Micah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington & Jefferson College in 1998, and has since honed his expertise in business management and client services. With years of sales and project management in corporate America, he built his business acumen and extraordinary customer care skills. His background organizing large projects and matching a product to his client’s needs prepared him to found and run The Verve 360˚.
It requires bold, forward thinking to envision a new direction and, more importantly, to act on it. Micah saw Pittsburgh as a city poised for radical re-invention. Downtown had resisted change for decades, but the signs were all pointing toward transformation.
To encourage the new direction, Micah, prompted by his partner Aubre, decided that the city needed a place with a unique concept that would both lead and encourage the coming changes. Together they were, “certain that Verve is the place Pittsburgh was looking for.”
Micah wanted to evolve the traditional spa model to create a space with a distinct and unique vibe. Pilates and yoga, massage, make-up, skin and facial care are all performed in a space unlike any other. But beyond the services, there is a subtle, notable element clients feel upon entering Verve – a sense of welcome that goes beyond simple customer service.
Client service is the priority for all of Verve’s professionals, and Micah’s commitment is that people feel welcome and taken care of on their first visit and every time after. He is clear that once people experience the space, the services and the distinctive employee dynamic that is Verve, they will want to return.
Come and join the Verve family and experience what 360˚ of wellness is all about.
Aubre J. Stacknick
Owner/Licensed Massage Therapist/Entrepreneur
Aubre began her entrepreneurial spirit far before she began her first endeavor at the young age of 18. This yearning came from a long ancestry of talented, creative and intelligent individuals. She spent many successful years as a business owner in both New Jersey and the Pocono’s building and designing custom homes.
Self-motivation and professional experience in financing, client relations, and project management prepared Aubre for her next entrepreneurial leap of faith. Being a visionary, Aubre decided that returning to her long time love of holistic medicine, Pilates and bodywork was what best suited her. After contemplating the where’s and when’s of opening a wellness facility such as Verve, Aubre returned to Pittsburgh where she frequented as a teenager and knew she’d eventually end up. “I knew the minute I got here that it was only a matter of time before Verve would be in motion. We are creating our own market here in Pittsburgh, nothing new to me. We are creating “the” center for health and wellness in downtown Pittsburgh.” Aubre says.
Much experience and many hours of education have proven to be the right formula for another successful undertaking. After 3 years of consideration and 1 year of planning with now partner Micah, Verve opened in December of 2007. Verve has had a tremendous beginning even thru the economic downturn in early to mid 2008 and looks forward to the incredible opportunities the future holds.
Thoughts from Aubre: “I believe in balance of body, mind and spirit. My work emphasizes this importance. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work with Professional musicians, singers, actors, dancers, athletes of every sort, and business people. My goal is to create bodywork sessions that address your specific needs. My focus has always been to support fluidity, vitality and restore your body to its’ original integrity. Each personalized bodywork session facilitates the healing process on every level through the power of intelligent and intuitive touch. My unique experience with massage in various medical fields such as plastic surgery, pre & peri-natal, neuromuscular, sports therapy and rehabilitation creates a thorough understanding of movement and healing in the human body. I am a firm believer in centering one’s life! Knowledge is power! Bringing these facets of wellness and health together continues to be my goal. This concept prompted the inception of VERVE 360. I love the historical aspect of Pittsburgh so I decided downtown was the only place to be.”
I was hired on as the manager for Verve 360 in early 2008. I grew up in the South Hills, and although I’ve moved out-of-state a few times, Pittsburgh has always been my home. In 2007 I married an amazing man, Jason, and gained a step-daughter, Isabella. We were living in Austin, Texas at the time where I was an Assistant Director at a Primrose School. I loved working with the children, and absolutely LOVED my job, but my husband and I felt too far away from our families in Pittsburgh. Luckily, my brother Micah and future sister-in-law Aubre were searching for administrative help for their new business, Verve 360.
