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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.

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

Nahit Baylan


Istanbul, Turkey

 

Nahit Baylan received his Bachelor of Science in Body Education and Sports and Master’s Degree in Sports and Health Sciences from Marmara University, where he also completed research in Pilates. He is currently completing his Ph.D. on the effects of recovery techniques on muscle damage in the Movement and Training Sciences Department at Marmara University. The only Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in Turkey, Nahit lectures on sports and fitness for various federations. Additionally, he was a tennis player in the Turkish Tennis league and worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Turkish National Tennis Team. Since 2000, he has been working in the fitness sector as a trainer and manager and is the founder of Fitkon Personal Training & Pilates, which has two studio locations in Istanbul, Turkey.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MSc, NSCA CSCS

Natalie Gennett

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusettes USA

A native of upstate New York, Natalie earned her Masters Degree in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a Registered Dietitian (RD).   After working five years in critical care as a Nutrition Support Dietitian, she yearned to improve the quality of life and health of her clients outside the critical care environment.  Natalie began her STOTT PILATES® training in 2002 and became a Certified Instructor in 2006.  She has taught Pilates and group fitness at the Denver Corporate Training Center since 2008 and became and Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009.  Natalie is passionate about teaching students and enjoys making a difference in her clients’ lives.  Her enthusiasm for her work is evident as she works tirelessly with students to help develop their skills, confidence and a love for their new career path.     

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