Pilates Yoga Studio of St Louis
Pilates Yoga Studio of St Louis
1015 McCausland Ave,63117-314.781.5050               1586 Clarkson Rd,63017-636.536.2222

Staff Biographies

Dr Bill Russell     Chad Estes     Chris Clausen     Ellen Hinkebein     Gina Barrera     Karen Shelhorse    
Lindsay Caine     Lilly Steele     Mary J Brown     Regan Johannesen     Shelly Kohl     Suzanne Ford     Tarraugh Flaherty    
Tia Shepard     Tracy Stamper   


Dr. Bill Russell

Dr. Bill Russell
Dr. Bill Russell, MA, MFA, DC, DABCSP, is Coordinator of Dance Injury Prevention at Webster University, St. Louis. He has practiced functional physical medicine drawing on acupuncture, manual medicine, orthopedics and physics for 24 years. Clients invariably offer high praise, commenting, “He’s relieved my sciatica and back pain in a very short time,” and “Dr. Bill improved my quality of life, enhancing my running, biking and golf.” Many clients enjoy his services, including the staff and owner of Pilates + Yoga!



Chad Estes
Chad has devoted his career to movement education, disease prevention and the application of developments in neuro-scientific (brain) research. His interest in using education and awareness training to improve performance has led him to work in physical education, healthcare,and finally, as a certified personal trainer and certified practitioner of both the Anat Baniel Method and Feldenkrais Method. Chad’s ability to analyze physical effectiveness and build training solutions is one of the foundations for his unique approach to ergonomic solutions.



Chris Clausen

Chris Clausen

This former conditioning coach with Rams has transformed and deepened his understanding of movement and exercise--bringing an amazingly well rounded and educated eye to re-balancing your body.  Chris is a comprehensively trained Pilates Instructor and leads our TRX workshop/classes.  He is an avid cyclist and golfer who enjoys applying his knowledge to variety of recreational and every day activities.  Chris will strengthen your core and teach you how to move efficiently for function, fitness and fun!




Ellen Hinkebein

Ellen Hinkebein
Ellen Hinkebein has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and national AFAA personal training, and Pilates certification. She’s applied her upbeat, effective techniques with clients since 1998 and taught Pilates since 2005. Ellen’s unique focus is on functional Pilates. “Exercise should make your world outside the studio better. I’m always thinking of your long-term posture, health and balance as I teach.”



Gina Barrera

Gina Barrera
Gina brings over 20 years of dance and fitness to each Pilates private lesson and class. She teaches and performs throughout St. Louis, including performing with the tap dance quartet "Diva La Tap". Certified in Pilates Mat in 2008, Gina completed her full Pilates equipment certification in 2009. She first became interested in Pilates because her many years of tap dancing and teaching caused foot and leg problems. Pilates helped Gina realign her body and become stronger than she has ever been in her life. Gina loves sharing Pilates, which has taught her to be patient, indulge in the moment, and enjoy the process of things.




Karen Shelhorse
Karen’s background encompasses many types of fitness classes and personal training. She started teaching right out of college at The Chicago Health Club, and then moved to St. Louis, heading the fitness program for Brown Shoe for 20 years. Her credentials include AFAA, IDEA, and Medical Exercise Specialist, and Spin certification. She enjoys helping people get the most out of her Body Sculpt and Total Body Conditioning classes, with lots of different props and approaches to meet individual needs, goals, and strengths.




Lindsay Caine

Lindsay Caine, Studio Manager

A former dancer, Lindsay appreciates the importance of fitness and balance in mind, body and spirit.  She has played many roles during her 14 years in the health and fitness industry, including manager, weight loss and wellness coach, and in-home trainer.   

Lindsay was first exposed to the Pilates method as a dancer back in 2001.  She found herself returning to Pilates in 2009 seeking more strength and flexibility after having her 3 young daughters.  Her passion for health and movement guided Lindsay through completing the Core Center’s intense 13-month Pilates teacher training program, studying closely under Mary Brown.  Lindsay’s love for Pilates comes from being able to work with all types of bodies and body conditions.

In addition to being a PMA certified Pilates Instructor, Lindsay is responsible for the programming, scheduling, and managing of the studios, while increasing her knowledge of Pilates, Yoga, barre, and the mind-body connection. She looks forward to assisting you with your fitness goals, scheduling needs and personalized attention here at the Pilates + Yoga Studio.



Lilly Steele

Lilly Steele
Lilly Steele is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and an Aerialist. She can be found performing around St. Louis independently as well as with companies like Quixotic Fusion, based in Kansas City. Lilly is particularly passionate about dance and circus oriented subjects. Growing up she was a competitive ballet dancer winning various notable awards for Ballet. She believes that dance and circus arts have the potential to spread the fun of health and fitness along with physically benefiting the body. As part of this understanding it has become her mission to show people that being healthy & fit doesn't have to be hard, boring or tedious. Working out can be a fun, enjoyable experience that can change your life, giving you that empowering outlook on life. .



