Karen Mirlenbrink, C.S.C.S, PMA-CPT
The daughter of a P.E. teacher and the creation of a very physically active home life, she first discovered Pilates as a youth while competing as a synchronized swimmer. After swimming, Karen pursued a career in health and fitness by attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Wellness Leadership/Exercise Science from the University of South Florida. She then followed her degree with further studies by becoming a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) and a comprehensively certified Pilates Instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA-CPT). She also holds a certification as a Pilates for Golf Conditioning Specialist and a GYROTONIC® Level I Instructor. Since completing her formal education, Karen has piloted a Pilates program at a local hospital-based wellness center, and created her specialty of working with clients with special needs. She has also taught and tutored apprentice Pilates instructors locally and overseas. Karen currently is a Master Trainer for the Pilates Academy International (Pilates on Fifth NYC), teaching Pilates Teacher training programming to aspiring Pilates professionals. She also is a Wellcoach Certified Wellness & Fitness Coach. Karen is the creator of SUPilates, a program that helps Pilates teachers bring Pilates to the Stand Up Paddleboard.
Karen’s expertise and experience of over 12 years in the industry has allowed her to teach a variety of clients. Her clients have included professional athletes and dancers, those with orthopedic issues, those with serious illnesses, and those looking for a great, body-changing workout. Karen’s philosophy is to determine your needs to help align, strengthen, and support your body, utilizing a truly holistic approach to fitness. She has the ability to cater your Pilates experience to your specific health and fitness goals. Karen provides Pilates Training at the Dunedin Pilates Studio, and also provides traditional Personal Training at the Dunedin Community Center.
Karen has been fortunate to be personally mentored by: Charlotte Addington Weikel – Pilates Master Teacher, Catherine and Kimbery Corp – Founders of the Pilates Academy International and Owners of Pilates on Fifth, Mary Bowen – 1st Generation Pilates Protege/Pilates Elder, Anjali Austin – GYROTONIC® Master Teacher, Juliu Horvath – Creator, GYROTONIC®, Johnny Parker – Retired NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach, Gary Wise – Paddling and PGA Professional, Michael Wright – Creator, Pilates for Golf, and Dr. Patricia Fuller – Wellness Engineer and Certified Wellness Coach.
Karen currently lives with her husband, Rob, and her two pugs in delightful Dunedin, FL. She actively competes in competitive paddling, using Stand Up Paddleboards, Surfski’s and Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes. She values wellness, and will happily share her passions with others.
Locally, Karen organizes the Shark Bite Challenge, a weekend paddling event and fundraiser at Honeymoon Island State Park in April. She also paddles with the Hui Kai Wa’a Outrigger Canoe team. Karen also volunteers at the Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Education Center in Safety Harbor, FL.
Karen’s Credentials Include:
-B.S. in Exercise Science/Wellness Leadership from the University of South Florida
-Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher
-Completed PhysicalMind Institute Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training in 2002
-Pilates Academy International Master Trainer
-NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
-Certified Wellcoach Fitness and Wellness Coach
-GYROTONIC® Level I Instructor
-Certified CorePower Yoga Instructor
-World Paddle Association Class II Instructor
-Pilates for Golf Conditioning Specialist
-Red Cross Certified Life Guard
Jill Lynch, PTA, CPT, Pilates Instructor
Jill Lynch is a Florida native, growing up locally in Clearwater. She was always an active individual involved in many activities such as gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, and soccer from an early age.
Jill graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences. She then completed the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida. Her physical therapy career started in the outpatient orthopedic setting immediately after licensure and has continued in this area since. It was while working with varied patient conditions that she discovered Pilates. Jill became a Certified Pilates Instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, specializing in Mat and Equipment training, including Advanced and Standing Pilates. She received this comprehensive certification in 2006. Immediately taken in by the challenge and the results, Jill began to incorporate the Pilates method into her therapy treatments. This not only seemed like a natural transition, but it also brought about patient satisfaction and peaked interest in something different. Jill is also a certified Personal Trainer National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Outside of her work, Jill still enjoys playing soccer, spending time at the beach, and enjoying life with her husband and two kids.
Jill Credentials Include:
-Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences
-Completed PhysicalMind Institute Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training
-NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
-Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
Carolyn Bell, PMA-CPT
Carolyn comes to the Dunedin Pilates Studio with a wealth of experience and excellent background. She offers Fascial Stretch Therapy in the studio, as well as trains Pilates clients in the Dunedin Pilates Studio. You can find more about Carolyn at her website here.