LKNW RECOGNIZES A WOMAN DOING EXCEPTIONAL WORK IN THE
LAKE NORMAN COMMUNITY, A LEADER WHO IS PAVING THE WAY TO
CHANGING OUR ATTITUDES AND INSPIRING CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE.
on HEALTHY CAREER TRANSITIONS: I worked in the medical ﬁeld for 25 years as an ultrasound technician. I loved it, but it took a toll resulting in repetitive stress injuries in my hands as well as herniated disks in my back and neck. This much-loved career left me one morning where I couldn’t get out of bed due to back and neck pain. Fast forward a bit, and I had taken some Pilates classes at my local YMCA. Amazingly, my back got better, so my husband encouraged me to train to teach Pilates. I furthered my education to help people with back issues and, 1600 training hours later, I became an Alexander Technique teacher. These two techniques truly complement each other, resulting in an integrated movement program. on FAMILY CHEERLEADERS: My dad has always inspired me. He was a hard worker; he worked two jobs to support our family, but always was community-driven and giving back to those in need was important to him. My greatest challenge is trying to ﬁnd a balance between business and home life. Owning your own business is much harder than I ever thought and not for the faint of heart. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes, so to speak. It helps to have support from your family because it is often all-consuming. My husband has been a never-ending source of support and encouragement and has helped shape who I am today as a person—both personally and professionally. on SELF-CARE AND GEEKING OUT: For fun, I love to hike with my husband and my dogs. We love lake life and the four seasons! Lake Norman is so pretty — especially sunrises and sunsets. As for hobbies, I am an admitted anatomy geek, so always learning and reading about things that affect my clients. I also enjoy cooking, gardening for pollinators, and sewing.
ANATOMYWISE PILATES AND MOVEMENT CENTER
on REINVENTING YOURSELF: I am very proud of the fact that I was able to reinvent myself in midlife and successfully create a whole new career. This was evidenced by the fact I was awarded the “Visionary Entrepreneur of The Year” by the Gaston Chamber in 2019 for my work with scoliosis and helping those with back pain. This was after my ﬁrst year of being in business, a truly noteworthy accomplishment of which I am very proud. However, I am most proud of the program I helped create at Dayton Children’s Hospital for children with scoliosis. w
Karen Kleiner is the owner of Anatomywise Pilates and Movement Center, located at 7919 Natalie Commons Drive in Denver. Reach out to Karen at 704.966.1232 or give her a virtual visit at www.anatomywise.com.
L A K E NORMAN
WRITER LINDSAY MARTELL
PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTOGRAPHY 44 (CRAIG REYNOLDS)
May 2021 Lake Norman Woman Magazine