About Us

OUR STUDIO

The Pilates Studio is a classical space that provides a warm, intimate setting for our clients to achieve their health and fitness goals. The studio is fully furnished with traditional equipment from the most distinguished manufacturers in the field, including Gratz Industries, Pilates Designs by Basil and Balanced Body.

Established in 2010, and growing steadily since, we are committed to maintaining a safe, knowledgeable and welcoming environment for our clients to practice the method.

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Everyone Is the Architect of Their Own Happiness.
-Joseph Pilates
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Meet Our Team

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Shannon Schroeder

Owner/Instructor

Shannon Schroeder

Shannon Schroeder, owner of The Pilates Studio, is a PMA certified Pilates instructor, and certified Stretch Therapy Teacher. She completed her Pilates teacher-training under second generation instructor, Risa Sheppard, and then went on to open The Pilates Studio in 2010. Shannon then began studying with Australian based flexibility expert, Kit Laughlin, and appreciates how his Stretch Therapy system compliments the Pilates method. She regularly fine tunes her teaching skills with advanced continuing education, delving deeper into her understanding of the method and how to share it with others. pma-logo
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Kari Adwell

Instructor

Kari Adwell

Kari Adwell earned her Pilates instructor certification at Sheppard Method Pilates in Westwood, where she studied with master instructor, Risa Sheppard. She is becoming immersed in Kit Laughlin's Stretch Therapy method, co-teaching with studio owner, Shannon Schroeder. Kari takes great pleasure in watching her clients grow to love the work — achieving, not only their fitness goals, but developing a deeper understanding of their bodies. She is currently studying and preparing for her PMA exam.
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Cameron Jappe

Instructor

Cameron Jappe

Cameron Jappe is a certified trainer in Pilates, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, and the GYROKINESIS® Methodology. He has a rich and diverse movement background that includes the study of Iyengar Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic education. Cameron holds a B.A. from Pepperdine University and an M.F.A. from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. He appreciates helping clients feel and look their absolute best through precise, dynamic and joyful movement.
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Debbie John

Instructor

Debbie John

Debbie John is a certified Pilates instructor and dance teacher. She studied Pilates at The Pilates Body and received her Pilates Certification from Pilates Sport Center in Studio City. She received a Dance Scholarship at Joe Tremaine's Dance Studio, and discovered Pilates while training to become a professional dancer. Debbie appreciates how much Pilates helps with core strength, dance technique, toning, stretching, strengthening, balance, posture, and the mind- body connection. It has helped her heal injuries and ease her back pain. Debbie loves teaching Pilates and helping others!
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Sarah Heck

Instructor

Sarah Heck

Sarah Heck is a certified Pilates instructor who earned her certificate under second generation Master Instructor, Risa Sheppard. Sarah has discovered the value of Pilates in easing her own back and knee pain, and in getting in shape after having her three children. She continues to dive deeper into the practice of Pilates and enjoys seeing how it translates to others to help them reach their goals and enjoy a fuller life.
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Kristen Thames

Instructor

Kristen Thames

Kristen completed her Pilates certification with master instructor Risa Sheppard of Sheppard Method Pilates. Kristen has a joy of movement stemming from a background in dance and collegiate cheerleading. After her first Pilates session, she was hooked, and appreciates the mind body connection, precision and flow of Pilates. Kristen enjoys helping her clients realize how strong and powerful they are as they reach their fitness goals.
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Cara Newman Ruyle

Instructor

Cara Newman Ruyle

Cara Newman Ruyle completed her Pilates certification with 2nd generation, master instructor Risa Sheppard. A dancer and athlete growing up, and marathoner in her 30's, Cara found Pilates a bit later in life. As her love of the work grew so did her desire to share it. She is excited to help others reach their own health goals. Cara holds a BA from the College of William and Mary, and an M.F.A. from the Theatre School of DePaul University. She is currently preparing for the PMA exam and can personally attest to the healing powers of movement. Let's Move Our Bodies!
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