Get To Know the Core Therapy & Pilates Team

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Stephen C. Dunn, MPT, COMT, PMA®-CPT

Co-Owner/Physical Therapist
Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor


Stephen graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998 from LSUMC in New Orleans. Immediately interested in hands on therapy, he began to study with known manual therapist Brian Mulligan and became certified in the Maitland Australian Approach in 2003. Stephen completed a comprehensive Pilates training in Santa Monica at retroFit Pilates in 2002 and is Certified through The Pilates Method Alliance. The combined treatment of manual therapy with mind body awareness exercises using Pilates concepts was the start of his whole body treatment approach. Stephen then began to study the fascial system when he moved to Austin, TX in 2004. This lead to training with Alan Weismantle and hisFunctional Manual Therapy Approach and studying Myofascial Release with John Barnes. Stephen completed his level 1 GYROTONIC® certification in 2009 becoming the first Physical Therapist in Texas certified in the GYROTONIC® method. In 2011, Stephen and Cheryl started the Pilates Teacher Training Program offered at CORE. Since 2012, they have had the opportunity to present the work of Joseph Pilates to the Physical Therapy schools at both Texas State and The University of St Augustine-Austin.

Now Stephen pulls from both a traditional and alternative mindset for an eclectic and innovative approach to physical therapy. Treatment consist of manual therapy (myofascial release, joint mobilization & manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy, craniosacral therapy, traction, and neurodynamics) with mind body exercises utilizing Pilates and GYROTONIC® equipment. Stephen and his wife, Cheryl, opened CORE Therapy & Pilates in May, 2005. Stephen enjoy's hiking, sports and live music.  They have 2 boy's and are members of Westlake United Methodist Church.

"I opened my business after 3 years of working at the typical 'PT mill' with juggling 3 to 5 patients an hour.  So my clinic is now based on NOT being the typical and the first step is spending time with each patient.  So I chose to offer one on one, hour long appointments to address reaching the goals of each individual.  This allows me to learn about the body on each visit in a continuous assessment and treatment progressive approach.  With the home release program and awareness training, I teach patients to empower themselves to improve."

Your Favorite???

Place: The mountains!
Restaurant: Jaques-Imos (NOLA), Uchiko (ATX)
Food: Cajun
Vacation:  Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth
City: NOLA
TV show: 24
Film: The Usual Suspects
Singer/Group: JJ Cale, Widespread Panic
Celebrity: Willie, Shaq
Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad (that changed everything for me)
Sports: LSU Football and Baseball
Team: LSU
Hobbies: Live music and I Try to keep up with my kids!

Stephen C. Dunn

Co-Owner
Physical Therapist
Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor

Cheryl C. Dunn, PMA®-CPT

Co-Owner, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Instructor
GYROTONIC®
 Master Trainer


Cheryl graduated with a Marketing degree from LSU. After working a corporate desk job for a few years, she changed careers by completing her Pilates certification in 2002 at retroFit Pilates in Santa Monica, CA.  Cheryl then completed her Level 1 GYROTONIC® certification while working with Madeline Black at Studio M in Sonoma, CA.  Since moving to Austin to 2004, Cheryl has become level 2 GYROTONIC® trained as well as assisted Madeline in teaching Pilates education courses from California to New Orleans.  The year of 2009 was a busy one as she completed her GYROKINESIS® certification in Germany with Juliu Horvath, certifications on the specialized GYROTONIC® Archway, Leg Extension Unit, GYROTONER® and Jump Stretch Board, as well as becoming a Certified GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer.  Not to mention having her second little boy. Cheryl completed a Pilates mentor program in 2011 with Madeline Black offered by Balance Body University coined "Passing the Torch". In the summer of 2011, Cheryl and Stephen launched a Pilates Teacher Training Program at CORE.  Cheryl passed her PMA Exam and has studied the GYROTONIC® Therapeutic Application courses with German Physiotherapist Paul Horvath and Uwe Herbsreit. In 2014, Cheryl completed the requirments to become a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and is now able to teach the GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Courses as well as all updates for current certified GYROTONIC® trainers.

