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Jeff Ong

International Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Jeff Ong graduated from the National University of Malaysia with a degree in Nutrition. He worked in the food and nutrition industry for six years before he decided to pursue his interest in body movement and fitness. The STOTT PILATES® method of exercise and contemporary approach to mind-body fitness peaked Jeff’s interest and by 2007 he was a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor. He is particularly passionate about the application of Pilates to the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. As an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, Jeff makes a point of attending a variety of workshops to make sure his knowledge is always up-to-date. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BSc

Adriana Rotella

International Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Adriana Rotella was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 1999 when she was strengthening her training as a volleyball player.  After falling in love with Pilates, she became a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2000 and then, inspired by the results she saw in her clients and her drive to further her career, excelled to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2003. Adriana’s IT status has enabled her to teach as a Lead Instructor Trainer. Adriana has taught certification programs in Toronto and to students from around the world as well as at sites in over 10 countries. She has been a featured performer in several Merrithew Health & Fitness DVD’s and has participated in a number of  international fitness conferences including Can-Fit-Pro & the Body Mind Spirit Conference. Her knowledge and understanding of the Pilates method continues to inspire her students and clients to continue mastering the technique for their own personal growth and achievement. 

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

Jennifer Dahl

Toronto Corporate Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

As a member of the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team since 2000, Jennifer brings her abundant energy to the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. A highly-regarded Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES® and an Instructor Trainer for ZEN∙GA™, she teaches courses, examines students for certification and presents workshops in Canada and internationally. Additionally, Jennifer complements her teaching repertoire with a focus on high performance athletic training, injury recovery and rehab. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, is an ACE certified professional trainer, and is also a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Jennifer continues to work as a professional dancer and choreographer along with her Pilates career, and has performed across Canada with numerous dance and theatre companies.

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

Sarah Jarvis

International Training Centre, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Sarah Jarvis joined the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ 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

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 Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. Rie is currently the Programming Coordinator of Education for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ at the Toronto Head Office, while continually providing valuable sessions and high quality education as an Instructor Trainer for students from around the world. Additionally, she is adding new expertise to her qualifications, by actively pursuing her designation as a Health Professional at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.

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

Leslie Wall

Toronto Corporate Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Formerly a professional dancer, Leslie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method after an extensive knee injury and a multitude of surgeries ending her career as a dancer.  Her familiarity with body movement and muscular strength made the transition to Pilates feel completely natural. She quickly advanced herself in the industry and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in Total Barre™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. She is a valued member of the Merrithew Health & Fitness education team and presents on their behalf. Leslie continues to train both future instructors and private clients including Cirque du Soleil performers, NHL Players, Olympic athletes and is an advisor/Instructor to “SpiderTech Kinesiology” Executives.

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

Bianca Bolissian

International Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Bianca Bolissian has been a devoted dancer since the young age of four. This is exemplified by her graduation in 2004 from the Dance University in Campinas, Brazil where she expanded her knowledge of classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2006 Bianca moved from Brazil to Toronto, Canada, becoming a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor by 2007. She then moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in Total Barre™ and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. Her passion for teaching and body movement is displayed by her outgoing and caring demeanor, always putting her clients first and providing them with an enjoyable and productive workout.

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

Wayne Seeto

International Corporate Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Wayne Seeto is a Merrithew Health & Fitness™ (MH&F) Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the internal programming, education and presenting team specializing in STOTT PILATES®, STOTT PILATES Rehab and ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement.  Wayne has been based at the MH&F Corporate Training Center in Toronto for 10 years and is a recognized leader in his field.   This high-energy Australian native received his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, Australia and his Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) at McMaster University, Canada.  Wayne has presented on behalf of Merrithew Health & Fitness throughout North America and Europe at symposia and industry trade events, and is featured in several MH&F DVD titles.

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