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Instructor Trainer bios

The members of our esteemed team of Pilates 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.

Erica Loder
Floating
Portland, Oregon, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Bio

Erica moved to Portland in 2004 where she worked as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist seeing patients of all ages and fitness levels. She turned to STOTT PILATES® following a spinal surgery and has since made it an integral component of her physical therapy practice. Working with clients at Element Wellness and Sports Rehabilitation, Erica is able to teach the therapeutic application of STOTT PILATES. In 2014 she received the honor of becoming a Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab.

Erica earned a BS in Exercise Physiology from Montana State University in 2002 where she was a member of the women’s golf team, a student athletic trainer for the MSU football team, became an AFAA certified aerobics and personal fitness instructor, and was trained in Olympic weightlifting. She became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2002 and earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2004, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2006.

Estela Cabral
Floating
Aveiro, Portugal

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
MD, MSc PT

Bio

Estela became a physiotherapist in 2006, and it was while working as a physiotherapist that she came across the STOTT PILATES® method as a form of preventative exercise and also a rehabilitation tool. It didn’t take long for her to begin her training in STOTT PILATES with Merrithew. She started first with the STOTT PILATES Rehab courses and quickly followed suit with the STOTT PILATES Full Certification.

Being such an important tool in her daily practice, observing how her clients were reaping the benefits from this type of exercise, and eager to share her understanding and experience of the STOTT PILATES method with other professionals, she decided to become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer.

Her passion for knowledge and learning led her to receive her Masters in Physiotherapy Sciences at the Faculty of Human Kinetics in Lisbon, Portugal, and later on her Medical Degree from the University of Minho. Nowadays, Estela splits her time between her career as a family doctor, Pilates instructor and Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES courses. Being able to promote health and empower her clients towards a healthy and pain-free life is one of her greatest joys.

Esther Villaramiel
Floating
Valladolid, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; CORE™

Bio

Esther began her training in STOTT PILATES® in 2006 and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and CORE. Looking to expand her knowledge base, she has attended several courses focusing on movement screenings including Kinetic Control, Performance Stability and Be Activated. A specialist in Personal & Group Training, she is also a ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor. Esther is an energetic and very technical instructor who manages her own center in Valladolid, Spain.

Eva Powers
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
Gyrotonic

Bio

As the Chair of the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance in the College of Fine Arts at Wayne State University, Eva’s primary research is in education, pedagogy, teaching methodology and dance science. Her courses in Dance Kinesiology and Movement Analysis reflect her interest in the integration of body and mind conditioning for dancers. Eva was recently named a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®. She has also achieved Level 1 Certification in Gyrotonic® and apprentice level in Gyrokinesis. Eva is a dancer, choreographer, gifted professor and mentor to new STOTT PILATES instructors at Equilibrium.

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Fabiana Silva
Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education degree from University of Mogi das Cruzes

Bio

Fabiana began her STOTT PILATES® education in 2002, and became a fully-Certified Instructor. In 2006, she became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer. Currently she is the Pilates Coordinator at Spirale, and runs Aprenda Praticando, a project that promotes Pilates classes for Instructors, incentivizing them to practice exercises, review the repertoire and meet new Instructors. She holds a degree in Physical Education from the University of Mogi das Cruzes.