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Amanda Owens, studio owner

Senior Instructor Trainer for Romana's Pilates

Amanda moved to Dallas in 2005 and began work on her MPA at UTD.  Amanda came to realize Pilates was her passion and with the guidance of Jennifer Holmes, level 3 Romana’s Pilates instructor, she moved to Dallas to complete her Romana’s Pilates certification.   Upon becoming a level 4 instructor in 2009, she purchased Park Cities Pilates Center and has continued to watch it grow and evolve into the highest quality classical studio in Dallas. In 2016, Amanda was promoted to a Level 3 instructor, and is thrilled to be the only training center in the Southwest for Romana’s Pilates.

Amanda works hard to continue the growth of PCPC instructors’ knowledge and skill level by bringing in master instructors from around the world.  It is her mission to continue to provide her regional area with the highest level of Pilates training not only to the clients, but to the Romana’s Pilates instructors who work at various studios in the area.  In addition, Amanda travels frequently to other training centers to continue her growth and study with those who continue to share their knowledge from Romana Kryzanowska, protégé of Joseph Pilates.

Katie Puder

Instructor Trainer with Romana's Pilates

Katie has been teaching Pilates since 2006 and been practicing Pilates since she was a teenager. She starter her career as a ballet dancer, training in Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Fort Worth Dallas Ballet and then dancing professionally for Metropolitan Classical Ballet. She completed a rigorous certification program under Romana Kryzanowska and Chacha Guerrero. Katie has traveled teaching Pilates in Greece, Iceland, New Orleans and now the DFW Metroplex. In addition to teaching Pilates, she is the founder, director and choreographer for Avant Chamber Ballet.

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Roxana Emami

Pilates Instructor

Roxana was introduced to Pilates Method in 1996 while living in Berkeley, CA. She loved it immediately and started learning and practicing after a few months. She started her apprenticeship with Park Cities Pilates Center in 2003. She finished her certification with Power Pilates in 2005. She also earned her Certification from Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI) in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Roxana is very proud to have come back to Park Cities Pilates Center in 2013 to finish her certification with Romana’s Pilates. She is very honored to have met and taken lessons from Romana Kryzanowska in prior years.

Roxana is also a Yoga teacher influenced by Vinyasa Yoga, based on 200-hour certification program, in 2010. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist practicing Swedish and Deep Tissue, but her passion is Myofasical Release and Reflexology.

Michelle Hoffman

Pilates Instructor

Michelle Hoffman came to Pilates in her mid-20s looking for a way to look better physically. She had spent her childhood and college years playing team sports, and wanted to have a leaner physique. She loved Pilates so much as an exercise regimen that she started to eliminate other forms of exercise she had been doing for over a decade- indoor soccer, heavy weightlifting and kickboxing- to see how Pilates could and would change her body. Her passion became her profession through a series of serendipitous encounters, and Michelle was soon working on her first certification with a master instructor outside of Boulder, Colorado. Michelle has been teaching Pilates for almost ten years now since 1993, but in truth, has had Pilates in her own body for almost 20. She decided to return to Pilates education in 2009 and immerse herself in Romana’s Pilates, as it carries on the traditions from the early beginnings of the art. Throughout her journey, Michelle has seen the benefits Pilates has brought aesthetically and physically to her body and life to provide her with strength, flexibility, and endurance for all her daily challenges. She is more than capable of helping you find your own path in Pilates for good health!

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Emily McDaniel

Pilates Instructor

Emily began running cross country and track almost 20 years ago. During college at UT, she continued to run 5K, 10K and half marathon races. After graduating in 2001 with a BS in Chemical Engineering, she moved to Dallas and worked in the corporate world for 7 years and kept running as a hobby. Emily found Pilates in 2009 after a knee injury ended her running. From the very first lesson, she knew she had found a new obsession! Pilates combines the discipline, strength and athleticism of running with graceful movements and full body workouts. Emily loves teaching and sharing her love of Pilates with her clients.

