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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.

Karen Louise Christensen
Floating
Århus, Denmark

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

Additional credentials and designations
Classical Ballet dancer/teacher, Psychomotor Therapist

Bio

Karen Christensen started dancing at the age of 7 after a bout of polio. She went on to be a professional ballet dancer working in companies in the US and Europe. Karen later became educated as a Psychomotor therapist and became the leader of a physical therapy unit at a nursing home. Being pulled back into the world of dance again, Karen continued to work with modern dance companies in Denmark as a ballet mistress, rehearsal assistant and guest teacher and opened her own dance school in Copenhagen, later moving to Aarhus to work with a dance company there. After studying the original Pilates method including training with Romana Kryszanowska, Karen chose the STOTT PILATES® contemporary approach for her certification in 2002 and has worked with it ever since. She is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels. She continues to train professional dancers in classical ballet as well as Pilates.

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Kelley Berting
The Core Connection Pilates Studio
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; ZEN•GA®

Additional credentials and designations
B.Sc., ACE

Bio

With a background in fitness and dance, Kelley has always had a keen interest in wellness, and was initially drawn to Pilates as a means of recovering from injuries. She received her STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2006, and in 2009 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Kelley is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to teaching Pilates, she works full-time as a Police Officer. Kelley is an energetic instructor who enjoys passing her enthusiasm for the STOTT PILATES method to her clients.

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Kelly Rodriguez
Floating
San Diego, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Bio

Kelly Rodriguez grew up practicing competitive gymnastics and dance, and developed a passion for understanding the human body. Her passion led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in dance from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She earned her ACSM Personal Trainer certification in 2012, but wanted to continue to advance her career. She received her Full Level 1 STOTT PILATES® Certification at the Marshall Eklund Fitness and Pilates Studio in San Diego in 2016. She is now a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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Kelly Sconza
C2 Pilates Training Center
Avon, Connecticut, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre®; Halo® Training; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
BA, Dance and Theatre

Bio

Kelly Sconza has been teaching the STOTT PILATES® method since 2006, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010 and Total Barre® in 2013. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Theatre from Manhattanville College, 2006. She has a deep kinesthetic understanding of the body and the ways it can move because of her many years of modern dance training. Kelly is a challenging and energetic instructor who prides herself in helping clients to reach their individual potential, while understanding their personal needs and goals.

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Khingporn Promruang
Vitruvian Pilates Studio
Pondok Indah, Jakarta, Indonesia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; ZEN•GA®

Bio

Originally from Thailand, Khingporn worked in the hospitality industry in Bangkok for many years before deciding upon a career in fitness. She took her STOTT PILATES® courses at Vitruvian Pilates Studio, where she became a Certified Instructor in 2006. Two years later, she became an Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES® specializing in STOTT PILATES and can still be found at Vitruvian teaching students.

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Kimberlee Strome
Floating
Floating, Tennessee, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
MEd., Mad Dogg, TRX, Yoga Certification

Bio

Kimberlee has been studying and teaching the STOTT PILATES® method since 2002, and in 2007 went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork & Reformer. Kimberlee's passion is teaching and she holds a Master's in Education from Lesley University. In 2006 she started a successful Pilates program at LifeBridge Health and Fitness in Baltimore, MD, where she currently teaches full-time. In 2008, LBHF became a Licensed Training Center satellite affiliated with Northeast Pilates. Kimberlee is also a Total Barre® and ZEN•GA® Instructor and teaches Mad Dogg Spinning, TRX®, and Yoga.

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Krisztián Mélykuti
Pilates Balance Studio Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP; CORE™; Merrithew™Fascial Movement; Halo® Training; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, GYROTONIC®, TRX, TRX- Rip Trainer

Bio

Krisztián comes from a background as a ballet dancer and became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2006. Since then he graduated at Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences as a physiotherapist. He also qualified as a personal trainer at the Hungarian University of Physical Education. At his studio in Budapest, Hungary, he teaches the STOTT PILATES® program as well as GYROTONIC®, TRX, TRX- Rip Training, and trains a variety of clients including dancers, athletes and agile recreational clients. As a physiotherapist, Krisztián works with patients who have neurological, rheumatological and orthopedical problems and rehabilitates trauma injuries.

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Laura Hicks Foutz
Inspire Health
Franklin, Tennessee, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
PMA

Bio

Laura began her Pilates career in 2005 while dancing as a professional ballerina. In 2008, Laura became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She began teaching courses and private clients at Inspire Health, the STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Atlanta, GA. In 2011, she moved to the outskirts of Nashville and opened her own studio. There, she hosts training courses as she continues to grow her family and the STOTT PILATES community in central Tennessee. Laura is passionate about educating and mentoring students, and she loves being a part of their respective journeys.

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Laurentia Kartika Kavriani
Vitruvian Pilates Studio
Jakarta, Indonesia

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.A.B.A

Bio

Laurentia was trained in ballet and traditional dance at a young age and it is through her passion in body movement that she was intrigued to learn about Pilates. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2012 and became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2014. She is now teaching clients at Vitruvian Pilates Studio, a Licensed Training Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia. Along with the STOTT PILATES method, Laurentia is also qualified in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training and an Instructor Trainer for Total Barre®.

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LeeAnn Silvey
Balance: Pilates Training Center
Richmond, Viriginia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA® Mat, ZEN•GA® Equipment

Additional credentials and designations
BS, Sports Medicine; MS, Exercise Physiology

Bio

In 1997, LeeAnn began working with the prevention, emergency care, maintenance and rehabilitation of athletic injury, then spent two years instructing in the Athletic Training Program at James Madison University in Virginia. Pilates became her passion in 2004, and in 2007 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®. The same year, she joined Balance Pilates Training Center as an instructor. LeeAnn’s education includes a BS in Sports Medicine from the State University of New York at Cortland and an MS in Exercise Physiology from James Madison University. She has 20 years of experience working in the fitness industry with a variety of certifications including NATA Athletic Trainer, ACE Personal Trainer and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor and is also an IT for ZEN•GA® Matwork and Equipment. LeeAnn enjoys working with an individual’s needs, and loves sharing her knowledge and skills of instruction to her clients and students.

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