Heather Epperly, Founder, Fitness and Pilates Instructor
BA, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri
Pilates Certification, Boulder, CO, ACSM, IFPA, Group Exercise – AFAA, Yoga, Functional Movement, Golf – Titleist, Sports Nutrition, Schwinn – Indoor Cycling, Spinning – Mad Dog
Heather is an accomplished multitasker and while employed full-time, has started and continues to operate multiple profitable companies, care for her family of 3 teens and all the associated activities they bring, and compete regularly, and successfully, with her United States Tennis Association (USTA) team. Through many hours of continuing education Heather also maintains her multiple fitness certifications and most recently earned positions in the industry as a certified yoga instructor and certified Pilates instructor.
Lisa Mohr, Manager, Fitness and Pilates Instructor
Bachelor Degree, Community Health Education, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
Master Degree, Public Health, University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois
PhD, Public Health - Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
AFPA Certified Personal Trainer
AFPA Nutrition, Wellness and Weight Loss Consultant
The Pilates Center, Certified Pilates Instructor
NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist
Lisa has extensive education and experience in fitness and healthy lifestyles starting with Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education. The beginning of her professional career was in long-term care which inspired her to seek further health education. She returned to school and completed both a master’s program in Public Health and obtained her PhD in Public Health Studies.
Lisa’s education, experience and research work as a project director and part-time faculty member at Saint Louis University led her to realize that we need to radically change the way we think about diet and fitness. Her philosophy is focused on the long-term lifestyle changes necessary to keep and maintain personal health. This realization is what drove Lisa to take a very active approach in helping others improve and maintain their personal health and become a personal fitness trainer and Pilates instructor. Lisa has experience training a variety of clients, from athletes to those recovering from injury or surgery.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors in the garden and woods, camping, reading, crocheting, caring for her husband and their four cats, and playing with hula hoops.
Shannon Colona, Pilates Instructor Sommelier of the International Court of Sommeliers Bachelor's Degree, Psychology, California Coast University
The Core Center, Certified Pilates Instructor
Shannon started her career in hospitality, continuing into wine sales, but later moved out of the wine world to pursue her love of Pilates. She completed her training with Mary J. Brown of the Core Center in St. Louis and also is certified via the Pilates Method Alliance.
Shannon’s background in hospitality gives her an outgoing and enthusiastic personality. As a Pilates instructor she enjoys catering lessons specifically to the client’s needs, whether that is building confidence and strength or challenging an advanced athlete.
Favorite Quote: “Change happens through movement and movement heals.” –Joseph Pilates
Amanda Stimac, Pilates Instructor
Pilates Certification, The Pilates Center, Boulder, CO
Amanda was born and raised in Granite City, IL. She began taking Pilates classes to help with stress and to feel better about herself after having her third child. Amanda fell in love with Pilates after her first class and it has been in her exercise regimen ever since. She decided to take the Pilates Teacher Training through The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. So she can help others feel better about themselves, reach fitness goals and to share her passion for Pilates.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, party planning, and loves to travel.
Kathryn Burnside, Personal Trainer
BS, Geology and Geophysics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Personal Trainer, ACE emphasis in Special Population, Group Exercise Instructor, AFAA
Kathryn has been working full time as a Personal Trainer for over 14 years, with clients of all ages and abilities. She has extensive experience with orthopedic surgery prep and post-surgical rehab, spinal injuries, pre/post-natal, Parkinson's, diabetes, and older populations. Kathryn likes to focus on functional and balance exercises designed to improve overall body coordination and stability. She loves helping clients achieve a new level of enjoyment and confidence in their lives.
In addition to personal training, Kathryn has been a license Zumba instructor since 2009 and is Missouri's only licensed Zumba choreographer (Zumba Jammer), traveling around the country as a teacher of teachers. Kathryn also has several years' experience teaching group strength and boot camp classes. In her past years, Kathryn was a competitive swimmer, softball player, and a color guard/dance team performer. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hiking, camping, anything in the water, and spending time with her 5-year-old daughter.
Molly Benton, Administrative Assistant
Bachelor Degree, Graphic Design, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Molly has 20+ years experience working in the business world. Prior to taking a few years off to be with her two small children she worked in Development, as an Event Coordinator, raising money for a non-profit, private hospital.
In addition to spending time with family and friends Molly enjoys volunteering at her children's schools. Molly's free time is spent playing tennis, hiking, and being active indoors and out.
Jackie Shireman, Adminstrative Assistant and Personal Trainer
Fitness Instructor Training Program, McHenry Community College, McHenry, IL
American Council on Exercise, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Cancer Exercise Specialist, SCW Group Fitness, Medic First Aid Instructor
After 30 years in Association Management, Jackie changed careers to become a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. She has worked in an Active Adult Community (Sun City) as Fitness Manager/Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor for the past 10 years. She especially enjoys working with those who are new to exercise or are returning to exercise after injury. She has also worked with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, teaching fitness and coaching Special Olympics Volleyball for 4 years.
Jackie is married to Larry, a tennis pro, and enjoys keeping track of their 8 children and 10 grandchildren. They moved to St. Louis from Crystal Lake, Illinois, in June to be close to their two granddaughters in Kirkwood.
Oliver, Studio Dog
Oliver lives with Heather and spends his days brightening up the studio. He enjoys snuggles, playing tug-of-war, and tearing up toilet paper.