Hello my name
is Michael LaFever. I am known as coach Mike to your kids. I have been employed with Downriver Gymnastics for
six years. I am a USAG Professional Member and amd USAG Safety Certified. Being employed with DG has made me develop
into a well rounded coach over the years. At this time I currently coach a wide variety of both gymnastics and cheer
I recently developed a new Parkour class
that consists of more than sixteen children. I also coach all levels of gymnastics from recreational through team.
For cheer I coach cheer tumbling to multiple cheer teams around the entire Wayne county area. I also coach cheer tumbling
to all levels of our totally tumbling class that we offer, from beginner Level 1 through advanced skills such
as cross tumbling layouts to layout full twists.
Stephanie Crisi. Downriver Gymnastics has been my 2nd home for the past 18 years. I graduated from
Lincoln Park High School with nearly a 4.0 GPA in 2005 as well as Henry Ford Community College with an Associate's Degree
in Science. I competed through my senior year of high school and practice gymnastics in my free time. I
look forward to working with the pre team, team kids & all the gymnasts here at DG. I hope they have the fabulous
experience in gymnastics that I had & still have. If I can help you in any way please feel free to ask - I’d
love to help.
Hi, my name is Bushra Aloush, I have been been with
Downriver Gymnastics since June of 2004. I have worked with pre-school thru team level classes. I was an International
Competitive Gymnast from Egypt. I also coached and judged gymnastics in Kuwait and Canada. I am currently a certified USAG
Judge for levels 5 and 6. In the past I have coached pre-school, girls' recreational, and levels 3-7 at All-Star Gymnastics
in Novi. I am looking forward to working with your gymnasts. Please see me after class if you have any questions and
I will be happy to help you.
Hi, my name is Dayna Petkov. (You might recognize me
as Coach Deanna's younger sister!) I am currently attending Riverview High School, where I am a member of the National honor
Society and have a 4.0 G.P.A.. I have been a member of the Downriver Gymnastics Family for as long as I can remember. I am
currently DG's highest level competitive gymnast (which is level 9). I have been sidelined while dealing with a hip injury.
In the meantime, I am glad to be here to help show your child how fun gymnastics is! If you have any questions, please feel
free to let me know!
Hi there and welcome to the FABULOUS Downriver Gymnastics!
My name is Cassidy Cadieux. I have been a coach here at DG since 2009 and I must say that I love it! I love working
with children, they teach me just as much as I teach them. I am a grqduate of Lincoln Park High School student,
class of 2012. I have been cheering for a total of 12 years and was a sideline and compeititve cheerleader for my high
school. I am a diligent student as well as a hard working person. Iam attending HFCC this fall to pursue a degree in nursing.
I am CPR and AED certified and I also have my Concussion certification. I hope you and your wonderful children
fall in love with this gym, just as I did. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. I am here
to help you and your children.
Hello everyone my name is Miss Lisa and
I love to play gymnastics every day. I’ve been at DG for 9 wonderful years. I love making new friends and
have a special part in my heart for silly boys, because I have two at home. Issac, who is 10 and Weston who is
7. I hope you’ll love this gym as much as I do. I’m always here if you ever have any questions or
concerns. Just Ask!
Hi! I'm Kiah Manthei. I have been a part of the DG family for as long as I can remember! I was
a competitive gymnast here and am a 2-time State Champion sideline and competitive cheerleader at Gibraltar Carlson
High School. I have a 4.0 gpa and am active in local youth theatre groups and take vocal lessons and am a member
of NHS. I love Downriver Gymnastics! It is my second home and family! I am so excited to be coaching gymnastics! Please
let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help!
HI, my name is Emily Reif. Welcome
to Downriver Gymnastics! I go to Carlson High School and am in the class of 2013. I was a gymnast for 8 years
and had to retire due to a recurring ankle injury. I am a member of USAG. I maintain at least a 3.8 GPA in school and I rowed
crew my freshman and sophomore years. I've been part of the DG family since 2006 and this is my 2nd home! I believe
gymnastics teaches discipline, perseverance and confidence. I really enjoy coaching and am looking forward to working
with your child! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know.
Hi! I’m Haley Haywood and I’ve been coaching at Downriver Gymnastics since 2011. I am also
a member of USAG. I’ve been with DG since I was about 4, which is when I started gymnastics. I just graduated
from high school and am now attending college to become a Physical Therapist Assistant . I am looking forward
to the upcoming years at Downriver Gymnastics and working with your children! If you have any questions or concerns, please
let me know.
Hey, my name is Rachel Karazcon. I
am a 2012 high school graduate from Baptist Park High School where I finished 2nd in my class with a 4.0 GPA. I am now attending
the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where I am studying Chemistry. I hope to be a Pharmacist.
My love for gymnastics began when I was very young. When
I was 10, I won my first all-around state championship. At a young age, I put in many hours at the gym. Due to how young I
was and the skills I was doing, my body couldn't handle it. As a result, I ended up with multiple stress fractures in my spine
and had to take a year off. When I came back to the gym the next year, I won my second all-around state championship. However,
shortly after states, my my back was reinjured. The doctor told me that I had to quit gymnastics or my back would never heal
properly and the injury would continue to reoccur. So, I retired from gymnastics.
When I was a gymnast, my coaches had a huge influence on me. They didn't only teach me gymnastics,
they taught me things that will help me throughout my life. They taught me to never give up, overcome my fears, and push myself
even when I didn't think I could. I hope as a coach here at Downriver Gymnastics, I will be able to have the same
influence on my students as my coaches had on me.
My name is Besa Ziberi. I am a 2011 graduate of Grosse Ile High School and now attend the University of Michigan majoring
Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. I plan to study Law.
Growing up, gymnastics was always and still is one of my favorite sports.
I have been a part of the DG family since I was 7 years old.
I competed as a Level 7 gymnast here.
retired once I turned 13 because I decided to dedicate my time to high school sports.
played basketball, soccer and volleyball.
In the fall of 2011, I came back to my DG family when I began coaching.
I absolutely LOVE it! I am looking forward to working with your child.
Please let me know if you have
any questions, I’d love to help!