About Pilates Heartcore

Our CORE Mission

To feel good- inside and out.

Welcome to Pilates HeartcoreTM!  We offer Pilates, barre, springboard and circuit classes in an intimate training setting.  Our aim is to create a community focused on identifying goals, consistent growth and long term change.  We are not a gym.  We do not look or smell like a gym.  But we will work your body hard and help you bridge the divide between the life you want to lead and knowing how to live it.

You don’t have to be fit to start with us.  You can be out of shape.  Maybe you just had a baby.  You could be a runner who is constantly tight.  You could be feeling stiff and older than your years.  You could have an office job that is wrecking your body.  Pilates Heartcore is a place for people who are determined to improve their fitness and wellness.  We provide instruction based on your personal goals and commitment, but we strive to form one strong community.

Pilates using the Reformer or Exo chair can look scary and intimidating.  Don’t worry!  It’s super fun and feels less like exercise and more like play.  Plus it lengthens, tones, stretches and levels you out like nothing else.  If you have never tried it, we challenge you to experience why some many people are hooked!

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Our Philosophy

We believe that Strength- in mind, body and spirit- takes time.  It takes self-discipline and a commitment to showing up regularly.  We will be there with you to make sure you push yourself every time.  Just get here and the rest, we will do together.

We believe we are all unique- and what works for your friend may not work for you.  Pilates is about the mind and body connection and each person’s journey will be different.  We will help you discover more about yourself and what you are capable of achieving.  Our stories are all different but we all start at the same place.

Pilates is not a fad.  We are not a quick fix.  If you are looking for an easy solution to your health and fitness, we are not it.  We are not a 6 week cleanse- drop 20 pounds program.  We believe (and have seen the results in our own bodies and clients’ bodies) that true strength and fitness require a strong foundation.  We believe in the Pilates Principles.  We believe steady progress takes you to the best version of you.  It’s not about killing yourself so you can’t move the next day, but about challenging your body regularly to be fit enough to better enjoy your life.

Pilates HeartcoreTM is here for YOU.  When you become part of our community, you belong.  We are a team and we believe in you, your goals and we will listen to your needs.  We are not here to stand at the front of the room and yell at you to do one more set.  We are by your side, assisting you through a move, offering modifications, counting you down, laughing with you and dedicating ourselves to your success.

We are serious about your body.  Pilates HeartcoreTM operates on a closed class philosophy for Reformer/apparatus classes. You must first take the Intro to Reformer class prior to any group class registrations utilizing the Reformer.  This is not to exclude anyone, but rather to inclusively ensure that you are armed with knowledge to be successful when you do start taking Reformer classes.  We also highly recommend a one on one session with us prior to taking any classes so we can get to know you.  We WANT to know you!

So, do you want to feel better, look better, be calmer and live life with purpose?  We welcome you! Check out our schedule and offerings and let us know if you have any questions!

Katie Prior

Owner & Instructor

Katie has trained with some of the industry’s top master trainers like Nora St. John, Alan Herdman, Valentin, Ann McMillan, Tom McCook, Wahida Sharman and Joy Puleo while working at Balanced Body, the world’s largest Pilates equipment manufacturer and top Instructor educator. She has always been an avid fitness goer- spending many hours logged at the gym doing kickboxing, strength training, Zumba, cycle classes and yoga. Pilates came to her at a time when she was dealing with chronic back pain and a general tightness and inflexibility of her body.

Even with all the exercise, massage and physical therapy she was doing, something wasn’t working. After discovering Pilates and committing herself to 3 sessions a week, she was rewarded with a new way to feel good in her body and to be pain free. This personal experience opened her eyes to the sincere benefits of Pilates. It became her desire to help other people feel as good as she feels.

As a mother of two young , full of energy boys, she understands how important a strong and healthy body is to your happiness and ability to succeed in all aspects of your life. And on top of all the benefits of Pilates, it’s FUN! The part she likes most about it is that it doesn’t feel like a typical boring, same thing every time, drag yourself to get it over with work out.

Classes with Katie are never the same routine and she will always make sure you leave feeling stronger, calmer and more connected to your body than when you walked in. So come Get Heartcore and transform yourself with Katie today!

