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Flips Gymnastics North Shore
27825 Irma Lee Circle
Lake Forest, IL 60045
I started gymnastics, tumbling, and dance at the age of eight.  I competed in gymnastics all four years (two years as co-captain) at Libertyville High School, and practiced off season at the Gymnastics Factory of Lake Forest (currently Flips!). By my senior year of high school, I was coaching recreational gymnastics, and working with floor choreography along side my own coach. Upon high school graduation, I officially came on board part time at the Gymnastics Factory.

I continued to coach tumbling and gymnastics while attending college at Northern Illinois University, followed by Roosevelt University, where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Journalism, with a focus in Advertising. During this time, Gymnastics Factory became North Shore Gymnastics.  

In 2000, I accepted a full time job with North Shore Gymnastics coaching the women's team, choreographing floor and beam, and instructing recreational gymnastics.  

In 2007, I took a one year leave to be with my second child, Austin (my oldest is Caden who helped me coach from a backpack at three months old!) I returned to the gym to coach team in 2008.

In February 2010, I had the opportunity to purchase the business from my mentors, at which time I renamed it FLIPS, and took pride in making it my own journey, along with many original staff members who still work along side me today.  

As the Flips leader, I aim to offer a rewarding gymnastics experience to all students who enter the Flips' gym, whether learning for fun, or striving for success through our women's team. As the owner, my number one priority will always be the gymnasts, which is why I am still on the floor coaching to this day! I am proud to have coached many state, regional and national qualifiers through level 10, as I continue to set goals with my coaching partners for more success at the National and Elite Level.

Pat started gymnastics in high school at New Trier where his initial competitive events were in tumbling and trampoline. By his senior year he was competing in all-around with rings and parallel bars being his strongest events. After high school, he moved on to Iowa State University and pursued a degree in physical education, while competing four years for the team on still rings (3rd at the Big 8 Conference) and parallel bars during the regular season; and in the all-around in pre-season invitational meets(1st AA Central Suburban League). During those years Iowa State captured one 1st place team NCAA title, two 2nd’s, and a 3rd while also capturing 4 straight Big 8 titles (Now the Big 12 Conference). During the summers, Pat worked for the Evanston Recreation Department and camps teaching trampoline. Also while at ISU, he had opportunities to teach in a club situation and judge club meets. 

While at Iowa State, Pat met and married his wife Jenny. They have two grown children who were gymnasts at Gymnastics Factory, now Flips. Pat has retired from his position at Vogue Tyre & Rubber Company in Mt. Prospect as Director of Operations.
Tabatha began gymnastics at the age of 4, after attending a birthday party at North Shore Gymnastics (now Flips). She began learning gymnastics in a preschool class, and continued to master all levels.

Tabatha competed in Gymnastics all four years for Lake Forest High School team, including a Varsity Spot her senior year. She began working at Flips in August 2012. You will see Tabatha working with Preschool classes all the way through competitive team. She is currently attending the College of Lake County.  

Coaching Staff
Andrey Nikitin- Women's Team Coach/HOPES & Jr. Elite Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach 

Andrey started his gymnastics career in Russia where he was a top tier athlete. He was a member of the National Junior Team of Russia where he was a Regional Cup holder in 1994, as well as a bronze medalist on vault and high bar in 1996. In 1997, Andrey was the National Vault and All Around Regional Champion.  As part of his intensive gymnastics training, he also received formal ballet instruction.

Andrey followed up his successful gymnastics career, as a High Bar performer with the Moscow Circus.  His experience as a circus performer brought him to the United States, where he was a member of the trapeze production of "Sky Surface," which he performed with the Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus.  

Realizing that he still had a passion for competitive gymnastics, Andrey made the decision to coach Women's gymnastics in 2004.  He has extensive experience coaching vault, bars and tumbling with levels pre-team through Level 10, at the State, Regional, and National Levels.