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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.

Samia Pellizzari

Inspire Health
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Born in Brazil, Samia received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Campinas before moving to New York to pursue a professional dance career. After a knee injury, Samia decided to pursue Pilates as a career and she became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003.  Before becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008 and in ZEN•GA™   Mindful Movement in 2013, Samia taught Pilates in Austria and across the United States. Samia has also been an Instructor Trainer specializing in. She currently teaches at Inspire Health, where she takes great joy in helping clients meet their fitness goals and achieve pain free lives.  Her vast experience in working with a variety of clientele including athletes, pre- and post-natal women, the obese, seniors and post-rehab clients makes Samia a well-rounded instructor.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ZEN•GA™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BA, ACE

Sandra de Sousa Machado

Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Sandra de Sousa Machado is the owner of Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg. Always looking for a way to combine therapy and training, she discovered the STOTT PILATES® method. Sandra felt the difference in her body during the education process and long afterwards, and in November 2011 she continued her education in Toronto where she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, and then an IT for Total Barre™ in 2013. Sandra was the first Portuguese certified STOTT PILATES® IT and now combines over 10 years of teaching experience with her knowledge of Pilates, sport therapy, personal training and massage to ensure that clients experience the best in mind-body exercise. Her clientele includes professional athletes, singers, dancers and actors.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac & Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Shane Belau

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington USA

Shane received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 1995 and has spent many years performing and teaching modern dance in the US and internationally. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2002 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2004. In 2008 she received her certification as a Duggan French Approach Practitioner (DFA) of Somatic Pattern Recognition.  Shane brings a strong background in movement education, anatomy and kinesiology to her teaching. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BFA, DFA

Sharon Currie

Core Pilates Studio
Auckland, New Zealand

Sharon received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2009 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2012.  Sharon’s interest in movement began with dance, and over time evolved into a career in health and fitness.  After completing a bachelor and post graduate diploma in commerce, Sharon’s professional career specialized in sports product/apparel design and manufacture.  Sharon is now the owner of Core Pilates Studio in Auckland New Zealand, where she teaches and trains instructors in the STOTT PILATES method from Australia and New Zealand.  She has a wealth of experience training clients with post-rehab needs and athletic conditioning.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
B.Com.

Shauna Smith Yates

The Bodysmith
Springfield, Missouri USA

 

Shauna began her STOTT PILATES® instruction in 1999 to rehab a reoccurring injury from many years of ballet training. She fell in love with the movement, range of motion and strength training Pilates provided and she decided she wanted to share it with others. She began her certification in the method in 2000 while finishing her BA at Drury University in Studio Art and Art History and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Shauna is owner of The Bodysmith Pilates & Fitness Studio and The Pit Boxing Gym in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys using Pilates to rehabilitate clients as well as combine the worlds of athletic training and mind-body fitness to create strong whole athletes at any level. 

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