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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.

Caroline Murray
Oxfordshire Pilates Studio
Witney, UK

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

Additional credentials and designations
PINK RIBBON PROGRAM Certified Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, ACTIVE FOUNDATION Clinical Sports Massage Master Diploma, ACTIVE FOUNDATION Sports Massage Diploma, Plyorobics International, STEP REEBOK Instructor, RSA Ante & Post Natal

Bio

Caroline is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer, who comes from an athletic background and has competed at a national level. She has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness class instructor. She is trained and qualified in sports massage therapy and incorporates this expertise into her Pilates teaching.

Caroline’s client base ranges from ages 16-92. With over 30 years of experience in fitness and sports massage therapy, she is able to offer her client base creative and innovative classes and 1-2-1 sessions which have had life-changing results for those seeking rehabilitation after accident or injury.

Caroline prides herself on her dedication and commitment to the STOTT PILATES® method and is never-ending in her own self-development. She is passionate in her quest to provide first-class training in her continuing education of others. Caroline began her STOTT PILATES training in 2004 and has been a Merrithew Instructor since 2007.

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Caroline Phillips
Floating
Crowthorne, Hampshire, UK

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

Additional credentials and designations
The Stella Mann College of Performing Arts graduate in dance.

Bio

Pilates was a natural progression of Caroline’s professional dance career. After training at The Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, she performed all around the world. Caroline went on to complete her full STOTT PILATES® Certification, and is a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. The remarkable benefits of Pilates for rehabilitation from injury became clear to Caroline in 2015 after her pelvis, back, collar bone and ankle were each fractured in an accident. Caroline credits Pilates with giving her the ability and strength to recover faster than any of her doctors has predicted.

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Carolyn Geerling-Goryl
Floating
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Carolyn Geerling-Goryl first experienced Pilates, while living in California, and fell in love. A graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Exercise Science, she has worked in the fitness industry in many capacities including as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Carolyn is a fully certified instructor and is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew; specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She is also the Michigan Professional Affiliate Coordinator for AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and believes that Pilates is so appropriate and valuable to every body from the athlete to the injured, from the fitness enthusiast to the overweight client, from 18 to 80! She has enjoyed bring her personal training background and group fitness experience to individual clients as well as into her Cardiolates, Group Reformer and Matwork classes!

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Carolyn Stuart
C2 Pilates Training Center
Avon, Connecticut, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
Total Barre® Qualified Instructor; ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Carolyn first trained with STOTT PILATES® in 1999 and followed the path to become a fully certified Instructor in 2007. A few months after, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew. She currently teaches at C2 Pilates Training Center, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center.

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Cate Vallone
C2 Pilates Training Center
Avon, Connecticut, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS, Human Movement Education, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

Bio

Cate Vallone is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, Halo® Training and STOTT PILATES®. She has been teaching Pilates and somatic education in clinical and studio settings for more than 15 years, with a focus in post-rehabilitation and athletic conditioning. She currently owns two Pilates studios in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut Area. Cate graduated from Boston University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Movement Education. In addition to her Pilates education, Cate has been trained in Craniosacral Therapy, Kinesiotaping, and Continuum Movement.

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