Her background as a gymnast and exercise enthusiast led her to an interest in Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise. Cheryl and her husband, Stephen, opened CORE Therapy & Pilates in May, 2005. They are members of Westlake United Methodist Church.

Your Favorite???

Place: There's no place like home 🙂
Restaurant: Uchi
Food: Chocolate
Vacation: The beach
City: Sonoma
TV show: Anything on the cooking channel
Film: Star Wars 🙂
Singer/Group: Mumford and Sons/George Strait
Celebrity: Brad Pitt
Book: The Shack
Sports: Football, gymnastics
Team: LSU
Hobbies: Hanging with my family

Cheryl C. Dunn

Co-Owner
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor
Certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor
GYROTONIC® Master Trainer

Alexis Zoë Kistler

Client Services
Certified GYROTONIC® Level 1 Instructor
Certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor


Alexis’ main intention for her clients is for them to enjoy a healthy and fit body, free from aches and pains, and to help them achieve their personal physical goals. She helps them experience a physical movement practice with personal guidance and training that brings them joy and improved physical activity regardless of age, previous injury or limitation.

Alexis was born and raised in Germany, where she graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. She worked as a licensed Physical Therapist in Germany until 2009 and earned additional diplomas in Lymph drainage & Compression Therapy and Manual Therapy during that time. During one of her PT internships she followed her curiosity for integrative healing methods and started training with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. She was delighted to discover that it works wonders on posture, flexibility and strength.

In 2009 her passion for personal growth and development opportunities brought her to the US, and she has lived in Austin since 2010. In her free time she enjoys triathlon training and is convinced that the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® has provided her with unique benefits that cannot be found in any other training modality. It has helped her with an increased range of motion, ease of movement, and something that every athlete values - more speed. After experiencing the many personal benefits of the GYROTONIC® method, Alexis is devoted to help others overcome physical limitations and elevate their performance with the GYROTONIC® method.

Alexis is a certified GYROTONIC® Level 1 Instructor and has advanced training using the GYROTONIC® method therapeutically for hip, lower back, shoulder and neck problems.

Your Favorite???

Place: Sunrise on the beach
Restaurant: ???
Food: Sushi
Holiday: Thailand, Bali, New Zealand, Kawaii....
City: Amsterdam, Krabi, San Diego
TV show: Cooking Shows, anything that's really well written (6 Feet Under, House of Cards, The Crown)
Film: I am not your Guru, depends on the genre
Singer/Group: Depends on my mood, could be anything between Country and Hip Hop
Celebrity: Tony Robbins
Book: The Lord of the Rings & The Enneagram
Sports: Swim, Bike, Run (repeat); snowboarding
Team: TEC (Tank Engine Crew aka my cycling group)
Hobbies: Acrylic painting, my sports are my hobby

Alexis Zoë Kistler

Client Services
Certified GYROTONIC® Level 1 Instructor
Certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor

Julie Fields

Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor


Julie began her Pilates practice in 2000 and soon realized that Pilates was exactly what her body needed to finally feel both strong and balanced. In 2007 she expanded her interest by completing a certification program through PhysicalMind Institute. At that time Julie was working in the public sector and teaching a few classes during the evenings and on weekends. Knowing she wanted to teach Pilates as her “act two career” Julie was a member of the Core Therapy’s inaugural teacher training program to expand her understanding of the Pilates method in physical rehabilitation. Julie completed the Pink Ribbon Pilates Program in 2012, a therapeutic application of Pilates for post-operative breast cancer recovery. In 2014 she completed Aston Kinetics foundation classes which provided skills in observing and assessing body movement patterns. Over the past year Julie completed training in the GYROKINESIS® method after seeing the results that this movement method provided in joint mobility and strengthening.

Julie is passionate about helping clients find their best body for function and health and thinks Pilates and GYROKINESIS® exercises are smart ways to achieve both.

Julie Fields

Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor