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Board Member

Emily Sheppard, owner of Cookeville Pilates in Cookeville, TN is Peak Pilates® Comprehensively Certified under Master Instructor Sonje Mayo.  In addition Emily has completed Mejo Wiggin’s  Classical Syllabus® ; is the Co-Chair for Membership and Benefits Committee with the Authentic Pilates Union and is Fusion Pre and Post Natal Certified® under Cedar Sinai approved program with Jennifer Gianni.

Emily has this to say about Pilates, “Pilates is my absolute passion.  When you work with me, my love and faith in Pilates is evident.  My excitement overflows to my clients.  Pilates is for everyone.  In my own body it has facilitated my recovery from extensive knee surgery and provides relief for me daily from my scoliosis. 


Pilates is for life- it is not just for a gym or an hour a few times a week- it changes how you move in your everyday life.  It is the gift of strength and flexibility.  I feel honored to carry on the genius of the work of Mr. Joseph H. Pilates.”

Emily graduated with honors from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and is a United States Coast Guard Captain (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel 100 Ton).  She also is the Church Administrator and Prayer Chaplain at Unity Church of the Cumberlands in Cookeville, TN.

Emily is incredibly honored and excited to be part of The APU.