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Instructor Trainer bios

The STOTT PILATES® 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
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

Istanbul, Turkey

IT qualifications
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.

Alison Salmond

Alison Salmond

YMCAfit
London, England

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Rehab, 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 an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2007 and was awarded the prestigious title of 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 IT training for the STOTT PILATES Rehab program.

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Alyssa Jones

Alyssa Jones

Pacific Grove, California, USA

IT qualifications
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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Alyssa Paraggio

Alyssa Paraggio

Pilates Movement Studio
Tampa, Florida, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
B.A. Dance Studies, B.S. Biology, Total Barre® Accreditation

Bio

Alyssa was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® while undergoing rehabilitation following surgery for a dance-related hip injury. When she didn’t improve with post-op therapy, Alyssa sought out a physical therapist who specialized in treating dancers who was also a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor. Pilates was an integral part of her successful rehabilitation, and she was able to dance again. Pilates helped Alyssa gain the strength to maintain proper pelvic and spinal alignment and taught her how to work properly and avoid further straining of her hip flexors.

Alyssa attended the University of South Florida where she received a B.A. in Dance Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science and a B.S. in Biology. Upon completion of her degrees, Alyssa became a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2013 and became a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in 2016. Alyssa enjoys incorporating her experience with injury prevention and her passion for STOTT PILATES to create fun and challenging workouts for her clients as well as passing her knowledge and experience on to aspiring Instructors.

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