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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. 

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 Health & Fitness™ 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 then an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES the following year. Once certified, Lisa discovered a huge demand for Pilates training in Africa, and in 2007 she opened the first Licensed Training Centre in Africa – The Movement Lab in Port Elizabeth.  Lisa and her studio,The Movement Lab, pride themselves on providing a nurturing atmosphere and close personal attention to every client and student.  

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

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.  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:

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 Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®

and a Licensed Training Center owner since 2002.  Marshall presents on behalf of Merrithew Health & Fitness 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 Health & Fitness™ 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:

Matthew Comer

Mathew Comer Pilates
Orlando, Florida USA

Matthew Comer, MS, has worked in the mind-body and wellness field for more than 20 years. He is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® as a Lead IT, founder and co-owner of Pilates South Beach, and has a Master’s Degree in Dance and Movement Therapy. With special expertise in the post-rehabilitation applications of Pilates, Matthew blends his love and knowledge for performance enhancement, movement analysis, dance, physical therapy and Pilates into one practice.

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

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 Health & Fitness™ 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 Health & Fitness™, 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

Melissa Wong

Pilatique
Malaysia &, Singapore

Melissa Wong is the co-founder and Education Director of Pilatique Pilates Studio, set up in 2005 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Pilatique in Singapore in 2011. She has always been a fitness and dance enthusiast and started her career in the fitness arena in 2000 working with Nike, Les Mills, Fitness First and others giving her the opportunity to travel and present in dance and Pilates. Melissa first became an r Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES 2008 and brought Pilatique to become a Licensed Training Center. She presented STOTT PILATES workshops at the Asia Fitness Convention 2010 and 2011 in Thailand and assisted during the 2013 Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour at Shanghai. Melissa enjoys learning and sharing her knowledge and coaching her students and Pilatique's team of physiotherapists and strives also to be a good mother and wife. Melissa is a grounded and ambitious little dot. 

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

Michaela Bimbi-Dresp

The Pilatesbody
Munich, Germany

Beginning in early childhood, Michaela studied dance in her native Germany and throughout Europe. While spending time in the US, she received ACE Certifications as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, and taught classes including step-aerobics, kickboxing, and senior fitness. She then completed her STOTT PILATES® Certification in New York and the UK and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in Total Barre™ and as a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. In 2002, Michaela became owner and operator of Pilatesbody, the first STOTT PILATES Certification Center in Munich, Germany. Michaela has appeared in several TV programs including Pilates, Fitness and Health and completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Freie Universität, West Berlin.

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