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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.

Leslie Wall
Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Bio

Formerly a professional dancer, Leslie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method after an extensive knee injury and a multitude of surgeries ending her career as a dancer. Her familiarity with body movement and muscular strength made the transition to Pilates feel completely natural. She quickly advanced herself in the industry and is now a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in Total Barre® and STOTT PILATES. She is a valued member of the Merrithew education team and presents on their behalf. Leslie continues to train both future instructors and private clients including Cirque du Soleil performers, NHL Players, Olympic athletes and is an adviser/instructor to “SpiderTech Kinesiology” Executives.

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Letícia Toledo Roverci
Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

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

Bio

A native Brazilian, Leticia has been in the health and fitness industry since 2001 when she began dance lessons. In 2005 she was certified by UNIFIEO as a physical educator, but sustained considerable joint damage after teaching a large number of fitness classes. Leticia began her career with STOTT PILATES® in 2007 to enhance her knowledge and use the technique for her own benefit. Realizing the benefits, she left the gyms and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010.

Lily Touw
Vitruvian Studio
Jakarta, Indonesia

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

Additional credentials and designations
Redcord Active Instructor Trainer

Bio

A former Indonesian athlete in badminton and swimming, Lily became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2004, and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007. In 2012, she was named a Lead Instructor Trainer. She is also is Certified Redcord Active Instructor Trainer. Based at the Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, this high-energy Indonesian native has traveled to present workshops and teach the STOTT PILATES method around the world. Lily’s vibrant and down-to-earth attitude has made her one of Indonesia’s most respected Pilates personalities. In addition, Lily is a regular contributor for leading health, fitness and women's magazines and a member of the advisory board for Pilates in SHAPE Magazine Indonesia. Teaching is a part of her never ending pursuit of knowledge as to what she believes “We learn so much more when we are teaching.”

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Lisa Kaye
Floating
Sydney, Australia

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist; ACE-Approved, APMA Diploma Pilates Movement Therapy; Certified IV Fitness; Certified IV Allied Health Assistance; Certified IV Training & Assessment; APMA Level 4 Professional Practitioner Member

Bio

Lisa, originally from the UK, is a former member of the British National Gymnastic Squad. Currently based in Sydney, she has been teaching health and fitness for over 20 years. She is a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE. She is also a registered fitness leader in Australia, an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Physiologist and an Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Level 4 Professional Practitioner Member. Lisa teaches STOTT PILATES courses and workshops in Australia and has her own Pilates studio in Sydney that specializes in private Pilates training.

Lisa Lewis
Gigi’s Pilates Studio (satellite location for Victory Pilates)
Des Moines, Iowa, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, ISCA,TRX Trained, Pink Ribbon Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, Specialist in Pilates Based Education for Neurological Conditions

Bio

Lisa became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2006 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011, ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement in 2013 and Total Barre® in 2014. She is an ISCA certified personal trainer, TRX trained, and is also a certified breast cancer exercise specialist. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa in 2006. Lisa enjoys working with a wide range of Pilates clients; from those recovering from surgery to highly conditioned athletes. In addition to teaching Pilates, Lisa dances and performs professionally with Hurley & Dancers, a modern dance company in Des Moines, and teaches dance to a variety of levels and ages.

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Lisa Palmer
The Movement Lab
Cape Town, South Africa

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

Bio

Lisa decided to pursue her passion of movement and the human body by becoming fully STOTT PILATES® certified in 2005 and then an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specialising in STOTT PILATES the following year. In 2016, Lisa received special recognition as a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES, she is also a Lead Instructor Trainer for ZEN•GA® and Total Barre®.

Lisa is the founder and owner of The Movement Lab, Cape Town. Her studio is the only Merrithew Licensed Training centre in Africa, where she also offers music-driven, challenging and creative Pilates classes.

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Lucy Garcia
Floating
San Diego, California, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
200 hour yoga certification

Bio

Lucy started as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor in her native England, but her connection to the performing arts brought her to LA in 1990. She discovered Pilates in 1995 when dancing with a modern dance company. Lucy has been teaching Pilates for 20 years and completed her STOTT PILATES® training at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. In 2004 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, and continued her training by qualifying as an Instructor in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training. She has trained student instructors in San Diego and Los Angeles. Lucy specializes in both therapeutic and post-rehabilitation Pilates and athletic performance. After suffering a traumatic back injury in 2003, she passionately completed an extensive series of back therapy courses, all of which incorporate the latest research findings.

Lyudmyla Arefyeva
Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

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

Bio

Lyudmyla has been working in the fitness industry since 1996, and in 2006 she received her first STOTT PILATES® Certification. In 2011 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and currently works at Pilates Italia, the Licensed Training Center in Italy. She also runs her own Pilates studio in Grosseto, Italy.

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Maite Villalonga Pons
Akrostudio
Seville, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Redcord Active®, Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Maite was introduced to Pilates through dance in Barcelona at the Slamdancing Studio and Company & Company Dance School. In 2012, she became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in Matwork in Barcelona. She became fully certified in STOTT PILATES in 2015, and a few months later, became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer.

Her extensive experience and passion for sharing her knowledge and understanding of the STOTT PILATES method led her to train in other Merrithew-branded programs, learning other modalities and techniques such as Total Barre®. She currently teaches at Akrostudio, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Spain, and manages her own studio in Seville (Andalucía, Spain).

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Maki Fujiwara
Bcube
Osaka, Japan

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

Bio

Maki graduated from the Kobe College Music Department with a B.A. in Dance. While in college, she studied classical ballet (the Graham Technique), and also began to study Pilates and anatomy. After graduating from college, she received her STOTT PILATES® Full Certification and is currently working as an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre® at the Licensed Training Center Bcube in Osaka, Japan. With her passion for dance, Maki loves to incorporate elements of dance performance into her lessons which has enabled her to share her knowledge with students when teaching at the Takarazuka Musical Academy.

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