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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.

Fu (Phil) Chen
The Orange Room Wellness Center
Shanghai, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Sports Medicine, China Medical University, Taiwan; KettleBell Concepts certified; THUMP Boxing certified

Bio

Working out on a Reformer was transformative to Phil's recovery from a motorcycle accident that left him with an open left leg fracture, lumbar compression fractures and a herniated disc. Pilates helped him regain his muscle strength and mobility as well as gradually relieve his pain. After graduating from university, Phil signed up for a Pilates training course. He went on to complete his full STOTT PILATES® Certification. Within two years, Phil then became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer, specializing in STOTT PILATES®.

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Gabriela Calderón Torrijos
Floating
Mexico City, Mexico

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
Actress at Escuela Rusa del Realismo Psicológico

Bio

Gabriela has always been interested in movement and the arts. She discovered the joy of dance and her passion for performance at the age of 12. Instead of pursuing electromechanical engineering at university as planned, she enrolled in theatre school, becoming an actor and dancer.

In 2003, she was invited to join a prestigious Pilates studio where she met Stefania Michas, who introduced her to the STOTT PILATES® method. Gabriela fell in love with the contemporary approach of STOTT PILATES. She completed her full certification in Seattle at Bodycenterstudios with Kristi Quinn, becoming part of the first cohort of STOTT PILATES instructors in Mexico.

Since then, she has not stopped sharing her knowledge with clients, helping them improve their quality of life.

In 2016, she was invited to become part of Akrostudio’s Instructor Trainers in Mexico. She later obtained her STOTT PILATES Matwork & Reformer Instructor Trainer certification in 2017 and Total Barre® Instructor Trainer certification in 2018.

She lives in Mexico City, has a handsome boy, and a Floating Instructor Trainer, where she passionately teaches and guides new students to discover the benefits and functional methods of the STOTT PILATES and Total Barre® programs.

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Gabrielle Cahoon
Studio 48 Pilates and Fitness
Whitefish, Montana, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.Sc, TRX, ACE

Bio

Gabrielle, an active teacher in the fitness industry for over 10 years, earned her full STOTT PILATES® Instructor certification in 2011, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2013. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Recreation Management. Gabrielle, an avid runner, discovered the benefits of Pilates in 2007 and saw increases in her training performance with less injury. Gabrielle is the owner of Studio 48 Pilates & Fitness in Whitefish, Montana. She is enthused to provide Studio 48 Pilates & Fitness as a home for her clients to achieve their fitness goals and build the strength needed for endless outdoor adventures Montana offers year round. Gabrielle is also trained in Total Barre®, CORE, and TRX and is an ACE certified Personal Trainer.

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Gail Lewis
Mindful Movement Collective
Newark, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
B.S., ACE, PMA

Bio

Gail received her full certification as a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2004 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. She is a Gold Certified Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Method Alliance and is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. She has complemented her Pilates training with Yoga teaching training courses. In addition to her fitness credentials, Gail holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Santa Clara University in California.

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Gayle Eubanks
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.A. Dance, Michigan State University, TRX, Melt Hand and Foot, Pink Ribbon, PMA

Bio

Gayle became a fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor in 2000 then went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2003. Gayle holds a B. A. in dance from Michigan State University and performed professionally as a leading dancer with Harbinger Dance Company for 12 years. She enjoys mentoring Pilates students enrolled in Equilibrium’s comprehensive training program: helping them to determine the best ways to make Pilates effective for themselves and their future clients. She is very passionate about helping her clients stay active throughout their lives. Gayle is a Breast Cancer Post-Rehab Specialist, certified through the Pink Ribbon Program. She is trained in the Gyrotonic Expansion System, TRX Suspension System and TRX Rip Training. She is also a MELT Hand and Foot Instructor.

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