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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.

Amanda Taylor
Floating
Plano, Texas, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS in Theatre/Dance

Bio

Amanda’s extensive Pilates education and teaching experience began in 1992. In 2000, after years of continuous studies and teaching in health clubs, she discovered STOTT PILATES® and became inspired to further her education in the method. Amanda completed her certifications in Toronto, Canada, becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and currently works as a floating IT. She originally opened BodyMind Design, a Licensed Training Center (LTC), offering classes and private sessions to the public as well as professional education to instructors. The studio continues to offer STOTT PILATES training as well as other brands from Merrithew including ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training, as well as methodologies of the C.H.E.K. Institute, TRX Suspension Training, and techniques from the Anatomy Trains system. Amanda has recently chosen to operate a more intimate studio offering private and semi-private sessions. Belief in the STOTT PILATES method, devotion to her education, and commitment to teaching with integrity, are the foundations of her success.

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Amy de Schweinitz
Floating
Anchorage, Alaska, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, ACE

Bio

After training for 4 years with Michaela Bimbi-Dresp in Munich, Germany, Amy de Schweinitz obtained her STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2004. In 2007, she became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES, and enabling her to teach worldwide. With a BSc in Kinesiology and Sport Science, Amy was able to complement her studies as a competitive runner and triathlete. She found that Pilates was a huge asset to her success as an athlete, thus it launched her career in Pilates. Amy is now certified by the Pilates Method Alliance and is an ACE Certified Trainer. As an international Certified Health Coach, Amy is passionate about using Pilates to help people feel good in their bodies and have the best quality of life.

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Amy Pronovost
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE. BA, RYT

Bio

Amy Pronovost received her BA in Dance and English from Western Michigan University. She is currently an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®, a Level 1 Gyrotonic instructor, a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and an ACE certified Group Instructor Trainer. She has been teaching at Equilibrium in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan since 2000. She has also taught ballet for fifteen years and currently has students performing around the world and on Broadway.

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Amy Slowik
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, SPX® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
PT, Gyrotonic

Bio

Amy is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer and SPX® Matwork & Reformer, as well as a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Speed, Agility & Quickness instructor and a Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor. As a licensed physical therapist, Amy combines backgrounds in dance, sports medicine and Gyrotonic to design safe, yet challenging Pilates workouts for each individual regardless of their fitness level. Amy previously specialized in treating orthopedic, dance and sports injuries and enjoyed working with athletes of all levels, but now devotes her career to teaching Pilates.

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Amy Van Dooremalen
Floating
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BFA Dance, TRX, Motion Dynamics Flexibility & Stability Training

Bio

Amy was introduced to Pilates while completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree as a dance major at York University in Toronto, Canada. After pursuing a career in modern dance she turned to Pilates for her next challenge. In 2004 she became a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and was invited to work at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. Amy represents Merrithew as a floating Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES, Total Barre® and Halo® Training. She has traveled throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia teaching courses and presenting at international fitness conferences such as FILEX in Melbourne/Sydney, Australia and at China Fit Beijing. Amy has also been featured on Channel News Asia AM Live “Fighting Fit” series, was a visiting Fitness Specialist at the prestigious Amanoi Resort in Vietnam and has worked with the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. When she is not traveling, Amy enjoys teaching as a freelancer for her own company Spiritus.

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