Emily Rose


Emily knows bodies. For almost 20 years she has been working as a certified massage therapist, massage clinic supervisor and curriculum creator both here locally and in the Bay Area. She is also a devoted runner and can be found pounding the pavement most mornings in Fair Oaks. Her career and personal passion is alleviating chronic pain, anxiety and reducing stress in her clients through her knowledge of massage techniques, anatomy, reflexology and body mechanics.

She became interested in pursuing a path to becoming a Pilates instructor 3 years ago. Since Pilates focuses so much on the alignment and muscular dynamics of a body, it has an amazing synergy to her already vast knowledge of how the body works. Going through the Balanced Body certification program has just intensified her desire to help others through movement.

Emily comes to Pilates Heartcore as a sweet addition to our already fantastic and diverse group of trainers. Her calm demeanor and soft voice give her classes a very relaxing feeling. But don’t be fooled by her mellow ways- Emily knows how to deliver a kick-butt and challenging class! She may look and sound nice but one class with her and you’ll know she’s here to deliver results.

Kaleen Canevari


Kaleen Canevari is a PMA Certified Pilates Instructor who completed her comprehensive training with Balanced Body. She is a total movement nerd, bringing her precise and problem-solving engineering brain to her Pilates classes which are tailored specifically to the bodies in front of her.

Her Pilates training began while she was a design engineer for Balanced Body, the largest Pilates equipment manufacturer in the world. Now, using techniques learned from her mentor, Amanda Martin (Madeline Black & Kane School lineage), Kaleen strives to correct dysfunction and build healthier movement patterns in order to help her clients achieve their specific goals. This includes shoulder pain, back pain and forward head common to desk workers, as well as hip, knee and foot injuries like ACL reconstruction, Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome, and plantar faciitis, to name a few. If she doesn’t know how to do something, whether it’s building or fixing something, she goes and spends time to figure it out.

As an avid soccer player, adventurer, and kid-at-heart, Kaleen has first-hand experience with the devastation that pain and injury can bring to everyday living, and the restorative power that Pilates brings to diverse lifestyles. When she isn’t teaching she runs a Pilates equipment maintenance company called The Fit Reformer.

Heather Michele Williams


Heather Michele Williams is a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor certified with Body, Arts, and Science International (BASI). She discovered the magic of Pilates through the recovery of a failed spinal fusion surgery and decided to turn this passion into a career of learning and sharing it with others.

Sparked by this passion, in 2011 Heather quit her desk job and downsized to a backpack to travel the world and learn. She has traveled to 22 countries, and lived in 3 different countries in South America and Asia. She studied energy work in Thailand and Indonesia and also became a Certified Yoga Instructor at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India. She is a perpetual student of all things movement and mindfulness and has trained in a form of muscle and fascia release exercise method called Hanna Somatics, that she incorporates into her classes.

She is currently training with the creators of Primal Movement Works to become certified in Primal Pilates which is a fun, functional movement practice that she likes to describe as caveman Pilates mixed with child-like play, to create a fun and challenging workout. A kid at heart, Heather views Pilates and functional movement as a structured Playtime, and views the Pilates equipment as a big playground where we take a “recess from everyday tasks” and dial into our bodies, creating a safe space to learn and “Play Pilates” together with all the fun toys and props.

By piecing together various modalities, movement disciplines and meditation principles along with her in-depth study and obsession with Anatomy and Physiology, she has discovered a gentle, zero impact way to activate specific muscles while releasing chronically contracted ones. She has personally found relief from her chronic pain and restored freedom of movement thanks to these practices, and over the years has enjoyed sharing her knowledge to help countless people find relief from pain and discover new ways to move and live better in their bodies, and have a blast doing it!

Chris Suter

Apprentice Instructor

With degrees in engineering and exercise physiology, Chris is always pursuing new ways of looking at sports and movement. A distance runner at heart, he looks to combine the principles of endurance sport with the body-aware resistance training of Pilates: sometimes when you’re running, it gets ugly, brutal, and you just gotta grit your teeth and get through it; sometimes Pilates is beautiful and controlled and precise. Maybe by taking one and applying it to the other, you can improve both.

Initially, his ignorance of Pilates made him skeptical of its benefits for athletic endeavors, but through his commitment to a regular practice he has come to love the strength, focus, and detail the movements require. The resulting effects keep him healthy and strong so he can do what he loves: playing soccer and running long distances. He is pursuing his instructor certification so that he can help his clients achieve their athletic goals through the unique and challenging system that is Pilates.