Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis
Certified Instructors at the  the  Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis

Instructor Bios

Rebecca Milton Karen Prechtl Mary Zorich Inessa Santos Valerie Kit Love
Elise Marie RingenbergKaren ProperMartha Allen •
Vicki Atlas IsraelEmmanuelle Ruen - HayesPatty St. John WebbTami Lowe

Our Pilates Equipment Classes are taught only by certified Pilates instructors

Karen PrechtlKaren Prechtl
Karen Prechtl is the owner of the Pilates Center of St Louis. Karen has been in the fitness industry since 1993. She is at her fourth and favorite location in Ladue which has been open since 2008. Karen has an extensive knowledge about and experience with movement. She has a degree in music and a background in dance. She started teaching fitness classes in St. Louis and found that teaching Pilates would be the next logical step. In 1993, Karen opened the first Pilates studio in St. Louis and never looked back. Karen had the privilege of doing her initial training at the Pilates Center of Boulder with Pilates elder, Romana Kryzanowska. She learned about the importance of form and was reminded that Pilates techniques really could help heal improper movement patterns and help relieve stress and pain. She recently became a certified Teacher Trainer with Balanced Body, an internationally acclaimed certifying organization. The Pilates Center of St. Louis hosts workshops for aspiring teachers and does ongoing training for our talented staff of instructors. More than ever, Karen enjoys sharing the wonderful benefits of this method of conditioning the body and awakening the mind.TOP
Mary ZorichMary Zorich
Mary Zorich studied Pilates in 1998 with Karen Prechtl to help with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and arthritis pain. It helped so much that after a year, she was off disability and started teaching Pilates part-time. In 2003 Mary graduated from the PILATES center in Boulder's well-known teacher training program. Mary loves working with all types of clients, but particularly people with any kind of chronic pain syndrome. Prior to her pilates life, Mary was an executive with the May Company, where she traveled extensively overseas, developing all areas of merchandise as well as quality control programs. TOP

Rebecca MiltonRebecca Milton
Rebecca has had a life-long interest in physical activity. Involved in dance at an early age, she began realizing the importance of form, coordination, and confidence. She received her BSN and in 1994, she became an RN, working in women’s and children’s health. She got involved in group exercise around the same time and taught fitness in the St. Louis area. In 2005, she became certified as a Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine working as a personal trainer. With this certification, she was able to combine her two passions: helping women with wellness through both health and movement. Her mission is to help clients achieve a healthy balance between self-improvement and self-acceptance through exercise, nutrition, and self-appreciation. In 2010, Rebecca completed her Pilates certification through the Balanced Body University Teacher Training program here at the Pilates Center of St. Louis. Since then, she has been teaching here at our studio, leading students through sensible, yet powerful workouts. She has helped students gain confidence and self-acceptance, and to have an understanding of their bodies through Pilates. Students leave their workouts with Rebecca feeling strong, centered, and with a great knowledge about movement. TOP

Inessa Santos Inessa Santos 
Inessa Santos has been studying the Pilates Method since 2007 and is certified through Pilates PhysioServ (Applied to Physical Therapy), in Brazil. When she learned the Pilates Method, she fell in love with it and has yet to stop developing herself and discovering new techniques, including personally taking advantage of it during her two pregnancies. Inessa went on to graduate school in Brazil, where she has acquired her knowledge about anatomy, biomechanics and Physical Therapy. Inessa also has specialization in Neurological rehabilitation and she has trained all types of clients, in particular, people with injuries. She loves working with challenging exercises to make the clients stronger and satisfied. TOP

Valerie Kit Love Valerie Kit Love 
Valerie Kit Love brings 42 years of practice and instruction in Yoga & Pilates to the studio. Valerie is certified in Pilates through Boulder & Stott Pilates and completed her Yoga training at the Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health, where she eventually became faculty in the specialty of Integrative Yoga Therapy. She developed the Life Mastery Yoga Program and served as Director of the program for 13 years. Valerie holds a number of Certifications and Degrees which have given her a well-rounded approach to both Pilates and Yoga. She is a Registered Occupational Therapist with a Fitness Exercise emphasis, which was acquired from the University of Tulsa and is certified as a Resistance Training Specialist. Valerie started her own business, Valerie Kit Love Yoga/Pilates of Oklahoma City, which operated successfully until she chose to relocate to the St. Louis area.  TOP

