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Instructor Trainers

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.

AfetBurcu Ozturk

Floating
Istanbul, Turkey

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Burcu was born in Turkey in 1981 and has been involved in sports all her life. She played semi-professional tennis in junior leagues and as well as varsity basketball. After graduating from Robert College, she went on to study at Syracuse University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2003 from the School of Arts and Sciences in fashion design. After suffering a ski accident in her senior year of college, she started Pilates as a method of rehabilitation. This treatment turned into a passion over time.Although she started working as a junior designer at an international fashion label, her passion for Pilates only got stronger. She dabbled in various Pilates programs but became convinced that the STOTT PILATES® system was far more innovative and the most scientific program she had experienced. Her decision led her to submerge herself fully in the method and permanently movement back to Istanbul where she founded her studio, Hero House Pilates. In 2013, she became one of only two Instructor Trainers for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES in Turkey. She enjoys teaching Pilates to clients and training new instructors in her studio.

Alexandra Morgan

Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
(Hon) Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Sociology, Acadia University (2011)

Bio

Alexandra (Alex) practiced Pilates to complement her dancing while growing up in Hamilton, Ontario. This practice kept her grounded and injury free while dancing, and later while attending Acadia University in Nova Scotia. After returning to Ontario, she completed the full STOTT PILATES® program in 2013 and the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer course in 2018.

Talented in creating customized workouts that are thoughtful, fun yet challenging, Alex expertly caters to all abilities and ages by incorporating that same balance she originally found so appealing in her own Pilates practice.

This sought after group class instructor is a firm believer individualized and tailored programs will enhance your daily life and increase your awareness and efficiency of movement. Her ability to focus on each client or student with care and attention makes their time at the studio more enjoyable and ultimately, transitions the functionality of Pilates training beyond the studio walls and into their everyday lives.

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Alyson DiRoma

Alyson DiRoma

Pilates Movement Studio
Tampa, Florida, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BFA Dance

Bio

Alyson, or Aly, carries a long history of combining movement with art. Growing up, she pursued a variety of artistic and athletic endeavors including dance, gymnastics and swimming. Throughout this journey, Aly was exposed to Pilates as a way of enhancing her performance and taking care of her body.

Aly was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method while she was earning her BFA in Dance at Florida State University. Upon graduating, Aly moved back to the Tampa Bay area where she began teaching, choreographing and performing in the local dance community. During this time, she became interested in deepening her knowledge of body mechanics and conditioning to further assist her students and to enhance her own dancing. This led her to enrolling in her first STOTT PILATES certification course. Her appreciation and enthusiasm for the training soon developed into an interest in becoming a full-time STOTT PILATES instructor.

To this day, Aly remains in Tampa and teaches at Pilates Movement Studio, where she is now part of the education team as a Merrithew Instructor Trainer.

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Alyssa Jones

Alyssa Jones

Floating
Pacific Grove, California, USA

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

Bio

Alyssa Jones received her BFA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach. She was able to incorporate her dance background into the Pilates world through STOTT PILATES®. She received her Full Level 1 certification in 2004 through the Marshall Eklund Fitness & Pilates Studio. In 2006, she received the honor of becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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Alyssa Paraggio

Alyssa Paraggio

Pilates Movement Studio
Tampa, Florida, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.A. Dance Studies, B.S. Biology, Total Barre® Accreditation

Bio

Alyssa was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® while undergoing rehabilitation following surgery for a dance-related hip injury. When she didn’t improve with post-op therapy, Alyssa sought out a physical therapist who specialized in treating dancers who was also a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor. Pilates was an integral part of her successful rehabilitation, and she was able to dance again. Pilates helped Alyssa gain the strength to maintain proper pelvic and spinal alignment and taught her how to work properly and avoid further straining of her hip flexors.

Alyssa attended the University of South Florida where she received a B.A. in Dance Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science and a B.S. in Biology. Upon completion of her degrees, Alyssa became a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2013 and became a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in 2016. Alyssa enjoys incorporating her experience with injury prevention and her passion for STOTT PILATES to create fun and challenging workouts for her clients as well as passing her knowledge and experience on to aspiring Instructors.

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