Angela Pawlicki
Studio Founder,
PSC Master Teacher Trainer


Angela’s movement background began at a young age as a nationally ranked rhythmic gymnast. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education, Choreography, and Performance from Ohio University. After college, Angie pursued her love of Pilates by completing a 600 hour comprehensive certification through Power Pilates and has been teaching since 2004. She is Pilates Method of Alliance certified, CoreAlign 1, 2 &3 certified, Redcord certified and Fusion Pre and Post Natal certified. Angie’s extensive background in movement and teaching movement helps her clients get the workout they want and need! She was a Pilates Manager at Equinox Fitness Club for 7 years as well as a Teacher Trainer for the Equinox Pilates Certification Program.  She is  a Master Teacher Trainer for Pilates Sports Center, who runs the Pilates teacher training program at Amplified.

IMG_7889Angela opened Amplified Pilates Center  in pursuit of creating an energized and inviting studio that customizes individual sessions in order to help clients amplify their body, mind and life. She believes that because we only get one body in our lifetime, we must challenge our bodies, continuously pushing our limits to achieve goals.

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She also believes in adhering to the foundation that Joseph Pilates created in the classical teaching, but also believes that if Joe where alive today his method and teaching would continue to evolve and grow. Therefore, she continues to take continue education yearly and educate herself so that she can offer a classical and an amplified Pilates approach to her clients.

Kat Wiersum, Director of Group Classes & Trainer


A native of Chicagoland, Kat started dancing at the age of two and pursued dance through college, training at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and graduating with a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. While studying at Columbia, Kat discovered her true passion for fitness and overall health. Conditioning classes with Matthew Hollis and Mat Pilates with Kym Costa created the building blocks for exploring these new movement vocabularies. After a semester of Mat Pilates, a work/study program at One Hundred Fitness under Kyle Seguin introduced Kat to Pilates Equipment and showed that Pilates was the key to bridging her dancer past with her fitness future.

Upon taking her very first group equipment class at Amplified, Kat knew that she had found the studio where she belonged and immediately connected with Amplified’s mindset and approach to Pilates. Kat decided she wanted to further her practice and teach others to find the joy she had found through Pilates and completed her 450-hour Pilates Instructor Certification in Mat, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and Reformer through Amplified Pilates Center. She then was offered a position at Amplified in our exclusive Instructor in Training Program.  Having graduated from this program, Kat is officially part of the Amplified team and is excited to share her love of Pilates with others.

Kiley Hearn, PSC Master Teacher Trainer 


5933_819668156367_8629686_50392328_7249284_n (1)It is Kiley’s mission to inspire clients to maximize their minds, bodies and spirits through the Pilates method. She has taught men and women from ages 16-82, with varying abilities from athletes, those with muscular or structural imbalances and just the average person looking to get in shape and be healthy. She has worked with many bodies and all have experienced the benefits of a stronger core, improved posture, balance, flexibility, and longer musculature.



Kiley’s first experience with Pilates was in 2005 when she tried Mari Winsor DVDs and has loved Pilates ever since. As a gymnast, diver, dancer, cyclist and marathon runner, she has found Pilates to be incredibly beneficial in all of her activities and daily life. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and completed a 600 hour comprehensive training program through Core Dynamics through Marissa Lins at the Midwest Pilates Institute. She received her certification in 2011. She is classically trained, but likes to add in a contemporary style to her teaching as well.


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She aspires to teach clients to work toward a balanced lifestyle through healthy movement and living. Each client’s needs are specific and Kiley will work with you to meet your individual goals. As Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” She looks forward to her continued study of Pilates and sharing her love of Pilates at Amplified.

Hailey Wood, Trainer

image1 (1)Hailey grew up in Olympia, WA where she began the art of dance at the young age of 5 and continued her passion through college. She recently graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a BFA in Dance Education and Choreography. While at the University she began studying the art of Pilates and fell in love with it Pilates has not only been an excellent workout for her but also helped to strengthen her body as a dancer. Hailey received her certification in Pilates under the direction of Dolly Kelepecz, Owner/ Director of DK Pilates. She has been teaching many forms of dance and strength training for over 6 years and is thrilled to add Pilates to the list. Hailey just recently moved to Chicago and can’t wait to help clients become the best version of themselves. She is excited to help clients amplify their body, mind and life!

