From early in her childhood Karen Winselmann loved the fine arts -- especially music and dance. Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in north-central New Jersey, Karen played piano, clarinet and oboe as well as studied ballet. In high school she focused on art and played in both the marching and concert bands – the latter recognized two years winning state honors. Additionally, she was first-chair oboe for both the high school state orchestra and the symphonic bands. Karen choreographed many dance sections for the high school theatrical performances and also continued her dance training including acceptance into the summer dance program at North Carolina School of the Arts. After high school graduation, Karen chose to focus her college education in dance. First at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and then transferring and graduating from Florida State University, in 1983, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Dance. At Florida State University, Karen taught ballet & agility training to the Florida A&M University football team. Upon graduation, rather than pursue dance opportunities, Karen entered the business world where for over 15 years pursued a career in Human Resource Management. While working full-time, Karen continued her education and graduated from Nova Southeastern University, in 1992, with a MBA degree specializing in International Business. For many years, Karen continued to stay involved in the fine arts by supporting the local Ballet, Philharmonic, and Opera companies. In 2001, Karen began studying Pilates and embarked upon a journey of transition from the corporate world to the Pilates world. Immediately, Karen discovered Pilates to be not only challenging but also rewarding to both the body and the mind. No longer able to resist the pull of the “Second Act” Karen had been keeping on the back burner since high school — she left the corporate world in 2002 to concentrate on a career in Pilates by enrolling in the Pilates Studio of New York Teacher Certification Program. Upon becoming a Certified Instructor in 2003, Karen initially worked as an Independent Contractor. Prior to opening her own studio – Pure Pilates, in 2006. In November 2006, Karen successfully completed the Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Program and in 2010 attained a Level 4 Instructor Trainer status. Dedicated to the craft and continual growth and support of the Pilates community, in 2015, Karen teamed up with Alycea Ungaro to become the first host studio to offer her comprehensive Real Pilates Teacher Training Program. As the world of Pilates continues to expand, Karen is excited to be a part of cultivating the next generation of mindful, skilled and exceptional instructors!
Tonya Andino was born and raised in New York. She came down to South Florida to visit with her best friend during the summer of 2013 for a quick weekend trip, which then turned into a 6 day trip and a decision to move down here! She lives with her son; Kaze, and their two cats Boomer & Precious. Tonya has over 20 years of Administrative Assistant experience, with the majority of that experience being in the cosmetics industry covering the areas of Marketing, Product Development, Public Relations and Human Resources. As the newest member to the team, Tonya is looking forward to learning and experiencing all there is to know about Pilates!
Teresa Trunzo was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois an at age fourteen she moved to South Florida. As a result of being in the sunshine state with beautiful beaches, warm weather and endless sunny skies, outdoor activities like bike riding and roller skating were a common past time. She became interested in nutrition and fitness shortly after completing high school.
Teresa’s first teaching experience started in 1984 with Richard Simmons Anatomy Asylum in Deerfield Beach, FL. There she helped choreograph high impact aerobics to music. The emphasis was on a total body workout in addition to nutrition counseling for all body types and fitness levels. Teresa continued her fitness career with weight training, nautilus equipment training, power walking and more.
Teresa was introduced to authentic Pilates in 2009. At that time she became aware of the benefits of this form of exercise and how it can enhance your body and everyday living. Teresa successfully completed the Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Program in 2013. Teresa is always learning and continues to share her passion of Pilates and the benefits to the mind, body and spirit with the community.
Lynn Torrent is originally from NY but has called South Florida home for 25 years. Married for 3 decades and a devoted mother to two happy kitties (15 and 16 years young), Lynn has always believed in hard work. Her love affair with Pilates started about 10 years ago, deciding to finally take the relationship to the next level by joining the Real Pilates Teacher Training (RPTT) Program. "Believe me, I did my research. I have taken sessions all over South Florida and this is exactly what I'm looking for in a comprehensive certification program. I fully believe in 'One Body, One Mind' so we better be good to them!" Lynn graduated from the RPTT program in January, 2017 and is excited to share what she has learned with her clients at Pure Pilates.
Avél Juliette was born and raised in South Florida, although was blessed to call New York City home for almost 6 years. An actor and hospitality specialist, Avél experienced an enriching variety of endeavors while in NYC, including a position as Studio Coordinator for a boutique Pilates studio, Park East Pilates, on Madison Ave. Being introduced to Classical Pilates methodologies made her a true believer. Its ability to lengthen, strengthen and empower your body and mind is unlike anything else she has ever experienced. Gaining the opportunity to be Studio Coordinator at Pure Pilates is exactly where she wants to be in her life. Avél has since undergone a huge transformation by joining the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program here at Pure Pilates -- graduating in January, 2017. She is excited for the future and is looking forward to a successful partnership with Karen and her beautiful studio!
