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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 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.

Carol Burnham

Northeast Pilates Education Center
Gloucester, Massachusetts USA

Carol is a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in all branded programming, including: STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™, ZEN∙GA® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training™. She is also part of the ZEN•GA and CORE programming teams. She has been an Instructor Trainer since 2003, and is based out of New England’s Northeast Pilates Education Center. Carol received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and ran her own dance company for over a decade, performing and teaching throughout New England. Carol is currently on the faculty of the Dance Department at Endicott College, where she teaches a “Mind, Body and Awareness” course. She is certified and has trained in several other fitness brands, including a 200 HR (RYT) Yoga Certification, Personal Training, TRX and TRX Rip-Trainer, Zumba, SPINNING and Indo-Row. Carol lives in Gloucester, MA with her daughter, mother and dog, and her hobbies include cycling around the North Shore of Massachusetts, gardening and cooking with local produce.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ISP; ZEN•GA™ Mat & Equipment; 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™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2001 and Total Barre™ in 2013.  She is a valuable member of the esteemed MERRITHEW 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

Chael Hilton


Perth, Western Australia Australia

Chael is a long time STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, having achieved this distinction in 2000.  She went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™. She specializes in STOTT PILATES®, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and ZEN•GA™, and has been actively teaching courses, workshops and conducting exams throughout Australia ever since. Chael is the proud owner and director of CH-ilates located in Perth, Australia and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Queensland University of Technology.  

 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN∙GA™, CORE™ and Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BA

Chau Pham-Kid

Pilates South Texas
Houston, Texas USA

With a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Chau worked in manufacturing and corporate settings for over 10 years.  Pursuing her passion of Modern Dance and fitness, Chau decided to change her career path to become an educator and instructor of fitness.  With a focus on the education and training of the STOTT PILATES® method, she became a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ Chau has instructed STOTT PILATES® certification courses in North America, South America and Europe. She is the owner and education/program director of Pilates South Texas, the exclusive MERRITHEW Licensed Training Center in Houston, Texas. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, SPX
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BS, MS Engineering

Cheryl Cote Alden

Northeast Pilates Education Center
Candia, New Hampshire USA

Cheryl is a physical therapist and fitness enthusiast with over 20 years of teaching experience.  She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1996 and was first introduced to Pilates while working as a PT.  Quickly realizing the benefits to the rehab population, she pursued her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2000 and is now a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™, teaching STOTT PILATES and STOTT PILATES Rehab.  She is co-owner of Symmetry Pilates Center in New Hampshire where she teaches classes as well as works one on one with clients.  Cheryl is an avid runner and triathlete and is a two time IRONMAN finisher completing Ironman Lake Placid (2011) and Ironman Coeur D’Alene (2013).  A lifelong athlete, Cheryl enjoys educating and motivating others to reach their personal fitness goals - knowledge is power.

 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX, Rehab
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
Physical Therapist

Cholthicha Srivisal

Breathe Pilates
Singapore, Singapore

After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a master’s degree, Thicha spent 15 years working in the banking industry before leaving the corporate world to follow her long-time dream of becoming a Pilates Instructor. After suffering back and ankle injuries in 2002, she experienced the therapeutic benefits of Pilates first-hand and decided she wanted to teach others. She obtained her full STOTT PILATES® certification in 2007 and became a MERRITHEW™ Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES the following year. Thicha was awarded the prestigious title of Lead Instructor Trainer, and focuses on the education and training of the STOTT PILATES method. Her passion for movement originates from her many years as a professional ballet dancer and a dance educator. She holds a Certificate of Higher Education (Dance) from the University of Surrey, UK, an advanced-level certification from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and is a registered RAD teacher. She is also a certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and GYROTONER trainer.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA™ Mat & Reformer, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MBA; ARAD; Certificate of Higher Education in Dance Education; Instructor Trainer for Antigravity® Aerial Yoga & Suspension Fitness; certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher; Gyrotonic. Gyrokinesis, and Gyrotoner trainer

Claudia Fink

The Studio
Milan, Italy

Claudia’s first involvement in aerobics and fitness began in Paris, France where she was studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Tourism. Drawn to Pilates for rehab purposes after several athletic injuries, she soon discovered the STOTT PILATES® method. She became an Instructor Trainer and taught at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto until she opened her studio and Licensed Training Center, Pilates Italia in Milan and a satellite location in Brussels, Belgium. Claudia is proud to be a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, is fully certified in STOTT PILATES Rehab and is also an IT for CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™. In 2012, she received the ''Going the Extra Mile'' award. Currently studying Osteopathy, Claudia is fluent in 4 languages, continues her athletic life, and loves to teach students and clients.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP; SPX; Total Barre™; ZEN•GA™ Mat & Equipment; CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
Fitness and Aerobics, Iyengar Yoga, Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist, Multiple Sclerosis and Neurologic Rehab Specialist, Myofascial Release Techniques, Isometric Rehabilitation Specialist and Pink Ribbon® Instructor Trainer

Daniela González Ares

Complete Body Movement, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Daniela González Ares is a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™ and ZENGA™ and is owner of Complete Body Movement in Ireland a MERRITHEW Licensed Training Center. Residing in Dublin since 1994, Daniela (called Dani by friends and family), was born to Spanish parents in the Netherlands and is a fluent speaker in various languages. She has always been interested in sport, particularly in swimming, karate, gymnastics and horse riding. Unfortunately Daniela suffered a horse-riding accident in her early twenties, which indirectly led her back to the gym, and a move to Ireland led her to STOTT PILATES. Daniela owns a personal training and Pilates Studio called AJNA in Dublin, is a certified gyrotonic instructor, certified yoga instructor, massage therapist and pink ribbon instructor. In 2012 Daniela received the award for Outstanding Personal Achievement by MERRITHEW.

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

Elizebeth Ellison

Floating
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Elizebeth’s career in the fitness industry began as an ACE certified personal trainer and her interest in Pilates initially began as a pursuit to discover how Pilates could help improve her father’s golf game. Elizebeth became fascinated by the STOTT PILATES® approach and its accessibility for all levels.  She then expanded on her fitness education to include becoming a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2004 and then a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009, Elizebeth received the distinction of MERRITHEW IT Rookie of the Year.  Her fascination and dedication to continuing education inspires her to continuously learn more about the discipline.  

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

Eva Powers

Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA

As the Chair of the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance in the College of Fine Arts at Wayne State University, Eva’s primary research is in education, pedagogy, teaching methodology and dance science. Her courses in Dance Kinesiology and Movement Analysis reflect her interest in the integration of body and mind conditioning for dancers. An Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™, Eva was recently named a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®. She has also achieved Level 1 Certification in Gyrotonic® and apprentice level in Gyrokinesis. Eva is a dancer, choreographer, gifted professor and mentor to new STOTT PILATES instructors at Equilibrium.

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