Meet The Team


HI- I’m Carrie, an instructor at The Pilates Underground. I have a background in neonatal nursing and discovered Pilates 15 years ago as a way to balance my cardio workouts and prevent injury. I’m passionate about the mind body awareness Pilates brings and how this influences the way we move both in and out of the studio.

Almost empty-nesters, my husband and I have two daughters and one middle-aged golden retriever. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy cooking, event planning, exercising with friends and a great cup of coffee! I am excited to be joining The Pilates Underground Team!



Hi Friends, I’m Jennifer. I’ve been practicing Pilates on and off for about a decade, but I have been committed to a teaching and learning practice with daily rigor for the past two years. I am a retired public high school teacher (English and Reading) and coach (Tennis and Debate) who promises to never use her study hall voice with you in class. Come to my classes and celebrate the healing and power of movement.



 I'm Carissa, owner of The Pilates Underground. I believe that movement is a gift and that moving your body should feel more like loving it and less like beating it up. My classes are energetic and light-hearted, incorporating movement that feels amazing, in-between moves that make you sweat =) my goal is that you leave the studio feeling empowered! You are capable of moving your body and moving it well. You deserve to have a relationship with movement that makes you joyful, that you love, and that feels amazing! Cheers to you and to moving your body🎉
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Pilates Instructor/Owner


Jessica Dvorak



Hi, I’m Jessica, a Pilates instructor at The Pilates Underground. Having spent the first 20 years of my professional life working in Finance and Taxation, I am now taking a redirect. I am passionate about healthful living and look forward to educating students in the study of Pilates and its transformative impacts, particularly reversing the ill effects of a modern (more sedentary) lifestyle.

When not at The Pilates Underground I act as a Lyft or Uber driver, shuttling two teenage daughters to various activities, wife to a husband of 20 years, dog walker and avid backpacker. Hopefully, I will see you soon in one of my group reformer classes or private sessions.



Hi- I’m Ro Thompson and an instructor in training here at the Pilates Underground. I have been doing Pilates for the last  ten years and after meeting Carissa I was inspired to take my skills and knowledge to the next level by getting certified. Teaching and educating has always been a passion of mine.  I have a Masters in Education and taught grammar school for 10 years. I live in Lake Forest with my husband and three children and 2 labradors. We enjoy the outdoors and being active together as a family. I look forward to having you join me at my community class on Wednesdays. 

Pilates Instructor in Training



Meet Alex, our Studio Admin! If you have questions about your schedule, booking, cancelling, package options etc. Alex is the one to ask! Make sure to save her email address for all your Pilates questions!





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