Melanie Archer-Dieveney owner/operator and lead trainer of Archer Pilates started Pilates 6yrs ago out having the need to re-invent herself after having been a preschool teacher and leaving that profession to be a full time mom.
She discovered Pilates when struggling to loose the last 20 lbs of her baby weight. The core principal and exercise worked wonders and after only 3 months of diligent Pilates workouts (3 times a week) she had her figure back and to her surprise her body was even better than before. She had more energy, better balance and more focus. It was then , when her daughter Grace was 2 yrs old she realized it was her calling . Feeling passionate she enrolled in the Stott certification program and became certified within 6 months. During the program she taught and practiced Pilates as much as possible with friends colleagues and taking classes.
After working for others she made the bold move for a single mother who wanted to provide better for her family to convert her garage at her home in Culver City into a studio that was welcoming to both the parent and their child. She had a vision and the drive to better her community, mind and body and it is that vision that got her notice by the Culver City Star and her first article.
Through word of mouth her dream grew slowly till her little studio walls were too small to contain her demand. So in March of 2009 during hard economic times Archer Pilates & Wellness opened its doors to offer her service to more people in a bigger facility, but she wanted to offer more than just Pilates. As the saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child” Melanie concluded that it takes more to care for the mind, body and soul. It takes a community of like minded individuals to come together and help others reach their goals. With this in mind she added chiropractic, Massage and physical therapy then took it a step further by also taking medical insurance. This is her vision and passion all under one roof.
Born in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up as an Army Brat,she lived al love rCalifornia, Alabama, Turkey, Germany, and Colorado. She now lives in Santa Monica. Her Pilates career began with her first job in L.A. working as a receptionist at a Physical Therapy/Pilates Studio in the Pacific Palisades. She completed the Body Arts and Science International Comprehensive Teacher Training Course in 2006. Her sessions emphasize the mind-body connection, stretching, strengthening, and relaxation. She believes strongly in Pilates for everyday stress management and overall well being!
Kelly was born in New York, and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After working in the corporate world for several years, searching for her dream job, she realized something was missing. It was during her first, private Pilates session that she found the missing link. As a dancer, she was naturally drawn to Pilates and realized her passion in life. A few weeks later in May of 2008, she enrolled in the STOTT Certification Program at the NY Training Center. She is now a Certified Instructor, amazed at the results it has to offer everyone and happy to be a new resident of California.