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Clare Riordan is a Balanced Body trained Pilates Instructor and has a passion for discovering and sharing the complexities of the body with people. Clare helps clients unlock their potential for increased flexibility, toning and core strength through safe, challenging individual or group workouts.
Clare has completed her Master’s Degree in Human Development with an emphasis on Wellness Management. She is also a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach (AADP) through the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Clare is the founder and owner of The Definery, LLC, a personalized coaching program that empowers women to achieve their health and wellness goals to create their ideal lifestyle.
Clare enjoys incorporating her two passions, health and Pilates, to assist people in their journey towards living balanced lives.
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.
Pilates Teacher and Administrative Assistant
Alexa has a passion for using movement as a tool to help people connect to their bodies on a deeper level. She discovered this passion while studying dance and noticing the benefits movement has on our mental and emotional well-being. She is a former NASM personal trainer now focusing on mindful and functional techniques. Alexa loves how Pilates requires deep concentration on the breath — and beyond — to help us become more aware of our bodies and unlock hidden potential.
Alexa has her BFA in Dance from Minnesota University of Mankato. She’s a certified bodyART® instructor and trained in NYC with Master Educator, Ryan Daniel Beck. Alexa is currently in the teacher-training program to complete her comprehensive Pilates Training at Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy!
Physical Therapist PT, DPT, OCS
Annie Chesterfield is a womens’ pelvic health physical therapist with a strong background in orthopedics and sports medicine and a special interest in dance medicine. She utilizes a variety of manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education techniques that are integrated with a carefully prescribed exercise program. Her philosophy is to treat each person as an individual in order to find the root of dysfunction and educate the patient for optimal, independent function and return to activity.
She graduated with a B.A. degree in dance from the University of Minnesota, and danced professionally with Danny Buraczeski’s JAZZDANCE. She then went on to earn her Master of Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge (2008) and her Doctorate from Temple University (2013). She became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2016. She also has a certification in Pilates from Core Conditioning in California. Her postdoctoral training courses have been with NAIOMT, Herman and Wallace, and the IPA.
Annie is a Minnesota native, but has enjoyed living and studying on both the West and East coast. In her free time she loves to enjoy the outdoors with her family, dance, run, and cook.
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™. She completed the Balanced Body Bridge Program in 2019 as well as completing the Bodhi Suspension System Training. 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.