Professionals at Trinity Pilates
Most days of the week, you will find a steady flow of clients in and out of the intimate home studio that is Trinity Pilates. Heather teaches privates, semi-privates, and small group classes nearly every day. However, she is lucky to have a Pilates-trained Physical Therapist colleague treat patients at the studio on Tuesdays, and some other days as needed. Read more about what Heather and Julie have to offer below.
Heather Smith, Owner
Heather King-Smith, MPH, PMA-CPT has been teaching Pilates since 2000, completing her Pilates certification just after graduating from Emory University's School of Public Health. She began her Pilates adventure with the Pilates Guild, and studied and passed her final practical exam with Pilates elder Romana Kryzanowska. As a former dancer Heather was drawn to the mindful movement of Pilates, and loves the graceful movement Pilates imbues its regular practioners. Understanding the benefits of Pilates as cross training, injury prevention, and preparation for childbirth, Heather maintained a regular practice of Pilates while training for the Athens to Atlanta Inline Skate Marathon in 2001 and 2002, and practiced Pilates throughout her two pregnancies in 2003 and 2006.
A perinneal learner, Heather continues to study a variety of movement modalities for her own practice and for her clients. Heather has a background in dance, yoga, and fitness, and incorporates elements from each of these into her work. She enjoys work in post-rehabilitation Pilates, having taught since 2006 at a physiotherapy clinic in Atlanta called One on One Physical Therapy, which uses Pilates to transition patients from therapy to fitness.
In 2009 Heather joined Balanced Body's faculty, and teaches other Pilates teachers, from their initial training through to continuing education. Heather has developed her own curriculum for physiotherapists to learn to teach Pilates, as well as unique, evidence-based courses for Pilates teachers. Learn more about those courses here.
A Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance, Heather also is Level 1 Functional Movement Screen FMS Certified, and is working on completing certifications through NeuroKinetic Therapy Level 1 and Redcord Active. She also has completed several yoga teacher training programs, including one with David Swenson and one with Core Power Yoga. She has served as adjunct faculty at Emory University School of Medicine's Physical Therapy program since 2012.
Heather lives in Decatur with her two daughters, husband, and dog Rocco (the studio mascot, who watches from his own window into the studio from the backyard). She enjoys running, reading, cooking, and going to the Florida Gulf Coast beaches and North Carolina mountains whenever possible.
Dr. Julie Granger PT, DPT, SCS is a board certified sports physical therapist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance--the highest level of Pilates certification available internationally. She is licensed to practice physical therapy in the State of Georgia. She specializes in working with athletes and active individuals of all ages and backgrounds, particularly endurance athletes (runners, cyclists, and triathletes), young (kid, ‘tween, teen) athletes, special issues pertaining to female athletes including pregnancy and postpartum stages, and individuals with chronic and persistent pain conditions. She is the founder of Performance Rehabilitation and Integrative Sports Medicine (PRISM Wellness), a boutique physical therapy, wellness and performance consulting practice where she is able to educate, empower, and elevate her clients to reach all facets of their wellness and fitness goals.
Julie has been teaching Pilates since 2008 and continues to practice Pilates and Redcord Neurac in her free time. She finds that she cannot separate her Pilates and Physical Therapy knowledge and skills from each other, and strives to incorporate a holistic approach to her client management. Julie serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy program, teaching a Pilates for Rehabilitation elective course alongside Heather King-Smith. In her free time, Julie enjoys cycling, paddleboard, walking, hiking, and her first true love: swimming. She swam competitively for 16 years and is a former NCAA Division 1 swimmer who competed for the Duke Blue Devils, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University. Julie is an Atlanta native and also enjoys any type of artistic or creative pursuit from painting to crafting, spending time with her very active husband, Daniel, and sampling all of the wonderful food outlets that Atlanta has to offer.
Julie sees clients at Trinity Pilates on Tuesdays. In addition she offers flexible appointment scheduling including after work and after school hours and weekends by special request. Visit PRISM Wellness here for more information.