The Wilder Pilates Team

Karen Wilder PMA-CPT

PMA Certified Pilates Instructor  | Owner, Wilder Pilates

Karen Wilder, Owner/Instructor Wilder Pilates StudioKaren has studied the best of both worlds, the structure of classical pilates with Peak Pilates (starting in 2010) in Boulder, CO and added the therapeutic and restorative regimen of a more evolved pilates system with Polestar Pilates. Karen has also completed a 5-day intensive with Fletcher Pilates and is a licensed provider for Fletcher Towelwork™, Barrework™ and Floorwork™.  She is also certified and licensed to teach Bootybarre® classes and even incorporates TRX with her private clients. Karen has attended the Fletcher Pilates International Conference in 2013 and 2015, maintaining continuing education.

Karen has advanced training in women’s health through Polestar Pilates International.  She has also recently attended a 4 day workshop called “The Classical Syllabus” taught by an International Pilates teacher trainer, Mejo Wiggin in Fort Worth, Texas.  Prior to her pilates journey, Karen taught group fitness classes for many years along with becoming an A.C.E. certified personal trainer. Karen suffered a back injury in her 20’s and was introduced to pilates and found that practicing pilates on a regular basis greatly reduced her back pain, improved her posture and overall helped in her daily activities.  Before Pilates, Karen graduated from KU with a degree in pharmacy, she has since gotten her Pharm. D. degree from KU and still works a couple Sundays a month at a local hospital as a pharmacist.



Amber, Pilates Instructor

PMA Certified Pilates Instructor

Amber, Pilates Instructor at Wilder Pilates

Amber found Pilates while rehabbing from an injury in 2009, and knew from the moment she got on the reformer that teaching Pilates was a career path that she was destined to pursue. She had been a student of Iyengar yoga for over four years and found that Pilates provided an ideal compliment to balance her physical body by strengthening and toning her muscles, while also continuing to calm the mind. With a master’s degree in Higher Education, Amber spent 10 years working in a university setting, where she assisted students in better understanding and achieving their academic goals, as well as helping to develop a variety of leadership programs. Amber has been happy to transition her education and leadership background to the Pilates & fitness world. She is passionate about the emotional connection to the physical body, and strongly believes that Pilates is a way for everyone to better understand and experience this connection. She enjoys working with individual clients as well as small groups and gains great satisfaction in helping each person achieve a mind/body balance.

Amber completed her comprehensive teacher training program through Centerworks® Pilates Institute. She has also completed Yogafit Level 1 & Prenatal Yoga training, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and CrossFit Level 1 Coach.

Outside of the studio, Amber is often searching for new ways to challenge herself physically & mentally through CrossFit, weightlifting, yoga, and meditation. She also enjoys traveling and cooking healthy yet delicious meals.


AmyAmy Culp, Pilates Instructor, Pilates Instructor

Pilates Mat and Reformer Certified, Personal Best Pilates Academy / D.K. Body Balancing Method

Amy was first introduced to Pilates at the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with at degree in Dance. She was a Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader for 6 seasons. While cheering for the Chiefs Amy was captain for 4 seasons, 2006 Pro Bowl Cheerleader and had the opportunity to travel to military bases all over the world performing in the USO tours. After “retiring” from cheering, Amy decided to follow through with her passion for Pilates. She is now certified in Pilates Mat and Reformer through Personal Best Pilates Academy and D.K Body Balancing Method.

Amy loves the strength, flexibility, and overall mental awareness that a great Pilates workout provides. She incorporates her knowledge of dance into her Pilates practice to provide a one of a kind experience. Seeing her clients set and achieve their goals while learning proper form and alignment is what motivates her as an instructor.

Outside the studio, Amy is usually spending time with her family. She resides in Lenexa, Kansas with her husband, 2 children and a puggle.


Angel, Yoga Instructor at Wilder Pilates Studio

Angel, Yoga Instructor

Hatha Yoga Certified 200+ Hours

Angel found a yoga practice as a means to tap into the inner dimensions of her life and is consistently humbled every time she steps onto the mat as both, a teacher and a student.  Angel is 200+ hours certified in Hatha yoga by way of Denver, Colorado.  She teaches a Hatha style class drawing from her extensive study in classical yoga which embraces the broad spectrum of yogic teachings; blending both flowing and stationary postures.  Angel has been practicing Krishnamacharya lineages since 2009 and teaching since 2013.  “I am influenced by it all – the dynamic series, refined alignments, and classical postures.”

“Outside of teaching, my husband and I unapologetically center our lives around our chubby, black Lab — Frank.”


Julie, Barre Instructor

Certified Bootybarre Plus / Bootybarre Flex and Flowjulie-about-pic

Though new to teaching, Julie is not new to Pilates and Barre. After seeing a doctor for constant knee pain from an injury when she was young, she realized she needed to make changes in her daily activities. Soon she became a consistent Pilates student because of how it increased her awareness of ways to decrease pain. She eagerly tried all of the different classes and fell in love with Bootybarre. Julie feels that not only does Bootybarre work every part of the body, but also it helped rebuild strength in her knees. Not only that, but Bootybarre has the added benefit of being fun!

Julie is now certified in Bootybarre Plus, and Bootybarre Flex and Flow. She has been married to her best friend for 24 years and is a proud mother to three beautiful children.