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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.

Laura McKenzie Bovenkerk
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, B.P.A. from Oklahoma City University

Bio

Laura Bovenkerk is a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She was first introduced to Pilates while pursuing a dance career in New York City. She spent eight years performing as a Radio City Rockette and found Pilates to be a wonderful tool for keeping her body in shape. She became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2007 and began teaching at Equilibrium Studio in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She now resides in Kalamazoo, MI, where she is the owner of Centered Pilates and the mother of three energetic children. She became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2020.

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Laureen DuBeau
Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; Total Barre™; Halo® Training; ZEN•GA™ Mat; and Merrithew® Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, NSCA CSCS, Pink Ribbon certified instructor

Bio

Laureen is an integral member of a dynamic team responsible for the global development and implementation of training and certification programs. Her spirited approach to teaching has made Laureen a vibrant international presenter, trainer and examiner. An NSCA certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Pink Ribbon certified instructor, she began teaching Pilates in 1995, and is now a Merrithew® Pilates Master Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®, Halo® Training and Merrithew Fascial Movement. Laureen is a featured performer and associate producer of many Merrithew DVDs, the associate editor of numerous teaching manuals and author of articles in several industry publications.

Prior to joining Merrithew, Laureen worked for Tennis Canada where she was responsible for Canadian and international public relations in the capacity of media relations and communications, player relations and event organization. Laureen studied Dance and Physical Education at York University in Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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Laurentia Kartika Kavriani
Floating
Jakarta, Indonesia

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.A.B.A

Bio

Laurentia was trained in ballet and traditional dance at a young age and it is through her passion in body movement that she was intrigued to learn about Pilates. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2012 and became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2014. Along with the STOTT PILATES method, Laurentia is also qualified in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training and an Instructor Trainer for Total Barre®.

LeeAnn Silvey
Balance: Pilates Training Center
Charlottesville, Viriginia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA® Mat, ZEN•GA® Equipment

Additional credentials and designations
BS, Sports Medicine; MS, Exercise Physiology

Bio

In 1997, LeeAnn began working with athletes in the prevention, emergency care and rehabilitation of injury. She developed her passion for teaching during two years of instruction in the Athletic Training Program at James Madison University. But it wasn’t until 2004, after spending several years as a rehab integration specialist (as well as with working through her own struggles with Scoliosis), that Pilates emerged as a focus for her.

LeAnn since went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® in 2007, specializing in STOTT PILATES®. The same year, she joined Balance Pilates Training Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.. She now possesses 25 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and continues to love sharing her knowledge and skills with future instructors.

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Lei (Clara) Chen
Beauty Yoga & Pilates
Shenzhen, China

IT qualifications
Halo® Training – Part 1

Bio

Clara Chen had always been an avid Yoga practitioner. She was introduced to STOTT PILATES® back in 2018. She was amazed at how STOTT PILATES helped her improve her posture and correct knocked knees. Her transformative journey inspired her to pursue Halo® Training which enabled her to help clients improve their postural alignment. Clara Chen is now a STOTT PILATES Pre- and Post-Natal Specialist and she also became STOTT PILATES certified in Mat and Reformer in February 2022. She became a Halo Training – Part 1 Instructor Trainer in November 2022.

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