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Lisa

My passion for health and wellness began with my dental hygiene career. I realized I could bring about positive change to the lives of others. The relationships that are built bring with it a level of trust between patient and practitioner. It is this passion for health and wellness, and building relationships, that brought me into the fitness industry. My journey began first as a group fitness instructor then into the Pilates world. I experienced how Pilates helped my back issues and muscular imbalances while giving an incredible sense of well being.
The Pilates Body started in 2012, helping our clients achieve their health and wellness goals. Our mission to improve the way you move and offer uncompromised personal service is driven by the passion of our talented team of trainers.
My goal is to help others achieve inner strength and create balance within the body, increasing their overall quality of life. I have a passion for health and wellness which I bring to every client.
  • Fully Certified STOTT Pilates trainer
  • Certified Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Fascial Movement trainer
  • Certified ACE Group Fitness instructor

Viki

I have always had a passion for helping people feel better about themselves on the inside and out. This has taken me down many different paths and in 2010 I was ready to make some changes and decided to move my passion for movement and food from dabbling to a career.
When I was introduced to Pilates it was love at first “mat”. I was drawn to the flow, precision, strength, grace and results of Pilates. It was shortly after I started practicing that I knew I wanted to share this method with others. To reach optimal wellness we know that we need to move, breath and be nourished. It is my deepest desire to educate others on how to return to balance, reach optimal wellness, and prepare meals that will nourish themselves and anyone who sits at their table.  
 It is said that the meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away. I look forward to giving it to the clients of The Pilates Body. 
  • Fully Certified STOTT Pilates trainer
  • Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
  • Certified Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner
  • Stott Barre Qualified
  • TRX Qualified
  • Certified Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist

Teri

Teri has been involved with sports and athletics her entire life, so the health and wellness industry was a natural fit.  Teri began her journey into the fitness industry 15 years ago. Today her specialties are Yamuna Body Rolling and Pilates.  Teri is a master trainer in both disciplines, and is one of only two Yamuna Body Rolling practitioners’ in the state. Teri brings compassion and personal attention to her teaching. Her drive to balance strength and length is evident in her work with clients. Teri believes without balance you cannot achieve a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Teri has a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.
In addition Teri has specific training in the following areas:
  • PhysicalMind “The Method Pilates” Mat , Standing and Apparatus Certification
  •  Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner Certification
  • TRX Suspension Trainer and TRX RIP Trainer Certified YogaFit Yoga Instructor Certification
  • Les Mills Instructor in Body Pump, Body Flow, Body Combat, RPM, CXWORX and GRIT
  • Certified BOSU instructor
  • Certified Stability ball instructor
  • AFAA Group Fitness Certification
In her spare time Teri enjoys anything outdoors and anything outdoors where she can spend time with her husband and two beautiful pups, Yama Mitsu(Mt. Shine) and Kohana Kawaii (pretty little flower), hiking, camping, skiing, and taking pictures.

Sarah Lee

Fitness is a passion of Sarah’s and has been for a very long time. She enjoyed playing several different sports growing up and continued on into college playing soccer for Iowa State University. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Apparel Merchandising, she soon found herself sitting in a cubical daydreaming about promoting health/fitness to corporate employees. Shortly after working for a large corporation, Sarah decided to pursue her passion and received a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. In 2005, she started working as a Fitness Specialist in a hospital based employee wellness center working with a wide variety of fitness levels and special populations. These special populations, along with a personal back injury, led Sarah to becoming a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in Mat and Reformer (essential/intermediate level), Stability Chair (essential/intermediate) and Injuries and Special Populations.
“I truly believe Pilates can transform your body and make you feel leaner, longer and stronger. Not only do you feel refreshed after a great workout, but carrying yourself in a whole new way. It’s an amazing feeling!”
Sarah enjoys staying home with her three young girls and still be able to work as a Pilates Instructor. Pilates has helped Sarah find her center and strength again as a Mom. “It is vital to take care of ourselves at all stages of our lives whether we are a new Mom, an active older adult or taking special care of an injury. Pilates brings our inner and outer strength together to make us whole again.”

