Shannon Harris, MPT, OCS is co-founder of Body Reform®, and the creator of The Bowstring Method of advanced manual therapy. He has a Master of Physical Therapy degree and is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
With knowledge gained through tens-of-thousands of treatments, advanced specialty training, and a healthy dose of creativity, Shannon’s Bowstring Method® of bodywork creates consistency of tone. It improves function and mobility within individual muscles, throughout muscle groups, and between related regions of the body. Shannon’s system of manual therapy is proving to be truly groundbreaking in his field of expertise, enabling him to rapidly improve the body’s resilience by eliminating months, years, or even decades of accumulated restrictions that limit physical potential and lead to stiffness, injury and pain.
Shannon’s hour-long sessions combine the The Bowstring Method® and physical therapy techniques for uniquely-effective treatments, but the comprehensive experience goes beyond his amazing bodywork. Clients frequently comment on the trust level they feel with Shannon. He has an innate ability to put people at ease by listening to them and educating them in clear and understandable language.
Shannon serves as part-time faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s Doctoral Physical Therapy program and provides instruction and advice to bodyworkers of varied backgrounds at his facility in Beverly Hills.
Mary Perkins Harris, MA, CAFS, is co-founder of Body Reform and the creator of its signature workout program, Core Reform Pilates Fusion. She is Certified in Applied Functional Science, a Posture and Movement Therapist and a Certified Advanced STOTT PILATES® Instructor on the Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Barrels, and Mat. She is also a certified instructor in TRX Suspension Training, ViPR, Tri-Yoga, and rehabilitative programming. Additional experience includes three years in a modern dance company and competitive collegiate cheerleading. As an ongoing student of various forms of “functional training,” Mary is able to draw on multiple disciplines to keep her programs fresh, unique, and effective, whether she is working with athletes, rehab clients, or those who are someone in between.
Utilizing Pilates and other movement therapies, Mary successfully managed her own chronic back condition, a problem accumulated through years of athletics, and car accidents – and further exacerbated by years spent traveling as a television producer. Inspired by the improvements in her own physical condition, Mary has become an insightful mentor to others who strive to improve their physical capabilities.
Amanda VanDyk, DPT, is certified level 2 in The Bowstring Method of advanced manual therapy and has over 11-years of experience as a physical therapist. She strives to use her extensive hands-on skills to make a substantial, long-lasting change with each treatment, and to return clients to activities they love as soon as possible. In addition to treating various orthopedic issues, Amanda specializes in conditions of the hands and feet, TMJ pain, vertigo, and the Epley maneuver which treats BPPV.
Amanda received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 2005, and practiced in both Chicago and the Cayman Islands before moving to Los Angeles. She has a passion for running, yoga, and Pilates, which gives her a keen perspective with her athletic clients.
Grace Yi’s official title is Office Manager, but that’s an understatement. She’s an important part of the Body Reform team, and focused on creating a warm and healing environment for our patients. Whatever the task, Grace will orchestrate multiple moving parts with elegance and a smile.
Drew Dunlap, CMT is a Certified Massage Therapist who incorporates techniques in deep tissue, Swedish massage, reflexology, and shiatsu. He also practices lymphatic drainage massage and incorporates the Bowstring Method® into his work. Drew’s artful approach to bodywork and 13 years of experience has earned him a place at Body Reform as an ongoing apprentice in Shannon’s Bowstring Method®.
Drew has worked in New York City, Costa Rica, and Los Angeles, including several years at the highly respected Bliss Spa. His talent won him the title “Best of the Best” by Allure magazine.
Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Mychal Prieto is an ex-collegiate athlete who has been studying Kinesiology/Exercise Science since 2008, but his journey with fitness, health, and training began long before that. Mychal has been a personal trainer for the past 4 years, most recently at Equinox Santa Monica where he was one of the top-producing trainers for the past several years. Mychal not only had one of the highest client retention rates, but was also awarded Most Professional Trainer of the Year in 2015 & 2016.
He is most known for his ability to help his students increase strength, mobility, body-awareness, and self-confidence through the use of kettlebells, focusing heavily on form and technique. In addition to his 10+ years of experience training with kettlebells, Mychal is also a certified TRX and Animal Flow instructor. From endurance & strength training with kettlebells, to primal movement patterns and neurological resets, Mychal uses a wide variety of methods to help his students move pain-free with confidence.