Carol Beringer became enchanted with Pilates 15 years before the opportunity presented to study the method! After her first session in 1996, Carol knew this was how she wanted her body to feel. Within months she began training in earnest by joining an instructor certification program…culminating in what is now an award winning Studio. Carol has worked with professional athletes covering ice hockey, basketball, golf, karate, dancers, musicians, singers – and everything in between through professed couch potatoes. Carol delights in the fact that she learns some new dimension to Pilates every week and has continued her own education by completing 2 additional teacher training programs and has furthered her expertise in 2013 by becoming a certified Movement Specialist and in 2014 by completing a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training including Breathing Techniques and Meditation… Over 2015/16 Carol has completed Yamana Body Rolling courses including Face, Feet and everything in between…making her one of the most diverse instructors in the field. Carol is an avid hiker and cyclist…childhood spent studying ballet…has played tennis competitively and swings a solid golf club. She will or has tried just about every outdoor activity! Her most repeated proclamation is “People simply do not know how good they can feel!” – her youthfulness, energy and enthusiasm are contagious.
Meghan Purdy Martin
Instructor & Massage Therapist
Meghan has always been interested in bodies and how they work! She fell in love with Pilates after her first class. Meghan studied and worked hard to become certified in Pilates in 2005…as well as a personal trainer. After a few years, she decided she could further help her clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals by becoming a massage therapist. Meghan has been living her dream since 2008 as both a Pilates instructor and massage therapist.
Meghan earned her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Fitness focus from the University of Delaware. She stays active doing Pilates, yoga, Crossfit(ish) workouts, jiu jitsu, rock climbing, running and cycling. In addition, Meghan has completed one full marathon and two Olympic distance triathlons. She is no stranger to the aches, pains, highs, lows, injuries and joys that come with leading an active lifestyle. Living the dream has continued with her marriage to Patrick Martin in 2014 – and the birth of Lily Meadows Martin on September 6, 2016!
Meghan will work with you to keep your body in optimal working order!
Kim began her affiliation with Pilates and More over 8 years ago when she first moved to the area from Manhattan. Kim’s dance background fueled her interest in Pilates and she began to train as a teacher at that time. Kim’s training was interrupted when she became pregnant with her first son, Sam, born in 2008 … followed by Will, born in 2011. Kim never lost her desire to complete her teacher training and kept up with her Pilates practice through the years. She dedicated 2014 to rejuvenating her teacher training and completing all requirements. Kim has become an accomplished teacher and is expanding her schedule at the Studio. Pilates and More is proud add Kim to the teaching staff and encourage you to seek her gentle, patient…yet challenging, guidance.
Liz Seaden attended Conestoga High School and graduated from Temple University. Liz married soon after and moved to the UK for the next 21 years. Liz’s passion for yoga began in a pre-natal class there in 1998. She immediately enjoyed the calming benefits as well as the physical sense of well-being. She practiced various styles of yoga over the next decade ~ often falling out of her practice when life became too busy. Liz soon realized that when life is too busy and stressful … it was exactly when it is needed most. Liz also began studying Mindfulness as an extension of her yoga practice. Liz completed her RYT200 in 2013 as well as becoming a ChildLight Yoga teacher. As a former elementary school teacher, Liz is committed to bring yoga and mindfulness to children and teenagers ~ and is proud that she is part of a program that brings both to Philadelphia schools called Mindfulness through Movement. Yoga is a vital part of her physical and mental well- being. Liz loves being able to share that with others. Most recently Liz has studied Restorative Yoga and is excited to have the opportunity to bring it ~ and her vast array of skills to Pilates and More.
Teresa (Groshans) Steszewski
Teresa Groshans received her 700 hour Classical Pilates Certification at Urban Body Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in 2014, with teacher Patricia Russel, under the direction of teachers Brooke Siler and Dana Santi and the Authentic Pilates Union. She is currently studying the work of first generation teacher Kathy Grant via the Kathy Grant Heritage Training, a comprehensive post-graduate education program taught through the lens and experience of Kathy’s long-time student, Cara Reeser.
