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

Rebecca MiltonKaren PrechtlMary Zorich Angie Campbell
Beverly TurnerAmy Herbert • Inessa SantosValerie Kit Love

Our Pilates Equipment Classes are taught only by certified Pilates instructors

Karen Prechtl

Karen 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 Zorich

Mary 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 Milton

Rebecca 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

Beverly Turner

Beverly Turner
Beverly began her fitness journey as a gymnast and a swimmer. She graduated from Athens State University with a B.S. in Education. Upon graduation, she began to seek out utilizing and combining her love for education and teaching fitness. She found her passion in Pilates, an exercise method that would develop flexibility, promote long, lean muscles, decompress joints, spine and improve posture. These are all attributes of leading a happy, healthy lifestyle.

In the fall of 2008, Beverly began and completed her Pilates training through Core Dynamics under noted instructor and trainer Michele Larson. She incorporates her 20 years of expertise in customer service satisfaction into her quality teaching style. Beverly's life long goal is to continue practicing the Pilates Method daily; to share her passion and knowledge with others so they too can feel relaxed, alert and alive!TOP

Amy Herbert

Amy Herbert 
Amy has been studying Pilates on and off since 2004. Amy holds a B.A. in Musical Theater from The University of Tulsa and a M.A. In Secondary Education from The University of Missouri St. Louis. After having her first child in 2011, she found out that she had SI joint dysfunction. Through the encouragement of her physical therapist, she started to practice Pilates regularly. She has been symptom free ever since.  In the Fall of 2012, Amy decided to take her passion for fitness and teaching to a new level. Amy began her teacher training with Beth Ruder through Balanced Body University. Through Beth's guidance, Amy has learned the importance and tremendous results of working on the "fundamentals" of Pilates.  Amy is an avid runner, after her two children and in half marathons. She enjoys working with clients of all ability levels and feels that everyone can benefit from and enjoy Pilates. 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

Angie Campbell

Angie Campbell
Angie had her first exposure to Pilates through Janice Dulak, who teaches Romana Krysanowska's style, as a staple in her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program at Stephens College, which she graduated from in 1996.  After moving to Canada in 1997, she began a year long apprenticeship with Dagmar Viberg of Equilibrium Pilates in Calgary Alberta.  Angie's continued to study and teach the Pilates Method and Iyengar and Anusara Yoga over the past 15 years throughout the U.S. and Canada, most recently in New Mexico where she's studied with  Michelle Larsen as part of the Master's of Fine Arts in Dance program at the University of NM.  She's a dancer and teacher by trade with an innate fascination for freedom of movement and potential for health.  She deeply enjoys teaching Pilates and Yoga along with developing practices that become gateways for students to step more deeply into their power and joy. TOP

 


Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis
Pilates and Yoga Center of St Louis
9825 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO. 63124
314.569.9400

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