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Instructor Trainers

The STOTT PILATES® Faculty, or members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers, is made up of highly qualified and internationally sought-after educators who are known for their dedication, professionalism and attention to detail.   All of our faculty members hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training. A diverse group, they come from various backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Melissa A. Siple

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts USA

Melissa started teaching group exercise in 1985, and was certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  She eventually became a CEU  provider for ACE, and certified in Personal Training and Spinning.  Melissa continued her interest in health and fitness by becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant.  In 1998, Melissa found STOTT PILATES®, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2003. Melissa owns a studio in East Greenwich, RI and is also certified in Zumba®, Yamuna® Body Rolling, TRX® and holds belts in Krav Maga, Budokon and MMA.  Melissa graduated from the University of RI with a bachelor degree in Human Sciences, and from Bryant University with an MBA in Marketing.  She holds professional certifications from the American Society for Training & Development, Seton Hall School of Law’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Healthcare Compliance program, the Healthcare Compliance Association, Dale Carnegie Training, and an EMT license from the State of RI’s Department of Health.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, SPX
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BS, MBA, PTA

Mia Soehn

West Coast Pilates & Health
Victoria, British Columbia Canada

Mia has been involved in the Health and Fitness Industry since 1989, working as a Certified BCRPA Personal Trainer, Fitness leader and Manager of several facilities. Since 2001, she has been a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and in 2005 became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES.  Mia brings a well rounded approach to her teaching as she practices Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and also works part time as a Chiropractic Assistant.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BCRPA

Michael Christensen

Natural Balance Pilates
Bryrup, Denmark

Michael is co-owner and CEO of the STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center in Denmark and an Instructor for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. He travels regularly to other locations to teach and present to students and instructors. A professional ballet and modern dancer in the early 1990’s, Michael has been using Pilates as a part of his training regime for many years. He is a qualified physical education teacher who has now streamlined his focus to share his knowledge of the STOTT PILATES method with instructors all over the world.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Michele Carini


Ottawa, Ontario Canada

A native Californian and graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Michele began teaching the STOTT PILATES® method in 2005 when she left her marketing career to pursue her passion for Pilates full time. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009, and taught in the Netherlands prior to relocating to Ottawa, Canada in 2010. Michele is also a PMA Certified Instructor and on-going student of anatomy, biomechanics and injuries. Known for her enthusiasm and inspirational teaching, Michele’s lessons are infused with her experience and education in other Mind-body techniques including The Feldenkrais Method, Yoga, and The Franklin Method. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
PMA

Michelle Gantz

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington USA

Michelle obtained her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2006 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009.  She is also a licensed massage therapist and has been a certified yoga instructor for more than 12 years. Michelle enjoys working privately with clients, drawing from her diverse background to help them develop strength and find efficient movement and that best fits their lifestyle and limitations.  She frequently works with special client populations recovering from knee or hip replacements and spinal cord injuries and thrives on finding the right exercise solution for their needs.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
LMP