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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.

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

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, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MSc, NSCA CSCS