The Re:Gen Team

Jen began at an early age dancing, which was the beginning of movement for her. As she got older, she continued her dancing in all genres, while also pursuing her gift in singing. From the age of 9-30 years of age Jen was performing and touring for concerts and conferences sharing her love of music. Jen married her high school sweetheart Eddie, who became a Naval Fighter Pilot and began the military life of moving. As the change in Jen’s life set in, so did the anxiety that was always underneath the pressure to be everything to everyone. The perfectionism monster had creeped in. It wasn’t until 9/11 that the depression and anxiety became debilitating, and she fought hard to be strong. It was during a deployment that changed her life forever. A VHS tape of Bender Ball Pilates would be the saving grace in the middle of the night or day sometimes 3 to 4 times daily as it taught her how to breathe and reminded her, she was ok. After what seemed the longest journey in learning who she was, with counseling and support from her husband she began to see color and beauty around her again. With her husband's encouragement and support Jen began her journey of training in Pilates. All the while with two little girls. From Classical Mat Training to a full Comprehensive Contemporary Pilates Training through Person Best Pilates in Overland Park, KS. After graduating she moved to California where she opened her first Pilates studio. Moving over and over, reinventing herself and learning how to see it as an opportunity to grow and learn to build on the foundations of movement that heals. Jen has had the privilege of being published in Pilates Style Magazine and was on the cover of USAA Magazine celebrating Career Moves. Jen feels blessed to have learned from the best in the industry and is proud of the accumulative mind body experience we have created at Re:Gen. All that Re:Gen offers, Jen is fully certified in and more. Jen’s motto is to always teach from the core out no matter what modality is being taught. It is her joy to help others wherever they may be in their wellness journey. Whether coming from rehab or coming in to get a great workout, to learning to simply breathe. It is always her goal to help everyone feel the complete benefits of Pilates first and to second educate our clients to understand their bodies and go deeper in understanding themselves. At Re:Gen, the Teacher Training Program completes the journey for Jen as she is a teacher of teachers. It is important to her to continue teaching not just exercises but how to see alignment, listen to clients to truly hear them and most of all teaching our teachers to teach to the bodies in front of them. Through the training program Re:Gen offers an in-house apprenticeship where not one hour is missed. Every hour is an opportunity to become a better teacher. Jen truly loves what she does, no doubt you will see it come through in her teaching.

Jennifer Whitley - Owner/Lead Instructor – Master Trained

Bridget is a Louisiana native who moved to the great state of
Texas in 1986 with her family. She married her husband in 1998
and has since had two wonerful kids, Brandon and Breanna, who brings great joy to her life. Brian and Bridget have since grown together as a couple and as business partners. Brian owns a family car dealership in South Texas while Bridget pursues her passion in real estate investment and as a business entrepreneur. Together they own multiple rental properties.
Bridget loves doing business and life with Jen, her best friend and business partner. Re:Gen Pilates, established in 2017, was born because of a love, friendship and passion they both have for fitness. Although Bridget came to fitness later in life, fitness has helped her mind, body and soul. Movement brings healing and knows that Re:Gen encompasses that motto.

