A Note From the Owner

My Pilates journey started in the mid 1990’s when I pulled a muscle in my back.  I knew my body needed a more intelligent way to exercise.  After browsing through several books, I found a book on Pilates.  Although not the best way to begin a Pilates program, I started my own home routine.  I quickly came to the realization I had found a movement system I could use throughout my life and I began pursuing teacher training.  That simple beginning of seeking an effective fitness program eventually turned into an avenue to rehabilitate my body after sustaining nerve damage during the birth of my second child.  

What neither my doctor or I knew at that time, was that my pelvis was misshapen as a result of being hit by a drunk driver when I was five years old.  Up to that point, I was unaware that the accident had altered my pelvis to the point that childbirth was not something my pelvis could handle.  The trauma caused by the delivery created the nerve damage and subsequent SI Joint Dysfunction.  My journey since that day has changed my perception of Pilates, as not just a form of mind/body fitness, but a way to reclaim my muscle function from nerve damage and help re-align my pelvis from SI Joint Dysfunction.    

Movement had always been a part of my life, which is why I studied exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation for my undergraduate degree.  However, the injuries from childbirth led me to pursue my master of science degree in human movement with an emphasis in corrective exercise.  I wanted to understand my own body better and be able to take that knowledge to further help my clients.  I am pleased that this knowledge has allowed me to network with local Physical Therapists and Physicians, many of whom are clients, and refer people to Lakeshore Pilates for not just overall fitness but also for post-rehabilitation.  We welcome people of all fitness and health levels to the studio.  Our team of competent and passionate instructors look forward to working with you.

Heather Dibkey, MS, Director of Education





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"Heather, I know we say it all the time-that you are amazing, but this moring I could hardly move without pain, struggled getting into and out of my car to get to your class...and now I am fine!  More than fine, I feel all aligned, and thus, all is right with my small world!  What a difference.  So, you are amazing.  And thank you.

- Class participant

"My mom left her time with you feeling understood, validated and more hopeful regarding her back than I've seen her in a long time.  She was so impressed with your level of knowledge and your compassion."

- Jessica

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