About Our Boutique Fitness and Wellness Center
Anchor Barre Fitness & Wellness Studio is a boutique fitness and wellness center offering a variety of empowering fitness classes and inspiring workshops. From signature Anchor Barre to Buti® Yoga, POUND® to Vinyasa Yoga, and more, we have the classes you need. Our studio welcomes clients of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and fitness levels who are looking to feel more grounded, calm and connected through movement. Get to know more about our fitness staff in Taunton, MA.
About Our Fitness Staff
Owner and instructor, Melynda Gates, has combined her background in business and her passion for movement and music to create a space that facilitates challenging workouts in a calming and encouraging environment. The mission at our studio is to provide our clients with a place to let go of all their "stuff" from the day and find a moment to themselves to connect, sweat, and strengthen – physically, mentally, and emotionally – ultimately becoming more, well…anchored.
Melynda Gates, Captain of the Ship
A few years ago, Melynda was searching for a new fitness outlet when she was introduced to barre by fellow instructor Caitlin Dermody. After one class, she was sure that she had found something special. She was drawn to the connection between fitness and mindfulness, something she had never experienced before when taking classes. Melynda took all the classes she could fit into her busy schedule, trying to balance her job and two kids with her new love of barre. A year later, she became Mind Body Barre, and POUND® certified so that she could share her love of barre with others. She is so excited to join the Anchor Barre crew!
Official Crew Members
Kimberly began her fitness journey and love affair with barre as a client at Mind Body Barre in 2011. After just a few classes, Kimberly realized that she had found so much more than a typical fitness class. She had found a way to fuse her love of dance and music with a practice that goes beyond physical movement to encourage mental and emotional well-being within an empowering and supportive community.
In 2013, after a couple of years using barre classes as a tool to help work through personal challenges and battle depression, Kimberly became certified as a Mind Body Barre instructor. She went on to expand her love of combining fitness and fun by becoming certified in Poundfit®, Zumba®, CIZE™ Live, BUTI® Yoga, and BUTI® Sculpt.
In 2017, Kimberly felt compelled to expand the reach of the mind/body fitness approach, and thus Anchor Barre Business & Wellness Studio was born. Kimberly is currently an ACE® Group certified instructor and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. A true believer that movement is the best medicine, Kimberly continues to find new methods for herself and her clients to have fun with movement in ways that lead to being happier, healthier, and more grounded – body, mind, and soul.
Darah has always had a love for fitness. She began dance at the age of three and has not stopped moving her body since then. Scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2019, Darah attends Bridgewater State University, where she studies Elementary Education and Dance Education. In the spring of 2016, Darah attended her first BUTI Yoga class and fell in love. In February 2017, Darah became BUTI® Yoga certified and began teaching courses at BSU in the dance studios. When an opportunity to teach at Anchor Barre arose, she jumped without hesitation. Anchor Barre and BUTI® Yoga continue to open so many doors for Darah. Her journey is only just beginning, and she is forever grateful.
Caitlin has always had a love for physical activity. After doing gymnastics as a child, Caitlin enjoyed competing in soccer, basketball, softball, cheerleading, and tennis throughout high school and college. She always felt better when she was physically active, so as an adult, Caitlin struggled with her fitness journey once she no longer had the outlet of team sports (she prefers not to run unless someone is chasing her).
When Caitlin began taking barre classes in 2013, she was hooked. In the spring of 2014, Caitlin became certified as a Mind Body Barre instructor and Poundfit® Pro. In 2017, Caitlin was lucky enough to join the Anchor Barre crew. She is a big believer in the mind/body fitness approach and hopes everyone leaves her classes feeling stronger, lighter, and happier.
Heather truly believes that creativity is the key to happiness. With a background in gymnastics and cheerleading, Heather has always loved to express herself in forms of movement. She is constantly reminding her students that practice is key, and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Heather is a certified BUTI® Yoga Instructor and is expanding her practice in the fall with the 200-hour yoga teacher training course.
She has vowed to herself to always be a student and never to stop learning in this ongoing journey. She also believes that balance and simplicity are key elements to a beautiful life: Stop what you’re doing and look up at the moon; have that mimosa (or two!) – you deserve it. Off the mat, Heather loves spending time on the beach with her hub and two Wheaten Terriers as well as designing home décor.
Courtney has been practicing yoga intermittently for the past 13 years, but it wasn't until about 3 1/2 years ago that she began to understand the importance of making it a lifestyle. Following a difficult period in her life where she became overwhelmed with anxiety and depression, she made the conscious decision to look within to find comfort and peace. It was then that she began to truly feel the healing power of pranayama breathwork, meditation, and movement.
Through regular yoga practice and reiki healing energy work, she was able to get to a place where she felt healthy both inside and out. Her passion for wanting to help others lead her on the journey to becoming an instructor. She is currently a 200hr RYT, certified meridian yoga instructor, and Level II Reiki practitioner and continuing to learn more every day. She is a huge believer that our breath is not only the foundation of our yoga practice but of our lives. Something magical happens when a person finally discovers the connection between mind, body, and breath. ~ Namaste--
Kelsey is a 9-year former dancer and athlete who fell in love with barre about 5 years ago.
She loved the way the practice of barre combines both her love for dance and fitness. She fell in love with barre after one class and knew that spreading the message of barre and becoming an instructor was something she was intended to do. She decided to take her barre practice to the next level in 2019 when she completed her Mind Body Barre® instructor certification. Kelsey is a licensed mental health counselor and loves teaching her patients about the importance of movement and mindfulness.
She is a single mom who enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old daughter, Brooklynne, and her Bichon Poodle, Charlie. Kelsey is in the process of becoming a Second degree Reiki Practitioner and will also be pursuing her 200-RYT in the fall. This is just the beginning of Kelsey’s journey, and she is excited about sharing her love with barre, mindfulness, and fitness with you!
Meaghan has always loved movement and has explored many different forms from the time she was very young. She began dancing at 5 years old and continued dance through college with a few years on a competition team. After college Meaghan took up running as a hobby and a way to keep moving, which turned into many years of races and completing the Boston Marathon in 2017. She discovered Anchor Barre in 2018 and immediately fell in love with the way each class connected both mind and body, and she kept going back for more, loving how empowered each class made her feel. After years of personal struggles, Meaghan used this new love for yoga and mindfulness to help her get sober in March of 2018, and she is so grateful for the role that Anchor Barre played in that journey. Wanting to take the next step into the world of fitness, Meaghan became Anchor Barre certified in the fall of 2019 and loves the energy that comes along with teaching classes. In addition, she is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher, 11:11 The Practice Levels 1 & 3 certified, and part of the Kick It! by Eliza Fempire. She hopes to see you on your mat soon!
Ashley Pacheco Guilmette
Hola! Meet resident Zumba® instructor, Ashley. Dance has been a huge part of her life ever since she was young. From tutus and ballet slippers to choreographed routines on the balance beam, this form of exercise has always fed her soul. In college, she was captain of a hip-hop dance team that performed at Celtics games, competitions, other universities, and at numerous events in Boston. After graduating, she missed dance so much until she discovered Zumba®! In addition to dance, Ashley is also very passionate about world cultures, languages, and travel. Naturally, she fell even more in love with Zumba® because of its international flavor. Ashley is grateful that Zumba® has afforded her the opportunity to keep dancing. She invites everyone to come relieve some stress by getting lost in the music and movement of Zumba®. You do not need to know how to dance-just follow her lead, dance it out, and you will have a blast and burn lots of calories!