Bridget Willeford - Owner

When Amy is not at Re:Gen, she is most likely reading a book. She will read anything and everything but leans more towards Historical Fiction and enjoys re-reading the classics. She will probably be drinking a cup of tea while she reads; Berry & Chamomile is her favorite blend from Old Barrel Tea Co. She loves getting deeper into the Word through various Bible studies. She's very excited about a new one that will be released soon titled, "Faithful Before, Faithful Again", because her friend, Lynn Nitcher, is the author. She has fun with her dogs, Millie & Dolly. Millie is super chill, and Dolly is just plain crazy. She enjoys baking her sourdough bread and other sweet treats. Classic movies are her preference... anything starring Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Vivien Leigh, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor... the oldies but goodies. She listens to all types of music from the Beatles to 70s Love Songs, to Southern Gospel to Broadway to any genre from the 90s. Her favorite artist to have seen in person so far is Andrea Bocelli, even over Dolly Parton which is saying a lot y'all since Amy adores Dolly. She loves spending time with her "hot hubby" of 20 years, Matthew. They like to get out of the house when it's pretty and walk around Arbor Hills Preserve, Dallas Arboretum, or around downtown McKinney. Some of their favorites downtown are Filter'd Coffee, Patina Green for artisanal sandwiches, Guava Tree for amazing quick Cuban, and Harvest for farm-to-table goodness. They are also known to make the drive to NorthPark Center just to pop into Eataly for Italian food while people-watching. Amy calls visiting NorthPark a form of exercise as 1 lap around the bottom floor of North Park clocks in at 1.3 miles. 😉 There's your excuse ladies! Amy's absolute favorite thing is family time, and she is the happiest when her son, Bradley, is home from college. The Dovels have a lot of fun just being together. They are notorious for pranking each other to the point of making each other scream & skip a few heartbeats; it's just their thing. They enjoy playing board games together, going to the movies, and taking little trips. Some of their favorite places to visit are Ruidoso, Rosemary Beach, the Texas Hill Country, Broken Bow, and Disney. They are all roller-coaster fanatics. They enjoy being active, and they all love their pilates. They are proud Texans and will always cheer on their Texas Rangers and their Dallas Cowboys. 💙

Amy Dovel - Studio Manager

Vanessa began her fitness career as a group fitness instructor in 2014 at the cusp of running half marathons and retiring from professional cheerleading. At that time, she held certifications as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor, PIYO Instructor, Trampoline Fitness, NASM Personal Trainer, and certified in CPR and First Aid. Vanessa met the owners of the soon-to-be Re:Gen Pilates studio and immediately began to train in Spin and soon after added a Lagree Fitness certification. She taught spin and Lagree part-time at Re:Gen for some time before happily walking away from all of the other genres that she had been teaching and devoting that time to the ultimate certification: Pilates Mat and Reformer. Vanessa has been at Re:Gen since October of 2017 and has found it to be a home away from home. Because life isn't complete without a small dose of chaos, Vanessa is married and has two children and a kitten and is currently in school part-time pursuing a degree in nursing. Vanessa loves Re:Gen and all that it encompasses wholeheartedly and is thankful each and every day to be a part of a loving and honorable establishment.

Vanessa Forman - Instructor

Dana attended Texas A&M University and began her career as an elementary teacher and school administrator. After staying home for a few years after the birth of her second son, Dana decided to combine her love of group fitness and teaching to become a fitness instructor. She has six years of experience in the group fitness industry. After teaching indoor cycle, TRX, PiYo, and strength training for several years she joined the Re:Gen team in March of 2018 as a Lagree and cycle instructor. Once she fell in love with Lagree she decided the natural next step was to pursue her comprehensive Pilates certification. Dana holds certifications in AFAA Group Fitness, Mad Dogg Spin Power, PiYo, TRX, Lagree, and Pilates. She most recently participated in Booty Barre training with her fellow Re:Gen instructors. Dana loves helping people find joy in movement and community. She believes in meeting clients where they are and helping them connect their mind and body to become both physically and mentally stronger. When not teaching she enjoys taking class from other Re:Gen instructors, walking & hiking,
reading, and spending time with her husband, two boys, and cat Pretzel.

Dana Ewing - Instructor

Beth has been an exercise instructor for fifteen years and is certified in Bender Barre, Barre Above, and will add Booty Barre soon. She completed her 200-hour yoga training in 2018. She is currently certified in Pilates Mat and is working to complete the Pilates reformer 500 hour training this year. Beth has been a part of the Re:Gen family since 2018 and teaches barre and yoga classes. She discovered Re:Gen while driving on Prosper Trail and after meeting with Jen and Bridget she knew immediately she would love to teach there. Re:Gen is so great because the instructors are so special and unique. They have the best clients, owners, and studio manager. Beth and her fabulous husband live in Celina. They have two wonderful boys and an amazing pup. She loves spending time with her family watching sports, going to concerts, and walking their dog.


