The Polestar Pilates story began in 1990 when physical therapist and former dancer Brent Anderson opened Anderson Physical Therapy (APT) in Sacramento, CA. It was one of the first physical therapy centers specializing in Pilates-based rehabilitation and performance enhancement. By 1994, a second APT facility was integrating Pilates into rehabilitation, dance medicine, cross-training and wellness. Rehabilitation and Pilates practitioners from around the world visited Sacramento to observe and study this exciting new treatment approach. In 1997, Brent moved his practice to Miami, FL and grew from 3,000 to 12,000 square feet of space.
A doctor of physical therapy and orthopedic certified specialist for more than 13 years, Brent is a leading authority in performing arts medicine and Pilates-evolved techniques for rehabilitation. He lectures widely at national and international symposia and consults with professional dance companies, schools and conservatories throughout the world.
His doctoral thesis explored the impact of Pilates rehabilitation on chronic low back pain using psycho-emotional wellness and quality-of-life measures. Brent is a 20-year member of the American Physical Therapy Association, for which he formerly served as president of its Performing Arts Special Interest Group.
He is also a longtime member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.