While attending Texas A&M University as a Dance Major, Pilates played a major role in the curriculum of the dance program. While studying and practicing the principles of Pilates in school, Jaclyn developed a true passion for understanding the functionality of the human body, as well as using Pilates as a means of preserving the body. This newfound passion for movement outside of dance the studio inspired her to pursue not only Pilates training, but Yoga as well, curious about deepening her understanding of the mind-body connection.

In 2015, Jaclyn pursued her 200 hour Yoga Certification in with DeAnna Shires through Breathe into Awareness Yoga, and shortly after was trained by Christine Sahoury at AllPilates Studio in Frisco, TX as a Pilates Fitness Instructor in 2017.

Jaclyn has taught at several studios in Frisco, Plano, and McKinney, TX over the last 4 years, teaching both group classes and private instruction. In addition to teaching Pilates, she continues to pursue her passion for dance and teaches ballet in Plano, hoping to inspire the next generation of to move mindfully with purpose.

KAYLAN SMITH

Pilates Instructor

BA, Georgia State University

Kaylan is originally from Pittsburgh Pa. Recently relocated to Texas via Atlanta, Ga and Tampa, Fl. Kaylan has been practicing Mat Pilates since she was a young teenager. In Florida is where she fell in love with reformer Pilates not knowing that the first time she was on a reformer would be a new career path. In 2018, she went through Peak Pilates for Mat certification and Club Pilates Comprehensive Training. Pilates has become a major part of her life. It has helped her become stronger physically, emotionally and mentally. She enjoys challenging clients while keeping them safe in the studio. She will gracefully challenge you to plank longer than you thought you ever could and believes that YOU can do it!

KATIE POTTS SHOLTY

LYT Method Yoga & Barre Instructor

BFA , University of the Arts

Katie is a Yoga Alliance E-200 RYT certified instructor with over 500 hours of training emphasizing anatomy, kinesiology and yoga philosophy. She has been teaching since receiving her certification in 2013. In 2020 she discovered LYT Yoga, a yoga methodology developed by a physical therapist to retrain the body and brain to move better so you feel better. In 2021 she completed her 2nd 200hr teacher training in LYT yoga and continues her education.

Katie is passionate about teaching students of all ages and experience levels, yoga is not just for the young and/or flexible.

She has been singing, dancing, and acting since age 12 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. Performing demands energy and connection between yourself and the audience. Connection is an integral part of yoga. Yoga postures not only strengthen the body, but deepen our mind-body connection so that we learn how to care for our whole selves.

Katie strives for students to leave her classes feeling better, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. Breath and movement allow us to process thoughts and emotions so they don’t stagnate and become physical ailments. By expanding our awareness, we avoid falling into the mindless traps and habits that don’t support our intentions and goals.

JENNIFER NICHOLSON

Pilates Instructor & Smartspine Practitioner

Occupational Therapist & Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Jennifer Nicholson is a licensed and board-certified Occupational Therapist, Comprehensive Certified Pilates instructor, and Integrative Nutrition Coach. She recently completed Smartspine Teacher Training and is now a Smartspine Practitioner. She is the owner of La Vie, an integrative occupational therapy and wellness practice specializing in weight management, diabetes management, and chronic disease management and prevention.
With a desire to provide an integrative treatment approach, Jennifer earned her Pilates for rehabilitation certification through Polestar International. As a therapeutic Pilates instructor, she guides her clients through personalized practices with a focus on improving functional performance in everyday activities through therapeutic movement.

Jennifer’s science-based education, certifications and personal experience, has greatly impacted her techniques as a movement specialist. She has specialized training in breast cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema management, osteoporosis protocols, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and lifestyle medicine. She uses the Pilates method with her clients to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and overall wellness. A focus on biomechanical alignment gives people of all levels and capabilities access to greater physical and mental strength. In addition to physical training and injury prevention, Jennifer hopes to inspire joy through movement.

She believes that everyone can live the life they want to live, no matter their age or condition, by adopting habits that promote health of body and mind. Jennifer firmly believes that living well and aging gracefully is possible for all, and she is committed to guiding individuals to heal through movement.

CAILEY BRANDON

Pilates Instructor & Cognitive Movement Specialist

BS, MS,

University Texas - Dallas

Cailey is a Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor and hold a Masters Degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from University of Texas- Dallas. Beginning her path as a pre-professional ballerina, Cailey Brandon found a passion for pilates that widened beyond the boundaries of cross-training. She has experienced firsthand how injuries leave dancers putting in overtime and individuals managing a less than ideal quality of life.

