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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.

Maki Oita


Kawachinagano, Osaka Japan

Maki began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2010 and received her Full Certification in 2012. She became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ in 2014. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Marcela Bragagnolo


New York, New York USA

A professional dancer, Marcela was first introduced to Pilates as a means of conditioning.  She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2001 and in 2007 she progressed to the level of Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES.  Marcela’s long history with body movement began with training in classical dance in her native Argentina and moved on to contemporary dance in New York City.  She has danced with Ballet Proarte in Argentina, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, and holds a French National Diploma in Ballet Teaching and a National Certification from the American Ballet Theatre.  Marcela’s passion is an integrated education with a focus on strong technique, a healthy body and a free spirit. 

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

Maria Monks

The Movement Lab
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Maria Monks received her STOTT PILATES® full certification as an instructor in 2010. In 2013 she traveled to Milan Italy to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Maria has been involved with movement of the human body from an early age, participating in gymnastics as well as Ballroom and Latin American dancing. While completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she discovered STOTT PILATES and became quite passionate about the method of exercise. Her past injuries created an awareness of how beneficial this method of exercise can be. Maria guides clients of all ages and different levels of fitness, focusing with sensitivity to their varying needs, to achieve their personal goals through strength and mobility. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BA Psychology

Marie Michalski

Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Marie holds a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta and started her career in the fitness industry in 1997 as a Fitness Program Director at the YMCA.  She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2001 after discovering Pilates and enjoying how well it integrated with her fitness background in dance and purposeful movement.  Marie became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007 and believes her teaching is greatly enhanced by her extensive movement training background.  She enjoys the challenge that comes with carefully tailoring programs to each individual based on their unique background, goals, and lifestyle. 
IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
B.Ed.

Marina Buntovskikh

Brussels Pilates (Satellite Location for Pilates Italia)
Brussels, Belgium

Born in Russia, Marina studied German at the University for Foreign Languages ​​in Almaty, Kazakhstan. After moving to Europe in 1997, her passion for fitness and wellness led her to become a certified aerobic instructor and a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor.  Soon after, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES and she is the proud owner of Brusselspilates.be.  Marina speaks Russian, English, French, and German.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS: