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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.

Tomo Tsuchida
Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS

Bio

Originally from Tokyo, Tomo obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, where she and gained extensive practical experience working with the body as an aide in orthopedic physical therapy clinics. It was in the field of rehabilitation that Tomo discovered Pilates and she decided to pursue her STOTT PILATES® certification with the belief that the method could help people maintain a strong mind and body. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009 and continually draws from her diverse background and knowledge of the human body in teaching students and helping clients achieve their fitness goals.

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Tomoko Ogawa
Floating
Tokyo, Japan

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

Bio

Tomoko began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and received her Full Certification in 205. She became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2007.

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Tracy Dawber
Floating
Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Bio

Tracy Dawber has been teaching Pilates for more than 17 years. Originally a fully-trained classical ballet dancer and teacher, Tracy opened her own studio and taught Ballet for 9 years. While looking for an exercise to do for herself, a friend recommended Pilates. Her search led her to STOTT PILATES® and she decided to embark on training and certification in 1999. After completing her Full Certification, Tracy went on to become a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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Tracy Maxfield
Bodysmith Studio
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A

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

Additional credentials and designations
Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance

Bio

Tracy came to Pilates with a long history in movement of the body. With a Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of NC at Greensboro, he worked as a professional dancer before an injury changed the direction of his career. In search of rehabilitation, he found Pilates and after 6 months, the pain he had experienced for two years disappeared. Amazed by the healing nature of the method, Tracy became certified with STOTT PILATES® in 2004 and is currently a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. His new career path has allowed him to travel to many places from Montreal, Quebec to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE teaching and training in the exercise technique.

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Tresa Sauer
The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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

Bio

In 2005, Tresa left a 20-year paralegal career to become a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor. After completing her courses at The Sweatshop in St. Paul, she began teaching classes and working privately with clients there. In 2010, Tresa became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and remains at The Sweatshop now teaching students in addition to her client base. Her dynamic personality and keen sense of humor bring enthusiasm to the educational setting and make her an approachable mentor and information source. In addition to Pilates, Tresa is a TRX Suspension System, Russian Kettlebell and CrossFit enthusiast.

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Vichael Mak
VIM Pilates Studio
Wanchai, Hong Kong

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

Additional credentials and designations
BBA, Masters Sports Medicine & Health Science

Bio

Vichael is the proud co-owner of VIM Pilates Studio, a Merrithew Host Training Center in Hong Kong. He started teaching the STOTT PILATES® method in 2006 and became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010. Ambitious and passionate about teaching, Vichael completed three IT courses in less than two years and was awarded Instructor Trainer Rookie of the Year in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine and Health Science and thrives on teaching both clients and students.

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Ya-Chu (Judy) Yang
Alignment Fitness Studio
Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Judy’s passion for exercise led to a range of injuries. Pilates enhanced Judy’s recovery and inspired her to become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®. In 2016, with two other STOTT PILATES Instructors, Judy co-founded Triangle Pilates Studios in Taiwan. As one of the few Pilates studios in the city, they’re excited to be sharing the benefits of Pilates with more people, helping them learn how to take good care of their bodies on a daily basis.

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Ya-Cyuan (Quawa) Chen
Alignment
Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Rehab (Matwork)

Additional credentials and designations
Physical therapy from Redcord, Neurac Instructor, ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Ya-Cyuan Chen’s interest in Pilates stems from receiving orthopedic physical therapy after an ankle injury in high school. The success in her recovery inspired her to obtain her license in physical therapy in 2007; and it was not long after she began exploring mind and body exercises such as yoga and Pilates.

The mat exercises from Merrithew's STOTT PILATES® program convinced Ya-Cyuan Chen of the benefits of Pilates, and she completed her certification in STOTT PILATES and STOTT PILATES Rehab in 2011/2012.

In 2015, she co-founded Triangle Pilates Studio in Kaohsiung to inspire others in moving well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She also teaches at Merrithew Licensed Training Center, Alignment Fitness Studio.

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Yi-Chun (Jennifer) Peng
SmartCare Pilates Studio
Taipei, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehabilitation

Additional credentials and designations
M.S. in Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, Physical Therapist, ACSM-CPT,Kinetic Control Movement Solution I-III,RedCord Neurac I-II Certification, Anatomy Train in Structure and Function

Bio

Jennifer has been teaching the STOTT PILATES® method since 2005. In 2011, she completed her Full Certification and went on to become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer for specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab. She is also a qualified ZEN•GA® Instructor. Working as a physical therapist she is always in search of ways to solve the problems of pain, movement dysfunction, and motor control, and has practiced teaching Pilates clinically as a primary treatment for more than 8 years. Jennifer has conducted research on the effect of Pilates on low back pain and found that pain relief with Pilates was confirmed. Her belief is "movements solve movement problems". Over time, Jennifer becomes more and more enthusiastic about combining STOTT PILATES and ZEN•GA together for her clients’ treatment.

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Yoko Yasui
Body Mode
Tokyo, Japan

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Yoko graduated from Yokohama National University with a degree in Health & Physical Education and has been a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2007. She currently teaches courses and workshops at the Licensed Training Center in Tokyo, Body Mode. Yoko has a passion for aerobics and has over 20 years experience teaching instructor courses, has competed in national and international competitions, and currently acts as a judge at such events in Japan. Yoko particularly enjoys working with the aging population, integrating post-rehabilitation techniques and coaching and conditioning athletes to help them achieve success.

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