Instructors


Amanda Rhine

Amanda Rhine Pilates instructorSince 2009 Amanda Rhine has been dedicated to improving clients’ physical fitness and wellness through Pilates, teaching individual and group sessions in NE Iowa, Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

After completing her bachelor’s degree program in child development and social work from Florida State University, she worked with non-profit agencies providing education in parenting skills, proving highly effective in building coping skills and working directly with children in providing Behavioral Health Intervention Services. Amanda quickly fell in love with how Pilates made her feel more alive while increasing body awareness and confidence. In 2010, she certified through The Physicalmind Institute and Wellness Coach training through Wellcoaches. Realizing benefits of Pilates went much deeper than providing just a physical benefit; Amanda reorganized her energy to fulfill a lifelong passion for helping others, launching her studio Discover Happy! In November 2011. Her innovative concept, based on a vision to provide clients with a collaborative approach encompassing mental, physical and emotional health.

Amanda developed the Discover Happy Teacher Training Program in 2016. Amanda leads full comprehensive instructor trainings that inspires curiosity and creativity of the Pilates instructor during a 6 month training. Our training program is incorporates support from Skillful Teaching Mentoring program, which Amanda has been an active participant of the Skillful Teaching Mentoring program since July 2015.

Amanda’s dream is to help guide clients and instructors to develop their definition of happiness through Pilates methodology movement and personal wellness. Contact Amanda at discoverhappy@gmail.com or 563-419-0346 so she can share all the great benefits of Pilates with you in a fun, HAPPY and supportive environment.


Bridgette Mitchell

bridgette mitchell pilates instructorMy husband, Dave and I moved to Decorah in August 1995. We have four amazing children; Olivia, Cecilia, Isaiah and Elijah.
I started attending Pilates classes when a friend attended a few classes of her own. I had struggled with years of low back pain-I have had many relatives and a biological father have back surgeries due to degenerate diseases-that, in combination of four pregnancies were inevitably how my pain started at an earlier age for me.
With much hesitation, I attended the Pilates class and after only a few one-hour classes, I noticed a relief in my low back pain. I was able to completely stop my ibuprofen intake overtime and eventually was able to preform tasks I was unable to due to the pain!
With the inconsistency of Pilates classes being offered, I decided to research how I could attend teacher training only to properly maintain my own Pilates movement independently to stay fit and well.
After my training was complete in July 2013, I dove deeper into how I might be able to help those in the same predicament I found myself in only months earlier-I couldn’t keep this secret of Pilates health and well being to myself!!!
Offering Pilates classes to those whom search to find their own wellness through strength and mind-body movement is one the most fulfilling things I have achieved in my lifetime! Whether Pilates is for pain maintenance, mind-body and fitness achievement, or a little extra weekly social connection, Pilates is for all fitness levels and most find that it fulfills even more satisfaction than they ever imagined possible!


Molly Wilker

Molly Wilker pilates instructorMolly started taking dance classes at age 3 and has been dancing in a variety of different ways and places ever since. While putting in long hours in the research lab to pursue her other passion, chemistry, Molly discovered group fitness classes as a way to bring balance to her life both physically and socially. Since moving to Decorah in 2015, Molly has been part of the Discover Happy community and she has found that her Pilates practice is important for maintaining balance and strength in her life. She is excited to share her love for dance, fitness and Pilates as an instructor at DH and hopes that everyone leaves the studio feeling inspired!



Stephanie Hughes

Stephanie Hughes pilates instructorI attended my first aerial class in Fall 2017. I was immediately drawn towards the “play” aspect of it – being suspended off the ground, hanging upside-down. It was like being a kid again, playing on the monkey bars. The strength and conditioning opportunities kept me going. I’m stronger now than I’ve been my entire adult life. I’m excited to help others experience the fun and challenge that is aerial fitness



April Blong

April Blong Pilates instructorHello! My journey with Discover Happy Pilates Studio started out by attending Hip Hop Halloween with a friend in 2016. I had no idea what i was getting myself into, but it was exactly what I needed to add to my life. After that, I decided to take personal sessions with Amanda, along with Mat class and Club Dance whenever possible. What I was really intrigued by was the Aerial class Amanda was teaching at the time. The silks and trapeze looked just too good to pass up as soon as a class opened up that I could attend. I was hooked. I completed the Fly Fit Teacher Training at The Aviary in Minneapolis. I am now teaching Intros, Fly Fit, and Youth Aerial classes. It is the best decision I have made! I am also in the process of the Pilates Teacher Training.
Fitness has always been important to me, but I have always had a hard time finding what suites me. Along with Aerial and Pilates, I also enjoy running and weight lifting. I believe it is important to be as well balanced as you can!