Neely Hufnagel, Owner/Pilates Instructor
Neely Hufnagel, a Calgary native and a former competitive downhill skier, continued her athletic venture playing collegiate volleyball at Montclair State and moved to Jacksonville Florida in 2002 where she earned an MBA at University of North Florida. With her father being a former Professional football player, a Professional coach and presently a General Manager for a professional football team, Neely’s up bringing has been centered around both athletics and fitness. She became a certified personal trainer where she developed an intensive weight-lifting regimen to prepare for her physique competitions. Neely decided to integrate Pilates into her personal fitness training. Pilates transformed her body, helping her to win her first physique competition and gave her the true mind-body connection and focus that had been missing from her existing routine.
Neely founded Pilates on 3rd in 2012. She aspired to create a studio where she could share her passion for Pilates as well as the positive impact Pilates has on the whole health – mind, body, and spirit – of those who practice it.
Nichele McDonald, Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor
Nichele’s interest in the fitness world evolved from her desire to focus on preventative health by using nutritional foods as medicine along with yoga and fitness. She is a Jacksonville native, a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Dance) and the University of North Florida with a BS in Health Science/Exercise Science. She is 500 hour RYT certified through the Yoga Alliance and has an extensive background in dance and gymnastics including professional cheerleader for the Roar of the Jacksonville Jaguars. She is also certified with NAKA Athletics Freestyle Connections with Carl Paoli. She has spent years building corporate wellness programs as well as individual training plans. Her passion for yoga, pilates and fitness derives from years of dance & fitness and the dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Her focus is on the importance of nutrition to fuel our bodies to maintain and build strength and endurance to create the best “You” possible!
Julie Garcia, Certified Pilates Instructor
Julie Garcia completed her Masters in Dance Education from New York University in 2009 and her Pilates certifications from PHI in 2014. As a professional dancer in a variety of styles, she has taught at Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway, 92nd Street Y, the American Tap Dance Foundation, Boston University, New York University, Long Island University, Jacksonville University and the Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Julie is now living in her hometown of Jacksonville, Fl. and continues to teach dance, Da Vinci BodyBoard and Pilates. With her continued commitment to the body and its wellness, Julie is thrilled to be a part of the staff at Pilates on 3rd!
Tricia Cooper, Certified Pilates Instructor
Tricia started as a student Pilates on 3rd over 3 years ago and was hooked from Day 1! Always having been active, she was excited to find such a new and challenging practice. Tricia had been doing yoga for years and is a RYT-200 hr, but tried her first class at P3 at the recommendation of her brother (who is a trainer and competitive power lifter) as a way to help build muscle and recover from the birth of her daughter.
Pilates has totally transformed Tricia’s body to be so much stronger than ever before and gives her the energy to keep up with her three little ones. Tricia’s husband is a Chiropractor and she places a great deal of value on the importance of an anatomically sound work-out. She was so excited see the benefits of Pilates on lengthening and strengthening the spine and entire core, which is an often-missed part of typical exercise. She was incredibly happy to see and feel the difference in how Pilates works to tone, helps with proper alignment, strengthens everywhere, builds flexibility, and stabilize the core through controlled and precise movements.
Tricia began her Pilates certification in Jan. 2015 and is constantly looking for new ways to engage her students. She loves that it never gets easier because there are always new challenges! Being active in Pilates through her third pregnancy has inspired Tricia even more to get people practicing Pilates because of the amazing way it makes your body feel, look, and develop. Her journey at P3 has been so positive and life changing and she is inspired and grateful to help others on the same path!
Kirston Erickson, Certified Pilates Instructor
Kirstie attended the University of South Florida in Tampa where she earned her degree in Criminology. After completing her education in Tampa, Kirstie moved back home to study and prepare for her next educational pursuit, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where she received a degree in Psychology. Kirstie’s journey with Pilates started in 2010 back in her home town of New Smyrna beach when she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s disorder. Sjogren’s is an autoimmune disorder that causes joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Kirstie was determined to find a way to continue her athletic training while maintaining a healthy life style and doing it all without pain. Kirstie started taking private reformer sessions at a local gym and immediately began seeing and feeling the results of Pilates.
Kirstie began taking classes at Pilates on 3rd in 2014, 5 to 6 days a week. Kirstie is certified through Body Balance Institute as well as through PHI Pilates. Kirstie’s certifications include: Mat I, Mat II, Mat with props, Reformer I & 2, as well as, Pre and Post Natal Pregnancy certified. Kirstie plans to receive more education and training with her Pilates career and she looks forward to sharing her love and experience with her practice to all she meets. Kirstie is very excited to join the amazing team at Pilates on 3rd!
“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” – Joseph Pilates
Jessica Hammond, Certified Pilates Instructor
Jessica graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She relocated to the city of San Diego where her Yoga path began at the Iyengar Yoga Studio of San Diego. It was in that studio where Sri Arun H.S. named her the "small wonder." The seed for Yoga as a way of life became embedded.
he then moved to Louisiana and co-facilitated the opening of Body Factory Lafayette, a cutting edge facility. She managed the facility for six years and taught over 6,000 Lagree, core cycling, barre and yoga classes. During that time Jessica became TPI certified (Titleist Performance Institute) and started an exceptional golf fitness training program at the Body Factory. Combining Yoga and Lagree she has assisted many golfers in attaining the flexibility, strength (specialty gluts) and power necessary to have the best swing possible. Her ability to incorporate the tenants of Yoga and the concept of mindfulness have been an asset to the mental component of the golfer’s game.
Jessica moved to Jacksonville Beach in 2017, attained her Pilates certification through Body Balance Institute and joined Pilates on 3rd.
Jessica is well known for her vibrant energy and honest teaching style. She has a keen eye and her meticulousness ensures that you will be provided with a thorough assessment and optimal outcome. She motivates, encourages and takes clients to the next level. She has the ability to make you smile while demanding your best. She utilizes her energy to guide you. Her gratitude remains deep every time she sees clients arrive for class. She appreciates the opportunities to help others grow while learning from them as well.
Rachel sassooa, Certified Pilates Instructor
Rachel found Pilates on 3rd a few months after moving to Jacksonville Beach in 2015 to return to an office job in the travel industry after years of living abroad. Transitioning back to a sedentary job was challenging so she began looking for a low intensity full body workout. Having been born with hip dysplasia she has struggled with pain and discomfort from her lower back down to her ankles throughout her life. After spending most of her teen years in physical therapy for hip and knee problems she thought her options would be extremely limited. She sporadically took yoga, aerial yoga, mat Pilates and kickboxing classes over the years, but never truly enjoyed working out until getting on the reformer! She was hooked from day 1 and soon she was in the studio 5-6 days a week. Pilates began to transform her body and she noticed muscles she’d never had before and became much more aware of her body’s movements and the improvements to her posture. After the boost in confidence the reformer sessions gave her she was able to pick up weights for the first time ever while taking a Pilates Blast class. The class showed her how to take the fundamentals of Pilates training and utilize them in new and diverse exercises as well as everyday life.
She began her instructor training in January 2017 with PHI Pilates founder Christine Romani-Ruby and has continued to train with master trainer Ariel Hernandez to complete her certifications in Mat Pilates (level 1 & 2), Pilates Mat with Props, Reformer Pilates (level 1 & 2), Pilates Arcs and Barrels, Tower/Cadillac and Wunda/Combo chair. She loves learning new techniques and move combinations to keep Pilates exciting and to incorporate all of P3’s equipment in her classes.