Our Staff

Pilates MN Trainers have 200,000 hours of experience and education behind their work. All trainers have been through year-long training courses that require 450 or more hours to become a pilates trainer. We take pride in combining all of our methods and providing clients with some of the best educated trainers in the cities. Our training programs include Polestar Pilates Education, PhysicalMind Institute, Balanced Body Education and Align Certifications. We have hired trainers and physical therapists that have many hours and experience behind their work!


Pamela Hasselbring, Owner

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Credentials and Education:

  • Polestar Pilates Graduate

  • Pilates Mat (Physical Mind Graduate)

  • CoreAlign Level 1, 2 and 3 Training

  • TRX Training

  • NETA Group Fitness Certification

  • Cooper Clinic TX Certification

  • CEU's focused in back pain, Scoliosis, neurological disease (Parkinson's), teen health and fitness programs

  • 38 years of experience working in fitness industry

What led me to teach Pilates? 

After searching for exercises to help a compression fracture in my spine, I found Pilates and eliminated my back pain and can now help others with back pain. I've seen Pilates help so many clients with different issues that I focus our business around helping clients with issues and helping clients avoid issues by abiding by our missions statement "Workout Smarter."


Brent Hasselbring, Owner

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Brent has always been very involved in athletics, individual and team  sports and fitness. He’s originally from Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. 


When the opportunity came about to work with Pamela in the fitness industry he jumped at it. Their son Alex has joined the team and is a great addition. 


The staff and clients at Pilates MN really make the experience of running the studio fantastic. 


Alex Hasselbring, Instructor

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Credentials and Education:

  • University of St. Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship

  • Macalester College, Minor in Chinese Language

  • Current Polestar Pilates Trainer

What led me to teach pilates?

I have always been interested in movement and athletics. I played soccer and basketball growing up, and achieved a goal of mine to play collegiate soccer at the University of St. Thomas. Throughout my youth and playing days, my mother, Pam, was gracious enough to teach our soccer team Pilates on the weekends. As I've grown older, the benefits of Pilates have become more and more apparent to me. Because of my understanding of Pilates movement, I feel even more comfortable participating in other activities I love to do. 

I just recently graduated college in May, 2018 from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurship. After some thought about my future and where I wanted to begin my career, I decided (with the approval and support of my parents, of course) to hop on board at PilatesMN! I felt that the studio was the perfect environment for me: it combines both the entrepreneurial spirit and my love for movement. Furthermore, I've seen and heard about how much this space, our trainers, and their knowledge have helped people who attend the studio. That, to me, has always been the most inspiring aspect of this venture.

I begin Polestar Pilates Training in Kansas City in October 2018, and I look forward to continuing to learn, grow, and contribute to such a great community we have here at PilatesMN.


Julie Magney, Front Desk

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I discovered Pilates in 2011 and after I found my core, I was hooked! Soon I was working at the front desk, loving client interaction and modifying my posture as I listened to instructors cue classes. Pilates has added an inch to my height and changed my body in so many positive ways. It is my pleasure to work with the trainers and clients at Pilates MN.


shawn murphy marquis, MSPT, physical therapist/Training Program Manager

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Credentials and Education:

  • Masters Science & Physical Therapy (MSPT)

  • CoreAlign Training

  • Bachelors of Fine Arts, Drama and Dance

  • Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Graduate

  • Training Program Manager for Pilates MN

What led me to teach Pilates? 

I was introduced to Pilates at my first job at Performing Arts Physical Therapy in New York City. I was inspired by the approach and the Principles. As a Physical Therapist and a former dancer I knew how important it was to teach stabilization, mobilization and function. Pilates incorporates all of these in unique accessible ways for all bodies. I found that Polestar Pilates showed me that there are many ways to enhance movement with efficiency.

The Polestar training helped me personally stabilize my hypermobility. Through doing the work I have become a much better Physical Therapist and Pilates instructor. The ability to work with people who have injuries is the hallmark of Pilates and the perfect marriage of disciplines.  


Martha Eckerline, Instructor

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Credentials and Education:

  • University of St. Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Business

  • ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified

  • TRX Training

  • Pilates Mat (Physical Mind graduate)

  • Reformer/Apparatus (Balanced Body graduate)

  • Pilates Polestar graduate

  • Scoliosis, low back pathologies

  • Northwest Athletic Club 15 years

What led me to teach Pilates? 

While Pilates is not the only form of exercise available, it is unique in what it has to offer. Practicing principles of movement can apply to all areas of life. A few principles that guide the practice such as elongation, core stability, alignment, concentration and quality of movement are what inspired me to teach.

Elongating the spine promotes more range of motion in joints, which is what a degenerative spine needs. Core stability is activated creating movement efficiency.

