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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.

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.

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Amy de Schweinitz
Floating
Anchorage, Alaska, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, ACE

Bio

After training for 4 years with Michaela Bimbi-Dresp in Munich, Germany, Amy de Schweinitz obtained her STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2004. In 2007, she became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES, and enabling her to teach worldwide. With a BSc in Kinesiology and Sport Science, Amy was able to complement her studies as a competitive runner and triathlete. She found that Pilates was a huge asset to her success as an athlete, thus it launched her career in Pilates. Amy is now certified by the Pilates Method Alliance and is an ACE Certified Trainer. As an international Certified Health Coach, Amy is passionate about using Pilates to help people feel good in their bodies and have the best quality of life.

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Amy Pronovost
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE. BA, RYT

Bio

Amy Pronovost received her BA in Dance and English from Western Michigan University. She is currently an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®, a Level 1 Gyrotonic instructor, a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and an ACE certified Group Instructor Trainer. She has been teaching at Equilibrium in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan since 2000. She has also taught ballet for fifteen years and currently has students performing around the world and on Broadway.

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Amy Slowik
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, SPX® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
PT, Gyrotonic

Bio

Amy is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer and SPX® Matwork & Reformer, as well as a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Speed, Agility & Quickness instructor and a Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor. As a licensed physical therapist, Amy combines backgrounds in dance, sports medicine and Gyrotonic to design safe, yet challenging Pilates workouts for each individual regardless of their fitness level. Amy previously specialized in treating orthopedic, dance and sports injuries and enjoyed working with athletes of all levels, but now devotes her career to teaching Pilates.

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Amy Van Dooremalen
Floating
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BFA Dance, TRX, Motion Dynamics Flexibility & Stability Training

Bio

Amy was introduced to Pilates while completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree as a dance major at York University in Toronto, Canada. After pursuing a career in modern dance she turned to Pilates for her next challenge. In 2004 she became a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and was invited to work at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. Amy represents Merrithew as a floating Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES, Total Barre® and Halo® Training. She has traveled throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia teaching courses and presenting at international fitness conferences such as FILEX in Melbourne/Sydney, Australia and at China Fit Beijing. Amy has also been featured on Channel News Asia AM Live “Fighting Fit” series, was a visiting Fitness Specialist at the prestigious Amanoi Resort in Vietnam and has worked with the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. When she is not traveling, Amy enjoys teaching as a freelancer for her own company Spiritus.

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Andrea Kosmicki Hoarau
Floating
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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

Bio

Andrea was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® during her studies at Oklahoma City University to help overcome dance-related injuries. She began her education in the method in 2007, while working for Royal Caribbean Productions as a professional dancer. After achieving her Full Certification in 2013, Andrea proceeded to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2014. Her passion for mind-body awareness and injury prevention, along with an upbeat teaching style, makes Andrea a perfect fit for teaching Pilates to a variety of clients and instructors.

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Angel Garcia Devesa
Akro Studio
Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, Rehab, SPX® Matwork & Reformer; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
OT

Bio

Angel is the Technical Director for Akro Studio and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® as a Lead IT who has worked in various Pilates centers in Madrid, Spain. He studied Occupational Therapy and leads the Rehab Pilates program at the European University of Madrid, where he works with individuals such as Diane Lee to guarantee the development of the STOTT PILATES curriculum within his latest research. Throughout his fruitful career, Angel has had the opportunity to work with several noteworthy professionals, including the renowned dancer, Victor Ullate, and is a recognized teacher and presenter all across Spain and South America.

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Angela McCartney
Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ZEN•GA® and Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Angela is owner and founder of Studio Pilates located in Winchester, MA. She is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer. She began her Pilates training in 2002, became an IT in 2010 and in 2013, Angela became a ZEN•GA® and Total Barre® Qualified Instructor. Angela brings over 30 years of group fitness teaching experience to Studio Pilates, holding AFAA certifications in Group Fitness, Kickboxing, and Personal Training. Angela has always had a love and interest in fitness, has competed in several middle-distance triathlons and holds a purple belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is a graduate of Tufts University with a BS in biology and classical studies. She is passionate and knowledgeable and brings enormous energy and enthusiasm to her teaching.

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Anita Tang
The Orange Room Wellness Center
Shanghai, China

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

Additional credentials and designations
BSc; RYT; ZEN•GA® and Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada, Anita moved to Shanghai, China in 1995. She stumbled upon Pilates while searching for a way to ease her muscle pain and tension. From the relief of her tense muscles to the relief of her tense mind and the discovery of a new inner strength, practicing Pilates left Anita open to the many possibilities in life. The change was so profound that she decided to leave her corporate life. She co-founded the Orange Room Wellness Center in 2006, which later became the first host center for Merrithew education in China.

Anita first became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2012, and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer in 2015. In a fast-growing market in which quality can sometimes be compromised for quick results, she strives to uphold the high standard of Merrithew education in China, one course at a time.

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Ann Carina Schubert
Floating
Copenhagen, Denmark

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Ann Carina became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2011, a STOTT PILATES Rehab Certified Instructor in 2013. She then moved on to become a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab. As a competitive figure skater, Ann Carina was first introduced to the Pilates method and later, as a physiotherapy student, was introduced to STOTT PILATES. Ann Carina uses her STOTT PILATES training to fully rehabilitate clients back to daily life and also back to high level sports.

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