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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.

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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Amanda Schall

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

With ten years of experience as a competitive dancer and professional model, Amanda knows the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It was through dance she was introduced to Pilates and Merrithew, and in 2008 she completed the STOTT PILATES® certification to begin her career teaching in Texas. 

It was not long after that Amanda’s love, dedication and passion for educating others about Pilates and body awareness prompted her to become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2017.  

Currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts, Amanda is living her dream of helping others meet their personal health and fitness goals. As a firm believer in the mind, body and soul connection, she feels privileged to be bringing her clients the latest information on health and wellness.
 
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Amanda Taylor

Floating
Plano, Texas, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS in Theatre/Dance

Bio

Amanda’s extensive Pilates education and teaching experience began in 1992. In 2000, after years of continuous studies and teaching in health clubs, she discovered STOTT PILATES® and became inspired to further her education in the method. Amanda completed her certifications in Toronto, Canada, becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and currently works as a floating IT. She originally opened BodyMind Design, a Licensed Training Center (LTC), offering classes and private sessions to the public as well as professional education to instructors. The studio continues to offer STOTT PILATES training as well as other brands from Merrithew including ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training, as well as methodologies of the C.H.E.K. Institute, TRX Suspension Training, and techniques from the Anatomy Trains system. Amanda has recently chosen to operate a more intimate studio offering private and semi-private sessions. Belief in the STOTT PILATES method, devotion to her education, and commitment to teaching with integrity, are the foundations of her success.