Proper skeletal alignment prevents wear and tear on joints and soft tissues like muscles, ligaments and tendons.  Applying this specific principle to my exercise regimen has helped minimize my scoliosis symptoms.

Concentrating on movement mechanics brings awareness to muscle imbalance.  With awareness, things change.  Clients love discovering this!

Performing Pilates exercises with attention to quality of movement gives a person results such as flatter abs, longer and leaner muscles, and clients say that they have even grown taller.

Pilates has taught me how to stretch and strengthen muscles in my body safely and effectively. Workout smarter and try Pilates!


Jen Dugan, Instructor

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Credentials and Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree, University of St. Thomas

  • Polestar Graduate

  • CoreAlign, Level 1 Graduate

What led me to teach Pilates? 

Over the last 30 years, I have participated in a variety of physical activities from marathons and triathlons to private fitness training. I started my Pilates journey 18 years ago. Since then, I have kept Pilates a top priority in my life as it has always made me feel stronger, more flexible and it has improved my posture. I decided to become an instructor 8 years ago to increase my knowledge of the Pilates method. I also found this form of exercise the perfect avenue to complete wellness. Through teaching, I hope to help others experience the same wonder of Pilates as I have enjoyed and to empower each client to be in control of his/her body, health and well being.


Jean Archambeau, instructor

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Credentials and Education:

  • B.S Degree in Medical Technology/Michigan Technological University

  • Balanced Body Trained Comprehensive Pilates Instructor

  • Member Pilates Method Alliance

  • Continuing Education/Certifications include: Effective Hands-On Training Techniques, Pilates for Special Conditions, Performing Effective Assessments, Course Design for Men, Pilates Techniques for Low Back Pain, Therapilates for Osteoporosis, Pilates Program Design, S.I Joint Dysfunction and Program Design

What led me to teach Pilates? 

I found Pilates over 17 years ago as a way to rehabilitate a significant neck and back injury and have been committed to the practice of Pilates ever since.  Pilates allowed me to not only return to normal everyday activities without pain, but also eventually resume other sports that I enjoy.  During my Pilates Comprehensive Training Program I discovered my passion for teaching the Pilates method and thoroughly enjoy helping others discover the transformation Pilates can bring to their bodies and lives.


Maria Hanson, Instructor

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Credentials and Education:

  • Graduate Degree in Social Work, University of Wisconsin

  • Balanced Body Trained Comprehensive Pilates Instructor

  • Continuing Education Certifications Include: Scoliosis, Flexion/Extension, Back Pathology

  • Marathon Pace Leader

What led me to teach Pilates?

I was drawn to pilates about 15 years ago as away to cross train for running. I practiced in Shanghai China for several years and quickly realized much of the Pilates work got lost in translation. It wasn’t until I took my teacher training course through Balanced Body did I truly understand the great depth of pilates. It does so much more than just build strength and tone muscles it’s a mental change as well. It takes a level of concentration and body awareness that other fitness classes don’t emphasis as much. I love teaching and helping others find a deeper connection within themselves. 


Johnna stob, physical therapist Assistant

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Credentials and Education

  • Physical Therapist Assistant- Associate in Applied Science

  • Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Graduate

  • Foot/Ankle Treatment Techniques

  • Parkinson's

  • Shoulder and RC rehab

  • Chronic pain

  • Aquatic Integration

What led me to teach Pilates? 

I appreciate the mind-body approach that Pilates offers. It is my goal to educate patients and clients about muscles and structure which helps to deepen their understanding of their bodies and movement. Through the use of Pilates principles and techniques, I strive to create programs that are holistic in nature to re-educate and re-pattern muscles for optimal mechanical advantage and ease of movement. 


Molly bell Knorr, Physical therapist Assistant

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Credentials and Education:

  • Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Trained

  • AAS Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Certificate of Massage Therapy

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Art/Psychology/Communication)

  • Great Lakes-MET Cervical/Thoracic SIJ

  • Cognitive behavioral coaching

What led me to teach Pilates? 

I have had different injuries while playing sports and being involved in dancing and fitness. Pilates was a huge help in overcoming my injuries. I now utilize the stabilization and core control to protect my joints and allow for safe body building and injury prevention. As a therapist, Pilates has given me more education and capabilities to help patients and clients get healthier, happier, and stronger!


Emily Fehr, Massage Therapist

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Credentials and Education

  • CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School Graduate

  • Specialization in deep specific work and sports massage

  • Polestar Pilates Instructor (Upcoming, Fall 2018)

What led me to Massage Therapy?

I graduated from CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School in 2013. I was drawn to massage as a career to help people find relief from pain and to take time for themselves.

I’ve worked in many different settings doing massage including spas, wellness centers, chiropractic clinics and with University of Minnesota athletes. As well as with a few pro athletes. 

