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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.

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 Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ 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™ 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™, ZEN•GA™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MBA, ACE

Monique Lavoie

Pilates Certification Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

An Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ 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™, 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 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. 

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MS, LMT, NSCA CSCS, LMBT, ART