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Shannon M. Zahalka was first drawn to Whatcom County to attend Western Washington University where she graduated in 2011 with her BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology. During her dance education she was exposed to Pilates and began the process of becoming a fully certified Balanced Body Instructor. Since 2011 she has been providing community classes as well as private and semi-private Pilates training across Whatcom and Skagit counties.

After years of chronic pain following a car accident, she discovered Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture was so powerful in her recovery that she decided to become an Acupuncturist herself.  In 2019 she graduated from Middle Way Acupuncture Institute with her Master’s in Oriental Medicine and has since enjoyed providing Pilates and Acupuncture at her Bellingham clinic. She is looking forward to expanding her reach  and bringing the power of Acupuncture and Pilates to the Birch Bay community.