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.
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!
Matthew is enthusiastic about all things fitness. Being born and raised in South Florida has helped contribute to his active lifestyle. Doing Pilates, being with family, trekking natural areas, exploring new restaurants, and going to trampoline parks are some of the things he loves to do most. Matthew was introduced to Pilates in the fall of 2015 after feeling the need to find a new method of strength training, especially for his persistent ankle pain, brought on by injuries from the previous years. He immediately fell in love, and began to pursue Joseph Pilates' traditional method of body conditioning. From 2016-2017, Matthew completed a comprehensive Pilates program at Classical Pilates Education. He loved it -- every part of it -- from anatomy and spinal alignment, to the exercise names, and the order; Matthew enjoys teaching the method. He says, "Pilates changes the whole body -- not just physically, but mentally too. The mind-body connection is so important. There will always be room for improvement, but that is what makes Pilates so awesome." Matthew is planning to further his study and go through the The Real Pilates Teacher Training Program as a Bridge Apprentice in early 2018 at Pure Pilates to finesse his teaching skills in Pilates' classical method.