When I started at Verve, we only occupied the third floor of the building and had two employees in addition to myself, a Pilates Instructor and an Esthetician. Through a lot of hard work and determination the business quickly began to flourish, and soon we were able to add more to our staff, including Yoga Instructors and additional Massage Therapists. In March of 2010, I went on maternity leave for my beautiful daughter, Evelyn, and when I returned 3 months later Verve had expanded even further! We now occupied the first floor with our new salon, adding Nail and Hair services to our menu.
My job has changed quite a bit since I began my career with Verve, but one thing has stayed the same; my passion for helping people and the enjoyment I get from working with family at a company I truly believe in. Our mission has always been to guide individuals on a path to health and wellness, and I have personally seen people transform their lives using the programs at Verve. I feel lucky to be a part of Verve 360 and plan to continue helping our clients achieve their goals in years to come.
Stylist/Colorist/ Nail Technician
Growing up in the beauty industry has always been inspiring for Brianne. Coming from a long line of hairdressers, styling comes quite naturally to her. Brianne trained while in high school at SUN Area Career and Technology in New Berlin, Pennsylvania, under Crystal Gutshall, a certified Pivot Point International instructor.
After graduating high school Brianne continued education at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for business management.
From there it was to Chicago, Illinois, to work under one of the industry’s leading experts in keratin bond hair extensions.
Brianne has continued education with companies such as Paul Mitchell, L’Oreal Professional, and HotHeads Hair Extensions. She is currently striving to continue her education and staying up to date with the latest techniques and styles. It is especially important to Brianne to give her clients personalized cuts, styles and color that reflect who they are and what they would like to project to the world. She also specializes in manicures, gel manicures and pedicures.
Artistic Director/Makeup Artist
Jacquelyn’s inspirations for becoming a hairdresser date back over ten years and she has been a part of the hairdressing culture since 2001. She feels the industry is profound in many ways, affecting the well-being and livelihood of women across the world.
As a stylist, she takes pride in helping women achieve and embrace their natural beauty and its simplicity to their fullest potential. By educating her clients on product and technique she liberates women from the daily chore of “styling” their hair.
Well-educated in the Jane Iredale mineral make up line, Jacquelyn holds true to the philosophy that make up should enhance your natural beauty, draw the eye towards your greatest features and add confidence to your daily life.
Jacquelyn has trained in haircutting and color in world-renowned institutes across the country and believes that continuing education is the foreground for exceptional work in the studio. She specializes in cutting according to the hair’s natural texture and assists her clients in achieving low-maintenance, signature looks. “ I believe that we should never have a bad hair day, if we have the right haircut.”
Originally from Scranton PA, Sam graduated from High school at Lackawanna Trial June 5th 2012. She attended Susquehanna County and Career Center (SCCTC) for cosmetology. While attending SCCTC Sam won an award for most outstanding and helpful student. She made high honors every semester at SCCTC. She graduated SCCTC June 7th 2012. She moved to Pittsburgh July 9th 2012 and started working at Verve. She then went to somerset New Jersey and got certified for Yonka, our skin care line. Sam specializes in men cut’s, waxing and facials. She also does nails.
Christy L. Gordon
Licensed Massage Therapist And Pilates Instructor
Christy, originally from Williamsport, PA, moved to the Pittsburgh area to expand her career in the alternative health care field. She has been in tune with the body and how it works since her early childhood as a gymnast. After an injury ended her gymnastics career, Christy received massage therapy to aid in recovery from knee surgery – and became hooked. She received training from Central PA School of Massage as a massage practitioner in 2004 and continued with an Advanced Bodyworker Degree from Career Training Academy in 2010.
Christy strives to provide her clients with customized therapeutic treatments for optimal results for their individual needs. She is highly skilled in a variety of modalities ranging from infant to geriatric. She offers a variety of therapies including Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, facilitated joint mobility stretching, and more! For her next step in the bodywork field, Christy is expanding with personal training through the Peak Pilates method. Come see Christy for your personal evaluation, and let her take care of you!
