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Lisa Lewis

Gigi’s Pilates Studio (Satellite Location for Victory Pilates)
Des Moines, Iowa USA

Lisa became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2006 and an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011 and ZENGA™ Mindful Movement in 2013. She is an ISCA certified personal trainer, TRX trained, and is also a certified breast cancer exercise specialist. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa in 2006.  Lisa enjoys working with a wide range of Pilates clients; from those recovering from surgery to highly conditioned athletes. In addition to teaching Pilates, Lisa dances and performs professionally with Hurley & Dancers, a modern dance company in Des Moines, and teaches dance to a variety of levels and ages. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, ZEN∙GA™, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BFA, ISCA

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™ 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:

Lucy Garcia


San Diego, California USA

Lucy started as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor in her native England, but her connection to the performing arts brought her to LA in 1990. She discovered Pilates in 1995 when dancing with a modern dance company. Lucy has been teaching Pilates for 15 years and completed her STOTT PILATES® training at the Corporate  Training Center in Toronto. In 2004 she became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, and continued her training by qualifying as an Instructor in CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™. She has trained student instructors in San Diego and Los Angeles. Lucy specializes in both therapeutic and post-rehabilitation Pilates and athletic performance. After suffering a traumatic back injury in 2003, she passionately completed an extensive series of back therapy courses, all of which incorporate the latest research findings. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP
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Lyudmyla Arefyeva

Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

Lyudmyla has been working in the fitness industry since 1996, and in 2006 she received her first STOTT PILATES® Certification. In 2011 she became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES and currently works at Pilates Italia, the Licensed Training Center in Italy. She also runs her own Pilates studio in Grosseto, Italy. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, CORE™, ZEN•GA™ Mat
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Maki Oita

Bcube
Osaka, Japan

 

Maki graduated from the Kobe College Music Department with a B.A. in Dance.  While in college, she studied classical ballet (the Graham Technique), and also began to study Pilates and anatomy. After graduating from college, she received her STOTT PILATES® Full Certification and is currently working as an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES at the Licensed Training Center Bcube in Osaka, Japan. With her passion for dance, Maki loves to incorporate elements of dance performance into her lessons which has enabled her to share her knowledge with students when teaching at the Takarazuka Musical Academy. 
IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
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