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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.

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
Hong Kong, China

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

Additional credentials and designations
BBA, Masters Sports Medicine & Health Science; Master of Osteopathy in Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunctions

Bio

Vichael is the proud co-owner of VIM Pilates Studio, a Merrithew Host Training Center in Hong Kong. In 2010, he became the first Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® in Greater China region. Awarded the Rookie IT in 2012 and is a Lead IT currently.

Being able to teach bilingually in English and Chinese, Vichael has trained students in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Mainland China and Taiwan, Thailand. His courses and workshops always attract a wide array of students.

Vichael is passionate about teaching, He tries to keep his client teaching despite his busy schedule of instructor trainings.

Vichael also enthuses about learning. He finished his Master study in Osteopathy after another one in Sports Medicines. He also gets trained by gurus in fascial sciences such as Thomas Myers and Robert Schleip.

Vichael’s extensive experience makes his teaching unique and practical. Students from different backgrounds all find it easy to learn from his classes.

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Vivian Zapanta
Vivian Zapanta Pilates
Makati City, Philippines

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

Additional credentials and designations
BSE, MA, ACE GOLD Personal Trainer, ACE Group Exercise Instructor, Franklin Method Movement Educator Level 3, Les Mills - BODYFLOW® Certified

Bio

Vivian is a well-known fitness professional in the Philippines. She has taught aerobics and personal training for more than 40 years. Vivian won the Ms. Philippines title in Body Building in 1988, and was a television fitness program host in the 1980s. She became a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and is passionate about teaching students across Asia and Hawaii. Vivian is also a Level 3 Franklin Method Movement Educator. She takes a special interest in mentoring prospective Instructor Trainers and enjoys sharing business knowledge she has gained from owning a Merrithew Licensed Training Center since 2004. Vivian graduated "Cum Laude" with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in Physical Education from The University of Santo Tomas, and also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Education from Centro Escolar University. She is an ACE GOLD Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. Vivian considers herself to be a lifelong student, and loves to integrate FUN as she shares what she has learned with others. It is from passion that Vivian has learned to be the first IT that has earned all 9 Specialty Tracks that Merrithew has offered to its STOTT PILATES Graduates.

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Wataru Kamiizumi
Bcube Pilates & Fitness
Osaka , Japan

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapy

Bio

Wataru’s background as a physical therapist is a complement to his work as a STOTT PILATES® instructor. He is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer who also trains a range of clientele – from domestic injuries to elite athletes. Wataru travels extensively, helping certify Merrithew Instructors around the world and in the Asia-Pacific region in particular. He is the President and Founder of Bcube LTC in Osaka, Japan where he is recognized as a leading expert.

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Wayne Seeto
Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BOccThy, MSc(PT)

Bio

Wayne Seeto is a Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the programming, education and presenting team specializing in STOTT PILATES®, STOTT PILATES Rehab and Halo® Training.

Wayne has been based at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto since 2003 and is a recognized leader in his field.

This high-energy Australian native received his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, Australia, and his Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) at McMaster University, Canada.

Wayne has overseen numerous Merrithew teaching manuals as a senior editor, and has presented on behalf of the company at symposia and industry trade events throughout North America, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. He’s also featured in several Merrithew DVD titles.

In addition to working at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center, Wayne also works as a physiotherapist at a busy sports medicine private practice clinic in Toronto where he uses Pilates for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries.

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Wendy Andersen
Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, SPX M&R; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
MS Exercise Science, BS in Education, Post-Operative Breast Cancer Rehabilitative Specialist

Bio

A former collegiate athlete and coach, Wendy Andersen, has been a professional educator for more than ten years. As owner of Victory Pilates, Wendy serves as an adjunct instructor and consultant to universities, professional schools and private studios and institutions around the Midwest, and has given presentations at conferences around the nation on the basic principles of Pilates and Pilates for Kids. Wendy also hosts a daily Pilates show on channel 5 CITY-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska. Wendy is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE. She is also a Certified Post-Operative Breast Cancer Rehabilitative Specialist. Wendy holds a Masters degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University.

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Xi Zhang
Qing Jing Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio
Jinan, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor’s degree in Sports Training; STOTT PILATES® Pre- and Post-Natal Specialist; Halo® Qualified Instructor; Movement Science Practitioner

Bio

Zhang Xi is the Co-founder of Qing Jing Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio in Jinan, China. Before opening his Pilates studio, Zhang worked for a large corporate investment firm for seven years.

His passion for sports, exercise and movement led him to pursue a Bachelor’s of Education in Sports Training with a focus on the analytical method and technology of special exercises.

After graduating, he devoted himself to finding a more scientific and effective method of movement. He soon discovered STOTT PILATES® and was impressed by its well-rounded, incredibly detailed and thorough curriculum. Studying the method helped him develop a new way of thinking about exercise and movement. He became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2017.

Zhang became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2021 specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer.

He looks forward to sharing his knowledge, passion and experience with other people who wish to develop a career in mindful movement.

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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

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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