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open quoteI started taking classes at Pilates Unlimited a year before I elected to have major back surgery to correct scoliosis. Postsurgery, all my doctors, physical therapists and occupational therapists asked me what exercise routine I had been practicing before surgery because I was so strong and was hitting recovery milestones ahead of what they expected for a 57-year-old. When I was released from in-home physical therapy they were delighted to send me back to physical therapy at the Pilates Unlimited studio, where as I've regained strength and become accustomed to my new body, I've also had a chance to reacclimate to the equipment and prepare myself to join classes again this month, only four months after surgery. Pilates Unlimited has really helped me mentally and physically get through a life-changing experience!close quote
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Meet the Instructors

Karen Sanzo, MS, PT
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Buff Bones® licensed instructor
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KarenPilates instructor, teacher trainer, and physical therapist, Karen Sanzo is internationally recognized for her innovative approaches to the Pilates method. Her comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics and years of experience as a master teacher have shaped wellness programs across the nation.

Karen conducts Pilates certification workshops all over the U.S., teaching teachers how to demystify Pilates, making it accessible to everyone. Her highly effective method of working with beginners, communicating with precision, and demonstrating the fundamentals of movement are invaluable lessons for every Pilates instructor.

Karen also shares her unique approach to Pilates in manuals, CDs, and DVDs for professionals and the public. Her award-winning instructional DVD, Pilates for All Bodies: Getting Started is a two-DVD set that explains and demonstrates the basic exercises, then presents a thirty-minute mat class conducted by Karen. Awarded “Best Beginners DVD” by Pilates Style magazine in the January/February 2008 issue, it was touted in their review as “perfect for those just starting out, with a clear, in-depth tutorial on principles, moves and beginner modifications.”

Shelley Estes, B.S.E., Dance
PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Group Exercise Instructor
TRX Certified

ShelleyShelley brings over 30 years of experience as a Pilates Instructor, fitness/wellness professional, gymnastics coach, and professional dancer. Movement and the education of movement has been her primary focus as she empowers her students to empower themselves. Shelley’s Pilates education includes some of the most prominent training programs in the country including Pilates Unlimited with Karen Sanzo, and Balanced Body where she is a faculty member and master instructor teacher trainer.

Over the years, Shelley has worked with a wide range of clients from athletes to the general population, cancer patients, dancers, many with musculoskeletal issues and varied back pathologies. Designing programs to meet the individual needs and goals of her clients is both fun and rewarding! One of the highlights of her career was teaching Pilates to the dance majors at Southern Methodist University for 8 years as an Adjunct Lecturer, and teaching Pilates to the Highland Park HS Girls Golf Team for 4 years. In addition, Shelley has been a Specialty Week Presenter at Rancho La Puerta Spa in Pilates since 2004, and a co-presenter with Larry Lane for the popular Broadway Week.

Rooted in the Pilates fundamentals and movement principles, Shelley believes that good biomechanics, body awareness, proper breathing and motor control are the keys to finding success. First Move Well, then Move Often!!

Erin Burnam
PMA Certified Pilates Teacher

ErinErin graduated from TCU with a degree in Communications.  She began her Pilates training in 1991by earning a mat teaching certification at the Oasis Mind/Body Conditioning Center.  Since then Erin has gone on to complete her full certification on all Pilates apparatus with Pilates Unlimited and is certified by the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance).

She creates programs and lessons using Pilates principles to integrate a challenging physical workout with balanced core and muscle systems.  Each of these programs is client specific.

Erin believes Pilates leads to a stronger body and healthier posture that improves one's quality of life outside the studio.  She currently teaches private sessions as well as group equipment classes on Pilates apparatus.

Marilyn Forest-Dott
PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
Buff Bones® licensed instructor
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Marilyn Marilyn began taking ballet lessons as a child and continued her studies as a dance major at the University of Arkansas. Her dancing was sidelined when a health problem caused severe pain from the simplest activity, even a short walk around the block. Forced to be nearly sedentary, Marilyn refocused her life and developed her creative talents in multimedia, web and e-learning.

