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Instructor Trainer bios

The Merrithew Faculty, or members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers, is made up of highly qualified and internationally sought-after educators who are known for their dedication, professionalism and attention to detail. All of our faculty members hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training. A diverse group, they come from various 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.

Ashlee Richardson
Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
DPT; Yoga Alliance 200 HR-RYT; TRX®; Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist

Bio

Ashlee Richardson holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Her professional interests include women’s health and orthopedics. Ashlee utilizes her extensive Pilates knowledge with her clients and patients to emphasize posture and movement re-education, core stability and pelvic health. She became a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2006 and a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES. Ashlee is co-owner of Pilates Center of Omaha, the home of Victory Pilates Education Centers and CoreWorks Physical Therapy.

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Bernie Sidney
Floating
San Diego, California, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, AFAA, Spinning Master Presenter, Trigger Point Therapy Master Presenter, Triathlon coach

Bio

Bernie Sidney is originally from Mexico City and earned her STOTT PILATES® certification at John Garey Pilates Studio in Long Beach, Ca. where she was employed from 2000-2010. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2002 and has had the great opportunity to travel to Mexico, Spain and South America to teach courses. Bernie is a long distance triathlete and coach and has completed seven Ironmans and many Half-Ironmans. She now lives in San Diego, Ca. where she trains most of her clients.

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Beth Posa
Floating
Missouri City, Texas, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, SPX® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist; American Red Cross Certified (CPR/AED); Advanced level Melt Method Instructor; Restorative Exercise Specialist; Healthy Foot Practitioner; Rossiter Practitioner Certification

Bio

Beth Posa is a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer and owner of New Strength Pilates in Missouri City, Texas. Her education and experiences spans many modalities including: Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, American Red Cross, Advanced level Melt Method Instructor Certified in all components of MELT, Restorative Exercise Specialist, Healthy Foot Practitioner and Rossiter Practitioner Certification. She continues to work in helping others find pain relief by combining various modalities from her education; seeing many with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis prompted her to become a peer educator for American Bone Health. Currently, she is training in Craniosacral Therapy and Neurokinetic Therapy.

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Bianca Bolissian
Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Bio

Bianca Bolissian has been a devoted dancer since the young age of four. This is exemplified by her graduation in 2004 from the Dance University in Campinas, Brazil where she expanded her knowledge of classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2006, Bianca moved from Brazil to Toronto, Canada, becoming a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor by 2007 and moving further to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. Her passion for teaching and body movement is displayed by her outgoing and caring demeanor, always putting her clients first and providing them with an enjoyable and productive workout.

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Bob Andersen
Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska , USA

IT qualifications
CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
NSCA CSCS, B. Exercise Science and Psychology, Doctorate, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Bio

Dr. Bob Andersen has been in the performance coaching field for nearly 20 years and brings with him a vast array of knowledge and experience. He has expertise in performance training and functional movement as well as planning and implementing performance / strength and conditioning programs for all levels from aspiring youth to elite Olympic and professional athletes. He was the Head Performance/Strength Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University, the Director of Performance Victory Human Performance, the Director of the Sports Medicine Institute of Nebraska, and as performance consultant for numerous Universities, teams, clubs and academies.

Bob is now a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in CORE, regularly teaching courses and workshops. He has earned a reputation as a dynamic presenter, expert instructor, and engaging mentor. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with Bachelor's Degrees in Exercise Science as well as Psychology then received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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