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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. 

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 an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ two years later. 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.  

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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 Health & Fitness™ 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 Health & Fitness Licensed Training Center in Houston, Texas. 

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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 Health & Fitness™, 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.


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Physical Therapist

Claudia Fink

The Studio Milano & Brussels
Milan, Italy &, Brussels, Belgium

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 satellite location in Brussels, Belgium.  Pilates Italia is also the official distributor of Merrithew Health & Fitness equipment in Italy.  Claudia is proud to hold the designation of Lead Instructor Trainer and the recipient of 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.


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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 Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™ and ZENGA™ and is owner of Complete Body Movement in Ireland a MH&F 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 Health & Fitness.

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Daniella Mallach

Danielle Mallach Pilates
Tel Aviv, Israel

Prior to becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ and Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®, Daniella, a former professional classical ballet dancer, successfully ran her own school of classical ballet and fitness in Israel for 18 years. In addition to her dance background, Daniella holds a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and Education from Haifa University, and in 2004 became an Isometrics Rehabilitation Specialist. Her well-rounded background has allowed Daniella the opportunity to coach championship aerobics and gymnastics teams and to treat and train professional athletes from all disciplines.  Daniella is the proud owner of the first, and still the only STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Israel.  She most enjoys teaching the therapeutic applications of Pilates, and helping clients with injuries and rehabilitation issues.  She has taught courses and workshops and presented at fitness conferences throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

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Elizebeth Ellison

Inspire Health
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 an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007. In 2009, Elizebeth received the distinction of MH&F IT Rookie of the Year.  Her fascination and dedication to continuing education inspires her to continuously learn more about the discipline.  

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Heather Lawson

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California USA

Heather Lawson is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health and Fitness™ specializing in Total Barre™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®. A valuable member of the company's prestigious programming team, she has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years and is also an ACE Certified Instructor. Heather graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance. Heather was involved in the most recent DVD production for Merrithew Health & Fitness as a featured performer and instructor

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Jaqueline Rangel

Pilates Studio Fit and Studio Flow
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, Jaqueline specializes in ZENGA™ and is a Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®. She is the owner and director of Studio Flow in Rio de Janeiro and is affiliated with Pilates Studio Fit, a Licensed Training Center in São Paulo. 

Jacqueline is a professional dancer and has traveled around Brazil with Laso Contemporary Dance Company, she also studied Biology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She currently enjoys teaching the artists from Corteo-Cirque Du Soleil and is preparing to graduate from a course in Physiotherapy.

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Jeff Ong

International Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Jeff Ong graduated from the National University of Malaysia with a degree in Nutrition. He worked in the food and nutrition industry for six years before he decided to pursue his interest in body movement and fitness. The STOTT PILATES® method of exercise and contemporary approach to mind-body fitness peaked Jeff’s interest and by 2007 he was a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor. He is particularly passionate about the application of Pilates to the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. As an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, Jeff makes a point of attending a variety of workshops to make sure his knowledge is always up-to-date. 

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