Prior to her training in Pilates, Teresa was most recently the founder and Director of Schoolyard Sprouts, a foundation providing hands on garden learning and edible education to elementary school children. She has also worked in the corporate and art and antique worlds. She currently lives in Wayne with her son and daughter.
Teresa is also qualified as a TRX instructor for both individual, as well as group training sessions. Her enthusiasm for fitness has encompassed running, swimming, tennis, weight lifting, yoga and competitive sprint triathlons. As an instructor, Teresa enjoys challenging clients, helping them achieve their fitness goals through the practice of Pilates and TRX.
Education is an important part of her life. She has been teaching in parochial and public schools for over twenty years. Presently, she teaches stone sculpture at the Wayne Art Center and has exhibited her work in many juried shows around the mainline area. She graduated from Moore College of Art with a bachelor’s of fine arts and art education, a teaching certificate in elementary education from Immaculata University, and Masters in Special Ed from Cabrini University.
Piera fell in love with Pilates and decided to become a certified instructor in 2008. Her outside interests keep her involved with cycling and kayaking in Maine. She knows aging is an inevitable and a challenge, so she strives to keep herself in great condition, that is why she chooses Pilates as her core exercise program. And this passion she wants to share with our clients. Recently, Piera is working with Pilates and More to bring Balanced Athlete training to our program. We love having her on staff.
When Jen took her first Pilates class, she recognized that this method of movement was something remarkable. With each class, the precise movements had her feeling better and better. In 2017, Jen decided that she wanted to bring this feeling to as many others as she could. Jen completed her full comprehensive certification in classical Pilates at Body Precision in Bryn Mawr, PA and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). She takes pride in fully educating clients how the movements affect and improve their bodies. She enjoys teaching a wide range of clients, matching their needs to the movements and apparatus ~ and watching them constantly improve. Jen lives for a challenge and has taken on the creativity of ZOOM sessions, as well as in person privates and small group classes.
Melissa is a Pilates Instructor focused on leading a balanced lifestyle. She grew up in California, moved to Philadelphia for grad school, and ended up staying here.
Melissa is a former ballerina and has always loved movement. She fell in love with Pilates after her first class and decided she wanted to share her passion for Pilates by teaching it. She enjoys teaching a wide range of clients.
When she’s not teaching or practicing Pilates, Melissa likes walking her dog Maddie, practicing yoga, and trying new recipes.
Jamie McAllister, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Jamie is a practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Wayne, PA. Her mission is to co-create comprehensive well-ness within her local community. It is guided by the conviction that well-ness is a collaboration created together in partnership. Jamie learned, observed and researched at the Won Institute, which was founded on the principles of Won Buddhism. The word spiritual is a specialized term that expresses the calm, clear awareness of the awakened human mind. This spiritual development manifested her perspective with practical skills of mindfulness, wisdom, compassion, experiential meditative practices to promote health and healing.
Jamie’s goal is to provide quality Acupuncture treatments with practical applications of traditional Chinese medicine. People often ask if acupuncture will help them with pain. The answer is yes. Acupuncture works with the body, to enhance the ability to heal itself. People who have – joint pain, muscle pain & weakness, allergies, depression, and anxiety can benefit from acupuncture. Benefits are limitless.
We are excited to add Jamie to the Pilates & More team. Jamie and Carol co-created a beautiful environment to serve as another healing space in the Studio. All are welcome!
In Loving Memory: 1935 – 2015
Polly’s heart beat with the beauty of a butterfly and the strength of an eagle. She touched our minds, bodies and souls – and will never be forgotten.
Polly Matherson was certified at the Pilates Studio in NYC with Romana Kryzanowka, Polly began studying Pilates in 1990. She did her apprentice work and 600 hours of training in NY and in Philadelphia. Polly has studied Chi Gong, yoga and dance and is dedicated to the true traditional, classical style of Pilates .Many of the area’s best Pilates instructors owe a great debt to Polly for sharing her vast knowledge and experience.