Beth Williams - Instructor

Maggie was born in Florida but grew up in North Texas. In 2007 she graduated from Southern Methodist University. After several years in Marketing, she moved to Prosper in 2017 with her husband Landon and decided to stay home with their son Cash. In 2021 they added their daughter Lily to the family. Maggie started Spin in 2007 and Pilates in 2015. After moving to Prosper, she was looking for a place that offered both. What a blessing when Re:Gen opened across the street! When they added Lagree, Maggie loved the way it combined the cardio of Spin with the strength and flexibility of Pilates. In 2018 she decided to take her love of Pilates to the next level by beginning the Re:Gen Pilates Certification Program. She trained in Cycle in 2020 and received her Pilates and Lagree certifications in 2021. As someone that’s struggled with anxiety, movement and breath have always helped. Maggie loves creating workouts that make you sweat, but also appreciates slowing down to find the breath work in Pilates. Some days you need to breathe heavy and push your body and other days you need to slow down and appreciate every breath and movement. She loves that no matter which option you choose it never gets easy and constantly pushes you to the next level mentally and physically.

Maggie Owens - Instructor

Colette is a Louisiana girl born and raised. She moved to Texas over 20 years ago. She attended LSU where she studied nursing. Colette’s career after LSU ranges from software marketing sales to medical sales. She is married with 4 children. Colette has been a member at Re:Gen since 2019. Her entire life she has dealt with extreme anxiety. Pilates changed her life by giving her the mind and body connection to help with the anxiety. She loved Pilates so much she decided to become a fully certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor. Colette is trained in Cycle, Lagree Fitness, and in Pilates. She believes that Pilates has a way of gravitating people together, and Re:Gen truly is her family. Fitness isn’t just a career for Colette; it’s a passion, and it's her passion to give what she has learned back to her clients.

Colette James - Instructor

Alena is the second oldest of 5 children and currently resides in Frisco, TX. Currently a college student at UNT seeking to graduate Fall 2022 with her Bachelor’s of Arts and Science. Her degree focus is in Administration, Social Wellness & Community, and Hospitality. Between school and working, she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, and sweet pup. She has been consistently taking Pilates for two years at Re:Gen. “Re:Gen is more than just a place to work out, it is a community”. Alena was introduced to Pilates through a friend, and fell in love with the practice and Re:Gen. She initially began coming to gain strength & flexibility and in result has never been in this great of shape. Not only looking better but feeling better and stronger. Being a full-time college student, she wasn’t sure if going through the training program would be the right timing. Without a doubt it was the best decision she’s made, not only being able to become better for herself but learning so she can help others be better and feel good inside and out.

Alena Lokar - Instructor

Kaycee came to Re:Gen in January of 2021 knowing nothing
about Pilates or Lagree. After doing almost two months of
reformer classes, Kaycee tried a Lagree class and never looked
back! She took Lagree almost every day for the last 6 months of 2021. Kaycee got her Lagree Certification in October 2021 and
started teaching Lagree at Re:Gen in January 2022. “I love how challenging every single Lagree class is, no matter how long you’ve been taking it! It’s so awesome to see and feel yourself getting stronger with each class. I’m so excited to start teaching at Re:Gen and to share my love for Lagree!”

KAYCEE SHIELDS - INSTRUCTOR 

Christina has been teaching Group Fitness classes since 2014 at various large gyms and studios in North Texas. She quickly fell in love with Pilates and Barre formats after earning certifications in PiYo, Piloxing Barre, POP Pilates, Bootybarre, and bbarreless. Christina has a passion for creating workouts that are fun, effective, challenging, yet accessible for all fitness levels. Additionally, she has a love for building community where positivity, body confidence, and uplifting others are always at the forefront.  

Christina holds an ACE Group Fitness Certification, Functional Training Specialist Certification, and is currently enrolled in Pre/Postnatal Instructor Education. She resides in Prosper, Texas with her husband, two children, and two fur babies.

