Instructors

Jenny Jennings
Alotapilates founder Jenny Jennings began her training with The Pilates Center, where she received her Certified Master Teacher designation. Jenny is a Certified Pilates Instructor, a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, and a NPCT (Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher) and MELT Method Hand & Foot Certified. Jenny continues her education with yearly workshops at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, where she has studied with such Pilates luminaries as Amy Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel.

Caryn Coopmans
Co-owner and Certified Pilates Instructor Caryn Coopmans earned her certifications from the Physicalmind Institute and the National Pilates Certification Program. She also earned her Certified Master Teacher designation from The Pilates Center. Caryn started teaching Pilates in Sag Harbor, NY. She briefly taught in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving back to Minneapolis. She has been with Alotapilates ever since.

Tia Fink-Hartzell
Co-owner Tia Fink-Hartzell began her Pilates journey as a complement to her modern dance studies at St. Olaf College. After receiving her B.A. in Dance and Political Science, Tia pursued additional Pilates training. She received her certification from True Pilates NY/Romana's Pilates. Tia is a NCPT (Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher - previously known as PMA Certified) and she also has her Master's Certification from The Pilates Center.

Carol Sarnat
Carol came to Pilates as a student to address chronic lower back problems so she has a firsthand appreciation for how Pilates can build core strength and improve body imbalances. The benefits of her practice inspired her to pursue teacher training. Carol received her certification from Align Pilates. She has her Master's Certification from The Pilates Center and MELT Method Hand & Foot Certification. Carol is also a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

 

 

Michelle Stutesman

Michelle began dancing at age 4 and studied ballet at the Classical Ballet Academy of Ballet Minnesota. She discovered Pilates as a high school dance student and continued her practice as an undergraduate at Texas Christian University. Michelle obtained her certification from The Pilates Center where she was chosen to be a Licensed Teacher Trainer. She has completed therapeutic massage training and is a NCPT (Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher - previously known as the PMA Certification Program). Michelle spent time spent in Paris where she consulted on teacher training.

 

 

Kelly Sams

In college, Kelly realized her knees were no longer up to the strain of running but she missed the meditative, mind-over-matter benefits of regular exercise. After graduating and moving to the Cities, she discovered Pilates and fell in love with it. In Pilates, she found a system that attuned her body, her breath, and her mind - and improved her posture and fluidity. She became such a strong believer in the method, she chose to become an instructor. Kelly has earned certification from Six Degrees Uptown and The Pilates Center. Kelly has a passion for the study of Postural Restoration - the exploration of the science of asymmetries in the body. She uses this lense as she teaches Classical Pilates.

 

Christy Jonason
        

     While navigating life in New York as a dancer, Christy realized her body was out of alignment.        

     After trying yoga and chiropractic, she enrolled at The New York Pilates Studio, where she found the

     bodywork — and the career change — she needed. Christy earned her first teacher certification from

     the contemporary Stott Pilates program as well as an advanced certification through
     The Pilates Center. She is also certified as a Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist.

 

 

Angela Herlofsky

   

 Angela began her Pilates career in 1998 at The Pilates Studio of Los Angeles. She has been teaching for 23 years. She was trained in Classical Pilates by Melinda Bryan PT, under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska and worked along-side Jay Grimes. She was certified in 1999 through the Physicalmind Institute and more recently the National Pilates Certification Program. For the past 4 years, she has served as a Pilates educator for the largest Pilates franchise in the nation. In addition to Pilates, Angela has been studying and practicing Thai Masage since 2004; holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict; is a certified Ashtanga/Yoga Instructor; is a TRX Instructor; and is a certified Labor Doula by both DONA International and Childbirth International.

 

 


 

 

 


 

 


"Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase."
- Joseph Pilates