Michele Gust, PT, CSCS, CEAS, Pilates Instructor
Founder of South Miami Physical Therapy & Pilates
and Co-Owner of Studio M Pilates and Yoga (upstairs)
Michele Gust was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University’s Physical Therapy Program in 1996. After working in a very large and busy rehab center seeing 4 to 5 patients at the same time, she made it her mission to open her own PT clinic where she could treat patients one-to-one, focusing her full attention on each patient individually so they can recover from their injuries as quickly as possible.
In 2001 she founded Healing Touch Rehabilitation which for the first seven years solely provided Physical Therapy in patients’ homes.
In 2007 she opened her first rehab center in South Miami to combine her advanced manual skills with Pilates-based rehab principles. She uses these techniques to most effectively treat orthopedic dysfunctions, which has proven to get patients back to work, to play, to living as fast as possible! Over the years, Michele has worked with a number of professional athletes, including Miami Heat basketball players, professional tennis stars on the ATP Tour, cyclists, runners, triathletes, golfers, and dancers.
FAMOUS PEOPLE MICHELE HAS TREATED: ALonso Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippin, Jamal Mashburn, Venus Williams, Cliff Dreysdale, Mary Jo Fernandez, Laurence Tieleman, Cirque du Solei perfomers, actress Katie Finneran, and Ballet Dancers.
She works closely with Miami's top doctors to help keep people from getting unnecessary surgery, provide pre-op conditioning as well as provide full post-surgical rehab and even fitness training and athletic enhancement. She is available for Ergonomics Consultations, where she modifies workstations and solves on-the-job biomechanic/posture issues.
In 2012, Michele changed the name to South Miami Physical Therapy and Pilates and has incorporated a transitional program into Post-Rehab Pilates/ Healthy Spine Program so the patients can get the maximum benefit out of combining PT with Pilates. Michele’s caring and compassion for people brings warmth and cheer to her rehab center, and people are guaranteed to walk out every time feeling better than when they arrived!
Aside from her passion for helping people feel better, Michele's biggest passion is being a mom for her beautiful daughter, Sienna and handsome son, Tristan.
Michele's interests and loves include physical fitness, holistic natural healing, outdoor activities, and traveling. Her goal is to help people to have healthier minds, bodies, and spirits so they can feel better, look better, and live their lives to the fullest! She empowers all those around her to truly transform their bodies and lives.
Nelson graduated in 1998 from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia with his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and immediately returned home to South Florida. Over the last 15 years he has worked in a variety of orthopedic and clinical settings, and though he thoroughly enjoys treating patients, he felt that more direct time teaching patient’s movement, control and providing hands on therapy gave his patient’s the best outcome.
Nelson is also a veteran of the US Navy and avid surfer and basketball player. He takes his love of sports and movement into the clinic with him and provides a unique and challenging rehabilitation regardless of a persons age and fitness level.
Nelson has extensive experience providing Pilates based rehab and has recently returned to school to receive his doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.
Marion Robinson, Certified Yoga Therapist and Pilates Instructor and Co-Owner of Studio M Pilates and Yoga
Marion Robinson is certified in Pilates by David Brown of Mountain Pilates. She is a Stotts Trained Instructor on the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels to the Injury and Special Populations Level.
Teaching Yoga for over 12 years, Marion is an ERYT 500 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, receiving her training from Christopher Baxter and Deva Parnell at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine. Her 200 Hour Training is Kripalu Certified.
As an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Marion also offers Intuitive Reiki Healing.
Marion is also certified to teach Pilates For Buff Bones and is currently teaching this class at the office.
Marion is available for In-Home Pilates and Yoga by calling our office. We are even able to place a Pilates machine in your home and include it in the cost of your private sessions.
Heather Craft, our receptionist, is the first voice you hear when you call our office and the first smile you see when you come in. She is an outgoing, personable, loving part of our team and responsible for making sure our clients are getting the care and attention they deserve.
She coordinates with the referring doctors to ensure our new patients get scheduled quickly and have necessary prescriptions, etc. She handles insurance verification and scheduling of Physical Therapy patients in both the South Miami and Kendall offices. She creates new client accounts and educates them on all of the services we have to offer so we can best solve their problems. She sets up the Pilates clients with their memberships and/or packages and schedules clients into classes and educates them on how to self-register using our Mindbody scheduling software. Jeanie also registers people for our workshops and follows-up with our patients and clients to make sure all of their needs are being met.
And most of all her smiling face and warm personality keeps our clients coming back as she makes everyone feel like they are part of our "family."
Christina Specos has been a certified strength and conditioning coach since 2002, and working in fitness since 1999! She was born in Philadelphia, PA and spent many years living in New Jersey (not on the "Jersey Shore" haha!) before entering the collegiate strength and conditioning scene in 2011 at Purdue University where she worked directly with women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf and cheerleading. One day, it was time for a change - and poof - Miami Beach it was!
Christina is highly regarded by her peers as an industry leader, resource and influencer. Her passion is to help others to get better - whether the athlete, general population or fellow colleagues. A sucker for continuing education, she has tackled numerous certifications, making her background very diverse and unique. Her approach to fitness and performance training is very holistic, emphasizing the importance of working on everything from joint mobility to nutrition, mental techniques and recovery strategies as well as all the hard stuff ;-)
A dog mom of 2, Christina resides in Miami Beach. When she's not out training and preparing for figure competitions, she's most likely to be spotted at the dog park, a coffee shop or obsessively scrolling on Instagram! (@CSTrainer23)