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.

Pablo Vera

Akro Studio
Madrid, Spain

Pablo is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™, 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.  

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Rehabilitation

Paulina Vazquez

Austin, Texas USA

Paulina first became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2004 and later became a Lead Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ 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.  She enjoys teaching group and personal classes, as well as working with clients with injuries and special requirements. 

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™
BFA, Gyrotonic

Rie Sakamoto

Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario Canada

After finishing university in Japan and being actively involved in dance, Rie avidly pursued her interest in the human body and moved to Toronto, Canada. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2006, excelling further and becoming an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. Rie is currently the Programming Coordinator of Education for MERRITHEW at the Toronto Head Office, while continually providing valuable sessions and high quality education as an Instructor Trainer for students from around the world. She has recently added new expertise to her qualifications, as a Registered Homeopath, furthering her passion to help people in the pursuit of health and wellness. 

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, SPX M&R, Total Barre™
B.A., Registered Homeopath, DCHomMed

Sarah Jarvis

MERRITHEW Corporate Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Sarah Jarvis joined the MERRITHEW™ team in 2004 after completing her Full Certification in STOTT PILATES® and is now Programming Coordinator in the Education department, a STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and an Instructor Trainer specializing in ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement and Total Barre™. Sarah began teaching aerobics and weight training classes while finishing her degree in Business Administration at the University of Windsor. While working in sales and managing a club, she soon discovered STOTT PILATES exercise. Intrigued by the method and the ability to strengthen and refocus the mind and body, she made the transition from the high-impact training world and continues to witness the impact these programs have made all over the world.

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA™, Total Barre™

Stephanie Crank

Tampa, Florida USA

A professional ballet dancer for more than 12 years, Stephanie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method during her rehabilitation from a back injury. After retiring from the stage in 2001, Stephanie worked as a ballet instructor and an administrator in the Classical Ballet Training Program at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.  Her desire to give the students in the program the valuable benefit of Pilates prompted her to become a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor.  In 2003 she founded Pilates Movement Studio and became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008.

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™

Tara Gregorio

Tara Gregorio Holistic Training
Cold Spring, New York USA

With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Tara brings a dynamic style of teaching to her STOTT PILATES® instruction and is known for her precision, patience and guidance when training students. Tara graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1999 with a BSC in Fitness Management, and has worked at a variety of elite facilities throughout the United States. An Tara earned her STOTT PILATES certification in 2002, before becoming an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ in 2003, where she specializes in STOTT PILATES as a Lead IT. Tara is the proud owner of a Pilates and Yoga studio in Cold Spring, NY and is an experienced ACE Personal Trainer and Mad Dogg Spinning® Instructor.

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX

Tim Fleisher

Austin, Texas USA

Tim became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2007 and moved to Brazil as a Lead IT shortly thereafter to train instructors in the STOTT PILATES method at Pilates Studio Fit; a Licensed Training Center in Sao Paulo. He moved back to the United States in 2011 and now is pursuing a Ph.D. in Exercise Science emphasis on Low Back Pain Research.  Tim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Full Body Active Release Techniques Provider, and an Active Isolated Stretching Therapist. In addition to his schoolwork and training Pilates instructors, Tim acts as an NCAA sports massage therapist for collegiate swimming and diving teams such as Harvard, Iowa State and the University of Texas. He is also the assistant coach for the University of Texas Triathlon team. 

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, CORE™

Vered Arbel

Elements In Motion
Chicago, Illinois USA

Stemming from a professional background in dance, Vered’s career shifted towards teaching as she became a certified instructor and choreographer in her own dance company. She started studying Pilates in 1991and became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2000, the same year she opened her own studio and STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center. Working closely with rehabilitation centers and implementing various sports specific programs, Vered teaches clients as well as certification courses and continuing education workshops to fitness and health professionals. She is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science while lecturing and assistant teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago.  Elements in Motion is an approved internship site for University of Illinois at Chicago and is an approved continuing education provider and by ACSM, NSCA and NASM . 

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP
BS Kinesiology, ACSM CPT

Vivian Zapanta

Vivian Zapanta Pilates
Makati City, Philippines
Having taught aerobics, personal training, and body building for more than 30 years, Vivian is a well-known fitness professional in the Philippines. She became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and is passionate about teaching students across Asia. Vivian also is a Level 3 Franklin Method Educator. She takes a special interest in mentoring prospective Instructor Trainers and enjoys sharing her business knowledge from her years as a Licensed Training Center owner. Vivian holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Physical Education "CUM LAUDE" from The University of Santo Tomas and also holds a Masters of Arts degree major in Physical Education in Centro Escolar University. She is an ACE GOLD Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and earned the prestigious title of Ms. Philippines in Body Building in 1988. With her years of training, skills and experience, Vivian considers herself to be a never-ending student, and loves to share what she has learned with others.
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX. Total Barre™

Wataru Kamiizumi

Osaka , Japan

Wataru Kamiizumi is a MERRITHEW™  Lead Instructor Trainer, specializing in STOTT PILATES®, STOTT PILATES Rehab and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™.

Having studied physical therapy, Wataru incorporates his many years of study and practice in with his knowledge and training in STOTT PILATES. He has used this skill set to successfully treat many individuals, from clients with domestic injuries to elite athletes suffering from sporting injuries.

Wataru teaches internationally and presents at conferences nationwide and is one of few instructors in the Asia Pacific region instructing the full STOTT PILATES repertoire. Wataru is the President and Founder of B CUBE and is a recognized leader in his field. He also dedicates his knowledge and passion to youth education by teaching at Kobe College, Takarazuka Musical Academy and many others.

Matwork, Reformer, CCB, ISP, Rehab, SPX, CORE
Physical Therapy