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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.

Silvia Daisy Nilasari Limanow
Vitruvian Pilates Studio
Jakarta, Indonesia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Silvia began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2008 and received her Full Certification in 2009. She became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® in 2014.

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Stacee Maurer Hill
Pilates Movement Studio
Tampa, Florida, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS Exercise Science, Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, RTY-200, iRest level 2, Reiki Master

Bio

Stacee’s comprehensive knowledge of the human body and healing has strongly influenced her role as a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2011, is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher and is trained in iRest Yoga Nidra. She began her Pilates Training in 2007 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2009, and ZEN•GA® Mat and Equipment in 2013. Stacee enjoys working with a range of clients but feels especially drawn toward exploring root causes for those struggling with injuries. Her teachings integrate her trust in the innate healing qualities of the body and empowering the connection between the mind and body. She enjoys blending many healing practices and prioritizes a calm, creative, and playful environment.

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Stefania Michas
Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE

Bio

Stefania joined Merrithew® in 1998, and has played an integral role in developing Merrithew education, providing strategic direction for both the Education Programming department and Corporate Training Center as well as the Merrithew flagship studio in Toronto.

Stefania and her team identify, develop and execute strategies that have sustained an innovative leadership and mentoring program for Merrithew Instructor Trainers, Certified Instructors and students that has grown tenfold to include tens of thousands worldwide. Stefania oversees the ongoing evolution and global implementation of Certification and Qualification programs, as well as the expansion of the Continuing Education Program and developing and maintaining relationships with third party accreditation bodies for Merrithew branded fitness programs.

As a Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer, Stefania is recognized throughout the industry as an exceptional leader, educator, consultant and contributor. She has presented on behalf of Merrithew at fitness facilities, industry trade events and Merrithew Mindful Movement Symposia in 14 countries on five continents worldwide.

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Stephanie Crank
Pilates Movement Studio
Tampa, Florida, USA

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

Bio

A professional ballet dancer for more than 12 years, Stephanie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method during her rehabilitation from a back injury. After retiring from the stage in 2001, Stephanie worked as a ballet instructor and an administrator in the Classical Ballet Training Program at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Her desire to give the students in the program the valuable benefit of Pilates prompted her to become a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor. In 2003 she founded Pilates Movement Studio and later became a Merrithew® Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®.

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Stephanie Laoun
Trainor Movement
Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Tennis Canada Certified Instructor

Bio

Stephanie Laoun (she/they) is a certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer whose passion for helping others shines through in their teaching. Stephanie's classes are accessible and fun, leaving students feeling inspired and empowered, with the knowledge to move their bodies mindfully and with ease.

With a background as a high-level tennis player and a Tennis Canada certification, Stephanie turned to Pilates for rehabilitation from a chronic injury that impeded their ability to play and compete. The STOTT PILATES methodology was key to their successful return to the sport they love. Eager to share this training and expertise, Stephanie aims to help students achieve their movement and career aspirations, just as Pilates did for them.

Stephanie completed her certification under the tutelage of Darcy McMurray, Tessa Crofton, and other well renowned STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainers (IT) in 2018. She has since been teaching full time in Vancouver, Canada. She earned her IT certification in 2023 and is eager to spread her knowledge with other future instructors.

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