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; WNBA star Ruth Riley; pro volleyball player Kelly Schumacher; 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 become a certified Pilates practitioner through Polestar Education and pursued 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, also is certified in golf-specific physical therapy and has served as staff therapist for numerous PGA and LPGA golf tournaments.
Today, Christa owns, operates and teaches at Pilates in the Grove which now serves both the Coconut Grove and South Miami communities with it’s two premier locations. Her studios sets the benchmark in Pilates instruction and physical therapy interventions as most of the instructors hold advanced degrees and boast well-rounded backgrounds in physical therapy, occupational therapy, dance movement therapy and nutrition. The studios also adhere to a low student-teacher ratio, and are ahead of fitness trends, offering services ranging from Physical Therapy, Pilates for Rehabilitation, Pilates for Athletes to “”Pink Ribbon Certified Pilates”, which is tailored to breast cancer survivors looking to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery.
Outside of the studio, Christa donates her time and talent to a number of non-profit groups, including the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless and the Girls Advocacy Project. She also provides Pilates-based strengthening and injury prevention programming to elementary schools and several high school sports teams and local athletic events.