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Cari Riis Stemmler

Balanced Body Master Instructor

Nationally Certified Pilates TeacherFounder/Owner/Education Director // Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

Balanced Body Master Instructor for Pilates, Bodhi Suspension, CoreAlign & Anatomy in Three Dimensions

Cari has been teaching Pilates since 1997 and educating Pilates teachers since 2001. She has an extensive background in Pilates, dance, integrated movement science & rehabilitation, anatomy and yoga.  She is a PMA Gold certified Master Teacher and has been teaching comprehensive Pilates teacher training courses and continuing education as a Senior Master Instructor for Balanced Body Education since its inception.

Her professional dance career began in 1991, and she performed both company and commercial work in MN, CA, CO and South America.  Company work included Ballet of the Dolls, Winifred Harris’ Between Lines, Cirque Productions among others.  She has been a practitioner of Ashtanga and Anusara yoga since 1996 and started teaching Pilates while dancing professionally in LA. In 2002, she earned her ACE & NASM certifications.

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 CA, and for the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation, where she served as Education Chair and started their “Ask the Experts” outreach program.

Cari was part of the original movement that pioneered the idea of combining Pilates and physical therapy at Core Conditioning in LA.  In 2009, she moved back to her home state and opened Paragon, which was the first fully integrated Pilates and physical therapy studio in the region.

She has taught continuing education courses on integrating Pilates with physical therapy and special conditions, and 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.

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.  She enjoys helping those individuals with involved and complex movement issues, taking a whole-body myofascial approach to healing.

Amanda Quinlan

Nationally Certified Pilates TeacherStudio Manager  //  Nationally Certified 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 Minnesota in 1999, and completed her MBA in Marketing from Capella University in 2001.

Amanda Quinlan

Dr. Annie Chesterfield

Nationally Certified Pilates TeacherGraston Certified

Physical Therapist PT, DPT, OCS, CPT / Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher / Graston Therapy Specialist

Annie Chesterfield

Annie Chesterfield is a women’s 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.

Stephanie Fellner

Pilates Teacher

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.

Stephanie Fellner

Matthew Hodge-Rice

Balanced Body Master Instructor

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher // Certified Personal Trainer

Matthew Hodge Rice

Matthew Hodge-Rice is a Master Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer, specializing in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. He holds certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Pilates Certification Program. He studied at the Kane School in NYC, the Y, Balanced Body at Paragon and in Sacramento. 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 has completed his prerequisites for Physical Therapy school and enjoys the ongoing study of movement science.

Since 2005 he’s worked with a variety of ages and skill sets in clients ranging from athletes to clients with special conditions. He is well equipped with modifications for all levels.

Rose McKernon

Physical Therapy Assistant // Certified Personal Trainer // Pilates Teacher

Rose graduated from Anoka-Ramsey Community College with an A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant, and obtained her PTA license July 2022.  Rose grew up as a non-athletic child and as an adult started dealing with chronic back pain and nerve impingement in both arms.  Learning about strengthening and exercise allowed Rose to slowly make progress with her back pain and to reduce symptoms down both arms through movement and physical therapy.

A fire was lit and Rose found herself drawn to functional whole body training which led her to join CrossFit City of Lakes in 2018.  After years of working on herself, she was inspired to take the leap and change careers to help others dealing with physical injuries and ongoing chronic conditions. Rose values continuing education thus started Pilates teacher training in 2022, and looks forward to incorporating that knowledge to better serve others.

Prior to becoming a PTA Rose worked as a Project Manager for a nationwide printing association where she was responsible for facilitating online certification, creating learning content, and additionally layout and design of an industry textbook.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Rose enjoys motorcycle camping with her boyfriend, live music, paddle boarding, hiking, Pilates, strength training and frisbee/disc golfing.

Rose McKernon

Caroline Green

Front Desk Reception / Administrative Assistant

Caroline Green

Originally from Elk River, MN, Caroline grew up dancing and developing a love of movement. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Dakota in 2016, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2022. She is excited to learn more about the Pilates method and how it can help people from all walks of life.