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.
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer
Additional credentials and designations
MD, MSc PT
Estela became a Physiotherapist in 2006, and it was while working as a Physiotherapist she came across the STOTT PILATES® method as a form of preventative exercises and also a rehabilitation tool. It didn’t take long for her to begin her training with STOTT PILATES, first with the Rehabilitation courses and quickly followed by the STOTT PILATES Full Certification. Being such an important tool in her daily practice, observing how her clients were reaping the benefits from this type of exercise, and eager to share her understanding and experience of the STOTT PILATES method with other professionals, the next natural step was becoming a Certified Instructor Trainer.
Her passion for knowledge and learning led her to receive her Masters in Physiotherapy Sciences at the Faculty of Human Kinetics in Lisbon, and later on her Medical Degree from the University of Minho. Nowadays, Estela splits her time between her career as a Family Doctor, and her Studio, PiTZ of which she is co-owner. Being able to promote health and empower her clients towards a healthy and pain free life is one of her greatest joys.
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