While Cailey is still a dance instructor to both competitive dancers and individuals with mental disabilities, she believes that Pilates has an inexplicable ability to stabilize and strengthen the core for balance. Practicing pilates helped Cailey retire from pointe shoes to become a Comprehensively Certified Instructor who believes in the power of the mind-body connection.

Aspiring to prove how movement can aid in both physical and mental wellbeing, she accomplished her undergrad in Cognitive Psychology and also holds her Masters in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. Cailey specializes in both pain and neurological injury, and wants to further implement her clients’ understanding of embodied cognition and neuroplasticity through a healing form of controlled movement and exercise. She is also a certified SmartSpine™ Practitioner & a Level 1 Neuromuscular Reprogramming (NMR) Provider. She enjoys working with clients of all backgrounds but specifically those with neurological related conditions and motor control disorders, ie: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, POTS, former stroke patients, neuropathy, tremor amongst others.

KOREN SLOAN

LYT Method Yoga & Barre Instructor

BFA, Kent State University

Koren
has carried her love of movement throughout her life. From a young age, she was a dancer and athlete and eventually pursued a degree in Dance Performance at Kent State University. After injury and hip surgery in her early twenties, she became more interested in anatomy and functional movement patterns. Now a self-declared anatomy nerd, she believes that movement is medicine and a massive component in aging well.

Koren
has 500-hour LYT yoga and Pinnacle Performance Biomechanics certifications and is AntiGravity, Barre, Cycle and Trampoline trained. She is an avid hiker and backpacker on a mission to climb to the highest point in all 50 states.
Koren
loves all animals but has a soft spot for farm animals and adopting senior dogs. Compassion is at the forefront of her vision for all beings. She loves it when people explore many movement modalities and is excited to help people reach their fullest potential!

Jennifer’s science-based education, certifications and personal experience, has greatly impacted her techniques as a movement specialist. She has specialized training in breast cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema management, osteoporosis protocols, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and lifestyle medicine. She uses the Pilates method with her clients to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and overall wellness. A focus on biomechanical alignment gives people of all levels and capabilities access to greater physical and mental strength. In addition to physical training and injury prevention, Jennifer hopes to inspire joy through movement.

She believes that everyone can live the life they want to live, no matter their age or condition, by adopting habits that promote health of body and mind. Jennifer firmly believes that living well and aging gracefully is possible for all, and she is committed to guiding individuals to heal through movement.

SYLVIA SCHEPPS

Pilates Instructor & GYROTONIC®

Teacher

BS, University of Texas

Sylvia has a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and speciality in aquatics for individuals with disabilities. Certified in “Bad Ragaz”,Halliwick, Watsu and Adapted Aquatics techniques. She developed Aquatic Solutions Inc. a community-based water therapy company with programs for all ages and disabilities.
Sylvia began consulting with hospitals in aquatic therapy, teaching workshops in aquatic therapy techniques.

In 1996, She became certified in Structural Integration-Ida Rolf Method. Fascia body work which was an adjunct

to her movement education and then completed her massage therapy license in 1999. Sylvia completed her Pilates Comprehensive teacher training back in 2006 through Balanced Body - she specializes in therapeutic pilates and Pilates for Seniors. In 2016 she opened Ideal Movements Pilates studio where she created, “Empowering your Exercise” program; a fascia education program for foot conditions, wrist, and back problems.

Sylvia continues to study movement courses in water and on land.

She uses her knowledge of anatomy, movement, and pilates to create core exercises for her clientele. Sylvia is also a certified Gyrotonic® Teacher and her philosophy is “Movement is Fun”! Sylvia enjoys sports, spectating and participating, gardening and tennis.

VANESSA ROGERS

Yoga Instructor & Smartspine Practitioner

Vanessa is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Smartspine Practitioner providing recovery restorative sessions. She earned her certification through Grow Yoga Teacher Training in McKinney, Texas, and her certification as an Aerial Yoga instructor through The Yogi Treehouse training program. She has been teaching since 2016.

Vanessa loves the flow of Vinyasa yoga, the spiritual and rejuvenating aspects of Yin, and Restorative yoga practices, as well as aerial yoga because of it’s way to affect the body in a new, fun loving and beautiful way.

"From my first class, yoga became my passion," Vanessa shares. "I have had the privilege to practice and study with an amazing community of yoga teachers. Their loving wisdom has inspired me to craft my classes with a blend of mindfulness, compassion and invitation to self exploration - which may include learning to have fun and laugh at yourself! “ Her hope is that her students will find what she does: physical strength and stamina, yes, but also leave with a clearer mind, a more balanced life, and the interplay of the body, mind and breath on and off the mat.

