Tessa Arneson

Owner of 9th and 9th Pilates

She purchased the studio from Verena because 9th and 9th is her happy place. She is passionate about fitness, whether it’s Pilates, yoga, running, hiking, tennis, surfing or just getting sweaty. Tessa doesn't sit still often. She originally got into Pilates to recover from a back injury from running. That was 7 years ago and now she's trained in Stott Pilates. She loves people, pooches, building communities and making brands better. She comes from the design world of interiors, branding, product development, and film. When Tessa is not at the Pilates studio, you may find her with her film crew Jmills Entertainment, or enjoying food on a patio somewhere.  She is always open to learning and growing, so please don't hesitate to tell her how we can improve our studio.


Frederika Steed   

A resident of Utah for the past 25 years, she originally moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah Ballet Department. It was there she was introduced to Pilates. She came back to Pilates and fitness training in 2007, and received my Full Stott Pilates certification in 2012. As part of her personal fitness training, she is also a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, a Crossfit Level One Instructor, a TRX trained instructor, CORE trained instructor, and ZENGA trained instructor. She is excited to keep you moving with her repertoire including, incorporating balance and strength to your regime. 


Jen Bergman

 A Salt Lake native and graduated from the University of Utah college of Health in 1994.  Her passions include all outside activities, especially in the warmer months.  She enjoys teaching fun, high-energy, classes that focus on muscles definition and core strength.  Jen has been teaching Pilates since 2006. She also teaches TRX and athletic conditioning classes.



Heather Blackburn

Heather is passionate about helping people through fitness. She believes that no matter what kind of shape you're in you can achieve new levels of fitness and health through correct training.   A Salt Lake native she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah. With over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry Heather has had the opportunity to work with people of all fitness levels from cardiac rehab patients at the University Hospital to professional athletes.

After almost 20 years of dance training, Heather discovered Pilates in 2006 and received her Stott Pilates training in 2007.  She has been teaching Pilates for the last 7 years and truly loves it. Heather is also certified in Kinesis, TRX and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. While not at work, she enjoys chasing after her energetic two children, gardening cycling, and spending time outside. 


Allison Shir

Allison recently moved to Salt Lake City to pursue her Master of FIne Arts in Modern Dance at the University of Utah.  She began teaching Pilates in 2007, while still a student in the undergraduate dance program at Florida State University.  Since then, she has gone on to pursue training and certification through Stott Pilates in Miami, and has taught in a variety of settings, including machine and matwork to groups and individuals in Tallahassee, Florida, Amsterdam, The Hague, and Tel Aviv.  She  continually develops her teaching skills and body awareness, not only through frequent Pilates training, but through explorations of other exercise and somatic forms such as yoga, acroyoga, Thai massage, Feldenkrais, and dance.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at 9th & 9th Pilates!



Annie Howard

Annie Howard MS,PT is a Connecticut native who found her place of serenity and inspiration in the Wasatch Mountains. With a masters degree in physical therapy, Annie is passionate about teaching the body to heal itself. Her specialty is helping people who have been affected by neurological dysfunction relearn to use their body and regain functional mobility.  Her love for pilates began several years ago while rehabilitating from an ACL repair and continues to experience musculoskeletal pain relief through regular practice. When not working or practicing pilates you can find her running in the mountains with her four legged buddy, riding two wheels, or skiing


Katie Meehan

Katie Meehan, a native of South Florida, moved to Salt Lake City, to attend the University of Utah. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. It was there that Katie started her Pilates education and her passion for the method has only grown since then. Katie is now trained in STOTT Pilates Mat and Reformer. During each class, she strives to create an upbeat and welcoming environment where her students can develop efficient movement patterns, reach their personal goals and have a few laughs!  Katie finds great joy in educating others on the value of Pilates and the positive impact it can have on his or her health.




Amanda Bennion

Amanda's Pilates journey began at the young age of 17.

Due to her rigorous ballet regimen, she developed scoliosis brought on by severe muscular imbalances. Her doctor recommended Pilates and she has been practicing it ever since.

