As an undergraduate at UMKC, Lauren Thompson (B.F.A. ’09, B.A. ’09, M.A. ’12) would dance for six hours a day, then go to her psychology classes. Along the way, she also decided to get a minor in gender and women’s studies. A year after graduation, she was back at UMKC, pursuing her master’s in counseling and guidance, with a focus on mental health. She later opened her Pilates studio, Thrive Pilates in Kansas City’s Westside, which incorporates this wide range of training and experiences. She wanted to meet the multifaceted needs of women from both physical and mental health perspectives, and her diverse background gave her the skills she needed to do it.