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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.

Kristi Quinn

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington USA

Kristi received her MA in Dance at American University in Washington, D.C. in 1997, with core competencies in teaching, kinesiology, and choreography. She has danced professionally throughout the U.S and across Europe before becoming an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES® in 2002.   Kristi realizes her passion for training new Pilates Instructors at Bodycenter Studios, her studio and a Licensed Training Center for the STOTT PILATES method in Seattle, Washington.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, SPX, ISP, CORE™, Total Barre™, ZEN∙GA™ Mat, ZEN∙GA™ Equipment
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MA

Leslie Braverman

Pacific Northwest Pilates Education
Portland, Oregon USA

Leslie was a 15 year professional dancer when she was led to the STOTT PILATES® because of an injury and credits the method for prolonging her career. Leslie became a Certified Instructor in 1997 and an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ in 2002. She was most recently awarded the designation of Lead IT for STOTT PILATES, which qualifies her to mentor other Instructor Trainers around the world. Throughout her dance career, she performed with the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and BODYVOX.  As a young dancer, she was a student of The North Carolina School of the Arts and was awarded the 1988 Peabody Scholarship Award for Excellence. Leslie loves utilizing her experience to train dancers, athletes, fitness clients and aspiring instructors. She has been co-owner of Pacific NW Pilates since its launch in 2001, and takes a primary role in managing and marketing the studio.  

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

Leslie Wall

Toronto Corporate Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Formerly a professional dancer, Leslie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method after an extensive knee injury and a multitude of surgeries ending her career as a dancer.  Her familiarity with body movement and muscular strength made the transition to Pilates feel completely natural. She quickly advanced herself in the industry and is now an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in Total Barre™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. She is a valued member of the MERRITHEW education team and presents on their behalf. Leslie continues to train both future instructors and private clients including Cirque du Soleil performers, NHL Players, Olympic athletes and is an advisor/Instructor to “SpiderTech Kinesiology” Executives.

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

Lily Touw

Vitruvian Studio
Jakarta, Indonesia

A former Indonesian athlete in badminton and swimming, Lily became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2004, and an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007. In 2012, she was named a Lead Instructor Trainer. She is also is Certified Redcord Active Instructor Trainer. Based at the STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, this high-energy Indonesian native has traveled to present workshops and teach the STOTT PILATES method around the world. Lily’s vibrant and down-to-earth attitude has made her one of Indonesia’s most respected Pilates personalities. In addition, Lily is a regular contributor for leading health, fitness and women's magazines and a member of the advisory board for Pilates in SHAPE Magazine Indonesia. Teaching is a part of her never ending pursuit of knowledge as to what she believes "We learn so much more when we are teaching" 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
Redcord Active Instructor Trainer

Lisa Palmer

The Movement Lab
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Originally from a photography background, Lisa decided to pursue her passion of movement and the human body by becoming STOTT PILATES® certified in 2005, and by becoming a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Once certified, Lisa discovered a huge demand for Pilates training in Africa. In 2007, she opened the first Licensed Training Centre in Africa, The Movement Lab in Port Elizabeth.  Lisa and her team at The Movement Lab pride themselves on providing a nurturing atmosphere and paying close, personal attention to every client and student.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA Mat
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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.  Able to teach in English, French and Spanish, 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:
ACE Personal Trainer, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Teacher Trainer

Marshall Eklund

Marshall Eklund Fitness & Pilates
San Diego, California USA
Known for his clinical knowledge, endless humor, and abundant energy, Marshall earned his first fitness certification and began training clients in 1986.  He holds a Masters degree with a special emphasis in Biomechanics and Athletic Training and has been an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®

and a Licensed Training Center owner since 2002.  Marshall presents on behalf of MERRITHEW and is the proud owner of Marshall Eklund Fitness & Pilates.  The studio opened in 1998 and has been featured in San Diego Magazine’s “Best of San Diego”.  Marshall divides his time between client assessment, staff development, instructor training, and writing.

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

Mary Jo Ketterhagen-Ida

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Los Angeles, California USA

Mary Jo has had a long history in the fitness industry, beginning in 1993 as an Aerobics Instructor.  She fist received her certification as a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2002, and quickly moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing ZEN•GA™ in 2013, Total Barre™ in 2013 and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. Since becoming certified, Mary Jo has taught courses throughout the Unites States, and internationally as well.  In addition to her STOTT PILATES Certification, Mary Jo is also a certified White Lotus Yoga Instructor and a Mad Dogg® Spinning Instructor.  She specializes in creating workouts for all fitness levels and helping each of her clients to reach their fitness goals.  

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

Melissa Condron

Mindful Movement Collective
Newark, California USA

Melissa has always had a passion for movement and physical health, obtaining her Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University in 1989.  She became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2001 after working in a variety of clinical settings with a specialized focus on Geriatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  Melissa became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ in in 2002 and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. She continues to add variety to her repertoire by taking new workshops and integrating that material into her programming.

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

Melissa Harrington


Boston, Massachusetts USA

Melissa Harrington is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™, specializing as a Lead IT in STOTT PILATES®, who has been working in the fitness industry since 1995.  In addition to teaching Pilates, she is a certified Yoga instructor and faculty member of YOGAspirit, a certified Holistic Health Counselor, NSCA certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Exercise Instructor. Melissa lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband and two stepchildren. She is known to bring a healthy dose of humor and warmth to her teaching.

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