Mandie Evans, Trainer


Originally from Portland, Oregon, Mandie grew up dancing.  Beginning at a very young age, Mandie found her passion in dance and trained competitively in the Northwest area for seven years. She continued this training throughout college, where she graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2017. It was there, that Mandie discovered a new passion and love for Pilates, and she began her training to attain her certification. Mandie received her Pilates Certification under the direction of Dolly Kelepecz, who is the founder and owner of DK Body Balance.  Teaching has also been a big part of Mandie’s life, as she taught at her local dance studio throughout high school, and continued to teach at local studios in the Las Vegas area for the last four years. Through her love of dance, Mandie saw the true benefit and impact Pilates had not only on herself, but also on her dance companions. This realization caused her to want to make a career of Pilates and share its values with as many people as she can. Mandie just recently made the big move to the Windy City, and is beyond excited to get to share her love and passion of Pilates with everyone at Amplified.

Shantala Campoverde, Trainer


FullSizeRender (11)Shantala discovered Pilates in 2011 when she was offered a free class to try it out.  Immediately she became hooked.  Active her whole life, this was the first time she felt a form of exercise that actually helped her body feel better.  After practicing dance and competing in gymnastics for most of her childhood and teenage years, Shantala began suffering from severe back pain.  Not only did Pilates strengthen her body, it completely relieved her body of the back pain she had suffered for so many years.

In 2014 Shantala completed her Pilates reformer certification and started her career teaching.  In the fall of 2015 she completed Pilates Mat training.  She has just recently completed Amplified’s Pilates Sports Center Cadillac and Chair, making her a comprehensive Pilates instructor.

Shantala is very passionate about teaching and hopes that her passion for Pilates resonates to her clients.  Her teaching style is a mixture between classical and contemporary.  And she loves to give you that extra push.  She wants to teach people to love their bodies by taking care of it and really find their strength inside and out.

Shauna Daou, Trainer 


fullsizerender-13After being a high school English teacher for 15 years, Shauna decided she wanted to continue her passion for teaching but in a different field, another one of her loves: Pilates. She had always been very involved in fitness whether it be running, cycling, boxing, weight training, etc., but Pilates was the one workout that always made her feel taller, leaner, more toned, and rejuvenated after each workout.  Shortly after Shauna left the classroom, she discovered the PSC Teacher Training program at Amplified Pilates Center. It seemed like it was meant to be: Shauna should become a Pilates instructor! As soon as she started the training, she knew she had made the right decision. She immersed herself in the 450 hour certification, completing many more hours than the program required and loved every minute of it!  She graduated from the program in September 2016 and was invited to enter Amplified’s Instructor in Training Program.  After excelling in this program Shauna is thrilled to join the Amplified team.

Shauna believes that Pilates benefits everyone! When working with clients, she aims to provide a well-rounded, safe, challenging workout which caters to the client’s individual needs and goals. Shauna looks forward to learning more about Pilates both from the gifted instructors she is surrounded by at Amplified and through workshops to enhance her practice. She is also looking forward to sharing her love of Pilates with her clients.


April McKamey, Trainer


April first experienced Pilates in 2006 when she moved from Denver, CO to Chicago and wanted to find a complimentary workout to running. It was love at first plank when introduced to the reformer! After working many years as a graphic designer, spending long hours behind a computer, April decided it was time to change career paths and opt for a healthier lifestyle.

She completed her comprehensive training program at Amplified Pilates Center completing over 450 hours   in Mat, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and Reformer to become PSC Certified in February 2017. Wanting to be a part of the Amplified team, April joined the Instructor in Training Program.  She brings enthusiasm, patience and commitment to share the Pilates lifestyle with everyone.

She looks forward to meeting each client and creating a program that will guide them towards a sense of ease, strength, and awareness with their body. April has a particular interest in rehabilitative Pilates and will continue her Pilates training to assist individuals with conditions like osteoporosis, MS, injury rehab and neurological issues.

Jennifer Rutili, Trainer

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Always active in sports, Jennifer began teaching Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do throughout high school and college.  Unfortunately, all that wear and tear on her body led to the development of scoliosis.  Preferring to avoid surgery and improve her scoliosis through exercise, she began researching and found Pilates mentioned as one of the best options, time and time again.

Determined to find her Pilates home, Jennifer took over 500 classes on ClassPass, and realized Amplified was the one Pilates studio she kept returning to.  Impressed with the challenge, variation, and accessibility of every class, and the impressive knowledge of the instructors, Jennifer decided to enroll in Amplified’s Teacher Training Program.  She graduated from Amplified’s comprehensive Pilates training program in February of 2017, completing 450 hours in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair. 

