Our Staff

Our passion for Pilates and Physical Therapy can
help you to improve your wellness and achieve your fitness goals.

Cari Riis Stemmler

Founder/Owner/Education Director
Balanced Body Pilates & Bodhi Master Instructor
PMA Gold®CPT, CPT

Cari’s professional dance career began in 1991. She performed both commercial and company work in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and South America. She has been a practitioner of Ashtanga and Anusara yoga since 1996 and started teaching Pilates in 1997 while dancing professionally in Los Angeles. In 2002, Cari became a Certified Fitness Trainer (ACE/NASM) and now combines her love of dance, yoga and Pilates.

Cari was part of the original movement that pioneered the idea of combining Pilates and Physical Therapy at Core Conditioning in Los Angeles, CA.  She is a PMA Gold certified master teacher and teaches comprehensive Pilates teacher training courses and continuing education as a senior faculty member for Balanced Body Education under the tutelage of Nora St. John. In March 2007, she became BB Faculty for Pilates Teacher Training as part of the inaugural group.  In 2009 she became BB Faculty for Anatomy in Three Dimensions and in 2015, added the Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System.

Cari also teaches continuing education courses on integrating Pilates with physical therapy and special conditions. Cari has presented at national Pilates conferences since 2005 including Pilates on Tour and Pilates Method Alliance.  She was invited by Balanced Body to contribute to their video podcast library. Check out her Balanced Body video podcasts for Athletes.

In 2004, Cari trained in Dance Medicine with the prestigious Harkness Center for Dance and has lectured at national dance summits at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She is currently a professional member of the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation and served as the Chair of the Education Committee from 2011-2015.

Cari holds a B.A. degree in Cross-cultural Communication from the University of Minnesota, has attended countless hours of continuing education coursework, and is a casual student of neuroscience.

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Ginny Massie

Balanced Body Pilates & MOTR Master Instructor
PMA®CPT, Pilates Teacher
Paragon Studio Manager

Ginny is passionate about sharing the many benefits of Pilates with others and has been teaching since 2004. She has a lifetime love of movement, and has always considered movement a source of joy.

Since personally learning and appreciating the benefits of postpartum Pilates, Ginny has gone on to complete her comprehensive Pilates education through Balanced Body and is certified with the Pilates Method Alliance. In 2015, she joined Balanced Body Faculty under the tutelage of Nora St. John.  Continuing education is very important to her and she has attended several courses including Pilates for special conditions, pelvic stability, pre- and post-natal wellness, and osteoporosis.

Ginny shares her knowledge in a genuine way, and her intuitive nature allows her to connect with people of all ages and abilities to help them achieve their wellness goals.  She enjoys teaching deep strengthening and personal body awareness in order to realign the body. Besides Pilates, Ginny’s main loves are her husband and three children.

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Kyle Klaas

Pilates Teacher
Paragon Administrative Assistant

Kyle has a strong passion for teaching and is motivated to share the love of movement with others. She has been teaching dance and movement to people of all ages for over 15 years.

Originally from Newman Grove, Nebraska, Kyle discovered Pilates as an undergraduate at the College of Saint Benedict and regularly took Pilates classes while getting her degree in Education. After graduation, she moved to the Twin Cities to pursue her love of movement education by teaching dance, but couldn’t stop taking Pilates classes. Her love of Pilates grew into a desire to teach Pilates to others and she completed her Balanced Body teacher training at Paragon in 2014.

Kyle believes that Pilates can help everyone be a better version of themselves. As a dancer, dance instructor, and Pilates teacher, Kyle has seen vast improvements in alignment, flexibility, endurance and overall strength in her students and herself by using Pilates.

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Shannon Sande

Pilates Teacher
Paragon Administrative Assistant

Shannon first became introduced to Pilates while studying dance in college.  After completing her undergraduate degree in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she began her training through the STOTT Pilates Method.

After earning her certification as a Level 1 Reformer and Mat instructor in 2008 she has since continued her training working with special populations including Pre-Post Natal, Athletic Conditioning, Intermediate Chair, and Total Barre™. In 2012, she earned her 200 hour Registered Yoga Training from the Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center.

Shannon loves being able to help guide others on how to find what works for their specific body.  She teaches modifications or challenges within the repertoire so clients feel confident and capable in their body as they access the strength they have within.