INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Owner and Instructor: Jamie Ramey

Jamie Ramey graduated from Austin College with a B.A. in Psychology and History.  She first discovered pilates 10 years ago at Ability Physical Therapy with Dr. Colleen Grafa. From that day forward, a consistent Pilates practice has helped her manage scoliosis and back pain. Jamie believes Pilates leads to a stronger body and healthier posture that improves one’s quality of life outside the studio.  Jamie completed her Pilates training to become an instructor through Balanced Body with Karen Sanzo and Shelley Estes. She has been teaching pilates and working with physical therapy patients alongside Dr. Grafa for the past 10 years. She has a passion to help people heal and live a pain free life.

  

Instructor: Nicki Cunliffe

Nicki is an overall health enthusiast.  She discovered Pilates in 2016 through physical therapy with Dr. Colleen Grafa and Jamie Ramey.  Nicki Struggled with cervical vertigo for 2 years brought on by poor posture, and other factors.  With physical therapy, intensive dry needling sessions, and being introduced to Pilates the vertigo stopped.  Nicki immediately fell in love realizing it improved her overall quality of life.  She quickly began her instructor training in the Balanced Body program with Karen Sanzo and Shelly Estes.  Nicki has developed a true passion for the rehabilitation of the body, while working alongside Dr. Grafa with physical therapy patients.  Nicki loves to see her clients recognize the overall improvement to their own bodies.  She feels one of the most rewarding things is seeing a smile on her clients face while guiding them through their own journey of movement, form, and strength.

Instructor: Vickie Wilkins

Certified Balanced Body Instructor
Certified Club Pilates Instructor
Vickie Wilkins came to Ability Pilates in the fall of 2020.  She is a twenty-five year student of Pilates and began her career as an instructor by entering teacher training with Club Pilates and Balanced Body. Vickie brings a wealth of experience and education to our team.
She began her training with Club Pilates with Cara Bonney, her mentor and Master Trainer, a certified instructor by Stott Pilates and Master Trainer with Club Pilates.  Her Balanced Body training was under Karen Sanzo, MS, PT, and Master Trainer for Balanced Body. Karen Sanzo conducts Pilates certification workshops throughout the US and is based in Dallas.
She has also obtained certifications in Trigger Point, TRX, BOSU, FSM and Barre Above with Pilates Focus. She has also trained under Erika Quest, Balanced Body Master Trainer, in CPE chasses in Advanced Exo Chair, and advanced reformer. She has additional training in Neuroplasticity for Active Agers.  She is currently studying for the National Pilates Certification Exam.
Vickie’s love for helping others and passion for other’s overall health speaks volumes about her training and the way she teaches.  She teaches with passion, kindness, and an overall sense of acceptance of everyone in her class.  She strives to make each class challenging, rewarding, fun and therapeutic. Beneficiaries of her classes include those of all ages, collegiate and professional athletes, and those with neurological and other degenerative diseases.
Other than Pilates, Vickie loves spending time with her family and husband, Mike, who is also a beneficiary of her teaching, and with her two Berne doodle puppies, Berne and Bella.  She also enjoys vacationing and hiking in Colorado. 
The highlight of 2020 was when her son and daughter-in-law moved to Dallas, where he became the Assistant men’s golf coach for SMU, and she became a Continuum of Care Coordinator for Dallas Housing Alliance.