Barb grew up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She began her athletic career training, competing, coaching, then judging gymnastics. She is a certified EMT, Medical Office Assistant, NA, & Chiropractic Assistant, but her heart has always been in fitness. When she discoverd Pilates, she knew this was the path of study for her. She trained and certified with the Physicalmind™ Institute, and Stott Pilates®. Barb has trained acomplished gymnasts as well as elite hockey players helping them to reduce the incidence of injury, gain flexibility, and increase core strength. Barb opened SCS Pilates Connection, Inc. (formerly Core Connection) in September 2003 to offer programs designed to strengthen and balance the body from the inside out.
Nora is highly motivated and comes to us holding two certifications with AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America). She offers 15+ years experience teaching high/low impact aerobics, boot camp, step, kickboxing, circuit, slide, and mat work. Nora is an experienced Personal Fitness Trainer, as well as an accomplished Group Exercise Instructor. Nora is also TRX certified.
Melissa is a certified Stott Pilates, Synergy Barre, and Total Barre Instructor. Melissa practiced Stott Pilates in Chicago and SCS Pilates Connection for several years prior to moving to Michigan in 2011.Her passion for Pilates has inspired her to share her positive experience and love for Pilates with others. Melissa has two young boys and specializes in helping clients get their bodies back to pre-baby shape. Melissa is a welcomed addition to our SCS Pilates family.
Kelsi has been a studio client for nearly ten years, and is truly passionate about fitness and promoting healthy body image. After trying the Bare method and loving the amazing results, she decided to earn her certification in the Synergy Barre Technique. Kelsi is passionate about teaching, and likes to keep her classes upbeat, fresh, and fun while retaining focus on client’s individual fitness goals. We welcome Kelsi into our SCS Pilates Family of excellent instructors.
Francesca developed a passion for health and fitness her junior year of high school. She started working as a Chiropractic Assistant at the age of 17. Working with people, watching them make progress and get stronger made her realize she wanted to work in the healthcare field. She attended Wayne State University where she focused her studies on nutrition as well as human and exercise physiology. She ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology. Due to her own chronic pain and postural issues she began taking Pilates classes at SCS Pilates in March of 2014. Pilates finally gave her the relief she was looking for and she knew she needed to become certified. She finds that the Pilates couples very well with her Chiropractic work.
Kellie stared her health and fitness journey five years ago. Through changes to her diet and exercise, she has transformed her life and is now helping others do the same. At the beginning of her journey, Kellie was 289lbs wearing a size 26-28. She was determined to changed her unhealthy habits and is now healthy and fit. Her goal is to inspire other to also become the best version of themselves. Kellie has decided to share her love for fitness and healthy living by becoming a certified Pilates instructor. She is working towards her Pilates certification and is eager to share the health benefits she has gained from a consistent Pilates training program. Kellie is developing classes to help people gain strength and feel great. She has an extensive dance background and is eager to share her knowledge with her clients. Her wish is that everyone can see the beauty inside themselves.
Emily began practicing Yoga while studying adverting at Michigan State University. She found that a consistent yoga practice was a perfect complement to the stresses of college, and very beneficial to her overall well-being. Growing up a dancer, she also loved that yoga put her back in touch with her body. After completing her 200-hour Teacher Training through Yoga Works, she realized she wanted to share the benefits of yoga with others. Emily loves to create classes that are challenging and transforming, but also restorative and renewing. She hopes her classes will allow students to connect with their breath and bodies, while also offering them tools for self-love and non-judgment.
Colleen found Pilates as a welcome escape from the stress of a demanding schedule while attending law school in Detroit beginning in 2003. She found that it was her favorite commitment she actively looked forward to during her years practicing law. As she and her husband were expecting their third child, Colleen took a hiatus from her day job to stay home with her little boys. All the while, she saw and felt the incredible psychological and physical benefits of Pilates and preached to anyone who would listen! With this passion came the need to know more. The idea of being able to teach and help others blossomed. Colleen took the leap to change career paths and she is now a Classically trained instructor, certified through Peak Pilates. The Peak Pilates certification pathway comprises three levels and culminates with a comprehensive assessment. During each level, students complete course contact hours as well as observation, personal practice and teaching hours, for a cumulative total of 500+ hours.
Colleen understands the challenges of looking after your body while leading a hectic and demanding lifestyle. She teaches Mat & Equipment classes, including Cardio Reformer. She teaches Private sessions, duets, and trios by appointment. She has experience with clients of all ages and abilities. Colleen endeavors to always give instruction with the appropriate focus, be it to relax, energize, concentrate or just work hard. “Pilates is for Everyone.”