Karen Hughes, PTA, BS Degree in Health and Physical Education from Salisbury University, PHD in Naturopathy. She is the owner of Peninsula Pilates and Wellness. Hughes has been instructing fitness classes and programs for 30 years. She is a licensed physical therapist assistant but now does Pilates programming full time with an emphasis on Post Rehabilitation instruction in all fields of Physical Therapy.


Tessa Gallagher holds degrees in Psychology and Computer Programming. Her interests include family, health, fitness and travel and she enjoys working fitness into her daily life through running, tennis, and practicing Pilates, among other fun activities. Tessa and her husband have two sons and settled in Salisbury in 2009 when she began her Pilates training at Peninsula Pilates. Tessa’s certifications include Balanced Body Ballet Barre and Plyoga and can be found teaching barre and PLYOGA classes weekly at Peninsula Pilates and Wellness.   


Bev Sterling I was born and raised here in Salisbury. I attended dance school for 12 years where I learned ballet, tap and jazz. I began teaching fitness classes at Merritt Athletic Club in 1989 until they closed in 2008. Since then, I've taught at World Gym, YMCA, Z Craze-Z, Live Fit Gym, and here at Peninsula Pilates and Wellness - Ballet Barre. Through my years of teaching, I've learned so many forms of exercise, including Yoga and Pilates, which I love. My certifications include AFPA Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, Zumba and Centergy. I have a passion for teaching, helping people feel better about themselves, and pursuing a healthier lifestyle!


Jeanne Ruff has been involved in exercise and healthy lifestyle living for over twenty-five years. Her focus has been predominately in Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation; taking the components of an exercise program and applying them to patients with disease. Jeanne holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-La Cross. She is certified by the American Heart Association in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Jeanne is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Program Director. Jeanne has a passion for a variety of exercises such as running and cycling which led her to the area of Pilates which further complemented her own exercise program. The spring board and basic mat classes are her primary interest.


Nicole Abresch is a Salisbury University graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design. She received the SCW Ballet Barre Fitness Certification in 2016. An avid practitioner of ballet barre for over 3 years, Nicole began instructing classes at Ballet Barre Fitness in October of 2016. Although Nicole enjoys a variety of fitness activities, barre is her exercise of choice because it’s a full body workout that focuses on posture, strength and flexibility.


Tara Gladden has been actively practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching yoga since 2004, when she earned her 200-hour certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She has since gone on to study alignment with Rodney Yee, Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, and Chakra Yoga with Anodea Judith.  In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, she is a working artist, and the Art Galleries Manager at Salisbury University. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College.