408 East Street, Rochester, MI 48307
Phone: 248-608-3221
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness."
-Joseph H. Pilates

The Staff at East Street Pilates

Cara Krupa

Cara Krupa is a STOTT certified Pilates Instructor and owner of East Street Pilates. She first came to Pilates in 1996 and loved it immediately after seeing the changes it made to her own level of fitness and health.

Cara has studied Pilates at highly acclaimed training centers in Philadelphia, Toronto, and, locally, in West Bloomfield. Her studies included specialized training in prenatal and postnatal Pilates, rehabilitative Pilates and specific programs for athletes and dancers. Cara is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has been teaching Pilates in Rochester since 2002. Her classes include work on the Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Stability Chair, mat and reformer, and incorporate use of the fitball, toning balls, therabands, fitness circle and foam roller.

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Gretchen Moraw

Gretchen realized her passion for health and fitness at a young age, as part of the Bowling Green State University Gymnastics team. After receiving her bachelors degree from BGSU she went on to become a gymnastics and group fitness intructor. After being trained in Pilates in 2000, she really found her niche. Gretchen enjoys teaching students about body awareness, strength and flexibility while incorporating the fitball, toning bands, fitness circle and foam rollers into her classes.

Katrina Kill

After graduating from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor's Degree in Business, Katrina never imagined her life in the health and fitness field. That all changed when Pilates became a part of her life. However, when first introduced to Pilates, she wasn't totally sold. After a few months, when the changes in her body became apparent, she was hooked. These changes included not only a slimmer waist line, but also more strength throughout her body, her neck and back pain disappeared, a reduction in stress, and a more positive attitude about fitness and health. "Before Pilates I thought of exercise as something you had to do, not something to enjoy. But I started looking forward to my weekly appointments so much I start going three to five times a week!  The hour spent focusing your mind on just your body had an incredible effect on my life. Pilates has made me really take to heart my own physical fitness and health in a way I had never anticipated." Katrina continued as a client for a while until her Pilates instructor encouraged her to start the training in Bloomfield Hills, at the only Stott training facility in Michigan. Now as Level One Stott Pilates certified instructor, Katrina loves to challenge her clients and help them become more in tuned to their bodies. She especially loves seeing the difference Pilates makes in the lives of her clients.  Whether you're 18 or 85, a man or a woman, a size 2 or 32, Pilates can benefit you!

Janine Handzinski

Janine is a STOTT Pilates trained instructor as well as a professional dancer in a locally-based modern company.  She developed an interest in movement at an early age and attributes her improved balance in dance to the core strengthening she has received from Pilates.  She would love to show you why she believes that Pilates is the perfect combination of movement and fitness.

Megan Fuller

Megan is a Stott certified Pilates instructor hailing from Detroit Pilates Studio, located in the heart of the financial district. She instructed there for two years and studied under the direction of Brenda Freeman, adding a classical layer to her repertoire. Megan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University and first learned about Pilates in a movement class. The class focused on strength, agility and body awareness and utilized the Pilates regimen to enforce principles of controlled movement. Being exposed to Pilates gave Megan a deeper appreciation for physical aptitude, and she decided upon graduation to deepen her understanding of how the body moves. Through studying, teaching and practicing Pilates she has gained a newfound respect for the process; always reminding her clients as well as herself that Pilates is a journey and not a destination. Megan’s approach to teaching is both receptive and challenging as she guides you through your own journey.

Shauna Oliverio

Shauna Oliverio

Shauna Oliverio is a STOTT Pilates trained instructor as well as a professional dancer and choreographer. She was introduced to Pilates throughout her dance career and believes it is the reason her body has stayed healthy and strong through all her years of dancing. Shauna is trained in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. She graduated from Oakland University while she began her professional dance career. Shauna has worked commercially in LA, she worked on production shows in Canada, she spent a year dancing on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has worked with many world-renowned choreographers. Shauna has performed in the musicals Chicago, Cabaret and Cats. Shauna danced with Odyssey Dance Theatre under the direction of Darryl Yeager and completed five European tours. Shauna currently dances for Ron De Jesus Dance under the direction of Ron De Jesus. She also choreographs dance and travels to teach master classes all over the country. Shauna founded an in-studio dance intensive called Rapture Dance Intensive that she tours and teaches with. Inspired by the art renaissance in Detroit, Shauna is working to launch her own dance company.

Rylie McHale

Rylie McHale

Rylie McHale began her study of Pilates after several years as a ballet dancer. During her dance career she was awarded scholarships to Alvin Alley, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet. Throughout her dance life she struggled with countless injuries. One in particular resulted in an early end to her career as a professional ballet dancer with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She began Pilates after several months of physical therapy, and finally saw ground breaking results when she utilized the combination of Pilates and physical therapy. Not only did she see results in her injury recovery, but also increases in strength, flexibility, posture, and body awareness that she had never gained in her life of dancing. She became passionate about sharing her story and the importance of Pilates to people (dancers in particular). She has recently started a dance training center, Element Dance Training, focused on strong technique and a sturdy dance foundation. Rylie is now Stott Pilates trained in Mat and Reformer. She is thrilled to have joined the staff at East Street Pilates.

Sophia Gojcaj

Sophia manages the front desk here at East Street Pilates. When she is not working she is going to school at Northwood University. She will graduate in the spring of 2019 with a major in Entertainment, Sports and Promotion Management. While being a cheerleader for 4 years in high school, she found a deep appreciation for taking care of her body. In her free time, Sophia enjoys finding different ways to stay fit. These ways include Pilates, running, kickboxing and weightlifting.

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