CHRISTINA WOODLEY - Instructor

Lighthearted, fun, and fearless— get ready to explore uncharted territory and discover what’s possible on your mat. Casey Merkling, (E-RYT 200, YACEP) comes to us with 10 years of teaching experience in a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa Flow and Yin. Her classes will take you through dance-like yoga flows that will keep your body moving and your muscles guessing while strengthening your mind and filling your cup! With options to meet and challenge any experience level, you’ll leave feeling confident, strong, fearless, and balanced— and who doesn’t need more of that? 

CASEY MERKLING - Instructor

Quinn is truly a hot yoga devotee! After struggling with her weight for 30+ years and having tried every type of exercise program and diet under the sun, she finally found what worked for her body with hot yoga in 2019. She fell in love and began practicing 5-6 days per week. She found that it not only helped her with weight loss, but began to ease depression and anxiety, helped her gain self-confidence, and introduced her to a community of people that have become her best friends. After 3 years of consistent practice and having lost 85 pounds, she decided it was time to get her teaching certification and share her love for hot yoga professionally. She earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification in February 2022 and teaches Vinyasa, power, and slow flow formats.
 
Originally from Indianapolis, Quinn grew up in Chicago, and spent 7 years living in Aspen, Colorado. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2007 with a degree in Political Science. Quinn moved to Texas with her husband, David, in 2008 and has lived in Celina for 5 years. She has 2 sons, Rylan and Jacob, and is a full-time real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty.
 
Quinn is passionate about the benefits of hot yoga and looks forward to sharing that passion with the Re:Gen community. She can’t wait to see you in class!

Quinn RAY - Instructor

"Yolanda was born and raised in Juárez, Mexico. Moved to the United States as a teenager. She is married with 3 children and has a lovely golden doodle named Farah. In 2016 she moved to Prosper, and became a member at Re:Gen in 2018 after dealing with anxiety for some time. Through Pilates she found a way of connecting with her mind and body which helped her find a healthier lifestyle. This is the reason why she decided to become a fully certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor. Pilates is a very important part of her life. It brings balance, purpose and helps her become stronger mentally and physically. She is excited to keep learning through helping others feel good inside and out."

Yolie- Instructor/substitute

Dr. Janine Kreft has had many passions around creativity & wellness. She spent 17 years of her childhood & young adult life training in ballet & performing professionally. During these years, she was introduced to Pilates & Hot Yoga as ways to cross train & build strength for dance. After experiencing a life-threatening medical issue in her early 20’s & thereby quitting ballet, she began working with a therapist to recover from depression, panic attacks, & disordered eating. She found so much benefit & love for psychology in her healing process, that she decided to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In 2015, she graduated & worked for several years at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wyoming. Although she loved facilitating Veterans’ recovery from trauma, she yearned for the freedom & self-development of entrepreneurship. She established her company, Kreft’s Couch in early 2021 & now offers Mental Wellness Coaching to clients around the world. Janine is passionate about holistic healing, energetics & spirituality. Most days you can find Janine at ReGen taking class, filming Tiktoks & facilitating clients in her online space. She is thrilled to be part of the ReGen team & has found an abundance of healing & community in her process of becoming a yoga instructor there. You can find Janine @kreftscouch on IG, Tiktok & YouTube!

Dr. Janine Kreft - Instructor

Alli grew up in Utah and graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Elementary Education, and then she taught third grade for four years. She has always had a love of movement while growing up dancing and cheerleading. When she first came to Re:Gen she had been lifting weights and practicing Mat Pilates and Yoga but then quickly became obsessed with the Reformer. She then started the Comprehensive Pilates Training Program in 2022 and finishing in 2023. Alli loves Pilates because of the Mind/Body aspect as well as the graceful strength training. She lives in Prosper with her husband and three beautiful kids and enjoys being at the ballpark watching her boys play baseball, being a dance mom, teaching her husband Pilates, reading and making jewelry.

Allison Davies - INstructor