Licensed Massage Therapist/Bodyworker/Personal Trainer/Mind-Body Specialist
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Roxanne’s roots have firmly grounded in the heart of Pittsburgh, PA. She chose to attend Peabody High School in order to participate in the first responder program as an entry into the health field. Although her first interest was in Sports Medicine, she knew she couldn’t fail in her endeavors with a Business Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
After graduation she started dabbling in all of her many different interests. Nicknamed a “jack of all trades”, she actually earned her massage therapy certification while working as the Director of Education and Training for the PA League of Young Voters in 2008. Following her passion for helping people reach their optimal health and wellness, she is now a certified Personal Trainer specializing in the Mind-Body practices (Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi) which she has merged with her massage therapy practice. And she’s not stopping there! Her long-term goal is to complete her second degree in Health and Physical Education/Psychology to be a complete Mind-Body Specialist. Look for her articles in the Verve Newsletter for tips and tidbits of info about fitness and wellness, and schedule a specialized intro/consultation with her today!
Certified Level 2 Peak Pilates Trainer
Linda Williams began working in the working in the fitness industry in 1999 and started teaching Pilates a few years later. Over the past decade she’s has certified in various exercise classes including, Spinning, Yoga, Step, Kickboxing, water aerobics, and dance. However, Pilates was most instrumental in helping Linda’s body heal from injuries sustained in an aggressive instructor teaching schedule and marathon training. Linda runs 3 to 6 half-marathons yearly.
Wanting to be trained in a Classical Pilates training format, Linda chose The Peak Pilates system as her certifying program for Pilates. Linda has completed and tested out both the beginner and intermediate levels and hopes to complete the necessary Peak comprehensive trainer requirements in the year 2013.
As studio Director of Verve wellness, Linda manages the program, teaches 10 classes weekly and does private training. She’s personable, friendly and excited about help clients reach their full Pilates potential.
DeAndre is a Pittsburgh native with over a decade of experience as a salon owner and hair stylist. An alumni of North Hills Beauty Academy, located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, DeAndre became a certified Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor. Studying at various vocational institutes nationwide, he has secured many accreditations and awards.
Recognizing that both beauty and fashion represent dynamic roles in a person’s well-being, his mission is to make his clients look and feel their best and invests significant time and energy keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques. Specializing in natural looking, multi-dimensional hair color, all facets of hair cutting and ethnic hair, DeAndre can assist you in achieving your best look, inside and out!
Kat was born and raised in a small North Western town in Pennsylvania, where her individuality stood out among the crowd. After graduating high school, she immediately moved to Erie, PA. There, Kat began to focus on her creativity and individuality at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, and eventually started her career as a professional cosmetologist. Since then she has worked in all four corners of Pennsylvania, and also New York. Throughout her journey to Pittsburgh, Kat has gained a tremendous amount of experience with a variety of methods and techniques. Certified in Yonka skin products and Jane Iredale cosmetics, Kat offers more than just hair and nails. Come in and experience her outstanding customer service and all she has to offer!
Booty Barre / Yoga Instructor
Annalee Traylor, originally from Huntsville, AL, obtained her BFA from Point Park University in 2010 and has been dancing and choreographing professionally ever since. Most notably, Annalee danced for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, who were named top 25 to watch in 2012 by Dance Magazine, and she has also presented her choreography in NYC, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh. She currently teaches dance at various locations around the greater Pittsburgh area, and is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in Power Vinyasa Flow, as well as a certified Booty Barre instructor. Annalee absolutely loves having the opportunity to share her passion of dance through fitness and believes that hard work and a positive attitude will result in success.
Client Relations Manager
Heather, originally from Baltimore, MD, moved to the Pittsburgh area 8 years ago to fulfill her dreams of helping people and working in the wellness field. After studying psychology and social work in California University of PA she moved on to become a certified massage therapist in 2008, graduating from the Western School of Health and Business Careers. Since then she has had management positions in retail, food, salon and spa, and the wellness field and loves helping people feel better after every service. She enjoys being the beginning and ending contact for clients so they feel well taken care of and beautiful. She is passionate and dedicated to making Verve the most successful spa, salon and wellness center in the Pittsburgh area and to treat each individual like family to ensure every client leaves feeling happy, healthy, beautiful, and rejuvenated.
