Sheraden_Liz_2013 Department Secretary
Liz Sheraden

More than likely, Liz Sheraden is the first person you will meet at the Center. Either by telephone or in person, you will find Liz personable and helpful and eager to accommodate your request. Liz also manages the class schedules, registrations and plays a major role in helping produce our electronic publications. Liz enjoys her job and finds meaning in connecting people to services that make a difference in their health, wellness and quality of life.


Rolens_Bridget2013 Mind-Body Skills Instructor
Bridget Rolens

Bridget Rolens MA, BSOT,teaches mind-body medicine classes at the St. John’s Center for Living. In addition to an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy and masters in liturgical theology, she has formal training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a mind-body medicine model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Bridget has taught this method of stress management since 2005. 

As a co-leader for the St. Louis Insight Meditation Group, Bridget has facilitated meditation groups, taught classes and led retreats since 1997. Bridget’s deep passion is to help people attain freedom from the forces that bind the mind and heart in suffering. 



Virginia Ferguson Massage Therapist
Virginia Ferguson

Virginia Ferguson, LMT, has been trained in a wide spectrum of massage modalities. She enjoys being able to provide relaxing therapeutic massage, which offers relief from the various stressors of life, as well as more specialized treatment for various musculoskeletal concerns. Virginia has a special interest in the clinical applications of massage for unique populations. She believes that the value of massage lies in its inherent trust in our bodies own healing properties.


Joel_Kuperman Acupuncturist
Joel Kuperman, DA, AP, L.Ac

Joel Kuperman, DA, AP, L. Ac. holds a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and a master of science degree in traditional Chinese medicine. He is a licensed doctor of acupuncture (RI), a licensed acupuncture physician (FL) and a licensed acupuncturist in Illinois. Joel is trained in the many modalities of traditional Chinese medicine with a focus on acupuncture for the treatment of many different unusual as well as common conditions. One of Joel's talents is his ability to explain complex medical conditions from a Chinese medicine perspective and how they may translate into well known western medical conditions in clear and simple terms. With an effort on improving the total quality of life, Joel has found that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can greatly help patients currently being treated for many different conditions from pain relief to smoking cessation. Originally from the Chicago area, he enjoys running, bike riding and reading. Mostly, he enjoys being able to help people who thought that they had tried everything and nothing worked, until they tried acupuncture.


Yi Karpen Tai Chi Instructor
Yi Karpen

Yi Karpen, MS has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education and a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin. Growing up in China, she experienced tai chi as a natural healing practice for people of all ages. Today, she works at the Prairie Heart Institute as an exercise physiologist and teaches tai chi through community classes. Yi's expertise, commitment and desire to help her students experience the health-promoting benefits of tai chi create a unique learning experience for those who study with her.


Carol Dunaway Yoga Instructor
Carol Dunaway

Carol Dunaway is a former nurse who has been a student of yoga since the 1970’s.  In 2003 she began studying to teach yoga, in 2007 she received her 500 hour yoga teacher certification through the American Viniyoga Institute with founder Gary Kraftsow.  She has also studied extensively with Parayoga founder Rod Stryker.  Other teachers Carol has certifications from include, Judith Hanson Laseter, restorative yoga, Paul Grilley, yoga anatomy, and Saul David Raye, Thai Yoga.  In 2009 Carol completed a 2 year yoga therapy certification from the American Viniyoga Institute, and in 2011 she completed a month long study of yoga philosophy in Chennai India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandrim (KYM).  The KYM is devoted to the teachings of Krishnamacharya who was an influential teacher of Gary Kraftsow.  Carol is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists.

In addition to yoga, Carol is fully certified in Pilates mat and equipment work through Stott Pilates.  She specializes in working with individuals who have injuries or special needs.



Kris-Timme Group Fitness Instructor
Kris Timme, MPH, RDN, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Kris believes a balanced diet and regular physical activity play an important role in maintaining health. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Brigham Young University. She earned her master’s of public health nutrition at the University of Washington. One of her favorite things about the field of nutrition is the emerging information. She feels a strong responsibility to provide accurate, up-to-date and simple explanations of scientific research to clients. She loves being at home raising her two daughters, and also teaches yoga and kids yoga classes in the community.  She believes that yoga can play an important role in mindful eating, stress reduction and prevention of chronic disease.


Ellen-Wesley Yoga Instructor
Ellen Wesley

Ellen Wesley, 200 RYT, has practiced several styles of hatha yoga, predominantly ashtanga and vinyasa styles, for seven years. Ellen's interest in gaining more knowledge and awareness in a personal practice led to a teacher training program and a certification as a yoga instructor. Ellen has taught various classes including prenatal, seniors, gentle/restorative and vinyasa flow style classes.  She enjoys studying and learning about many aspects of yoga, including anatomy, physical mechanics and the mind-body-breath connection. Ellen enjoys most in assisting others to “find their own” yoga practice and sharing the health benefits of yoga with others.