Mary Brown

Mary J Brown
Mary J. Brown was introduced to the Pilates Method in Los Angeles in 1994 during an attempt to rehabilitate a back injury. A move to Boulder, Colorado to attend massage therapy school momentarily interrupted her Pilates studies. Upon completion of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Mary rediscovered Pilates and was subsequently certified at the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder. After receiving her certification in December 1997, Mary had the opportunity to apprentice and teach with Lindsay Ross, a pioneer in Pilates-based rehabilitation, physioball stability and functional strength training. Mary has worked for over 16 years to encourage her clients along their paths to increased fitness and joyful, free movement. She has taught in Boulder, Austin, New York City, Paris, France, Iowa City, Iowa and St Louis. Her gifted teaching abilities have helped people from all walks of life increase their capacity for awareness, breath, core strength and efficient movement!

Mary is the owner and facilitator of the core center comprehensive Pilates Instructor Education System. She is trained in massage therapy; PMA certified in Pilates, teaches the innovative Core Align System and is a current student of the Gyrotonic Expansion System. In 2013 Mary decided to expand her knowledge yet again, and is now a full time student of the Chiropractic healing arts at Logan College of Chiropractic. Mary is dedicated and committed to upholding excellence in the Pilates community through her instructor training, continuing education seminars and energetic client teaching. She is the creator of many innovative Pilates class and seminar concepts. She has presented her ideas at both national and international locations.



Regan Johannesen
Regan Johannesen is a full-time Pilates Teacher of 5 years, certified at Body Arts and Science International, as well as completing a comprehensive Pilates Program with the Core Center and Mary J. Brown. Regan has done continuing education with Michelle Larson of Core Dynamics and Rachel and Amy Alpers of The Pilates Center.

Regan found Pilates after tearing her ACL skiing, which affected her marathon running. Pilates helped her rehab her knee injury as well as relieve on-going lower back pain. An athlete from a very young age, Regan has been involved with ballet, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, cheerleading, and running. She continues to stay highly active with Pilates, walking, yoga, Sleek Physique, hiking and cycling. Regan enjoys helping clients at all levels of fitness, from elite athletes to the individual with a budding interest in exercise. She specializes in helping you come back from injury or back pain--stronger than ever.

When not teaching, Regan enjoys music, movies, cooking at home and spending time with her amazing French bulldog, King Louie I.

Shelly Kohl

Shelly Kohl

Shelly has been in the health and wellness field for over 16 years.  Before practicing massage therapy, Shelly earned two degrees of applied science, one in Dietetics, and one as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  

Shelly worked at an outpatient sports and rehabilitation center.  While treating patients in physical therapy, she worked with a diverse patient population, and various diagnoses, and became interested in massage therapy.

Shelly attended the Healing Arts Center for massage therapy.  She enhanced her techniques of swedish massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy, as well achieving different certifications in pre and postnatal massage, hot stone, acupuncture massage, and lymph therapy.  Shelly is passionate about educating her clients and utilizes her background to help them achieve optimal health and well being.



Suzanne Ford

Suzanne Ford, Owner
Suzanne has managed many different types of businesses, from working in the start-up of an alternative energy firm in Berkeley, California, transitioning to book editing and working as Editor-in-Chief for a publisher in Minneapolis, planning and hosting large-scale meetings in Europe and Australia, to helping run group homes for children with learning disabilities in Washington D.C. She is currently enjoying yoga, occasional TRX classes and her Pilates training.



Tarraugh Flaherty

Tarraugh Flaherty
Tarraugh has been practicing yoga since 1989 and massage therapy since 1991. Tarraugh’s classes help you drop into the moment to practice the timeless art of Yoga. Her classes are inspired by the Anusara, Ashtanga, and Sivananda lineages as well as Kundalini and Yin traditions. Tarraugh's teaching creates a strong foundation for the practice of Hatha Yoga, focusing on synchronization of breath and movement.

Tarraugh creates a safe and encouraging environment to explore your “edge” of strength and flexibility. She was certified in Thai Yoga Therapy in 2003 and has added Heart Sound Seminars, and The Physics of Sound and Healing to her wealth of knowledge. She holds a degree in Sociology and Certification in International Studies from Webster University. Tarraugh enjoys meditation, reading about quantum physics and health. She offers gratitude to the teachings and to those who support expansion of consciousness and compassion for the entire planet.



Tia Shepard

Tia Shepard
Tia Shepard went to SUNY New Paltz, graduating with a BA in geography, and has worked for New York Rural Water Association and the New York DEC making maps. She is enjoying exploring and biking around St Louis and has thoroughly embraced her new, vibrant downtown life here. She enjoys hearing about your experiences and how the Pilates + Yoga Studio helps you with your fitness goals. (She would love to hear/share your story!) She is exploring Pilates and the new neuro-muscular connections it brings as well as kettlebell classes for strength.



Tracy Stamper

Tracy Stamper
Tracy Stamper, Certified Nia Black Belt Instructor and Nia Next Generation Trainer in Training, is honored to create a space of exploration and empowerment through the transformational movement and lifestyle practice of The Nia Technique. Tracy has been certified in the technique since 1996, and teaching since 2002.

Nia taught Tracy to feel at home in her body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and she celebrates the opportunity to share with others Nia’s invitation to come home through the profound power of this practice. She brings passion, playfulness, energy, enthusiasm, acceptance, and encouragement to her students, blending her gentle approach into rocking and rolling classes. Tracy is amazed at where her Nia practice has taken her. She invites you to amaze yourself.




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