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Lead Instructor Trainers

The designation of Lead Instructor Trainer is awarded to an individual who inspires others through leadership and the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Community of Excellence philosophy. These Instructor trainers have a strong sense of team and demonstrated commitment to ensuring consistency and continual growth in the STOTT PILATES® method. A Lead IT has recognized experience teaching both teachers-in-training as well as private and group clients, and has been empowered with educating our worldwide network of instructors in valuable repertoire and curriculum additions. 

Adriana Rotella

International Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Adriana Rotella was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 1999 when she was strengthening her training as a volleyball player.  After falling in love with Pilates, she became a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2000 and then, inspired by the results she saw in her clients and her drive to further her career, excelled to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2003. Adriana’s IT status has enabled her to teach as a Lead Instructor Trainer. Adriana has taught certification programs in Toronto and to students from around the world as well as at sites in over 10 countries. She has been a featured performer in several Merrithew Health & Fitness DVD’s and has participated in a number of  international fitness conferences including Can-Fit-Pro & the Body Mind Spirit Conference. Her knowledge and understanding of the Pilates method continues to inspire her students and clients to continue mastering the technique for their own personal growth and achievement. 

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

Alison Salmond

YMCAfit
London, England

A seasoned veteran in the fitness industry, Alison has worked in health clubs as a fitness instructor and personal trainer for more than 20 years. She became STOTT PILATES® Certified in 2006, and earned the status of Certified Instructor Trainer the following year. She is now an IT for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. Alison is passionate about Pilates, and delivers STOTT PILATES education at YMCAfit and also acts as their Curriculum Manager developing and delivering a range of instructor courses. In addition to her work experience, Alison also holds both a Certificate in Education (PCET) and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. A genuine fitness enthusiast, Alison loves to exercise outdoors, and completed the London Marathon in 2005.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
Masters of Exercise Science; Certificate of Education

Angel Garcia Devesa

Akro Studio
Madrid, Spain

Angel is the Technical Director for Akro Studio and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® as a Lead IT who has worked in various Pilates centers in Madrid, Spain. He studied Occupational Therapy and leads the Rehab Pilates program at the European University of Madrid, where he works with individuals such as Diane Lee to guarantee the development of the STOTT PILATES curriculum within his latest research. Throughout his fruitful career, Angel has had the opportunity to work with several noteworthy professionals, including the renowned dancer, Victor Ullate, and is a recognized teacher and presenter all across Spain and South America.

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

Anneliese Burns Wilson


Cedar Knolls, New Jersey USA

Anneliese was a professional ballet dancer and competitive ballroom dancer when she was introduced to Pilates in 1990 as the result of a car accident. In 2003 she was introduced to STOTT PILATES® and became a fully certified Instructor in 2004.  She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2005 and was named as one of the original Lead Instructor Trainers in 2009. Anneliese is also an Instructor Trainer specializing in ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement. Anneliese is the proud owner of abc for dance which creates educational materials and teaching tools for dance educators.  She also spent several years developing programming materials for senior independent living facilities and was recognized with awards from the fitness community for the screening evaluation she designed for active older adults.  Anneliese thoroughly enjoys being an Instructor Trainer and working with her personal clients.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX, ZEN•GA™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MAT Jumpstart Upper Extremities, Lower Extremities, Spine and Trunk, ISTD, USISTD, ACE, PATD, IADMS

Bianca Bolissian

International Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Bianca Bolissian has been a devoted dancer since the young age of four. This is exemplified by her graduation in 2004 from the Dance University in Campinas, Brazil where she expanded her knowledge of classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2006 Bianca moved from Brazil to Toronto, Canada, becoming a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor by 2007. She then moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in Total Barre™ and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. Her passion for teaching and body movement is displayed by her outgoing and caring demeanor, always putting her clients first and providing them with an enjoyable and productive workout.

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

Brigitte Wrenn

YMCAfit
London, England

Brigitte started her career in the fitness industry more than 18 years ago working as a freelance personal trainer and aerobics instructor. After being exposed to Pilates for rehabilitation purposes, and finding it to be a perfect compliment to the high energy exercise she always enjoyed, she went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in ZEN•GA™ and a Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES.  Currently she leads the team at the Licensed Training Centre at Central YMCA current and also acts as the Fitness Programme Manager.  

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

Carita Lesche

Stockholm Pilates Center
Stockholm, Sweden

Carita lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden where she runs the Stockholm Pilates Center, a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center since 2004. Carita has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ since 2009, as a STOTT PILATES Lead and Rehab Instructor Trainer and possesses a wide-ranging field of experience. She is qualified through the University College of Sports as a Physical Education teacher and as a Dance teacher from the University College of Dance in Sweden. She is a Massage Therapist, a registered Naprapath practitioner, and a certified SAFE Personal Trainer. Carita excels at bringing her extensive knowledge to her Pilates teaching.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Rehabilitation
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
Massage, Naprapathy, SAFE

Carlos Yuste Vaquerizo


Jakarta, Indonesia

Carlos Yuste Vaquerizo’s high energy and youthful humor makes him an impressive motivator, displaying his passion in all aspects of his work. He became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2006 and CORE™ in 2013. He has continually distributed his knowledge through teaching in Europe, South America and Asia. Carlos brings a high degree of knowledge to the forefront, with his advanced education and certification in physiotherapy from the University of Nursing and Physiotherapy of Castilla in Spain.  Carlos continually strives for more and exemplifies his passion, as he is actively involved in management of the International Education Department of his affiliated studios.

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

Carol Burnham

Northeast Pilates Education Center
Gloucester, Massachusetts USA

Carol began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2002 and went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ in 2003. She is now a Lead IT, specializing in STOTT PILATES, ZENGA™, Total Barre™, and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and is part of the programming team specializing in Total Barre and ZENGA. She received a BFA in Dance from SUNY College at Purchase, NY and ran her own dance company for over a decade, performing and teaching throughout New England. Carol has continued her training in a variety of other disciplines and is an NASM Personal Trainer, a TRX® Suspension and Rip Trainer qualified instructor, a certified Spinning® instructor, a certified ZUMBA® instructor, a 200 hr &RYT) certified Yoga instructor, and an Indo-Row® qualified instructor. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA™, CORE™, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BFA in Dance

CC Martin

C2 Pilates
Avon, Connecticut USA

CC’s experience and practice in the fitness industry has spanned over 20 years. She began as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer in 1992, teaching at various gyms and at UMass Amherst while attending school there. After graduating with a BFA, CC continued to gravitate towards fitness as a career. After becoming a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, CC became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2001 and Total Barre™ in 2013.  She is a valuable member of the esteemed Merrithew Health & Fitness programming and presenting team. CC opened her first fitness and Pilates studio in Boston in 1999 and in 2005 opened a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Connecticut. She is now the proud owner/operator of 4 studios in the greater Boston, MA and Hartford CT areas.  CC is NSCA certified and always strives to create results-driven workouts that are safe, effective, and fun.

 

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