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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.

Sara Baker
Inspire Health
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
PT, MS, OCS

Bio

Sara is a physical therapist and entrepreneur who has owned Inspire Health in Atlanta, leading integrative physical therapy and Pilates center, since 2005. Sara's love of science and sport led her to earn an Undergraduate Degree in cellular biology from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has spent her physical therapy career in outpatient orthopedic settings, and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, seeing complex patients referred by some of Atlanta's top physicians. In creating her own practice, Sara has been a leader in integrating Pilates and physical therapy into a patient-centric, outcomes-driven, consumer-pay clinical model. Since 2003, Sara has utilized the STOTT PILATES® method for neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic intervention in her practice. Sara has partnered with Merrithew® since 2007 as the owner of a Licensed Training Center and became a STOTT PILATES Rehab IT to continue to promote the integration of STOTT PILATES into the practices of rehabilitation professionals.

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Sara Escudero
Floating
Toledo, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Osteopathy, Federation of Mountaineers of Valladolid, Club Zceos, School of Technical Parasanitarias

Bio

Sara has a varied professional portfolio that includes osteopathy and massage as well as personal coaching for specialized sports. She is the Center Director and teaches Pilates and Personal Training at the Pilates Center Valladolid, in Valladolid, Spain. A sports devotee since 1995, she initiated incorporating the Pilates method with her clients after taking her first STOTT PILATES® course in 2006. She began STOTT PILATES Rehab training in 2012 and became a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer in 2014.

Sara Frank
Stockholm Pilates Center
Stockholm, Sweden

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Sara has a background in dance, she got her dance education at Gothenburg Ballet Academy and at Dance Space, New York. She's been doing Pilates as a complimentary training to dance since 1994 when she first fell for the method that increased strength, flexibility and kept injuries away. It was during her years in New York that she got her STOTT PILATES® education and earned her Full Certification in 2004. Sara has been working at Stockholm Pilates Center since 2006. The following year, Sara completed her training to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer. She has gone on to increase her credentials as a Total Barre® Qualified Instructor.

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Sarah Donkers
Floating
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, MSc (Physical Therapy), PhD (cand) Neuroscience

Bio

Sarah has a passion for movement. Having been a competitive athlete, Pilates helped her overcome several injuries and fueled her desire to further understand movement. Sarah's enthusiastic and energetic nature can be seen in the clinic and classroom, helping others move better, studying how the nervous system controls movement and sharing this knowledge. Sarah is currently a teacher and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, and carries a clinical load focusing on motor control in pediatrics, neurology and sport. She is a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®. Interested in complex movement disorders, as well as injury prevention, Sarah loves Pilates for the mind body awareness it creates and the ability to use this to restore balance in the body.

Sarah Helmy
Floating
Cairo, Egypt

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
BA Psychology, PMA, AFAA and ISSA

Bio

Sarah is the founder of The Studio, a fully-equipped Pilates, dance and fitness studio in Cairo, Egypt. Her interest in movement blossomed at a very young age while learning ballet and gymnastics. She took up dance professionally and joined the Cairo Modern Dance Theater at the Cairo Opera House. Sarah's desire to understand the mechanics of movement sparked an expansive journey of learning. She pursued multiple certifications, including different Pilates methods, personal training, group fitness and spinning. Sarah delved into the world of STOTT PILATES® in 2010 with a passion and vigor that allowed her to rapidly complete her courses in succession and become Fully Certified. In 2016, she successfully completed her Merrithew® Instructor Trainer Course specializing in STOTT PILATES. She also became a CORE and Total Barre® Qualified Instructor.