Elise Marie Ringenberg Elise Marie Ringenberg
Elise Marie graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Modern Dance. While under the high demands of performing and choreographing, Elise found many physical and mental benefits from actively practicing Pilates. She studied under the direction of Susan Douglas-Roberts, Sarah Newton, and Laura West Strawser. After graduating, Elise moved back to St. Louis to pursue careers in both dance and Pilates. Currently, she is dancing with Karlovsky & Company Dance under the artistic direction of Dawn Karlovsky, and teaching Pilates, Modern, Jazz, Pre-Dance, and group fitness classes in the St. Louis area. Elise is in the process of completing a comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body University and is very excited to share her passion for movement at the Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis.TOP

Karen ProperKaren Proper
Karen Proper began her Pilates practice in 2006, and quickly fell in love with the Pilates method and what it did for her body. Having also been an accomplished triathlete and cyclist, Karen has great appreciation for the feeling and benefits of the low impact nature of Pilates. Karen became certified through the Balanced Body program so that she could share her passion for Pilates with others. TOP



MarthaMartha Allen
Martha’s love for Pilates dates back to her high school days when she was a student dancing at COCA in St. Louis, MO. After a dance injury, Pilates was instrumental in her recovery. Her passion for Pilates continued through her college years as Pilates was part of the dance curriculum at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where Martha received her BFA in Modern Dance. After dancing with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 in Dayton, OH Martha returned home to pursue other dance opportunities.  In August of 2013 Martha began her certification training under classically trained Mary J Brown, through The Core Center. Martha is thrilled to share her love of Pilates and knows first-hand the transformative qualities Pilates has for the mind, body, and spirit. TOP


Vicki Atlas IsraelVicki Atlas Israel, CGIP
As a Certified Mind-Body Therapist, Vicki is passionate about helping people thrive with meditation. After years of suffering with anxiety and sleepless nights, Vicki rediscovered the power of Guided Imagery and meditation. What is special about Vicki is that she has a trained radio voice to help others heal and transform their lives. She will help you unleash your inner wisdom through a technique she calls “Mindful Visualization.”

Vicki has attended workshops and training with Dr. Joe Dispenza, Best-Selling Author, Neuroscientist and Chiropractor featured in the movie, “What the Bleep Do We Know.” Learning the latest on neuroscience, brain plasticity, and the impact of guided meditation to help calm and rewire the brain, Vicki uses this knowledge to help her clients in workshops and custom sessions. She also has been trained and is certified as a Guided Imagery Practitioner through One Health Academy for Integrative Medicine.  Now she owns Heart Talk Now…Power Up Your Life Through Guided Mediation.

As a former Radio Talk Show Host, with a “soul-soothing” voice, Vicki is also a Media Specialist and owner of Atlas Media Productions. She has won numerous awards for her videos and documentaries, and has conducted live business training. She brings this same enthusiasm and expertise to her custom sessions, workshops, and original programs for Heart Talk Now. TOP

EmmanuelleEmmanuelle Ruen- Hayes
Meet our studio Reflexologist, Emmanuelle Ruen- Hayes! Certified in two schools of reflexology, Emmanuelle Ruen- Hayes has been practicing for 5 years. Reflexology is the application of manual pressure to the 7200 nerve points located in the feet. Applying pressure to these points activate the body's general nervous network to accomplish a balancing effect in the organs and relieve tensions within the body. Each session is tailored to your specific needs.  TOP


pattyPatty St. John Webb
Patty St. John Webb is a certified and qualified professional massage practitioner, with over 20 years experience in clinics and therapy centers in Missouri. In 1997, Patty established the St. John Relaxation Center, building a strong client base in Kirkwood, Webster, Rock Hill and South City. The Center is currently based in South City and Webster. TOP



Tami Lowe
Tami has dedicated over 15 years to the fitness industry.  She is a Master Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer.  She has trained all levels of fitness from the beginning novice to the professional athlete.  She is certified with Balance Body and Peak Pilates, being trained in both classical and contemporary methods.  She was the Pilates Coordinator and Teacher Trainer for Lifetime Fitness, training and mentoring her students to be certified instructors.  Tami spent the last few years operating studios in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach and is thrilled to be back home in St. Louis and at the Pilates Center! TOP


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9825 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO. 63124

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