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Instructor Trainer bios

The members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers are accomplished and internationally sought-after educators known for their comprehensive knowledge, dedication and professionalism. Each hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training.

A diverse group, they come from varied 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.

Denise Carter
Floating
Nassau, Bahamas

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

Bio

Denise has always had a love for fitness and after many years as a personal trainer in the exclusive Lyford Cay Club in Nassau Bahamas, decided to explore Pilates. After extensive training in Toronto, Canada, she returned to the Bahamas and opened a Licensed Training Center for Merrithew in 2005. Denise is a fully certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew and has travelled from Australia to Italy to train future instructors in the STOTT PILATES® method. Denise currently teaches Pilates, Total Barre®, Pre and Post Natal exercise, Post Rehab movement and Active Isolated Stretching from her studio in Nassau, Bahamas.

Diane Kornell-Gillis
Floating
Maui, Hawaii, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.A., B.S.W (Bachelor of Social Work), Fitness Leadership and Personal Training Certification

Bio

Diane started her STOTT PILATES® training in 2005, building on her group instructor and personal training practice. Diane’s passion for STOTT PILATES continued to grow as she took more Merrithew courses. Eventually, her practice was dedicated exclusively to STOTT PILATES.

Diane continued to diversify her fitness education, adding the ZEN•GA® Instructor Foundation Course (2013), Total Barre® Instructor Foundation Course (2014), Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course (2017), and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training Foundation Course (2018). In 2019, she certified as a Merrithew Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer.

Originally from Canada, Diane has had the good fortune to be able to live in Maui, HI for the last decade. Diane is responsible for co-creating annual retreats in Maui called “Pilates in Paradise.” These retreats host STOTT PILATES instructors who want to gain further education and motivation in Pilates and movement.

In addition to traveling and teaching, Diane continues to teach at her own studio, Pilates Kihei (privates and duets) and also offers group classes at Fluid Motion Maui.

Dot Kavanaugh
Floating
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Dot became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2003, and in 2009 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in 2004, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2001 Dot received her certification as a Yoga Teacher by the Sivanada Yoga Group, and has acted as both the instructor and owner of The Yoga Centre in Windsor since that time. She brings over 10 years of experience in teaching movement, and keeps her programming interesting and up to date by taking a variety of continuing education workshops.

Eden Paul
Floating
Long Beach, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Active For Life Specialist, Athletic Conditioning Specialist, Group Equipment Specialist, Group Matwork Specialist; ZEN•GA Qualified Instructor; CORE Qualified Instructor; ACE Personal Trainer

Bio

Eden is a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer for Matwork and Reformer and has worked at John Garey Fitness & Pilates in many roles for the past 10 years. Eden is a Certified Personal Trainer and has been in the fitness industry for 20 years.

Elisha Elliott
Floating
London, United Kingdom

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; CORE™

Bio

While completing her Journalism degree in Australia, Elisha found Pilates and fell in love! She spent her college breaks taking multiple classes and she eventually studied to become a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor as well as a Cert IV Personal Trainer. The STOTT PILATES method of exercise and contemporary approach to mind-body fitness peaked Elisha’s interest and so in 2012, she was accepted into the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer Program at the headquarters in Toronto. Currently an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, and CORE, she continues to attend a variety of courses and workshops to make sure her knowledge is always up-to-date.