Well over ten years passed before Marilyn’s painful health problem was resolved. During that time her body had changed considerably. She found it challenging to begin exercising again – trying to rebuild both strength and stamina. She was introduced to Pilates by Karen Sanzo, whom she saw for physical therapy. Marilyn’s Pilates practice progressed from those initial therapy sessions to group mat classes and eventually equipment sessions. She learned that the principles of Pilates complemented her years of dance training, providing a deeper understanding of posture and movement.

After practicing Pilates for several years and realizing the immense benefit it can offer every body, in virtually any condition, Marilyn began studying to become a Pilates instructor. She is now certified to teach the Pilates method using the full array of Pilates equipment and is a Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance. After additional studies for working with osteoporotic clients and those wishing to strengthen their bones, Marilyn is now a licensed Buff Bones® instructor. It is with a deep sense of fulfillment that Marilyn helps others discover for themselves a sense of well-being and vitality through Pilates.

Joan Wilkinson
Joan Prior to Pilates, Joan taught a variety of fitness classes ranging from Biomechanics of Weight Training to Senior Fitness.  When a back injury put teaching and training on hold, Joan was introduced to Karen Sanzo and Pilates.  Working with Karen, Joan experienced first hand the healing aspects of Pilates.  Eager to share the advantages of Pilates with her clients, Joan received Pilates Mat certification from Pilates Unlimited and Comprehensive Pilates certification with Balanced Body. 

Given Joan’s diverse background, she is able to incorporate various perspectives into her unique style of teaching.  Drawing on her multi-disciplined training style, she strives to enable her clients to achieve their greatest benefits.   In addition to teaching Pilates mat, Joan conducts private training sessions and teaches barbell training, aquatics and senior fitness classes.

More than simply stretching and strengthening the body, Pilates encourages awareness of the spine, core strength and flexibility.  As strengths and weaknesses are addressed, the result is a more balanced and fit individual. 

Melanie Garlinger
MelanieMelanie Garlinger studied dance at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas where she started taking Pilates as a student in 1995. After performing in Portland, Oregon for four years she finished her BA in Dance in 2002. While working on her degree, Melanie learned to truly appreciate the human body through biomechanics and kinesiology classes. It was during her last year in college that Melanie decided to become a certified Pilates Instructor, being taught by Colleen Glenn and Karen Sanzo. Teaching Pilates and modern dance in the Dallas area since 2002, Melanie loves teaching at Pilates Unlimited the most and has focused her attention on helping the sixty-plus population with remaining active. You can follow her on Instagram @agemovementpilates and on Twitter @agemvmtpilates.

Julie Jacobs
JulieJulie has always been an entertainer with a passion for movement. Growing up in California, she competitively danced and cheered starting at the age of 3. After graduating from Arizona State University, with a business degree, Julie moved to Texas to audition for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She made the team and cheered professionally for four years. She served as an All-Star Cheerleader in her fourth year, and was even featured in a workout video and on CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

After injuring her knee she was introduced to Pilates and fell in love with it. Julie received her Pilates education through Balance Body, with Karen Sanzo and Shelley Estes, and did an intensive classical program, The Classical Syllabus, with Mejo Wiggin. She continues to expand her knowledge base and attend workshops and conferences regularly.

Her infectious energy, inner rhythm and optimistic spirit will not only guide and motivate you through your workout, but also leave a smile on your face.

Marika Crockett PT, DPT
PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
Marika graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biology in 2006 and went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern in 2010.

After the birth of her first child in 2014, Marika experienced post-partum pelvic pain. She had limited knowledge about Pilates, but through the therapy world, knew how helpful it could be. Having danced in her younger years, it interested her, and she thought it might be something she would do long term. She found Karen Sanzo, who introduced her to Pilates. Not only did she benefit immensely from this type of mind-body exercise, but she also saw how Pilates could improve the movement capacity for everyone. She completed her training to become an instructor through Balanced Body with Karen Sanzo and Shelley Estes. Marika enjoys working with all ages and skill levels and helping others understand their full movement potential.

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