THE bbn Team

Move More, Move Better, Live Better


Charles Shepard - Owner, BBN Studio

The BBN Fitness Studio is owned & designed by owner Charles Shepard, who uses his expertise and research to hand-pick each of the tools in the studio and design fitness programs that are results-oriented, enjoyable, and empower the client with knowledge and confidence. 

Charles has been helping clients achieve their health & fitness goals since 1998.  As an accomplished young athlete nationally ranked in track and field events, he been a lifetime devotee of fitness. A student of the International Sports Science Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Charles started working in the health & fitness industry in 1992 as a fitness equipment consultant.  His proprietary approach skillfully combines the science of training with the art of application, delivering state-of-the-art fitness programs that are effective, efficient and fun. 

Contact Charles directly at

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Dr. Lauren Villegas - Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

Lauren is a 500 hr registered yoga teacher, and completed both her 200hr and 300hr yoga teacher training with Yogacara Global in Hawaii, USA. and Bali, Indonesia. Lauren is certified as a vinyasa and hatha yoga teacher, and enjoys providing clients with a challenging, heat building sequence as well as a deep, relaxing cool down. Lauren incorporates traditional yogic philosophy teachings into her classes, and introduces clients to different types of meditation as well. Lauren is committed to giving each individual client the attention they deserve, and will ensure that modifications are in place for various injuries, limitations ect. Additionally, she is available for private lessons to focus on individual goals and needs. She is registered through Yoga Alliance.

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Jermaine Johnson - Personal Trainer

Jermaine Johnson is a strength coach, weight loss specialist, sports performance coach, entrepreneur and motivational speaker.
Jermaine is a PTA global certified personal trainer. Has worked with professional athletes in the NBA, NHL NFL. As a former collegiate basketball all-conference player and coach. 
Has trained Over 1,000+ people in the Chicago area for weight-loss, group fitness, and sports performance. Originally from Queens, NY, Jermaine  has a background in business management at State University School of NY Brockport. 

Jermaine can be reached at

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Erin Matsumura - Personal Trainer

With over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and a desire to positively impact people's lives, Erin left a successful career in business to form Approach Fitness LLC.
Erin provides personal training services to clients of all ages and fitness levels in Chicago. Her goal is to consistently educate, support and motivate her clients to achieve their fitness goals.
Erin guides her clients to form effective exercise patterns and suggests healthier nutrition options from day one. She develops long-term physical activity programs in line with her client's personal goals that are realistic, functional, and effective. Work smarter, with proper form, more consistently and efficiently than ever!
Erin has completed 9 marathons, 7 half-marathons, 2 Ragnar Relays, and numerous 5k/8k/10k races. Erin is a mentor and pacer for the CARA Road Scholars program.

Erin can be reached by emailing her at

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Gracie Meier

Gracie Meier is a Chicago-based childcare provider with K Grace Childcare and a life-long babysitter. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, and has worked with students in educational programs at the Goodman Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Mundelein High School, and DePaul College Preparatory High School. For more information, visit



Sonya Robinson

Sonya is a NASM certified trainer who left her Corporate job to pursue her passion in fitness and health. With a strong desire to help others improve their quality of life physically, emotionally and mentally she lives by the motto “Strong Mind, Strong Body.”

Sonya specializes in general fitness, weight loss, strength training, functional training and bodybuilding. Sonya also specializes in nutrition education and macro based meal plans. She wants her clients to understand that both go hand and hand and “Moderation, not Deprivation” will allow them to achieve their fitness goals by maintaining a healthy balanced fit lifestyle.

Sonya has competed in 5 Bodybuilding Competitions,  a Tough Mudder, Latin dances, is a Yogi and loves to travel.

Sonya can be reached at


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Rachel Gansner

 Rachel’s yoga practice is about the balance of strength and flexibility, both in body and mind.  She uses a physical asana practice on the mat to better inform her practice off the mat of living mindfully and joyfully.  Since first practicing in 2005, Yoga quickly became a part of Rachel’s daily life even as she faced an array of injuries, illnesses, and pregnancies.  She immediately was astonished by how helpful her yoga practice was through the accepting, healing and strengthening of her mind and body regardless of what life threw her way.  She is passionate about sharing the many benefits of yoga with all people and conditions, and is insistent that there is a yoga practice for every body. Her background in sports medicine and clinical massage therapy has influenced her alignment-based style that also strongly draws upon integrating breath and flow as well as aspects of yogic philosophy. Her classes produce effects of a fully integrated and relaxed body and mind.  She has studied under many different teachers across the country in styles ranging from Iyengar, Anusara, Hatha, and Vinyasa Flow.

Rachel is available at

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Sherry Green - Personal Trainer

Sherry Green is an Ann Arbor, MI native who began her sports career when she started walking at 9 months old. A track athlete at Penn State University,  she set multiple school relay records and received First-Team All-Big Ten Honors. An indoor 500m/600m specialist, she hung around on the All-Time Top 5 lists for several years post-graduation.  

Sherry spent her first year post-graduation as an ACE-certificated Personal Trainer at a boutique fitness studio in Syracuse, NY specializing with a post-rehab clientele. While she loved her job and her clients, she did not love the 130 inches of snow and therefore moved to Chicago. A job at a well-known chain broke her spirit as she quickly learned that number of sessions she could sell was more valued than the quality of her work. She entered the business world but never lost her passion for health, fitness and teaching. She will be training a select number of clients during evenings and weekends exclusively at the Body by Nature studio. 

In her free time, Sherry keeps in shape with a variety of athletic pursuits including competitive flag football, boxing and yoga. When not working out, she enjoys cooking, volunteering at the Anti-Cruelty Society (where she trains both dogs and fellow volunteers), reading and watching a bit more tv than she should probably admit. She can be reached via email at



Dr. Nate Drees, Chiropractor

Nate grew up in northwest Iowa spending much of his time outdoors participating in athletics including baseball, basketball and golf. He then attended Morningside College in Sioux City where he focused on political science and microbiology which fueled his passion for community involvement as well as health. Following an early graduation in 2013, Nate enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic where he was able to integrate his love for athletics with health and community service.

Dr. Drees proceeded to work as a Teaching Assistant in the Diagnostic and Radiology Department, and as a rehabilitation/sports outreach intern. Over his last year of school Nate took his passion for community service abroad to Haiti and the Dominican Republic for chiropractic mission trips which spurred a greater interest in community service and traveling.

Certified in ART, Graston, and Dry Needling, Dr. Drees approach to his craft is sympathetic, patient, and progressive.

In his free time Nate enjoys sports (particularly baseball, softball, basketball and golf), reading, and learning how to play guitar. Additionally he loves the outdoors including kayaking, hiking and camping with his dog Nash.

Contact Dr. Drees at today to set up your appointment.