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Instructor Trainers

The members of our esteemed team of Pilates Instructor Trainers are accomplished and internationally sought-after educators known for their comprehensive knowledge, dedication and professionalism. Each hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training.

A diverse group, they come from varied 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.

Shane Belau
Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, LMP, ACE Certified

Bio

Shane received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 1995 and has spent many years performing and teaching modern dance in the US and internationally. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2002 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2004. In 2008 she received her certification as a Duggan French Approach Practitioner (DFA) of Somatic Pattern Recognition. Shane brings a strong background in movement education, anatomy and kinesiology to her teaching.

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Sharon Currie
Core Pilates Studio
Auckland, New Zealand

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.Com.

Bio

Sharon received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2009 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2012. Sharon’s interest in movement began with dance, and over time evolved into a career in health and fitness. After completing a bachelor and post graduate diploma in commerce, Sharon’s professional career specialized in sports product/apparel design and manufacture. Sharon is now the owner of Core Pilates Studio in Auckland New Zealand, where she teaches and trains instructors in the STOTT PILATES method from Australia and New Zealand. She has a wealth of experience training clients with post-rehab needs and athletic conditioning.

Shauna Smith Yates
The Bodysmith
Springfield, Missouri, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA, PMA Precision Nutrition Level 1, PaddleFit, Rock Steady Boxing, Juvo Board and Director of Education

Bio

Shauna began her STOTT PILATES® instruction in 1999 to rehab a reoccurring injury from many years of ballet training. She fell in love with the movement, range of motion and strength training Pilates provided and she decided she wanted to share it with others. She began her certification in the method in 2000 while finishing her BA at Drury University in Studio Art and Art History and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Shauna is owner of The Bodysmith Pilates & Fitness Studio and The Rock Steady Boxing Gym in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys using Pilates to rehabilitate clients as well as combine the worlds of athletic training and mind-body fitness to create strong whole athletes at any level.

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Shelly McCaffrey
West Coast Pilates & Health
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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

Bio

With an extensive background in dance, the transition into teaching Pilates came naturally to Shelly. She has been a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor since 2000 and in 2002 became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. She continued to add to her credentials in 2013 by becoming a Total Barre® IT. Shelly brings with her an understanding and appreciation of what the body is capable of as well as the desire to share her knowledge with others. In her free time Shelly enjoys running, dancing and chasing after her daughter.

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Sheri Aggarwal
Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
Ph.D., ACE Certified

Bio

Sheri is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre® and CORE Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training. She’s also qualified in TRX®, Kettlebells and ViPR.

After earning a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Sheri’s first career was as a college economics professor. While she loved teaching, her passion for sports and wellness surpassed her interest in economics. She began training in Pilates in 2002 and quickly noticed how Pilates improved her performance in all sports, and later remedied her running injuries.

Sheri shares her expertise and love of fitness with a diverse clientele, including fellow instructors, clients and athletes. She also holds ACE certifications in Personal Training and Health Coaching and is a running coach for USA Track & Field.

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Silvia Dagyeom Song
VIA Pilates
Busan, South Korea

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
PMA-NCPT, YOGA, Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner

Bio

Silvia’s interest in Pilates began while she was teaching yoga and noticed a number of her clients who were injured and required a level of rehabilitation she couldn’t offer at the time. In order to increase her understanding of anatomy and offer exercises that could improve the lives of her students, she moved to Seattle, U.S.A. and began her education at at LTC Bodycenter Studios of Merrithew. In 2010, Silvia became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor. Five years later, she opened the first and only hosting center in Busan, South Korea. She now runs another VIA Pilates hosting center in Daegu, as well.

Silvia is proud and respectful of Merrithew’s teaching method and philosophy. Helping people in pain find relief and better balance has been the greatest joy of her life. In 2021, she became an Instructor Trainer, and now guides her students toward a better understanding of STOTT PILATES. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and passion with many more clients and students both now and into the future.

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Silvia Daisy Nilasari Limanow
Vitruvian Pilates Studio
Jakarta, Indonesia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Silvia began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2008 and received her Full Certification in 2009. She became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2014.

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Stacee Maurer Hill
Practice Fitness
Dayton, Ohio, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS Exercise Science, Licensed Massage Therapist, RTY-200, iRest level 1

Bio

Stacee’s comprehensive knowledge of the human body and healing has strongly influenced her role as a Merrithew Instructor Trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2011, is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher and is trained in iRest Yoga Nidra. She began her Pilates Training in 2007 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2009, and ZEN•GA® Mat and Equipment in 2013. Stacee enjoys working with a range of clients but feels especially drawn toward injury and special populations. Her teachings integrate her passion in the connection between the mind and body and reflect her creative spirit.

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Stefania Michas
Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE

Bio

Stefania joined Merrithew in 1998, and has played an integral role in developing Merrithew education, providing strategic direction for both the Education Programming department and Corporate Training Center as well as the Merrithew flagship studio in Toronto.

Stefania and her team identify, develop and execute strategies that have sustained an innovative leadership and mentoring program for Merrithew Instructor Trainers, Certified Instructors and students that has grown tenfold to include tens of thousands worldwide. Stefania oversees the ongoing evolution and global implementation of Certification and Qualification programs, as well as the expansion of the Continuing Education Program and developing and maintaining relationships with third party accreditation bodies for Merrithew branded fitness programs.

As a Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer, Stefania is recognized throughout the industry as an exceptional leader, educator, consultant and contributor. She has presented on behalf of Merrithew at fitness facilities, industry trade events and Merrithew Mindful Movement Symposia in 14 countries on five continents worldwide.

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Stephanie Crank
Pilates Movement Studio
Tampa, Florida, USA

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

Bio

A professional ballet dancer for more than 12 years, Stephanie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method during her rehabilitation from a back injury. After retiring from the stage in 2001, Stephanie worked as a ballet instructor and an administrator in the Classical Ballet Training Program at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Her desire to give the students in the program the valuable benefit of Pilates prompted her to become a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor. In 2003 she founded Pilates Movement Studio and later became a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®.

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