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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.

Lisa Jayne Clarkson
Floating
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.S., D.P.T.

Bio

Lisa first became aware of Pilates when she was 16 years old, but it wasn't until she joined ballet Memphis in 1999 that she was introduced to STOTT PILATES®. She received her STOTT PILATES certification in 1999 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew®; specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer in 2009. Lisa has a BS in Ballet with an Outside Field in French from Indiana University. She danced professionally for 10 years with Louisville Ballet, Lexington Ballet and Ballet Memphis and was a guest artist with a number of smaller companies. Most recently, Lisa graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in May of 2014 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and has recently relocated to the D.C. metropolitan area where she is working as both a Physical Therapist and a STOTT PILATES Instructor and IT. She is currently in an orthopedic residency program for Physical Therapy and is pursuing an orthopedic specialty license. Her continued education has enhanced and informed her teaching and personal practice.

Lisa Kaye
Floating
Sydney, Australia

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist; ACE-Approved, APMA Diploma Pilates Movement Therapy; Certified IV Fitness; Certified IV Allied Health Assistance; Certified IV Training & Assessment; APMA Level 4 Professional Practitioner Member

Bio

Lisa, originally from the UK, is a former member of the British National Gymnastic Squad. Currently based in Sydney, she has been teaching health and fitness for over 20 years. She is a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE. She is also a registered fitness leader in Australia, an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Physiologist and an Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Level 4 Professional Practitioner Member. Lisa teaches STOTT PILATES courses and workshops in Australia and has her own Pilates studio in Sydney that specializes in private Pilates training.

Lisa Lewis
Gigi’s Pilates Studio (satellite location for Victory Pilates)
Des Moines, Iowa, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, ISCA,TRX Trained, Pink Ribbon Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, Specialist in Pilates Based Education for Neurological Conditions

Bio

Lisa became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2006 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011, ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement in 2013 and Total Barre® in 2014. She is an ISCA certified personal trainer, TRX trained, and is also a certified breast cancer exercise specialist. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa in 2006. Lisa enjoys working with a wide range of Pilates clients; from those recovering from surgery to highly conditioned athletes. In addition to teaching Pilates, Lisa dances and performs professionally with Hurley & Dancers, a modern dance company in Des Moines, and teaches dance to a variety of levels and ages.

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Lisa Palmer
The Movement Lab
Cape Town, South Africa

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; ZEN•GA® Mat; Total Barre®

Bio

Lisa decided to pursue her passion of movement and the human body by becoming fully STOTT PILATES® certified in 2005 and then an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specialising in STOTT PILATES the following year. In 2016, Lisa received special recognition as a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES, she is also a Lead Instructor Trainer for ZEN•GA® and Total Barre®.

Lisa is the founder and owner of The Movement Lab, Cape Town. Her studio is the only Merrithew Licensed Training centre in Africa, where she also offers music-driven, challenging and creative Pilates classes.

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Lucy Garcia
Floating
San Diego, California, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
200 hour yoga certification

Bio

Lucy started as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor in her native England, but her connection to the performing arts brought her to LA in 1990. She discovered Pilates in 1995 when dancing with a modern dance company. Lucy has been teaching Pilates for 20 years and completed her STOTT PILATES® training at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. In 2004 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES, and continued her training by qualifying as an Instructor in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training. She has trained student instructors in San Diego and Los Angeles. Lucy specializes in both therapeutic and post-rehabilitation Pilates and athletic performance. After suffering a traumatic back injury in 2003, she passionately completed an extensive series of back therapy courses, all of which incorporate the latest research findings.