Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy is proud to partner
with these affiliated physical therapists and teachers.
Kathy discovered Pilates in 1995 while studying and training in ballet. She felt the benefits of Pilates as her alignment, flexibility, endurance, and overall strength improved. She furthered her dance career becoming a competitive ballroom dancer. Kathy became a three-time United States Ballroom Smooth champion from 2000-2002. She found Pilates to be the perfect compliment for her ballroom training.
After retiring from dance, she focused on her family and raising her two daughters. She continued practicing Pilates and decided to further her education and share the amazing benefits with others. She completed her comprehensive teacher certification through Balanced Body in 2011.
Stephanie is excited to be joining the amazing and gifted staff at Paragon! She has been dancing professionally in the Twin Cities her entire career with several companies including Ballet of the Dolls, James Sewell Ballet, T.U.Dance, MN Orchestra, MN Opera, The Children’s Theatre Co., Live Action Set, Sally Rousse/Noah Bremer, and works by Penelope Freeh. Stephanie is an award-winning dancer including The McKnight Fellowship, City pages “Best Dancer,” Sage Award recipient, among others.
Stephanie completed her Pilates training at Paragon through Balanced Body Education. She has held a lifelong belief in Pilates and its ability to heal. She relied on it throughout her dance career to heal her own injuries. Stephanie feels grateful, and full of joy to share this work with others, alongside an old and dear friend.
Pilates Teacher and CPT
Matthew Hodge is certified as a Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and trained as a Pilates Instructor through the Kane School in NYC, the Y, and Balanced Body at Paragon. He also holds certifications in Kettlebells and working with older adults.
Matthew graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and also studied at Otterbein College, majoring in Musical Theater and Dance. He is currently completing his prerequisites to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Since 2005 he’s worked with a variety of ages and skillsets in clients ranging from athletes to clients with special conditions. He is well equipped with modifications for all levels.
Physical Therapist, NSCA CPT
Bridget Kelly grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts and recently relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended Elon University in North Carolina, where she began training as a BFA Dance Performance and Choreography major. After many dance-related injuries, she began studying dance biomechanics and injury prevention. This interest lead her to develop an independent major in Dance Science.
After completing her BA in Dance Science, Bridget worked as a Director of Dance Medicine and Conditioning in a physical therapy practice. She went on to attend the University of Kentucky, where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
Bridget is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and has twice presented research at their annual meetings. She has also worked as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor, having received her beginner mat Pilates training through Power Pilates.
For Leslie, Pilates is a way to gain strength and flexibility. She appreciates the depth of the work and its ability to identify and strengthen the imbalances in the body. While practicing, she notices that the key elements of Pilates — strength, flexibility and improved posture — apply to everyday life.
Leslie received her Pilates training through Balanced Body Education at Paragon. She designs classes suitable for all ages and body types. Her nurturing approach, sense of humor and passion for the work is very motivating for her students. Leslie’s goal as a teacher is to inspire self-confidence via positive body image.
Jess Orum, MPT
Physical Therapist and Pilates Teacher
Jess is happiest when helping people. She graduated with her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2002. While Jess has treated people of all ages, backgrounds, and physical abilities, her favorite experiences involve helping people return to healthy, active lives.
Jess loves learning about how the body works and sharing her knowledge with others. She was introduced to Pilates by a friend and immediately recognized that it was the perfect accompaniment to traditional physical therapy, and a powerful tool to help people reach their functional goals. She especially appreciates the way Pilates integrates the whole body, allowing for more comprehensive treatment and faster recoveries.
PMA-CPT, Pilates Teacher
Amanda’s love of dance and fitness lead her to Pilates, and she soon developed a passion for the Pilates method. After several years of study, she wanted to share the benefits of Pilates with others and received her comprehensive instructor certification through Balanced Body. Amanda enjoys helping her clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals. Her clients enjoy her enthusiasm, excitement, and ability to create a fun, supportive — and physically enriching — atmosphere.
Amanda received her B.S. in Business Marketing from the University of MN in 1999, and completed her MBA in Marketing from Capella University in 2001.
Abby is passionate about helping older adults and those recovering from injury regain function through Pilates. She is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience in homecare, hospice, and case management. Continuing her career as a Pilates Teacher allows Abby to provide clients with tools to become and stay healthy.
In 2008, Abby began her Pilates journey as part of a training program to increase strength, flexibility, and manage weight and stress. Pilates sessions quickly became her favorite part of this program. The day she was able to successfully perform Hanging Pull Ups from the top bars of the Trapeze she knew that she wanted to help others feel this joy and strength in their bodies too.
Abby completed Balanced Body Pilates Comprehensive training in 2014. She continues to learn and grow as an instructor, completing her CoreAlign training in 2016.