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 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.
I first discovered yoga in 2011 and have wanted more ever since. The clarity I felt after that first
practice kept me coming back to the mat. Yoga provides a deep sense of strength and release
that has been my foundation through life’s ever changing journey. I completed an Iyengar Yoga
Certification in 2016 which has broadened my knowledge, and developed my practice, bringing me closer to the light within. My teaching style is a mix of Vinyasa and Iyengar. I also teach Iyengar Rope Wall Yoga aka Yoga on the Ropes.
I believe in education and I love to study and pursue new things. I am inspired by the science of anatomy and I seek a deeper understanding of the mind- body connection which prompted me to embark on yet another path, Pilates. I am classically trained and certified through Peak Pilates.
I teach Pilates Intro classes as well as Pilates Equipment classes. I offer one on one private
training as well as group training. I love teaching and I wish to help others by sharing the art of movement and its healing effects on the mind/body/spirit and to motivate and guide those to health and wellness.
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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. Competing in SkillsUSA held in Kansas City, Missouri, Brianne was ranked 5th in the nation specializing in gorgeous up-dos perfect for weddings and formal events.
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.
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Kristin has been teaching aerial yoga at Verve 360 for over six years. She directs the Verve’s resident aerial dance company, bombyx collective, which she co-founded in 2014. As director of bombyx, Kristin has choreographed pieces for two Thrival Festivals and performed in Failure:Lab and Bricolage’s SAINTS TOUR. She danced and chanted in Sakshi Productions’ Prana/Breath at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York, performed in Cincinnati Contemporary Dance Theatre’s Performance Time and Art Series, and danced in CorningWorks’ production at the Mattress Factory here in her hometown. She studied acting and movement at the Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University and the American Conservatory Theatre. She is currently the Marketing Technology Director at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
I have worked in the Body Wellness industry as a Massage Therapist and Esthetician since 1994 I've worked at these 4 & 5 Star Resorts and Spa's: Ojai Country Club Resort and Spa, Ojai, CA, Barcara Resort and Spa, Santa Barbara, CA Nemacolin Resort and Spa, Farmington, PA. I have also worked for several small Day Spa’s, Chiropractors and Medical Spas.I am certified and have trained in many different modalities including but not limited to Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Pregnancy, Hot Stone, Medical massage, PNF Stretching, cupping and many Body Detox or Exfoliating treatments.In 2004 I became a licensed Esthetician and have worked with many different products including YonKa, which is the line we use here at Verve. I am also trained in using microdermabrasion and hydra facial machines, and facial waxing.I believe in taking care of our bodies, our minds and our spirit!
Dihlon has been a Massage Therapist/BodyWorker for over 20 years in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. For the past 7 years he has made Pittsburgh his home and was the senior Massage Therapist for The Health Club and SPA at The Fairmont Hotel. Over the years, Dihlon has developed his own therapeutic technique that enables deep relaxation and imparts a new lightness of being and freedom. Integrating Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Reflexology, Sports Massage and other massage modalities in an effort to create a unique healing experience for the individual. He is also a Reiki Master and has studied with Deane Juhan, author of ‘Job’s Body’, in the Trager Method, incorporating Resistance/Release work. Previous clients include The San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penquins, Steelers and the Pirates, as well as other professional athletes. Many famous Actors, Directors and Writers have also been with Dihlon from his years in Hollywood and in Pittsburgh.
Aimee has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for the last three years. Originally from Columbus, OH, she received her certification from the Columbus State Community College and moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2015. Aimee has experience and training in Hot Stone, Pre-Natal, Aromatherapy, Fibromyalgia treatment and stretching as well as standard Swedish massage techniques. In addition to massage, she enjoys reading, Yoga, watching movies and swimming.
Will is a certified aerial yoga instructor through Transcend Wellness and Yoga. He has additional training in yoga through YogaFit as well as training in yin yoga through Frame Works Yoga. Originally from Marietta Georgia, Will began practicing yoga in college while pursuing a degree in music theory and saxophone performance at the University of Arkansas. He moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2015 and has since graduated from Duquesne University with a masters in saxophone performance. He aspires to become a professor of music theory and to research the role of embodiment practices, such as yoga, in music theory pedagogy.
“I initially started yoga to manage my stress levels and to exercise my body. To my surprise, yoga provided so much more than that. Yoga facilitates my journey to find connection within myself and my curiosity to explore various practices. I immediately connected to aerial yoga the first time I got upside down because it assists advanced asanas and it makes me feel like I’m 6 years old again playing on the swings.”
Linda Williams is a seasoned level 2 Peak Pilates trainer with 10+ years of teaching experience. She’s been a part of the Verve family for 8 years. Her classes are taught in a classical format with lots of positive encouragement. Linda is working toward the completion of her level 3 certification with Peak Pilates and is always seeking to improve her fitness training skills. Linda is passionate about educating people and encouraging people to seek a real-life application approach to fitness, nutrition and balance with work and play. When she’s not training in the studio, her time is spent with children. Linda loves her life as an elementary Yoga/PE teacher and is equally committed to the teaching healthy movement to young and aging.
