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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.

Melissa Wong
Pilatique
Malaysia &, Singapore

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA, ACE

Bio

Melissa Wong is the co-founder and Education Director of Pilatique Pilates Studio, set up in 2005 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Pilatique in Singapore in 2011. She has always been a fitness and dance enthusiast and started her career in the fitness arena in 2000 working with Nike, Les Mills, Fitness First and others, giving her the opportunity to travel and present in dance and Pilates. Melissa first became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2008 and brought Pilatique Malaysia and Singapore to become a Licensed Training Centers in 2008 and 2016 respectively.

Melissa is a bilingual instructor in English and Chinese. She has presented Merrithew workshops at the Asia Fitness Convention 2010 and 2011 in Thailand, assisted during the 2013 Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour at Shanghai and presented in ChinaFit 2016 in Beijing, Tianjin and Shenzhen in the same year.

Melissa enjoys learning and sharing her knowledge and coaching her students and Pilatique's team of physiotherapists and strives also to be a good mother and wife. Melissa is a grounded and ambitious little dot.

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Melody Mason-Wiliford
Floating
Tampa, Florida, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, ISSA, Body Balance UNLV

Bio

After completing her studies in London, England at a college for ballet, Melody began her career working internationally as a dancer and dance instructor. On retiring from dance in 2000 her natural inclination was to continue working in an industry that involved physical awareness. This took her through personal training as well as group fitness accreditation. Feeling there were too many gaps in her education and an interest in injury prevention, she qualified in Pilates at the University of Las Vegas. A desire to expand her repertoire led her to the STOTT PILATES® method where she found a qualifying body that approached training with a comprehensive and intelligent approach. She is now happily an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer.

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Meredith Stephens
Floating
Brookline, New Hampshire, USA

IT qualifications
Halo® Training; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Board Certified Structural Integrator, doctoral candidate in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University.

Bio

Meredith has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry teaching fitness classes, personal training, developing workshops and programs for special populations, coordinating group fitness and aquatics programs, delivering physical therapy services and managing a large medically-based wellness facility. When working with clients and patients, Meredith employs a unique combination of traditional physical therapy with fascial training, Pilates and structural integration techniques.

Meredith has been a Pilates Instructor since 2000 and worked with Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer PJ O'Clair to develop the Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course.

Meredith is now a Lead Instructor Trainer in Merrithew Fascial Movement as well as Halo® Training. She owns two studios in New Hampshire, USA, Brookline Bodyworks and Bodyworks at Depot Square.

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Mia Soehn
West Coast Pilates & Health
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BCRPA

Bio

Since 1989, Mia has served has a personal trainer, fitness leader and manager of several facilities in health and fitness—she even competed in the Body Max Building Classic in 1997. It was not until she suffered injuries from a car accident when she discovered Pilates, and she immediately fell in love with its rehabilitative benefits.

In 2001 Mia became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor; and as a result of her hard work she was then invited to become an Instructor Trainer in 2005. Recently, she completed courses in ZEN•GA® and Total Barre®, and has also studied and practiced other modalities such as Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Fusion and Reiki. Mia has rehabilitated herself back to health from several injuries including an ACL repair, carpal tunnel syndrome and other setbacks, which has allowed her to gain greater understanding of the body and share her knowledge with others to help them in their personal healing experience.

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Michael Christensen
Floating
Århus, Denmark

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

Bio

Michael is an Instructor for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®. He travels regularly to teach and present to students and instructors. A professional ballet and modern dancer in the early 1990’s, Michael has been using Pilates as a part of his training regime for many years. He is a qualified physical education teacher who has now streamlined his focus to share his knowledge of the STOTT PILATES method with instructors all over the world.

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Michaela Bimbi-Dresp
Pilatesbody
Munich, Germany

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; Total Barre®; ZEN•GA® Mat; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement; Halo® Training, Part 1

Additional credentials and designations
MBA, ACE, Fitness and Advanced Trainer for Dr. Schleipp for Fascial Fitness, Certified Message Therapist

Bio

Michaela's fitness career has taken her all over the world. She was a dancer in her native home of Germany before becoming certified as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer while spending time in the United States. Michaela completed her STOTT PILATES® Certification in New York and in the U.K. and went on to become a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer. Michaela also specializes in the complete STOTT PILATES Repertoire, including all Matwork and Equipment levels, as well as Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, Merrithew Fascial Movement, and Halo® Training. In 2002, Michaela founded Pilatesbody, the first Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Munich, Germany. She is also the author of best selling books about Pilates.

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Michele Carini
Floating
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
Nutritious Movement™ Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist; Fascial Movement™ Instructor; MELT Method® Advanced Level Instructor; PMA-CPT; Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist; BA, University of California at Los Angeles

Bio

A lifelong athlete and native Californian, Michele was introduced to Pilates in 1996 to rehabilitate from a neck injury and improve her performance as a competitive runner. In Switzerland, where she was VP of a global healthcare advertising firm, Michele independently refined and strengthened her Pilates skills while taking up rock climbing. A relocation to The Netherlands allowed her to pursue her passion for Pilates full-time. Michele earned her first STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2005, her full Certification in 2008, and became an Instructor Trainer in 2009. While living in The Netherlands, she established CorSano Pilates as a satellite studio through which she introduced and taught STOTT PILATES classes for the public at local gyms, and also led Certification courses for the Licensed Training Center (now located in The Hague). When Michele moved to Ottawa, Canada in 2011, she opened CorSano Pilates an exclusive studio and Merrithew Host Center where she offers specialized one-on-one training to rehab clients and high-level athletes. Michele also teaches weekly at a local dance school and an integrated wellness center, and has become known for her CorMotus self-care group classes. Now a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Michele is available on a freelance basis through the Corporate Training Center in Toronto.

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Michelle DiMeo
SweatShop Fitness Health Club
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.F.A. Dance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bio

Michelle DiMeo became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2016. A year later, she added Merrithew Instructor Trainer to her list of accolades. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her passion for movement and healing through movement led her to a career in Pilates. Currently living in Minneapolis, MN, Michelle works as a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor and Merrithew Instructor Trainer at the SweatShop, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Saint Paul, MN.

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Michelle Gantz
Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
LMP; ACE Group Fitness Instructor

Bio

Michelle obtained her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2006 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009. She is also a licensed massage therapist and has been a certified yoga instructor for more than 12 years. Michelle enjoys working privately with clients, drawing from her diverse background to help them develop strength and find efficient movement and that best fits their lifestyle and limitations. She frequently works with special client populations recovering from knee or hip replacements and spinal cord injuries and thrives on finding the right exercise solution for their needs.

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Michelle Lim Chwee Woon
Floating
Singapore, Singapore

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

Additional credentials and designations
Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Practitioner L1, Basic Sports Massage Therapist

Bio

Michelle received her Certification as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2010. In 2016, she completed the requirements to become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. She has had extensive training in the Pilates method from a number of Pilates schools since 2005. A graduate in dance from Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts (2003), Michelle is influenced by other training including Gyrotonic (Apprentice in 2013), Myokinematic Restoration, Anatomy Trains and Argentine Tango which she has been perfecting since 2011. Michelle has extensive experience teaching in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong as a resident Pilates Instructor for a physiotherapy clinic, Pilates Instructor in the Singapore Navy, and in the Lasalle College of the Arts School of Dance, as well as with private studio clients from all backgrounds. She aspires to train quality Pilates Instructors who will uphold the standards of STOTT PILATES and Merrithew brands. In 2018, Michelle co-founded The Better Movement Studio, Singapore.

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