Tracy Belcher is a Miami-based instructor who first found Pilates while working as a busy marketing and communications professional. She held corporate positions in strategic communications, PR and marketing for more than 12 years. During this time, she maintained a healthy body and sound mind through her dedicated Pilates practice, and began training to become a Pilates teacher in 2012 through Polestar Pilates. She fell in love with teaching and sharing the benefits of the practice, and began working part-time as a teacher. Tracy went on to obtain certification through Pilates Method Alliance® and Franklin Method®, turning her passion for Pilates into her primary focus and commitment.
Tracy's teaching style is based on Joseph Pilates' original principles and “Whole Body Health” philosophy, but combined with today's scientific understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control, and scientific research findings in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and movement science.
In January, 2017, Tracy decided to deepen her understanding of the Classical Method by joining the 3rd cycle of the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program at Pure Pilates. She is excited to take what she learns through this program and weave it into her already thoughtful and individualized approach; helping her clients achieve long-term goals, integrating the mind, body and spirit with an overall enhanced quality of life.
Nicole Frederic-Lindo was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she received a B.A. in Psychology from University of the District of Columbia. Nicole began her journey in Pilates in 2001. In pursuit of her new found passion, she completed her first Pilates Comprehensive Certification in the summer of 2011 and went on to complete her second comprehensive teacher training program with Polestar Pilates in 2014.
In July of 2015, Nicole completed The Heritage Training™, a graduate course for Pilates instructors which passes on the work and lineage of Kathy Stanford Grant through the lens of her long time protégé and dear friend, Cara Reeser. In this extensive body of work, instructors learn exercises, language, imagery and concepts created by Kathy Grant specifically to strengthen and organize the body in order to facilitate proper movement for Classical Pilates.
Having studied contemporary Pilates and completed her graduate work, Nicole was compelled to immerse herself in the Classical work to learn the Method as Joseph Pilates envisioned. In January 2017 she began her classical training with Alycea Ungaro's Real Pilates Teacher Training (RPTT) Program as a previously certified Bridge student and looks forward to this new journey in her career. She feels blessed to be part of such an amazing community of healers and teachers, and hopes to start a life-long journey of health, happiness and well-being with you.
Emily Tedesco began her love of dance while growing up in Vestal, NY. From a very young age Emily heard that whispering voice in her heart that said she needed to dance. That love of dance propelled her into the professional world. She went on to train at the prestigious School of American Ballet for three years, followed by the San Francisco Ballet School for one year on full merit scholarships. At the age of 18 she was invited to join the San Francisco Ballet as an apprentice -- her first taste of the life of a professional dancer. From there Emily danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Florida Grand Ballet, collaborated with Cirque du Soliel and Phantom of the Opera of Las Vegas, and participated in the National Choreographic Initiative in Irvine, CA.
During her extensive professional dance career she has been fortunate to have explored many major cities within the United States. Though even more than the cities she has lived in, Emily cherishes the people she’s met and life experiences she has had along the way.
Presently, Emily is going into her fifth year as a full time resident in Florida and is delighted that she crossed paths with Karen Winselmann and began her Pilates training. Transferring her love of the mind, body, and spiritual connection to others will always be where Emily derives her professional satisfaction and inspiration. At this stage of her life and career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, these values have lead Emily to pursue the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program. Pilates allows one to find symmetry and balance in the body. One of Emily's deepest beliefs is that finding such symmetry and balance creates longevity and personal satisfaction.
"Pilates is the one exercise program where people didn't tell me to stop thinking". Affectionately called Nini, LaLa, Kim….the lady with a thousand nicknames grew up right here in sunny South Florida. From Jamaica, where she was born, to Cambridge, MA, where Laini graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has gone on to London, Brazil, and Charlotte, North Carolina. "Hey Y'all!" Her mind can't sit still much more than her body can. Laini can be found many weekends at a 5k or 10k event, and relaxes by reading classical literature, science fiction, and business books.
As a mother of four, Laini homeschools, while maintaining a health and wellness coaching practice (featuring parent coaching of course). So being a brainiac by nature, with a past education base in engineering and a recent experience in health and wellness, Pilates was the puzzle piece that just fit right in. Laini has been practicing since 2006, and finally, intrigued by Joseph's engineering skill, and that he harnesses the mind to control the body, Laini knew that she had to learn all she could. Real Pilates was the most complete classical program available, and what better way to learn than by teaching.
Aerospace Engineer and certified Pilates Instructor, Regina Arras, has a unique take on body mechanics and a very real passion for the “nuts and bolts” of Pilates. Regina approaches Pilates from an engineer’s perspective, dissecting the mechanics of each exercise, and from the artistic perspective of a dancer, always pursuing and appreciating the beauty and elegance of each movement. Regina’s distinctive approach has given rise to whole new business model as she tackles the service and maintenance side of the industry to redefine what studio upkeep really means. Learn more about Regina at www.topgunpilatesengineering.com