Amanda has been certified in Reformer since 2007 and obtained her full certification in 2010. 

Amanda believes in the power of Pilates - Pilates has the power to make a good athlete great and the ability to help an elderly person walk up and down the stairs safely and easily; therefore, giving him/her the power of independence. Whether you are rehabilitating from injury, cross training for your sport, or simply want a fun and unique way to sweat, Pilates is for you!

Amanda no longer has scoliosis.    


Emily Motzkus

Emily is a Stott Certified Pilates Instructor for Mat and Reformer. She has also completed her Chair and Injuries and Special Populations Course. Emily believes in the healing power of Pilates! If you know her it is likely you have been dragged or coerced into taking a class only to discover the joy and physical rewards for yourself. When she is not teaching, Emily is studying poetry in Denver, planning her next vacation, and trying to see the world in a grain of sand. 


Corbett Brown

Corbett leads one of the most entertaining and challenging spin classes you will ever experience! In Corbett’s class you will sweat, laugh, and let out more "Ric Flair WOOs" than ever before in your life! Corbett’s music selection is outstanding, as is his use of props (AKA Tina Sparkle) in directing the class. You will love every minute of Corbett’s spin class! Aside from teaching spin, Corbett is an assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, enjoys sailing, cooking, and walking his dog, Mr. Foo. 



Amanda Kuhns

Studio Manager

Amanda K. is a recent transplant to the city of Salt from Clearwater Beach via Chicago. She received her BA and MA in social psychology, criminology, and law from the University of Florida where she also worked for the Athletic Department. She then attended DePaul Law School before finding out she was going to be a mom and returned to Florida for her husbands work. She spent her time in law school working in the domestic violence court system. She is a McNair scholar and former guest lecturer to accredited to universities. So why Stott Pilates?  After two back to back pregnancies and the inability to walk, a physical therapist and stott certified instructor had her mobile within a week where doctors and chiropractors failed. Once she found 9th and 9th, it's been happily ever after since. Amanda is trained in Stott Reformer and possesses a great deal of knowledge on post-partum healing. She loves art, coffee, her handicapped pup, and avoiding snow injuries with her family. 


Natasha Carrera

Natasha (Tash) is a young professional that is committed to creating better quality healthcare, has a passion for cultivating community connections, and an avid outdoor adventurer/wanderlust. She helps our studio sparkle by connecting us with partners throughout the greater Salt Lake community and boosting our social media presence. She is also a Schwinn® Certified cycling instructor and she aims to become a certified STOTT Pilates instructor in the near future as well. For now, you can catch her sweating it out in the early morning advanced reformer and Velo (spin) classes. 


Janelle Smith

Janelle is our stealthy behind the scenes savior. You won't see her working at a desk or teaching a class; but if you look around 9th and 9th and Maven West, the magical spirit of Janelle is everywhere. Those brilliant Chalk Murals? A hard copy handout that looks professional? Almost anything aesthetically pleasing? .... Yup, that's Janelle. She's so artistically inclined, her homes' interior design was featured by City Home Collective. She has a better Shoe game than Anna Wintour. You will probably ask her who styles her hair. However, that's not the only gift Janelle possesses! She is a statistical whiz kid. She's pulling and analyzing reports, data, and all the things that keep 9th and 9th the smooth running sparkly machine it is! Janelle also owns a Dinosaur, has two extremely athletically gifted children, and one very entertaining husband. She is a professional teenage chauffeur to boot. 


Mary Miller

Mary is passionate about actively living life. While she has spent her time with marathon, triathlon, and cross fit training she believes that nothing can compare to the benefits of a Pilates workout. Mary believes it is the core to all movement both in a gym as well as to life. She graduated  with a degree in Education but has since moved from teaching in the classroom to the studio. Mary is a NASM Certified personal trainer, TRX, Schwinn Cycle, and also STOTT PILATES® Certified in Mat and Reformer.