Dominique Moceanu, President, Owner
(USAG Safety Certified, Safe Sport I, II, III Certified, CPR Certified, 200 RYT Certified, ACA Certified - Camp Director for Added Qualification)
Bio: Gymnastics has been part of my life for over 30 years – basically, as far back as I can remember. As a former child gymnast myself, I love working with children and instilling confidence through our sport.
In 2018, my lifelong dream was realized when I opened the Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center, which is a center for instructional gymnastics, gymnastics camps, yoga and more. This dream lay dormant in my heart for many years until the perfect opportunity presented itself in October of 2017. While researching for a land investment, I stumbled upon a perfectly-sized 12,000 square foot facility ideal to bring this dream to life.
After finding the ideal facility. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and began investing my time and energy into researching the facility’s potential. Once confident I could make this concept work, I created an ambitious business plan to launch and implement a gymnastics center that would be effective and successful while being a safe and enjoyable place for the young athletes.
My husband Mike and I are excited to share our vision with the local community, and with all who visit us and are part of our program. We feel our facility will be a positive addition to the community and a fun and efficient center to do gymnastics and yoga safely.
With my name on the front of the building, it means everything to me to have a gym of the utmost integrity and that puts the wellbeing of its athletes first – at all times! I will be overseeing every program and working closely with all staff to see to that! Additionally, I run our summer gymnastics camp as Camp Director. In May, 2018 I'm adding “Certified Yoga Instructor” to the titles on my resume, and with that addition, I’ll be officially able to perform 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.
Motto: "Do everything with excellence!” - Dominique Moceanu
Why I love coaching: I love inspiring children to be the absolute best people they can be through the beautiful sport of gymnastics. Whether it’s teaching a backhand spring, a back tuck, or simply giving a word of encouragement to boost someone’s day, it's one of life’s greatest joys to see a child’s eyes light up with the wondrous discoveries of their own abilities. I strive to help bring those moments to the children and see it as a way to connect with them in a meaningful way. Teaching with patience and compassion is one of the greatest gifts anyone give to a child. To be even a small part of a young person’s journey through sport – at any level – is tremendously rewarding. I aim to leave a positive imprint on our students’ hearts from our times together. Providing them with a joyous place to learn, feel safe, laugh, find passion, build confidence and love gymnastics is what this gym is all about! I hope that their time with us is as rewarding for them as it is for me…and that they experience some magic and inspiration along the way.
Fun Fact: I love spinach feta pizza and acai bowls!
Dr. Michael B. Canales, Vice President, Co-Owner
Bio: Raised in Rochester, New York, Dr. Canales was a member of The Ohio State University’s National Championship Gymnastics Team in 1996, Big Ten Conference Championship teams in 1996 and 1997, and served as the team captain of the Buckeyes from 1997 through 1999. A former- U.S. Junior National Team Member and Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Finalist, Dr. Canales graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Molecular Genetics.
Presently a member of the St. Vincent Spine & Orthopedic Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Canales specializes in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery with a special interest in injuries of the Achilles tendon. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered over 150 lectures nationally relevant to foot & ankle surgery. In 2014 he was elected Doctor of the Year at St. Vincent Medical Center and was the first surgeon to perform a mobile bearing total ankle replacement surgery in the 150 year hospital history of St. Vincent.
Despite completing his competitive career nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Canales continues to participate in gymnastics and has performed in an unprecedented number of consecutive Ohio State Alumni Gymnastics Exhibitions since 1996. He’s a medical contributor for International Gymnast Magazine and currently Dr. Canales and his wife, 1996 Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast, Dominique Moceanu and their children Carmen and Vincent reside in Hinckley, Ohio.
Motto: It's nice to be important, but more important to be nice. - Dr. Michael Canales
Why I like coaching: In addition to my love for coaching gymnastics, I have a passion for teaching through continuing medical education programs around the country on topics relevant to foot and ankle surgery. They say, "to teach is to learn twice,” so teaching has enabled me to strike a sound balance between academia, clinical practice, and sport. I get a rush when witnessing pupils master a new concept, new skill, or come up with an innovative idea—and I’m driven to see to it that our pupils actualize their aspirations in a dynamic, positive, and safe environment!
Fun Fact: I collect PEZ dispensers. I’ve won several karaoke competitions. I’ve held an iron cross for 20 seconds.