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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. 

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 Corporate Training Center
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:

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 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

Monique Lavoie

Pilates Certification Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ since 1997, Monique specializes ZEN•GA™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®. She is the owner and director of 3 Pilates studios and a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of The National Ballet School and a former owner of a fitness studio in Toronto, Monique combines over 20 years of teaching experience in dance and fitness with her knowledge of Pilates to ensure that clients and students experience the best in Mind-Body exercise. She is a past presenter for both the Ontario and Manitoba Fitness Counsels and can teach certification courses, evaluate or examine for certification in the French language.

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

Pablo Vera

Akro Studio
Madrid, Spain

Pablo is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in STOTT PILATES® as a Lead IT, certified Physiotherapist and the Education Director at Akro Studio, a STOTT PILATES licensed training centre in Spain.  Working as a Physiotherapist, specializing in sport, osteopathy, and movement disorders, at a studio in Spain, Pablo was drawn to Pilates as a tool to help his patients restore movement and function to their bodies. He decided to expand on his physiotherapy education to become STOTT PILATES certified in 2004 and became an Instructor Trainer in the same year.  Pablo also works at the European University of Madrid as an external teacher in the Continuous Education and Masters of Physiotherapists departments. Pablo enjoys continually incorporating STOTT PILATES into his clients and patients rehab programs with great success.  

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

Paulina Vasquez

Pilates South Texas
Houston, Texas USA

Paulina first became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2004 and later became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, Total Barre™ and ZEN·GA™ Mat.  Prior to her career in the fitness industry, Paulina was a dancer, having graduated with a degree in Dance Kinesiology at the National Dance School of Mexico.  Paulina has been teaching the STOTT PILATES method for over a decade both nationally and internationally.  She has taught and presented at numerous venues throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia.  Based at Pilates South Texas, a MH&F Licensed Training Center, she enjoys teaching group and personal classes, as well as working with clients with injuries and special requirements. 

 

 

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