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she realized that she was not fulfilled. Katie also found her realization somewhat unsettling: her husband, Nanda, was ill and it was not the best time for life-altering career changes or great risk taking. But Katie did not allow her fear to be bigger than her faith. “I felt it was time to take control of our future and go out on our own,” she explains. “With the support of my family and husband, I was able to open the doors of our first Pure Barre location over six years ago. It is never easy to take a leap of faith in these huge life-changing decisions, but I am so happy we did.”

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And though Katie is obviously not afraid to welcome change, it was the familiarity of the lake that brought her and Nanda to the Lake Norman region. The pair grew up together on Lake Candlewood in Connecticut, and after one year away at college they fell in love over their summer break. Their education and careers took them to California, but a longing to get back on the East Coast eventually brought them to the Charlotte area and once here, deciding on the lake life was easy: “Growing up on a lake, we immediately fell in love ... we are crazy about this amazing lake town!” Katie is just as passionate about the Lake Norman women who come to her studio as she is about the lake. Though they come for the low-impact workout that uses isometric movements to target typical problem areas, they end up getting much more. “I love that Pure Barre helps women find their best selves—mind and body,” Katie says, adding, “Life is busy and Pure Barre allows us all to escape and really be present. Being able to empower and motivate women in that way is so inspiring.”

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Katie has also found inspiration in how team member Michelle Accetta has not only accepted but embraced the unexpected changes in her own life as a result L E T ’ S FA C E I T: C H A N G E C A N B E S C A R Y. We like staying in our of a leukemia diagnosis a little comfort zone, where it’s… you know, comfortable. But if there’s one thing more than six years ago. Katie describes this mother of three, who that’s certain to never change, it is change itself—it’s simply a part of life. is now in remission, as “a light on Katie Moscovitch, owner of Pure Barre Lake Norman in anyone’s darkest day” and a constant reminder that we are Birkdale Village (Birkdale Commons Pkwy & Sam Furr Rd, all stronger than we think. But without a doubt, the best Huntersville; BirkdaleVillage.net; 704.895.8744), found this reminder in Katie’s life of how change can be undeniably to be true after a long and challenging seven-year journey good is her 1-year-old daughter, Madison. Says Katie of on a career path to obtain her doctorate degree in physical her “biggest joy”: “She can make me smile on even my therapy. Much to her surprise, after several years in practice, worst day!” w

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