Evangela has always had a passion for hair and nails. She first started out as a shampoo girl in high school for Suzzie Jo's Beauty Salon in Uniontown, Pa. Suzzie taught her how to style, shampoo, relax and color all textures of hair. Evangela later graduated high school and stepped into the computer field. She attended IADT of Pittsburgh receiving her Associates degree in Computer Information Management. Although she tried several other fields from Medical Assisting and Web Design, she couldn't deny her love for the beauty industry. After having two children and becoming a stay at home mom, Evangela started doing nails from her home. Before she knew it, her list of clientele shot through the roof. So, Fall 2016 she finally enrolled in Empire Beauty School in North Hills and received her Cosmetology license June 2017. She graduated August 2017 and one month later she was hired at Verve 360.
Check out Eve's Instagram page @nailqueeneve
I’m a fun loving, eclectic, and energetic kind of person! I really like expressing myself through my craft, and really any form of the arts! I love my craft, because it’s the one jewel you wear, that can change the way you look at yourself! I’m passionate about cutting hair, and I’ve pursued advanced education in the field, studying at the Sassoon Academy, to further my understanding about the structure and form of the art of precision haircutting. A great hairstyle always starts with a great foundation cut!When it comes to color, I LOVE bright fashion colors, and really look forward to getting into some edgy colors paired with contemporary shapes! My love of art is what led me to become interested in cosmetology! I’ve always been interested in the arts, from painting and drawing, to costume jewelry, printmaking, and anything that piques my interest!
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Kelly is a certified yoga instructor through CorePower Yoga, and a certified mat Pilates instructor through Pilates Sol. Kelly's mentor and master trainer remains the only teacher in the world to have been certified through both Lolita San Miguel and Michele Larsson. She is has been practicing different forms of yoga since 2010, and Pilates since 2016. Previous to becoming a fitness instructor in 2016, Kelly taught in elementary schools and privately tutored individuals and small groups in English and Portuguese for 10 years. Kelly firmly believes that learning how to communicate with your body just like learning a language. The concentration required of both Pilates and yoga is a wonderful medium for opening up a dialogue with yourself. Through movement, communication, and a commitment to showing up for yourself consistently, you will develop an understanding of anatomy and muscle development in Kelly’s classes, as well as discover ways to tap into and develop your strength and flexibility.
Hi my name is Sonja! I just recently moved to Pittsburgh because i’m in love with the energy and vibe of this city! I started at a salon in Scranton, Pa where I worked as a Hair Stylist for 4 years. I have a lot of education under my belt from Vidal Sassoon cutting to Master Goldwell color classes from GK to Brazilian Blowouts and styling! I have many more services to offer in the future such as spray tanning, facials and nails.
Check out some of my work on Instagram @sonjastacknick.
My name is Hannah and I am a hairstylist, lash artist and nail technician. I came into the industry because I have such a passion for the beauty industry. I love making clients feel great about themselves and having a connection with them. I grew up and Pittsburgh and I’ve been in the industry for about 2 1/2 years now and I love every bit of it !
Hi, my name is Sarah. I have always had a passion for doing nails and making people feel their absolute best. The joy it brings people to get their hair, nails, makeup, etc. done ceases to amaze me. That is the biggest reason I wanted to be in the beauty industry. I am more focused on nails but I am excited to be offering spray tanning services as well. In addition to the beauty industry, I am very passionate about animals. Any free time I have is spent with my 3 dogs and 2 cats. I am very excited to join the Verve 360 team and help you feel beautiful on the inside and out.
My love for the beauty industry came at a young age from polishing my friends nails at a sleepover to curling their hair. At first it was just a hobby I enjoyed doing and then later in high school it became my passion. I attended my schools vocational program of cosmetology, this is where it really began. I was able to earn my high school diploma while receiving my cosmetology license. I graduated with my full license allowing me to expand my services. Nails and skin care is what I am most passionate about, this field has allowed me to help so many people feel good about themselves and that’s what I love the most about the beauty industry, helping others feel great and feel confident in there own skin. Education has always been a big part of my life, at the Verve 360 I am able to grow and learn as much as I possibly can, as well as being supported in reaching my goals. Expanding my skills has always been important to me, with the Verve 360I am able to learn skin care and eyelashes as well as many other services. I also am able to be a part of a forever growing industry with new advancements. My journey has only begun and I am so excited to see where else it will take me.
Haley is a native to the city of Pittsburgh. Graduating from Edinboro University with a Fine Arts degree, and later on from California University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in Teaching, she has pursued many artistic and creative venues to share her passions. This has brought her to the Verve's doorsteps where she enjoys working with our incredibly talented and highly experienced crew.
I help people engage in life, fully, by working with the body to eliminate interference and maximize the human potential that we all have to THRIVE. Through Chiropractic and educating clients on elevated nutrition, positive thought, proper movement, and stress-proofing our lives.
Before becoming a Chiropractor, I was a massage therapist and as fate had it, I had worked in a Chiropractic office. I always thought Chiropractic was JUST about back pain. Yet when I saw intense emotional, spiritual and physical healing – my perspective changed dramatically. I saw peoples’ lives change. I realized that I wanted to provide that to countless individuals to make more of an impact on the world and humankind.
Having a degree and advanced training in Nutrition, I enjoy helping my clients discover how to properly lose weight, increase muscle tone and live with energy!I try to see all people for who they are, that is human, spirit, love. I’ve been described as kind of a dork in many ways.
My faith in Chiropractic and our innate healing ability is limitless.Click HERE to read more.