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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.

Caleigh Kierstead
The Pilates Body
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Caleigh Kierstead is a former professional ballet dancer. She was originally introduced to Pilates as a compliment to her dance training while studying at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She found that it quickly made improvements in both her dancing and daily life. When moving on from dance she knew she wanted to stay in the movement world. After taking the STOTT PILATES® Intensive Matwork course she knew she had found her calling and completed her STOTT PILATES Full Certification in 2016. With a constant drive to continue learning, she decided to take the next step and share her passion for teaching Pilates with others through becoming a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in 2019. Caleigh is currently continuing her education in anatomy and physiology as a student at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy.

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Cari Kapele
Floating
South Jordan, Utah, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.Sc, ACE, RN (Registered Nurse)

Bio

Cari’s comprehensive understanding of the human body complements her role as a Instructor Trainer, providing students with a unique, wide-ranging approach to fitness. Holding Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise and Sport Science as well as Nursing from the University of Utah, she has a well-rounded health background. As an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor she is skilled at delivering proper attention to all clients, whether they opt for private or group instruction. Cari also owns Aspire Pilates Training Center in South Jordan, Utah.

Carita Lesche
Stockholm Pilates Center
Stockholm, Sweden

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

Additional credentials and designations
Massage, Naprapathy, SAFE

Bio

Carita lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden where she runs the Stockholm Pilates Center, a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center since 2004. Carita has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® since 2004. She is now a Lead Instructor Trainer and possesses a wide-ranging field of experience. She is qualified through the University College of Sports as a Physical Education teacher and as a Dance teacher from the University College of Dance in Sweden. She is a Massage Therapist, a registered Naprapath practitioner, and a certified SAFE Personal Trainer. Carita excels at bringing her extensive knowledge to her Pilates teaching.

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Carlos Yuste Vaquerizo
Floating
Toledo, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapy

Bio

Carlos Yuste Vaquerizo's high energy and youthful humor makes him an impressive motivator, displaying his passion in all aspects of his work. He became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2006, and CORE in 2013. He has continually distributed his knowledge through teaching in Europe, South America and Asia. Carlos brings a high degree of knowledge to the forefront, with his advanced education and certification in physiotherapy from the University of Nursing and Physiotherapy of Castilla in Spain. Carlos continually strives for more and exemplifies his passion, as he is actively involved in management of the International Education Department of his affiliated studios. He is now a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer.

Carol Earle
Northeast Pilates Education Center
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA® Mat & Equipment; CORE™; Total Barre®; Halo® Training; Merrithew® Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
BFA in Dance

Bio

Carol is a Merrithew® Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in all branded programming, including: STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, Halo® Training, CORE and Merrithew Fascial Movement. She is also part of the ZEN•GA and CORE programming teams. She has been an Instructor Trainer since 2003, and is based out of New England’s Northeast Pilates Education Center. Carol received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and ran her own dance company for over a decade, performing and teaching throughout New England. Carol is currently on the faculty of the Dance Department at Endicott College, where she teaches a “Mind, Body and Awareness” course. She is certified and has trained in several other fitness brands, including a 200 HR (RYT) Yoga Certification, Personal Training, TRX and TRX Rip-Trainer, Zumba, SPINNING and Indo-Row. Carol lives in Gloucester, MA with her daughter, mother and dog, and her hobbies include cycling around the North Shore of Massachusetts, gardening and cooking with local produce.

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