Our Team

Anna Merkel

Physical Therapist/Pilates – PT, DPT, PMA-CPT

A Jacksonville native, Anna Merkel received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UNF in 2014. After passing the board exam she set off on a year long trip around the world with her husband. Upon returning she began her Comprehensive Pilates training at the Polestar Education Studio in Miami. Her specialties include the Schroth Method* for Scoliosis and Kyphosis, Orthopedic and Women’s Health Physical Therapy.  When she isn’t at the studio she enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, daughter and their dog.

Anna is a certified C1 Schroth Therapist. The Schroth Method is a conservative physical therapy practice for individuals with scoliosis and kyphosis. It can be used to treat patients with scoliosis and kyphosis of all ages and in all stages of treatment: before surgery, after surgery, and especially if surgery is not indicated. Through specific exercises and corrective breathing techniques, the method aims to elongate the trunk and correct the imbalances of the body. By developing the inner muscles of the rib cage, the method changes the shape of the upper trunk to correct any spinal abnormalities. The result is a decrease in pain, slowing or halting of the curvature progression, and improved cardio-pulmonary function, mobility, and postural stability.

Barbara Chappell

Physical Therapist/Pilates – PT, PMA-CPT

Barbara Chappell has been a physical therapist since 1995 and is a certified Pilates practitioner (Polestar). Barbara swam competitively in college for UNC-Chapel Hill while earning her BA in Elementary Education. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children.

Sonia Deville

Polestar Pilates Instructor – MFA

Sonya is thrilled to be working at Synergy Studio and excited to be living close to her son, who is also a Jacksonville resident. Sonia DeVille has been a fitness industry professional for the past 36 years. She is a Polestar Pilates Certified Practitioner for Post Rehabilitation, American College of Sports and Medicine Certified Health and Fitness Specialist, Total Gym GAVITY Master Trainer, TRX Instructor, and HKC certified. Originally from Louisiana, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University and Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Keiser College.

In addition to her Pilates expertise, Sonia is also a Dance Technique and Conditioning Specialist. As a professional dancer specializing in classical ballet and modern, Sonia has been involved in Dance Medicine for the past 20+ years and has a love for working with various artists from all areas of the performing field. 

As a dance scientist and educator, she presents yearly for both dance teachers and Pilates instructors in the university/academic setting, conferences/workshops and clinical affiliations. She is a member of the International Dance Medicine and Sciences and the Dance Educators and Somatics Educators organizations. Since 2007, Sonia has studied neuromuscular training yearly with renowned kinesthetic anatomist, author, and dancer Irene Dowd in New York City.

Patricia Hill

Massage Therapist – LMT

Featured in Natural Awakenings magazine and a regular guest host on Awakened Radio, Patricia’s greatest joy is helping others step into their spiritual brilliance.  She is also a Reiki practitioner, a licensed massage therapist and is certified in transformational breath work.

Jennifer Miles


Jennifer Miles has an artistic background as a professional vocalist, actress and dancer. She recently returned to academia and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Communications and is applying those skills to the management of Synergy Studio. She and her husband Peter live in Mandarin with their two sons and a giant golden doodle named Emmitt.

“You continue to be the best system of anatomy and physiology wisdom and healthy practice that I have ever come into contact with. Thank you amazing ladies of Synergy!”


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