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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Allison Nakisher grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and went to the University of Michigan undergrad thinking she wanted to be a physician. After 4 years of pre-med, she moved to Chicago without a plan. It is there that she met her husband, Marc, and settled into a Master’s Program of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University Medical School. After graduating in 1998, Allison spent several years in Chicago working at an urban hospital and a suburban wellness center. Returning to Michigan in 2004, She began working in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. At the same time, she completed her Comprehensive Certification in Stott Pilates and has taught pilates both privately and to her patients for the past 12 years. Along with opening her own Pilates studio called Pilates Detroit, Allison has developed a Runner’s clinic within her physical therapy practice. As owner and sole practitioner, she has created a unique approach to patient and client care by combining her orthopedic physical therapy skills with the tools Inherent to the Pilates methodology. 

In 2015, Allison achieved her lifelong personal goal of becoming an Ironman triathlete and was awarded a Bronze All World Athlete Award for being in the top 10% of women in her age group. I has since completed 2 more Ironman triathlons and multiple marathons. 

Allison is the proud mom to 3 amazing kids, Rachel, Ryan and Jonah!

Polly Landgraf is originally from the Chicago suburbs.  She received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois @ Chicago and moved to Michigan to start her PT career.  She was honored to be accepted into Oakland University’s inaugural OMPT program, graduating with her manual therapy certificate in 1992.  Throughout her career she has focused on orthopedics with specialty in spine.

Along the way, she and her husband  raised 3 great kids, the youngest graduating high school in 2018. While her PT career has been very rewarding, she found herself with time to learn and grow in a new but related direction.  Impressed with Allison Nakisher’s success as a pilates instructor, Polly embraced the opportunity to train directly with Allison in Stott Pilates.

When not working, she enjoys skiing (water and snow!!), traveling and exploring cities and their histories, trying new restaurants, and baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  

Polly looks forward to offering pilates training in her new setting at Pilates Detroit.



Breakin’ It Down For You One Run At A Time

Breakin’ It Down For You One Run At A Time

Most runners get started with nothing more than a pair of shorts, a shirt and hopefully a solid pair of shoes. They set out with a watch to keep track of time, some headphones to listen to music and maybe a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes. Maybe. That’s the beauty of running, it’s simple.

Well, that’s not really telling the whole truth. Running can be simple if you are blessed with amazing feet, a very stable core, and the mental strength to endure both the highs and lows that come with the territory. Seems like a very blessed person to have all of that going for them, certainly not always the case for many of us.

But…isn’t it possible that even if you weren’t born to run, or you never really tried to run beyond the mile your gym teacher required in the seventh grade, you could learn to run?

The answer is YES, you can learn to run, you can improve your running efficiency, you can modify your mechanics to reduce the risk of injury, and you can grow stronger both physically and mentally while doing it. For real!

At Pilates Detroit, aka Run Detroit, we have spent several years analyzing the gait mechanics of runners both on the treadmill and on the road. Using video and multiple measures of running form and posture, we are able to make gradual changes to your running mechanics. This allows us to improve your efficiency and reduce risk of injury. Additionally, our runners are given exercise prescriptions and self-stretching programs to perform independently.

Sign up now by clicking the orange button on the home page (Schedule with Allison) or browse our Pilates packages and select the “Running Analysis” option.