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Dominique Moceanu, President, Owner

Laura Alexander

Bio: Gymnastics has been part of my life for over 30 years. I love working with children and instilling confidence through our sport. 

In 2018, a lifelong dream was realized and I became the owner of Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center, which is a center for instructional gymnastics, gymnastics camps, yoga and more. This dream was planted inside my heart and lied dormant for many years until the perfect opportunity presented itself in October of 2017. While researching for a peace of land to invest in, I stumbled on a perfectly sized 12,000 square foot facility to make this dream come alive. After finding this facility I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and began investing every ounce of energy and time into to researching the facility’s potential, and creating a business plan in order to make this dream a reality. My husband and I are excited to share our vision with the local community, and with all who visit us and are a part of our program. Mike and I feel our facility will be uplifting for the community and a very positive center to do gymnastics and yoga safely. 

Additionally, I also run our summer gymnastics camp as the Camp Director. In May, 2018 I am adding certified yoga instructor to my resume, and with that addition I’ll be able to physically do every job in my facility. I’m a proud mother of two children, Carmen and Vincent, and wife to Dr. Michael Canales. I’m also an author, motivational speaker, and advocate for safety in youth sports.  

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Dr. Michael B. Canales, Vice President, Co-Owner

Bio: I was raised in Rochester, New York. I was U.S. Junior National Team Member and member of The Ohio State University’s National Championship Team in 1996. I served as the team captain of the Buckeyes from 1997-1999 and graduated with a degree in Molecular Genetics.  Dmitry Bilozerchev remains my favorite gymnast.

Today I’m a member of the St. Vincent Spine & Orthopedic Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, where I specialize in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery with a special interest in injuries of the Achilles tendon.  I’ve been a medical contributor to International Gymnast Magazine. 

Dr. Michael Canales is a member of St. Vincent's Spine & Orthopedic Institute, and he is a professor of surgery at The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. His special interests include reconstructive surgery and trauma of the ankle and foot as well as limb preservation and the diabetic foot.  Treating athletes is also one of his passions.  Dr. Canales has a particular awareness of the management of gymnastics related injuries and has worked with gymnasts from the recreational level to Olympic Gold Medalists.   He is a contributor to International Gymnast Magazine which has a global circulation of over 100 countries. He is a graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and earned his bachelor's degree in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University where he was a member of the 1996 NCAA Championship Gymnastics Team and one of four finalists for the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor in 1999. Dr. Canales serves as a national speaker on topics pertaining to foot and ankle surgery.  He and his wife Dominique Moceanu have two children and reside in the Cleveland area.

I continue to participate in gymnastics as I’ve performed in 21 consecutive Ohio State Alumni Exhibitions.  I along with my wife Dominique and our children Carmen and Vincent reside in Hinckley, Ohio. - Michael Canales

 

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