Amy Smith

Pilates Instructor

Amy was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She graduated from TCU in 2000 and is a dedicated Horned Frog fan! Her love of Pilates began in the spring of 2001 as a client at Park Cities Pilates Center. After several years of lessons, Amy decided to make Pilates a bigger part of her life and started teaching in 2007. Amy has a passion for volunteering and serving others as she works with several organizations throughout the metroplex. She is very involved in her church, loves being an aunt, and traveling.

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Kaleigh Tomaso

Pilates Instructor

Kaleigh was raised in Carrollton and currently lives in a cozy bungalow in East Dallas. Kaleigh completed her Romana’s Pilates Certification at Park Cities Pilates, and is happy to continue to teach and learn at this wonderful studio.  Through Pilates, Kaleigh has improved her posture, flexibility, and overall strength. She loves how Pilates can be customized to target each body’s needs while providing a powerful workout. Outside of Pilates, Kaleigh keeps active by rock climbing, gardening, travel, and playing with her 2 dogs. Prior to teaching Pilates, Kaleigh worked at a Dallas area non-profit for 8 years. She brings her supportive and patient nature to her Pilates work, and enjoys encouraging people to get the most out of life by strengthening their bodies.

Patty Tomaso

Pilates Instructor

Patty began her study of Pilates as one of the first clients of Park Cities Pilates Center in 2001. Immediately addicted to this combination of movement, stretch and strength-building, she remained a devoted student before deciding to share her love of Pilates with others by teaching. A lifelong exercise enthusiast, Patty enjoys all kinds of physical activity—walking, biking, hiking, skiing on snow or water, preferably with her husband and four kids! A knee injury threatened to slow her down in 1997, but after surgery and rehabilitation through Pilates she has no limitations. The grace, strength and balance that can be gained by the practice of Pilates is so meaningful to her, and she loves sharing Joseph Pilates’ Controlology with her clients.

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Susan Kim

Pilates Instructor

Susan was born in South Korea, moved to California at the age of 9 and lived there till she met her husband and moved to Dallas in 2012.  She studied Fashion Design in college and has over 14 years of experience in the apparel industry.  She was introduced to Pilates by one of her colleagues and she was instantly hooked.

She’s a mother of two children and has always been active until she became pregnant with her first child.  Minor complications in the beginning of her pregnancy prevented her from exercising and she stayed inactive all through her second pregnancy.  After the birth of her second child, she has decided it was time to get back into shape.  Determined to become a healthier mom, she has chosen Classical Pilates for postpartum recovery.  Her first private Classical Pilates lesson was a game changer for her.  She instantly developed a newfound appreciation for Pilates and set a new goal to study Pilates to share it with others.  Pilates not only gave her a new goal; it gave her new mind and body.  Pilates helped improve her posture, overall strength, relieve body pain and alleviate knee pain she had for over 15 years from arthroscopic surgery.  Now that she has achieved her goal, her new goal is to help others to find passion in Pilates and to benefit from it.

Caroline Atwell

Pilates Instructor

A professional ballet dancer, Pilates instructor, and ballet teacher, Caroline has always had a passion for finding control, grace, and strength through movement. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Caroline grew up training with Charlotte Ballet as well as attending world-renowned programs across the country to pursue her passion. At a young age, Caroline discovered that Pilates was able to help her develop an elegant strength that complemented her dancing and propelled her to a professional level. She received her BS in Ballet and Business from Indiana University in 2017 and afterwards, she spent 3 years dancing professionally with Nevada Ballet in Las Vegas. While in Vegas, she further pursued Pilates, received her Lagree based certification, and has been sharing her love of teaching for 3 years. In 2020, Caroline moved to Dallas to dance with Avant Chamber Ballet and was introduced to Romana’s Pilates and Park Cities Pilates Center. She is thrilled to be joining the staff and sharing her passion with her clientele.

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