Jennifer believes Pilates should be an integral part of everyone’s health and fitness journey, whether they are just beginning or have a couple of marathons under their belt, and fully complements any cross-training program.  What other form of exercise helps to improve your posture, protects your back and joints, and helps correct muscular and skeletal imbalances?  Whether you are looking to strengthen your core, gain flexibility, or increase muscle tone, Pilates can do it all!  

Taylor Meheran, Trainer

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Taylor first experienced Classical Pilates during college in her hometown, Buffalo, NY, and she was immediately passionate about the practice. Even though trying many sports and movement practices, physical activity had never come easy for her, and she felt she had finally found something that was working. Taylor moved to Chicago in 2012 and continued her Pilates practice. She completed the Teacher Training Program under the guidance of Randi Whitman at Frog Temple Pilates and Yoga Center and completed her 800 hour certification on all classical Pilates apparatus and mat in 2015. She has taken many continuing education courses, including CoreAlign 1, Pre- and Post-Natal, and study into movement and pain sciences, fascial and nervous system release, and other somatic-movement therapies. She is constantly seeking out new knowledge in an effort to bring functional movement to her students.

Taylor joined Amplified Pilates Center in 2018 and brings her personal enthusiasm for the method to every student. She truly believes in the Pilates method because she sees it work in her own life and in lives around her everyday. She welcomes you to Amplify your mind, body and life with Pilates!

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” Joseph H. Pilates

Bobby Abrahamson, Apprentice

Bobby is from Elon, North Carolina and graduated from University of North Carolina at Asheville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama. He was introduced to Pilates when TONE Fitness was hosting a Practical Pilates workshop and really enjoyed it. When he took a class at Amplified Pilates, he saw that they had the PSC comprehensive instructor training and made the big step to deepen his knowledge by enrolling in September 2018. He completed the 450 hour Pilates Instructor Certification in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrel, and Spine Corrector in June 2019. He has an ACE Personal Trainer Certification and experience teaching Zumba, Cycling, and TRX. For his classes, he makes sure his routines are dynamic, and coupled with his energy and humor, he helps motivate participants with limited mobility so no one feels excluded.

Hilary Marcus, Apprentice

While living in New Jersey Hilary started off working in the clothing business.   Soon, she realized that she craved a more active and fulfilling line of work, leading her to begin a career as a personal trainer.  Hilary wanted to work in an active and healthy environment, where she enjoyed herself most. The goal was to feel passionate about her work.  Not long after, Hilary received a certification w/ A.C.E. and began personal training, allowing her to continue to grow and learn in the fitness industry.  Exploring other aspects of the industry led her to Pilates and her decision to become a certified Pilates instructor.  To create a more diverse approach to Pilates, Hilary started to use the Power Plate ,TRX Suspension straps , and Red Cord straps for alignment protocol. Her journey then brought her to Yoga, where she also become a certified instructor.  By learning and experiencing various approaches to health and wellness, she was able to become a full and qualified leader in the fitness industry in New Jersey, running her own personal training business.  Hilary taught privately and worked with clients, focusing on their personality and fitness background to start their own fitness journey.   Hilary still continues to grow and learn every day, while continuing to evolve as an individual and as a teacher.   Recently, she and her husband relocated to Chicago.

 In Chicago, Hilary bridged a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification with a Pilates Sports Center (PSC) certification at Amplified.  She is extremely passionate about teaching people how their body works through proper exercise. By doing so, they’re learning to use their core to find a great mind and body connection.   It’s also really important to make sure that the client feels comfortable and safe while having a great time and feeling inspired.  Hilary is looking forward to working with you and exceeding your expectations in bringing you to the next level of your personal fitness journey.

Jess Morales, Apprentice

Before her Journey into Pilates, Jessica began dancing when she was 14 years old. Dance sparked her interest to learn more about the body and movement. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelors in Movement Science and Exercise Promotion. While completing her degree, she took pilates and fell in love with what Pilates had to offered. Jessica completed her Pilates Sports Center Comprehensive Training under Director Angela Pawlicki and Master Teacher Kiley Hearn at Amplified Pilates Center. Jessica is excited to join Amplified as an apprentice. Her passion is to help her clients achieve their goals and find connection through movement.