Birkdale Village

Julie Mills

Julie has been a certified personal trainer since 1998 and holds certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). After completing her BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Julie built a successful home-based training business. She was drawn to Pilates because of its balanced approach to fitness. She became certified to teach Pilates through PhysicalMind Institute. She followed up with PhysicalMind's equipment-based Pilates certification program in 2002, which consisted of over 400 hours of intensive training. Julie is also a member of IDEA-Professional Fitness Organization and Pilates Method Alliance. She continues to train her clients with her favorite Joseph Pilates quote in mind "Physical... Read the profile >>

Katie Dixon

Kadi Fit

Honestly, I am just a girl who wanted to make a BIG change in my life. So, I decided to take all of my passions and share them with everyone. The journey began with the silly thought that I was building simply a fitness dance studio, but I soon learned that something far greater was in store for me... After sharing my story of how I was once "chained to a desk" and all of the other expectations society had of me, but one day chose to risk everything in order to free myself, and live my dreams, I realized that this place was more than fitness. We all have desires every single day to live boldly and make an impact. THUS were the beginnings of a Lifestyle Design Studio. I also wish to devote my life to helping and inspiring others. I will never allow physical or financial burdens... Read the profile >>

Kelly Fillnow

Kelly Fillnow spent her childhood going from morning gymnastics meets, to afternoon soccer practices, and then to evening softball games. During high school, she trained at Van der Meer tennis academy in Hilton Head Island with her twin sister and older brother. She went on to play number one singles and doubles at Davidson College for four years. While in college, she discovered a love for running and joined the cross country team. She ended up leading Davidson College to their first ever Southern Conference title and finished her career as a 10 time All Conference Honoree in tennis and cross country. Upon graduating, she went to Duke University, then ranked #1 in the nation. A few years after college, she stumbled into triathlon and finished 3rd in her first triathlon. She went on to... Read the profile >>

Meghan Fillnow

Meghan grew up as an active child competing in soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, and gymnastics. In high school, she moved to Hilton Head Island to train at Van Der Meer tennis academy and received a scholarship to play Division I college tennis at Davidson. Meghan went on to graduate school for elementary education and running became her new passion. Since then, Meghan has qualified for the Boston Marathon seven times, with a personal best time of 2:58:25. Meghan wanted a new challenge, and discovered a love for triathlon. In her second triathlon, she placed first overall. In her debut ironman, she qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships with a 10:45:04. Meghan was an elementary school teacher for eight years. She is now combining her love for teaching and fitness and... Read the profile >>

Sandy Raper

A student of yoga for over ten years, Sandy began teaching yoga in early 2003. Sandy’s passion to teach comes from a deep desire to serve and share the gift of the practice with as many students as she can. Sandy has found that through sustained practice as a student her service as a teacher has expanded and in her next steps along this journey she desires to pass along this gift by training teachers to teach yoga and refine their teaching. Sandy has been inspired by many great yoga teachers and honors every experience and opportunity that she has had to sit under their teachings. Sandy has spent extensive hours of training with her teacher, Rolf Gates (author of “Meditations from the Mat”), completing his 200 hour and 500 hour vinyasa yoga teacher trainings. Sandy desires to... Read the profile >>