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 discover 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 accomplished 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.
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 an instructor. She finds that the Pilates couples very well with her Chiropractic work.
Kellie stared her health and fitness journey several 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 change 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. Kellie is Stott Pilates certified and is eager to share the health benefits she has gained from a consistent Pilates training program. 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.
Katherine Folmar is a native of St. Clair Shores with a passion for movement and music. Her years of dance experience and love of group exercise influences every class she teaches! She has been a group fitness instructor since 2016 and is trained in POP Pilates® (Cassey Ho’s Blogilates) and Barre Intensity. Fun fact about Katie: She was one of the first certified POP Pilates instructors in Michigan! Outside of the studio she works in Admissions at Rochester University and enjoys spending time reading books, drinking tea and learning foreign languages!