Kristin Procopio, MPT
Physical Therapist and Senior Pilates Instructor
Prior to founding Studio U in 2006, Kristin graduated with a masters degree in physical therapy and spent ten years as a licensed physical therapist in the Park Nicollet system. Her early career was divided between orthopaedic and cardiac rehabilitation with the last six years concentrated on sports medicine and integrating Pilates and personal training techniques into her practice. Her client base includes individuals from all health and fitness levels with a focus on athletes, from beginner to elite. Kristin has conducted over 15,000 individual sessions with a wide variety of patients and clients. In addition to being a licensed physical therapist, Kristin is certified in Mat Pilates from Physicalmind, Pilates equipment from Pilates SantaFe and APPI, and CoreAlign from Balanced Body. She is also certified as an NSCA personal trainer.
Sarah Petrich, MPT, DPT, PRC
Sarah Petrich, PT, DPT, PRC, PMA®-CPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Polestar Pilates Practitioner / Pilates Method Alliance Certified / Senior Pilates Instructor
As a doctor of physical therapy, Sarah has been correcting asymmetries and faulty movement patterns for over 10 years. She is a Polestar Pilates Practitioner nationally certified with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®-CPT) and a Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) therapist. She combines these two specialities to help her clients not just find a neutral alignment but retrain muscular patterns so they can move, exercise and play.
Sarah`s first interest in movement and the human body was through dance. She`s been dancing for over 25 years and taught dance for over 10 years. Her fascination with movement propelled her to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, as well as a Masters and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St Catherine University.
Sarah travels nationally teaching her approach to rehabilitative Pilates through Summit Education. She has also presented on various topics for Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation, Postural Restoration Institute, Fairview’s MN Sports Medicine Conference, TRIA Orthopaedics, and local dance schools. Sarah continues to be active in dance through dance medicine. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation (MDMF) where she volunteers to treat under-insured dancers at their non-profit clinic and promotes dance health through research and community education.
Loryn Follrath, MPT
Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor
Loryn brings more than twenty years experience in Physical Therapy to Studio U. She began her practice in sub- acute clinical care, home care and then private in-home rehab/wellness training. She has experience with a variety of orthopaedic and neurological diagnosis, which developed into a special interest in functional strength and balance. Her expertise lies in a hands on approach to individualized care that promotes a balanced body. She skillfully combines physical therapy and Pilates to help clients enhance their health and lifestyle. As an avid workout enthusiast, Loryn learned first hand how Pilates improved the quality of her workouts and saw the tremendous impact Pilates could provide for her patients during their rehabilitation experience, which they could take with them, out of the clinic, and into real life movement. Loryn is certified in CoreAlign from Balanced Body, and Polstar Pilates trained. A graduate of St Catherine University with a Bachelors Degree in Health Science, followed by a Masters of Physical Therapy.
Amy Kristin Jones
Amy holds degrees in dance and management from Luther College and is certified in Pilates through the Kane School in New York. She holds additional certificates in Aerialates, Balanced Body CoreAlign and Zumba. Her teaching style incorporates anatomical and postural awareness, injury prevention, breath and knowledge of special conditions. She has worked with clients ages 11 to 90 whose goals range from weight loss to increased athletic performance to relief from pain. Amy has also danced professionally in Minneapolis and New York for groups including Saint Paul Ballet, Mystic Lake, and Heidi Klum for New Balance and has worked in events marketing for a family of dance and pilates magazines. She enjoys cross training with running, skiing, aerial silks and gymnastics.
Cathy Skinner is an expert in exercise and wellness for cancer survivors. She has been working within the cancer community since 2008. Skinner was the first American College of Sports Medicine Cancer Exercise Trainer (ACSM-CET) in Minnesota and is a Certified Physical Activity for Lymphedema (PALs for Life) Trainer. Skinner holds an MA in Organizational Development from the University of St. Thomas, MN, and a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Davis.
Cathy Skinner wrote The Art of Well’s Introduction to Exercise for Cancer Recovery Program™. This manual provides an overview of a comprehensive exercise protocol focused on building a patient’s strength, balance, and flexibility. The Exercise for Cancer Recovery Program™ meets patients as they emerge from cancer treatment and physical rehabilitation seeking a safe, effective, and individualized exercise program they can manage on their own. Skinner also co-authored the curriculum for the American College of Sports Medicine Cancer Exercise Trainer Live Workshop and she leads the workshop around the country. With a passion for functional movement and corrective exercises, Skinner is a Peak Pilates Instructor (Level II), a HKC Kettle Bell Instructor, and certified in Functional Movement System. She has launched cancer survivor exercise programs in 10 fitness centers and one cancer center. Currently, Skinner leads Exercise for Cancer Recovery™ programs around the Twin Cities where she works with an average of 40 cancer patients per week by facilitating small group classes as well as working with cancer survivors one-on-one.
Skinner strives to fill the gap between the healthcare, health insurance, and fitness industries by networking and collaborating with organizations to promote wellness for cancer survivors. An enthusiastic presenter, Cathy Skinner leads workshops, speaks at conferences, and meets with support groups. She also conducts research projects, and collaborates with healthcare providers and payers. When asked why she is motivated to work with cancer survivors, Cathy says: “The cancer diagnosis and treatment process can be very disempowering. Exercise empowers cancer patients and survivors to take control of their own recovery and get connected to their ‘new’ bodies.”