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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.

Nadja Refaie
Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, USA

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

Bio

Nadja began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2002 became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® in 2004.

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Nanthini Palan
Floating
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
BSc (HONS) PT

Bio

Nanthini began her journey into physiotherapy in 2009. She­ continued her chosen career path at Northumbria University, UK, where she received a BSc­ (HONS) in Physiotherapy Sciences. During this time, she completed clinical postings in both government a­nd private hospitals in Malaysia, gaining clinical knowledge and experience. Her are­as of expertise include musculoskeletal, ­cardiorespiratory and neurology. Upon gra­duating in 2013, she worked in a sports physiotherapy and rehabilitatio­n setting where she discovered her­ true interest in musculoskeletal injuri­es and sports rehabilitation. She initiated the integratio­n of rehabilitation and Pilates while working a­s a physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor ­in the studio. Wishing to share her knowledge after co­mpleting the Rehabilitation Course­, she became a Merrithew® Instructor Tra­iner, specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab in 2016.

Natashia Sally Dermawan
Floating
Pondok Indah, Jakarta, Indonesia

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

Bio

Natasha has always had a passion for sports, health, and fitness. She enjoys dancing and various types of workouts including Pilates, fitness, aerobics, running, step, badminton, and others. To transfer her passion of a healthy lifestyle to others, Natasha began her STOTT PILATES® training in 2010 and started teaching when she was 18 years old, before earning her Full Certification in 2012. Her young age enabled her to create a youthful and exciting ambience that motivates others as well. She completed her portfolio by studying ZEN•GA® and CORE, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2013.

Nate Teng
Alignment Fitness Studio
Taipei City, Taiwan

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACSM, AFAA , NASM Personal Trainer, SPEEDO Aqua Instructor, Les Mills Body Pump Instructor

Bio

Nate Teng received his STOTT PILATES® certification in 2003, and became the first Chinese-speaking certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® in 2010. He went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. He has been devoted to the fitness industry for more than 16 years. He is an American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Specialist as well as an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) CE Provider in Taiwan. From 2007 to 2009, he was a consultant for fitness development with 3 fitness centers of various sizes in Taiwan. Nate is the owner of Alignment Fitness Studio in Taipei City, Taiwan, the Merrithew Taipei Licensed Training Center. He supervises 12 instructors and enjoys inspiring aspiring trainers to reach their goals. Previously he was with Alexander Health Club, one of the biggest fitness organizations in Asia, as a trainer and a manager of the fitness department in one of its Taipei branches. Nate has trained over 200 instructors in Taiwan since 2010. His goal is to promote STOTT PILATES in Taiwan and in other Chinese speaking countries.

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Nicole Boehm
Floating
Winnetka, Illinois, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS, ACE, AFAA, PMA

Bio

Nicole enjoys an active lifestyle and is an avid hiker, runner, cyclist and swimmer. She fell in love with Pilates immediately, as it provided excellent cross-training for her other physical activities. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University, and became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2011. She is now a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES and CORE. Nicole is continually upgrading her training and knowledge. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, an AFAA group fitness instructor, and has trained in the MELT method and TRX Suspension Training. She has also taken part in the Pink Ribbon program for breast cancer. Her passion for teaching is apparent in her outgoing and caring demeanor. She always puts clients first, and provides them with an enjoyable and productive workout.

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