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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.

Olivia Sadeler
Pilates Training Center Hawaii
Kailua, Hawaii, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
PT

Bio

A Doctor of Physical Therapy, Olivia specializes in outpatient orthopedic injuries, using the STOTT PILATES® method to aid her clients in their rehabilitation. Olivia became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2004, and by 2009 had become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Olivia practices Physical Therapy at the United States Athletic Training Center, and also teaches group and private Pilates classes at Yoga Works. In both her Physical Therapy sessions and her Pilates teaching, Olivia enjoys using her expertise in anatomy of movement to help her clients achieve optimal function and performance.

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Oscar Favaro
Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Oscar began his training with STOTT PILATES® in 2010 became a fully Certified Instructor in 2013. Very shortly after that he began his training to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew. He is now currently teaching at our Licensed Training Center in Milan, Italy.

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Pablo Vera
Floating
Toledo, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
PT

Bio

With an extensive history as a physiotherapist, Pablo is passionate about movement and therapeutic exercise. Before he became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2004, and then an Instructor Trainer immediately after, he worked as a physiotherapist for over 18 years specializing in sports and osteopathy.

Pablo was drawn to Pilates as a tool to help his patients restore movement and function to their bodies. In addition to helping his patients by incorporating STOTT PILATES into their rehab programs, Pablo collaborates as a professor at Nebrija University in Madrid, and is involved in research related to musculoskeletal disorders. Pablo is now a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer.

Pam VanGilder
Pilates Center of Ballet Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Pink Ribbon Certified; John Barnes Level 1 MFR Course; Dance Education

Bio

Pam has worked in the field of dance and movement education for most of her life. She has designed and created dance education trainings and curriculums for classroom teachers and teaching artists locally and nationally. As a member of the National Dance Education Organization, she was on the committee for writing the National Education Dance Standards for Early Childhood, and worked with the Kennedy Center VSA program to align the dance education standards for students with disabilities with the Common Core Standards.

For 12 years, Pam was also Director of the Dance Program for Madonna Learning Center, a school for children and young adults with disabilities. In 2016, she was awarded ‘Dance Teacher of the Year’ by Dance Teacher Magazine for her work with students with disabilities. Her daughter Sarah, a young adult with Down Syndrome, is her driving inspiration for creating and developing arts programs for individuals with disabilities.

Pam began teaching STOTT PILATES® in 2000 and is a fully Certified Instructor for Matwork, Reformer, Stability Chair, Cadillac and Barrels, as well as Injuries and Special Populations. She is passionate about helping others acquire and maintain fit and functional movement through Pilates so they may continue to enjoy a full and active life. As an Instructor Trainer in Matwork & Reformer, she enjoys imparting her years of experience with new teachers. She is also certified in the Pink Ribbon Program and has taken the John Barnes Level 1 MFR Course.

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Patricia Liao
The Orange Room Wellness Center
Shanghai, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
RYT; Master Stretch of BodyCode System® ; ZEN•GA Qualified Instructor; Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

As a Taiwanese-American expatriate who has lived in China for over 20 years, Patricia has developed a unique perspective on wellness that she hopes to share with the community. Patricia started practicing yoga in 2000, hoping to ease the chronic pain she suffered. Ever since she discovered the benefits that come from a balance of yoga and Pilates, she has been working to combine the two. She co-founded The Orange Room in 2006 with the vision of promoting wellness in the Shanghai community. The Orange Room later became the first host center for Merrithew education in China. Patricia became a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2012, and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer in 2015. While today her main duties revolve around the management of The Orange Room, her passion remains promoting Pilates education across China.

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Patricia Tyler
BodyFit Studio
Cairo, Egypt

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, AFFA, Mad Dogg Athletics, TRX, Yogafit

Bio

Originally from South Africa, Patricia is the owner of the BodyFit Studio in Cairo, Egypt, the country's first dedicated Pilates Studio. With an extensive background in sports and fitness, dating back to 1983, she started teaching the STOTT PILATES® method in 2005, and went on to complete Full Certification in Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, together with Injuries and Special Populations in 2010. In 2012 she became Egypt's first Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. She now teaches courses, presents workshops and examines students for certification. Patricia also has certifications in Personal Training (ACE), Group Fitness (AFFA), Spinning (Mad Dogg Athletics), Yogafit and TRX group Suspension Training systems. With a passion for teaching, Patricia is always keen to share her knowledge with students and clients alike.

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Patrick Przyborowski
Practice Fitness
Dayton, Ohio, United States

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS, MFA, ACE

Bio

Patrick Przyborowski began teaching Pilates in Ohio in 2003, shortly after which he met his first STOTT PILATES® Instructors and was so wowed by them that he started his training anew in 2004. In 2008 he opened his own Pilates, yoga and personal training studio in Dayton, Ohio. Patrick became a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2010, and in 2012 became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. He holds a BS in Communication, an MFA in Playwriting, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Patrick teaches courses at his studio, Practice Fitness, which is now a Merrithew hosting facility. In addition to teaching Pilates and running his studio, Patrick loves strength training, running, meditation and yoga.

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Paul Thornley
Floating
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

Additional credentials and designations
Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist

Bio

Paul hails from Manchester, UK and has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Through his martial arts and military training, he has developed a real passion for doing it right. His teaching style reflects his personality: clinical and precise but with a huge slice of humor. In a profound way, he has seen how STOTT PILATES® can change people's lives. Paul is a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and is also an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist.

Paulina Vazquez
Floating
Houston, Texas, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA in Dance, Gyrotonic and PMA

Bio

Paulina first became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2004 and later became a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. Prior to her career in the fitness industry, Paulina was a dancer, having graduated with a degree in Dance Kinesiology at the National Dance School of Mexico. Paulina has been teaching the STOTT PILATES method for over a decade both nationally and internationally. She has taught and presented at numerous venues throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia. She enjoys teaching group and personal classes, as well as working with clients with injuries and special requirements.

Pilar Cepeda Molina
Akrostudio
Madrid, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapist, Total Barre® Qualified, ZEN∙GA® Equipment Qualified

Bio

Pilar started her practice as a physiotherapist in the neurological field, then transferred to the sports field. She specializes in Obstetric & Gynecologist Therapy as well as Myofascial Techniques. Pilar shares her enthusiasm in the Pilates Method teaching courses internationally in several University Masters programs. She received her Full Certification in the STOTT PILATES® method in 2006 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007 and the STOTT PILATES Rehab program in 2014. She was granted Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2018.

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