Donna opened Pilates Central in 2003, with a vision for a studio that could fully integrate her Physical Therapy and Pilates practice, offering a continuum of post rehab and fitness Pilates classes. Donna has created a nurturing community at Pilates Central, encouraging continuous learning and creative treatment plans.
Donna’s first passion was ballet, as a professional dancer with the Washington Ballet she developed an interest in anatomy and kinesiology, which led to a second career in physical therapy.
Early in her physical therapy career Donna was introduced to the work of Joseph Pilates and began incorporating the Pilates method into her treatment plans at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where she led the Performing Arts program in addition to working in the Chronic Pain and Arthritis programs. Donna was board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinic Specialist (OCS) in 2000 and received her Rehabilitation Certification from Polestar Pilates in 2001.
She was introduced to Postural Restoration in 2009 and began incorporating the concepts into her practice of Pilates-based physical therapy. Donna completed her PRC certification in 2012, in 2016 Pilates Central was designated a Postural Restoration Center. Donna’s treatment style is unique, integrating Physical Therapy, Postural Restoration and Pilates principles.
Dan brings over 20 years of experience in Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Postural Restoration to his patient treatment plans. Dan has incorporated Postural Restoration methods into his practice since the beginning of his career, when he studied under Ron Hruska, the founder of the Postural Restoration Institute. In addition to being certified as a practitioner (PRC), Dan has been a member of the PRI faculty since 2017.
In 2014 & 2015, Dan received the 5 Star Professional Award for Chicago Physical Therapist. He has been honored to speak at the Northwestern University Sports Medicine Symposium, the National Athletic Training Association Convention and the Postural Restoration Institute. Dan has consulted with the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Northwestern University and DePaul University. We were excited to have Dan join Pilates Central in 2016.