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Small Business Spotlight: Polestar Pilates and Physical Therapy Center

WHOLE-BODY FOCUS: Brent Anderson, founder and chief executive of Polestar Pilates and Physical Therapy Center, in his Coral Gables studio.
WHOLE-BODY FOCUS: Brent Anderson, founder and chief executive of Polestar Pilates and Physical Therapy Center, in his Coral Gables studio. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Company: Polestar Pilates and Physical Therapy Center.

Location: 1500 Monza Ave., Suite 350, Coral Gables, currently; 7171 SW 62nd Ave., 3rd Floor, Miami, by late January. Additional studio at 7300 Kendall Dr., Suite 105. Also, Polestar Dance Medicine is onsite at Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach.

Service: High-skilled physical therapy (spine, sport, pain, women’s health, neurological, fall prevention and more); myofascial release (a type of manual therapy to release connective tissue restrictions); Pilates-based rehabilitation; Pilates conditioning; yoga and Gyrotonic (another type of mind-body movement); performance enhancement.

Years in business: 18 years in South Florida.

Management team: Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, chief executive; A.J. Rincon, CPA, chief financial officer; Russell Goldman, vice president of clinics; Elizabeth Jimenez, vice president of administration; Margie Asciu, CPA, financial manager.

Revenues: 2009: $1 million; 2010: $1.2 million; 2011: $1,150,000; 2012: $1,385,000; 2013: $1.4 million.

Employees: 10 employees, plus eight therapists, 15 Pilates/Gyrotonic/yoga teachers.

Milestones: 1998: Anderson and Shelly Power opened first Polestar Pilates Center in Coconut Grove.

1999: Relocated to South Coral Gables to expand the facility.

2005: Polestar Pilates Center expanded and doubled its size.

2014: Contract with Miami City Ballet began, providing dance medicine services; opened Polestar Dadeland Studio, 7300 SW Kendall Dr., Suite 105.

2015: Expected opening of new flagship center at 7171 SW 62nd Ave., 3rd Floor, South Miami.

Keys to success: Client-centered care, one-on-one rehabilitation focused on “returning to LIFE” (restoring all that has been lost through injury, disease and poor posture), Anderson said. The company, he said, is a leader internationally in its rehabilitation specialty and affordable care through effective interventions.

Impact: Teaching and healing through movement.

Strategy for next steps: Polestar Center plans to expand and open additional locations in South Florida and potentially globally through its more than 6,000 graduates from Polestar Pilates Education, Anderson said.

Polestar’s specialization in treating chronic pain through non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical approaches is increasingly valued in South Florida, he said. “Polestar offers an effective training program for patients suffering with chronic pain with a goal to return to LIFE that incorporates behavior and movement therapies,” Anderson said.

In addition, Polestar’s new platform for Pilates teacher training will allow Polestar students to introduce Pilates to people in the U.S. and around the world whowould otherwise not be able to afford it. It also creates an opportunity for entrepreneurship among graduates who want to partner with Polestar in its worldwide expansion, he said.

INA PAIVA CORDLE

Small Company Spotlight highlights recent business milestones such as major contracts, mergers or acquisitions by established South Florida companies with 300 or fewer employees. To be considered, companies must be willing to discuss revenues over the past five years. Email ideas to smallbusiness@MiamiHerald.com.

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