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 in high school. In college she went on to study human anatomy and physiology, exercise science, nutrition and psychology receiving her Bachelors of Science from Wayne State University. While working as a Chiropractic Assistant at Chase Chiropractic Center Francesca began to notice the importance of a strong core and spinal muscles for pain management, structural support and longeviety. She began taking Pilates matwork classes at Pilates Connection in March of 2014 and instantly became hooked! It helped to manage her chronic pain and provide the relief she was looking for! After practicing Pilates for a year or so she decided to go through training and become an instructor. Now, as a mom, Francesca finds the studio to be her happy place, her home away from home and credits Pilates with her easy pregnancy and delivery! She’s a true believer!
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!
She’s a mother of two — her 21 year old son is in the US Navy — you may have seen him holding the flag for the Color Guard during Super Bowl LVI! And her 16 year old daughter is a high school student! Exercise and nutrition have always been a huge part of her life! She even worked in Health Education and Group Fitness at Ford Motor Company for over 15 years! Dee has her Health & Wellness Certification through NAFC and she’s also a licensed massage therapist! She’s the whole package wrapped up in one!
Matthew has been a fitness enthusiast since a young boy. He recently relocated to St. Clair Shores from Jackson, MI. After working for several years in the corporate world, he decided to resign and pursue the path towards becoming a certified Pilates instructor. He has been training at McEntire Pilates in Rochester since January of this year. Other than Pilates, Matthew practices strength training, yoga and bioenergetics. He loves seeking new understanding in optimizing the mind and body. Matthew is also enrolled and Irene’s School of Myomassology!
Olivia discovered Pilates and immediately loved the discipline and benefits of the practice. After taking lessons and learning the STOTT Pilates method, she made the decision to go through the training process to become an instructor. Her appreciation for the mind-body connection of Pilates has allowed her understanding that the body cannot go where the mind has not been. She looks forward to working with clients privately and in groups, and is committed to helping clients reach their fitness goals and discover the benefits of Pilates.
Carolyn has over 20 years of teaching experience instructing a wide variety of fitness classes at many Metro Detroit gyms! Her training experience ranges from Pilates, yoga, Barre Above, Balletone, indoor cycling, rebounder, weight lifting, step aerobics and personal training. Carolyn’s personal training career began at Bally’s over 15 years ago where she spent time working with clients one on one or in group fitness settings, including teaching Pilates through the facility. She has a strong background in ballet, starting dancing at age four and competing at a national level by age 14. Carolyn’s passion is Pilates, fitness and helping others reach their personal goals! In the last several months Caroyln has gone through the STOTT Pilates reformer training at Equilibrium! We’re so excited to bring her on to our team!