I enjoy working with specific injuries and issues. I specialize in deep specific work and sports massage. Through my years as a massage therapist I’ve seen a variety of posture related aliments and recognize that more than massage is needed to help my client base. I am excited to increase my knowledge of the body through practicing bodywork at Pilates MN and becoming a PoleStar Pilates Instructor this Fall. 

 

Staff Education

Pilates MN Trainers have 200,000 hours of experience and education behind their work. All trainers have been through year long training courses that require 450 or more hours to become a Pilates Trainer: We take pride in combining all of our methods and providing clients with some of the best educated trainers in the cities. Our training programs include Polestar Pilates Education, PhysicalMind Institute, Balanced Body Education and Align Certifications.

Our staff takes pride in our continuing education units (CEU):

Polestar Pilates Education Courses with Brent Anderson PhD, PT, OCS President Polestar Pilates Education:

  • Pilates for Low Back Pain Using the Reformer 3.0 CEU

  • Pilates for Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis 3.0 CEU

  • Pathokinesiology of the Lumbar Spine 16.0 CEU

  • Scoliosis: A Practical Approach 16.0 CEU

  • Advanced Assessment 24.0 CEU

  • The Business of Pilates for Rehabilitation 8.0 CEU

Polestar Pilates Senior Educator Noelle Dowma DPT, MSPT:

  • Getting to the “Core” A Workshop Presenting the Research and Practical Application of Core Based Exercise and Education 3.5 CEU

  • Exercise with the Pre and Post Natal Woman 3.5 CEU

  • How to Modify for Clients Injuries and Conditions in the Fitness Environment, 3.5 CEU

Professor Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Faculty at California State University Long Beach and Body Arts and Science International Senior Educator:

  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm, Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Impingement with Pilates, 6 CEU

  • Walking Biomechanics on the Reformer, 6 CEU

  • Scoliosis and Exercise Design in Pilates, 6 CEU

  • Pilates, Alignment and Posture, 6 CEU

  • Pilates for the Dancer: A focus on Lower Body Strength, 6 CEU

  • Shoulder Mechanics, Alignment and Pilates Program Design, 6 CEU

  • Knee Biomechanics and Pilates Program Design, 6 CEU

  • Unwinding Scoliosis with Pilates, 6 CEU

  • Sacroiliac Function and Pilates Exercise Design, 6 CEU

  • Promoting Healthy Again with Pilates, 6 CEU

Anna Tischenko, PhD, MSPT: The Playground for Neuro Rehabilitation

Sharon Gawin, MPT: Pilates for Serious Spinal Diagnosis, 6 CEU

Elizabeth Larkam:

  • Pilates Studio Sequences for Restoring Motor Control of the Thorax, 6 CEU

  • Moving Beyond the Reformer: Creating New Repertoire for the Allegro and Tower, 6 CEU

Jeannie Staudt: Functional Strength Training for the Aging Spine, 8 CEU

Karen Sanzo: Pilates and Motor Control, 6 CEU

Madeline Black: Understanding What you See: Assessment Techniques for Pilates Instructors, 6 CEU

Kelly Kane: Psoas Part 1 and Part 2, 6 CEU

Lolita San Miguel (worked with Joseph Pilates!): Teaching Tips from a Master, 3 CEU

Valentin: EXO Chair: The Next Frontier, 3 CEU

NETA: Exercise and Arthritis, 6 CEU

Gina M. Piazza: Postural Analysis Specialist

Eric Franklin: Imagery and Exercises for a Strong, Flexible and Healthy Spine, 3.25 CEU

Nico Gonzalex: All Hands on Deck: The Essential of Assisted Stretches for Pilates Instructors, 3 CEU

Helen Masin PhD,: PT Communication Skills for the Pilates Teachers, 16 CEU

Portia Page: Core Align 1, 2 and 3, 48 CEU

TRX: Suspension Training Course

BOSU Training, 3 CEU

Dr. Carol Davis: Epigenetics and Fascia, The New Science of Subtle Energy and Cellular Function and The Miraculous Discoveries of Fascia and Movement

Dr Libby Weaver: Nutritional Wisdom

Dr. Brent Anderson: Joe's Simple Formula to Health and Happiness

Larry Cahalin: Pilates Breath in the Past, Present and Future

Chopra: Ayurveda and Mind/Body Types with Davidji

Shelly Power: Work Smarter Not Harder: How Hard Should Pilates Really Be?

Other Continuing Education workshops taken by Our Educators:

  • Pilates Games for Kids

  • Exo Chair the New Frontier

  • Stretching for Optimal Flexibility and Health

  • Improving Performance and Health with Franklin Method and Pilates

  • Pilates Chair for Strength and Grace

  • Rolling for Length, Rolling for Strength

  • Pilates Arc on the Road