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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.

Pilar Escusa Andres
Akrostudio Training
Barcelona, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
Senior Sports Instructor Rhythmic Gymnastic, Artistic Gymnastic, National Trainer, Sport Manager, Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip, Halo® Training

Bio

Pilar worked for more than 18 years in high performance sports as a gymnast trainer and coordinator of technical programs that develop efficiency and safety for competitive gymnasts. In 2003, she first experienced Pilates, and saw how it could improve athletic performance. She decided to certify in classic Pilates, and began applying what she learned to gymnasts as a complement to their workouts with excellent results.

Years later, she was working in a fitness club and spa as a personal trainer, and focused on injury prevention and post-rehab using Pilates. She chose to obtain STOTT PILATES® Certification in order to add to her knowledge base and learn a more efficient and intelligent method of movement. STOTT PILATES provided her with a full and complete understanding of the biomechanics involved in all forms of exercise. As a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer, Pilar is part of the Merrithew Licensed Training Center Akrostudio training team, and teaches courses in Spain and Portugal

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Pilar Zuniga Valero
Akrostudio
Madrid, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
Degree in Physical Education, Masters Degree in Health and Exercise

Bio

Pilar has been involved with movement from an early age. She began competing in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 8, and later trained in professional ballet. Pilar abandoned her ballet career due to a knee injury and enrolled at university. She has a degree in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Health and Exercise. Pilar was introduced to Pilates in 2006 and has been teaching ever since. She is a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer and has been working for Akrostudio since 2016. She owns a studio in Ibiza, Spain.

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PJ O’Clair
Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE Certified, Programming Director Board Member for IDEA Health & Fitness, TRX Senior Master Instructor

Bio

PJ is a highly sought after, internationally recognized, award-winning health and fitness icon. She has published numerous fitness and therapeutic programs spanning many disciplines, including Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Fascia and Movement, and Athletic Performance for Cyclists. In addition to being a leader in the mindful movement field since the 1980s, PJ is also a local of Beverly who has trained generations of North Shore residents and their families for decades.

She is well known in both the consumer and professional markets as a movement innovator and Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer, inspiring her local clients and fitness professionals from around the world. PJ specializes in STOTT PILATES® and TRX®, and has appeared in well over 80 fitness DVDs and digital platforms. She is highly driven, extremely passionate, and committed to all aspects of health and wellness. In her spare time, PJ, along with her husband, is an avid cyclist and participates in many charitable events.

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Rebecca (Bec) Andrews
Bodyworks Subiaco
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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

Additional credentials and designations
Anatomy Trains 1&2, Anatomy Trains Slings Essential, Slings in Motion, TRX, Full Teaching Diploma C.S.T.D (Dancing)

Bio

Bec has over 30 years of experience in the dancing industry, specializing in theatrical dance and acrobatics. After a career change and five children later, Bec completed the STOTT PILATES® Full Certification. She has been teaching the STOTT PILATES method for five years now, along with Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, and CORE.

Bec has always been passionate about teaching others, so becoming a Merrithew Instructor Trainer was a natural next step. She is impressed by the STOTT PILATES method as it develops strength, flexibility, and mobility, all while allowing people to have fun. She is fascinated by fascial movement and will continue to broaden her knowledge in this field.

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Rebecca Beckler
Floating
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA, ACE, AFAA

Bio

Rebecca has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2000 and has her BA in Adult Fitness from Marshall University in West Virginia. She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2010 followed by CORE and Total Barre® since 2013. She is also a certified ACE Personal Trainer and an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor. Rebecca is the proud owner of Be Buff Pilates, a boutique Pilates studio that incorporates Pilates and Functional Training.

Rebecca Lee
Floating
Kailua, Hawaii, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Prior to her life as a Pilates Instructor, Rebecca had careers in radio broadcasting as a disc jockey & traffic reporter and in cable television advertising, amongst others. She was first exposed to the Pilates method as a young dancer. Many years later, and looking for a "complete 180" career change, she was exposed to STOTT PILATES®. She began her training in 2001 and became fully certified in the full STOTT PILATES® repertoire. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2012 and has been teaching & training ever since. Rebecca relishes in the good Pilates has done her and absolutely loves sharing knowledge with her students.

Rebecca Schroeder
Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA

Bio

Rebecca holds a BFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach and is a certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor. She was introduced to Pilates in 1994, which further sparked her fascination for body awareness, alignment and core-strength. In 2013, Rebecca became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Rebecca enjoys creating a workout experience that suits each person's specific needs, fitness goals and skill level whether they are athletes, those suffering with chronic pain, rehabilitation from surgery, or those who are simply seeking to learn more about their bodies. She loves watching the positive changes brought about by practicing STOTT PILATES and empowering her clients with a mind-body awareness that can be carried into their everyday lives. When Rebecca is not teaching Pilates or dancing, she can be found climbing in the North Cascades or backcountry skiing.

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Renata Moraes
Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

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

Bio

Renata graduated as a Physical Educator from the University of São Paulo with experience in research, teaching and management. She has worked in Pilates since 2005 and started her STOTT PILATES® education in 2007. In 2010 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels as well as CORE.

Rene Craig
Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE certified Personal Trainer, MAT Jumpstart Upper Extremities, Lower Extremities, Spine and Trunk, PMA Certified, Pilates for Menopause Certified Instructor, Diastisis Recti Certified Instructor, Functional Anatomy For Movement & Injuries

Bio

René has been active in the fitness industry for the last 16 years. In her early fitness career she was a group exercise instructor and personal trainer for the YMCA. She was introduced to Pilates in 2004 and began applying the stability principles of Pilates to her personal training clients. In 2009, she received her STOTT PILATES® certification and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2013.

She enjoys helping her clients achieve their fitness goals regardless of their fitness level and working with those who have special needs because of health issues or injuries. She continually strives to increase her skills and knowledge of the human body and movement so her clients will receive the highest quality training available.

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Ricardo Cuellar Barrios
Pilates bodyharmony
Nicosia, Cyprus

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

Bio

Ricardo received his STOTT PILATES® certification in 2007 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2013. He is the Manager of Pilates BodyHarmony, a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Cyprus. Ricardo teaches group and private classes and works with elite and amateur athletes for performance enhancement and rehabilitation. His work is distinguished by his ability to motivate and inspire his students and clients to reach beyond their capabilities and comfort zone. Moreover, his portfolio includes a series of training and therapeutic courses, including Sensory Motor Learning, Muscle Activation, Trigger Point and fascia release. Ricardo hails from Bogota, Colombia. He began his career as a ballet dancer, and through dance, he ultimately discovered Pilates - a decisive turning point in his life. Ricardo was the first Merrithew Instructor Trainer in Cyprus.

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