Vanessa has also had the privilege of serving the role as Coordinator of Patient Services at Baylor Scott & White Dallas Diagnostic Association, Plano, Texas.

As a spouse and mother of military officers, Vanessa has developed a keen interest in Trauma-informed yoga and has completed multiple training in this field of study.

TAMARA BARIL

Mat Pilates & Barre Teacher - Pilates Studio Apprentice

BS, University of Texas

Tamara has a degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and began the first 14 years of her professional career as a non-profit fundraiser, but has been active in dance and group fitness her entire life.

After having children, she made the decision to become a stay at home mom, and soon after discovered SoulCore, a movement that combines christian prayer, core strength and functional movements. After practicing SoulCore for about a year and seeing the positive impact that a mind and body routine had on her health, prayer life and family life, decided to become a certified leader. Through leading SoulCore classes at her parish St. Jude in Allen, she decided she could serve her community better by furthering her education in Pilates, which had become the base practice for the movement element of her classes. Tamara is a certified Mat Pilates Instructor (Polestar Pilates) a Group Fitness, and SoulCore Instructor.

Currently pursuing her Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certification and is a Studio Apprentice at McKinney Movement Center. Her greatest passion is introducing Pilates and mind / body fitness to those who have never experienced functional movement and combining it with internal prayer. She truly believes Pilates can improve the quality of life for any and everyBODY.

Tamara has also experienced first hand the positive effects of practicing Pilates consistently as therapy to improve the effects of aging and pregnancy/childbirth on the body. The goal of Tamara's group and private classes is for each participant to improve their individual and overall feeling of wellness, and to allow each person options to modify throughout the class for each exercise so they will feel empowered to fulfill their own potential, wherever they may be on the fitness spectrum.

DESTINY IGLESIAS

Barre Teacher & Pilates Studio Apprentice

BA, University of Oklahoma

Destiny Iglesias began her movement journey at the Kansas City Ballet School, where she trained primarily in ballet as well as several other forms of dance. She attended numerous summer intensives on scholarship across the U.S, including American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Met, and Alvin Ailey. During her senior year of high school, she was a Student Apprentice with Kansas City Ballet before attending The University of Oklahoma as a Ballet Pedagogy Major and a member of the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. While training in dance, Pilates was always part of the curriculum and naturally, she developed a passion for it as well! Ballet and Pilates were such a huge part of Destiny’s life for so long, that she is always eager to share the benefits of both!

After meeting her husband in college, Destiny took a break from the dance world to start a family and support her husband’s NFL career. During her break, she had 3 daughters and immersed herself in new career interests such as new construction, mortgage, and home renovations. However, she ultimately missed the dance and Pilates world!

Destiny recently completed her 250 hours Pilates certification through Evolve Your Teaching training program and is excited to finish her full comprehensive training as an apprentice at MMC! She has a passion for movement and knows how important it is for our bodies to be active. Her goal for her classes is to help clients understand how movement can be more than just exercise; She wants clients to understand it can be used to improve mental health, heal and prevent injuries, and can be challenging, yet so rewarding! Destiny wants to provide all the various benefits of movement in her fun, engaging, and all-inclusive classes!

Destiny is usually running her 3 daughters around to their various activities, but in her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going on walks, and playing ping pong or pickle ball with family and friends.

In addition to teaching Pilates and Barre, Destiny teaches ballet to Girls Team Competitive Gymnasts in Frisco.

STEPHANIE GORDON-MEEK

Pilates Instructor & Women's Health Specialist

Physical Therapist

Stephanie is a full time Physical Therapist at Integrated Physical Therapy in McKinney and has been teaching Pilates for over 20 years as a comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor through Polestar. She has experience in a variety of outpatient orthopedic settings and enjoys using Pilates based movement to reduce pain, enhance strength and improve functional mobility. She has her Physical Therapy degree from University of Colorado Health & Sciences Center and studied Health Care Administration at California State University/Long Beach.

Her Pilates journey began with her receiving her Pilates rehabilitation certification from Polestar Education. From there she saw improvements in many of her clients and pursued the Pilates for Buff Bones© Instructor Certification. She now specializes specifically in working with clients that need to build and maintain a healthy and balanced bone density program, specifically those with osteoporosis, osteopenia, arthritis or other joint related issues. She also has a passion for women's health and is a certified Pre & Post Natal Pilates Specialist through Center For Women's Fitness and is Graston certified M1.

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