Originally from Cheswick, Pa Ben started training as a massage therapist at Pittsburgh Technical Institute In 2009. While there he saw an opportunity to not only learn the hands on skills of massage therapy but also become acquainted with the customer service aspects of the position as well earning an Associates degree in hospitality management in 2011. His goal is to provide his clients with peace of mind and body in an ever changing and often hectic world. He is familiar with a range of modalities from reflexology to hot stone. Focusing on deep tissue work and releasing tension in the neck and shoulders which may lead to severe headache difficulties. In September 2013 Ben is looking to complete a Theta Healing seminar and become a Theta Healing practitioner.
Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Joseph wasn’t really sure what career path to take. He worked with a handful of odd jobs, such as landscaping, cooking, painting and auto detailing. Not satisfied with his situation, he realized he wanted more so he started looking into furthering his education. In 2009 he walked into Empire Beauty School and was so impressed, he started classes the following week. Within a month of attending beauty school Joseph was hired as an assistant for a salon in Shadyside.
Joseph is a well-rounded stylist with training in Framesi, Redken and Goldwell hair color and also attended classes with the hairstylists from Good Morning America. Joseph loves the fact that doing hair is not a job to him. It’s a craft! Doing hair every day is not work for him at all. It’s art!
Jennifer Anderson, M.S.
Exercise Physiologist / Director of Exercise Programming
Form, focus, and fundamentals are the core of Jen Anderson’s personal training philosophy. With over 25 years of experience she focuses on quality programming catered to you as a unique entity. Being successful in your personal fitness goals means helping you not only learn how to exercise, but understanding the results that can be accomplished with consistent, positive programming. Specializing in post-rehabilitation and enhanced functional training is the reason Jen provides a service with proven results. Your initial meeting will entail an in depth personal assessment with the use of a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and a thorough review of your health history to establish realistic goals. The main focus is utilizing the FMS to pinpoint issues that may be preventing each individual from performing at their peak abilities…ultimately improving performance and preventing injury.
Amber Adams, a native of Philadelphia, began her dance training at the age of 2. Continuing her education at Slippery Rock University, she graduated with a B.A. in Dance in 2012 and a B.A. in mathematics in 2013. While at Slippery Rock, Amber focused on Modern Dance and performed in both student and faculty works. Currently, she is performing and continuing her training with artists and dance companies in the Pittsburgh area. Amber is a resident artist and assistant director for kNotDance. In addition to dancing professionally, Amber is also a dance instructor at local dance studios where teaching has become one of the most effective ways to share her passion for dance and movement with others.
Certified Yoga Instructor
Amanda Rubio is originally from Mars, Pennsylvania. She has lived in the Pittsburgh area most of her life, and currently resides in Mt. Washington. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with a bachelor of arts in Political Science, and later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2006. Amanda has been a practicing attorney in downtown Pittsburgh since 2006, and mainly focuses her practice in courtroom litigation. She has been an avid yoga student since first being introduced to the practice in 2007. Although she has mostly studied Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Amanda has also studied Rocket yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Bikram and Hatha yoga. In early 2014 Amanda decided to take her love of yoga to the next level and became a certified yoga teacher. She teaches Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the style of Baron Baptiste. Amanda finds that the combination of exercise and meditation through yoga brings her more awareness, peace and happiness, and hopes to translate that through her classes to her students.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Michael is a multifaceted therapist, with a background in Esalen, Shiatsu, Reiki and Pregnancy massage, as well as more traditional Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage. He got interested in massage after receiving massage for sports injuries, and realizing how much he was benefiting from the overall relaxation and stress relief as well.
We asked Michael what his favorite thing about massage is, and he responded: “As a therapist, I provide treatment, but the healing happens from within. I love it when I can help someone to really let go, and they drift into that place where they are totally relaxed. That place is magic in the truest sense – healing happens there.” As you can guess, he specializes in deep relaxation. His clients have included cancer patients, pregnant ladies, athletes, dancers, and folks just like you. Before dedicating himself to being a therapist full time, Michael was an Air Force officer, small business owner, and consultant in the Computer industry.