Nancy

My introduction to Pilates came three years ago. I was training for my first half-marathon, and a friend suggested I try Pilates to build stability in my hips and pelvis as I added distance. I took her advice, and was instantly hooked. The overall strength and stability I gained has made a world of difference in my running, and even more so in my daily life. It was so impactful for me that I enrolled in the STOTT comprehensive Mat and Reformer training at the beginning of 2018 and working towards Level 1 certification.
I have never been a gifted athlete or played competitive sports. As an adult I have played recreational sports throughout the years and loved walking, but I didn’t have a dedicated fitness routine. I was active but not athletic. In addition, seeing the challenges and declining quality of life that some of my family members faces as they aged, I decided to be more proactive about maintaining my health in order to live my fullest life going forward. Pilates has played a key role for me. My point is that Pilates is for EVERY body. You don’t have to be a serious athlete to feel the benefits of a stronger core, better balance and posture, and more flexibility. Whether your goal is to run a marathon, improve your golf game, or put on your own socks, Pilates will help you achieve it.
In my previous career I worked for a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs for individuals with physical disabilities. I love helping people to be active and stay independent, and I am eager to bring this experience forward to my Pilates training and to share the power of Pilates with you.

Chris

Throughout the years, Theatre and Dance has been a major part of Chris’ life.  While in college, a Dance Professor inspired him to start instructing Zumba at the YMCA.  It was at this time he discovered his passion to encourage people to keep moving no matter their level or ability. 
 
As part of my YMCA involvement, he was introduced to Mat Pilates.  As a participant, he realized how well it complimented with his dance classes.  Over time, it became evident how significant of an impact Pilates can make on an individual’s life.  It is for this reason he have chosen to share his passion with others.
 
Chris has choreographed and taught dance with the Phipps Center, Lakeshore Players, and Minneapolis Musical Theatre. He also enjoys taking dance classes and supporting the performing arts community.
Certifications/ Schooling/ Trainings
  • Stott Pilates
  • UWRF Dance Education Minor
  • Zumba Fitness and Zumba Kids
  • Mossa Group Centergy
  • Yoga Instructor Trained by Yoga Fit
  • YogaFit for Athletes 100 Hour Teacher Specialty
  • YMCA ACE Group Fitness, Forever Well, and Water Exercise Instructor
  • NETA Barre Fusion
  • Silver Sneakers Yoga, Circuit, Classic

Michelle

Michelle is a body worker. She has trained and certified in many modalities with comprehensive training in Pilates.  By learning and practicing the work, she found her inner wisdom and ability to connect with vitality. She shares this truth through her teaching so others can find guidance on their path of transformation.
Michelle holds certifications in:
  • Physical Mind  Apparatus, Mat, Special Populations, Standing, Parasetter, and Tye4
  • Tai Chi and Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Body Flow/Body Pump
  • AFAA Personal Trainer
  • Stability Ball
  • Bosu
  • TRX
In addition to teaching, Michelle is a mother of 4 grown children and owns and operates a popular movie theater in River Falls, WI  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through pilates has allowed her to be highly productive.  She finds relaxation with her many pets, gardening and meditation.

Megan

Megan’s passion for a healthy lifestyle began when she was a teenager, as she discovered that regular exercise and food choices made a big impact not only on her energy level and physical health, but also on her mindset. After earning a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of North Dakota and passing her dietitian board exam, Megan immediately began studying for her ACE personal training certification. She knew that to help others reach their health goals, both nutrition and exercise would be important.
While working as a Nutrition and Fitness Specialist for a large healthcare organization, Megan was introduced to the Pilates reformer. She immediately fell in love with how adaptable and beneficial Pilates can be for all levels of exercisers. In 2015, Megan completed her STOTT Pilates Reformer (essential/intermediate) certification. Over the years, she has continued her Pilates training by completing professional courses in Prenatal & Postnatal, Athletic Conditioning, Vertical Frame, BOSU, Fitness Circle and more.
Megan has witnessed the transformation that Pilates can have on people of all ages and physical abilities. She is passionate about helping each person feel their best and believes learning new ways to take care of yourself should be an enjoyable process. In her spare time, Megan enjoys continuing to learn new things through reading and trying new activities. Most recently, she has learned how to downhill ski and golf (still a work in progress!). 
Certifications/ Schooling/ Trainings
  • B.S. Dietetics – University of North Dakota
  • ACE-Certified Personal Trainer
  • STOTT Pilates Reformer Instructor

Andrea

Andrea began her movement driven lifestyle at a young age with dancing. She grew up dancing competitively at Woodbury Dance Center for 13 years. Winning numerous awards and scholarships along the way. Andrea attended high school at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She took many different styles of dance classes and was introduced to Mat Pilates. Thus igniting her love for Pilates. Following graduation from high school, Andrea began teaching competitive and recreational dance at Woodbury Dance Center. Also, Andrea started taking classes at The Pilates Body which fueled her love for Pilates even fuller. She left every class feeling uplifted, strong, clear minded and energized!
In 2021, Andrea went through the Polestar Pilates teacher training program. She is passionate about working with movers from all levels. From injury prevention to posture awareness she is ready and excited to work with you! In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 sons.