Christa Gurka

ABOUT THE Thought LEADER

  • Profession: CEO
  • Company: Pilates in the Grove

An orthopedic physical therapist specializing in Pilates-based fitness, rehabilitation and injury prevention, Christa Gurka’s reputation speaks for itself. Highly respected and recognized in the Pilates and Physical Therapy community and throughout the media, Christa’s contagious energy and palpable passion has earned her a clientele of both local fitness enthusiasts and high-profile athletes, including Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and various Miami Heat players, WNBA star Ruth Riley; pro volleyball player Kelly Schumacher; NBA player Victor Oladipo and pro golfers Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis. Her studios have also been home to many whose careers depend on their appearance, health and performance.

As the director of a private PT practice specializing in orthopedic physical therapy, Christa discovered and fell in love with Pilates and the remarkable benefits it has on the body and mind. In addition to her undergraduate and master’s degrees in physical therapy, she went on to receive her Pilates training through Polestar Education and is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor. She continued to pursue advanced training in the areas of functional movement screening, corrective exercise, manual therapy and myofascial release techniques. Christa, who has an extensive knowledge of sports training, is certified in golf-specific physical therapy and has served as staff therapist for the PGA and LPGA. She has recently become a keynote speaker for the Pilates Method Alliance annual conference mentoring studio owners on how to grow and scale successful businesses.

Today, Christa owns, operates and teaches at Pilates in the Grove which now serves both the Coconut Grove and South Miami communities with its two premier locations. Her studios set the benchmark in Pilates instruction and physical therapy interventions. Pilates in the Grove is also home to a comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program educating dozens of high quality instructors each year. Christa has expanded her practice to include business mentoring for female small business owners in the healthcare and wellness industry. She hopes to continue to inspire and empower other business owners to operate successful and profitable companies.

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