Allison Nakisher, MPT is a licensed physical therapist with 23 years experience in orthopedics and spinal rehabilitation. Allison received her master’s degree from the Schools of Physical Therapy at Northwestern Medical School.
Allison has always had a love for fitness, wellness and helping others. After having her third child, she took her therapy practice to the next level by becoming a certified Stott Pilates instructor. Allison was drawn to Pilates because of its emphasis on flexibility, strength, and restoring symmetry and function in the body. She regularly combines her deep knowledge of anatomy, therapy and Pilates to engage her clients with unique and enjoyable ways to strengthen and rehabilitate.
Allison likes working with clients of all levels and excels at catering to each individual while guiding them to realize their full potential. Her biggest pleasure in teaching is seeing people’s progress and the difference it makes in their lives.
Having competed in 8 Ironman triathlons and running over 15 marathons, Allison understands what it takes to get to the finish line. As the owner of Pilates Detroit, Allison hopes to help foster and grow the Pilates community for the betterment of her clients, their family and friends.
Nicole is extremely passionate about the pursuit of overall health and wellness both for herself and for her clients. She has worked hard through the years to achieve her certification as a Stott Pilates Instructor as well as becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. Additionally, Nicole is also certified as an AFAA Athletic Trainer and Precision Nutrition Coach.
While Nicole has trained across many age groups from teens to seniors, she has a heart for the 40 and up group. “This is when the body begins to change”, says Nicole. “Aging changes musculature, joints, flexibility and hormones.” However, during the past 30 years, she has taken the bull by the horns and learned how to train to age gracefully!
Nicole’s favorite Pilates exercise to teach??
“Side arm kneeling series with the maple pole, it’s such a great core stability, balance and upper extremity challenger!”
Always drawn to relieving the pain and discomfort of others, Beth became a licensed Massage Therapist. She focused on the power of therapeutic Massage to help her clients release tension while becoming more centered and grounded. Several years later, Beth discovered Stott Pilates and became a certified instructor, enabling her to help her clients build their own strength, flexibility, and self-confidence. Not long after discovering STOTT Pilates, Beth became a certified Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis instructor, rounding out her toolkit, and offering her clients another path to achieving freedom of movement.
Utilizing whichever method is appropriate for a particular client, Beth finds deep satisfaction in guiding her clients to new levels of mind/body connection, health, and stability.
Beth’s favorite Pilates exercise to teach?
“Spinal rotation. I love this exercise because it helps loosen up tension in the spine, hip as well as relax the front of the shoulder and chest.”
Niki is thrilled to be teaching at Pilates Detroit after living in Boston for several years. She has been fully certified in STOTT Pilates (2002) and GYROTONIC ® (2006) and was on the dance faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Walnut Hill Schools for the Arts. She has developed injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for athletes, musicians and dancers and presented at conferences in the USA, Europe and Asia. Niki also holds pre and post-natal certification from the Center for Women’s Fitness. She also enjoys writing about education in newsletters, social media and print publications.
Niki will be teaching small group classes and seeing private and duet clients on the various Pilates and gyrokinesis equipment.
Niki’s favorite exercise to teach is the roll up, because it tells her a lot about your strengths and weaknesses, and it feels so good when done correctly!