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Instructor Trainer bios

The Merrithew Faculty, or members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers, is made up of highly qualified and internationally sought-after educators who are known for their dedication, professionalism and attention to detail. All of our faculty members hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training. A diverse group, they come from various backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Adrianna Rotella

Adriana Rotella

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels

Bio
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 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 DVDs, and has participated in a number of international fitness conferences including Canfitpro & 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.

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AfetBurcu Ozturk

Floating
Istanbul, Turkey

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Burcu was born in Turkey in 1981 and has been involved in sports all her life. She played semi-professional tennis in junior leagues and as well as varsity basketball. After graduating from Robert College, she went on to study at Syracuse University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2003 from the School of Arts and Sciences in fashion design. After suffering a ski accident in her senior year of college, she started Pilates as a method of rehabilitation. This treatment turned into a passion over time.Although she started working as a junior designer at an international fashion label, her passion for Pilates only got stronger. She dabbled in various Pilates programs but became convinced that the STOTT PILATES® system was far more innovative and the most scientific program she had experienced. Her decision led her to submerge herself fully in the method and permanently movement back to Istanbul where she founded her studio, Hero House Pilates. In 2013, she became one of only two Instructor Trainers for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES in Turkey. She enjoys teaching Pilates to clients and training new instructors in her studio.

Alexandra Morgan

Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
(Hon) Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Sociology, Acadia University (2011)

Bio

Alexandra (Alex) practiced Pilates to complement her dancing while growing up in Hamilton, Ontario. This practice kept her grounded and injury free while dancing, and later while attending Acadia University in Nova Scotia. After returning to Ontario, she completed the full STOTT PILATES® program in 2013 and the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer course in 2018.

Talented in creating customized workouts that are thoughtful, fun yet challenging, Alex expertly caters to all abilities and ages by incorporating that same balance she originally found so appealing in her own Pilates practice.

This sought after group class instructor is a firm believer individualized and tailored programs will enhance your daily life and increase your awareness and efficiency of movement. Her ability to focus on each client or student with care and attention makes their time at the studio more enjoyable and ultimately, transitions the functionality of Pilates training beyond the studio walls and into their everyday lives.

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Alison Salmond

Alison Salmond

YMCAfit
London, England

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
MSc in Exercise Science; BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy, Certificate of Education, Medical Acupuncture

Bio

Alison has over 34 years of experience in the exercise industry, with approximately 15 years dedicated to teaching Pilates. She is Registered Osteopath and offers a range of osteopathic treatment and Pilates to her clients. She has been a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2007 and was awarded the prestigious title of Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2012. Alison is extremely passionate about both the teaching and history of Pilates. Alison's curiosity led her to complete the New York Pilates Studio certificate. Alison loves combining both her clinical and Pilates skills and is currently working towards both the Neurokinetic Therapy certificate and STOTT PILATES Rehab Instructor Trainer.

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Alyssa Jones

Alyssa Jones

Floating
Pacific Grove, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels

Bio

Alyssa Jones received her BFA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach. She was able to incorporate her dance background into the Pilates world through STOTT PILATES®. She received her Full Level 1 certification in 2004 through the Marshall Eklund Fitness & Pilates Studio. In 2006, she received the honor of becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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