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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.

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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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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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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Yi-Ling Lai
Floating
Taipei City, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
TRX, Swimming Coach Level 1 Certificate, Infant and Toddler Swimming Coach Certificate, Aqua Fitness Instructor Certificate

Bio

During her university days, Yi-Ling’s swimming coach encouraged her to explore Pilates to improve her swimming performance. She was impressed by the significant progress she made as a result of adding Pilates to her training regimen.

That success piqued her curiosity and interest. And so, after graduating from university, she took all the STOTT PILATES® Level 1 courses and the ISP course. In 2015, she passed the Level 1 Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels exam.

She credits STOTT PILATES as helping her relieve her low-back and knee pain caused by car accidents. In 2013, she started teaching Pilates at Alignment Fitness Studio in Taipei, Taiwan.

She completed all the STOTT PILATES Advanced courses and successfully passed the Level 2 practical exam at Merrithew’s Toronto Corporate Training Center to get her full certification in 2016.

She became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer in 2020. Sharing her enthusiasm for STOTT PILATES with her clients, she helps them improve their health and wellbeing.

Yoko Yasui
Floating
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. 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.

Yu Lan
Yulan Pilates Studio
Guangzhou, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor, STOTT PILATES® Specialist, Pre and Post-natal

Bio

A former personal trainer of 10 years, Yu Lan graduated from Henan Sports University with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 2004, specializing in aerobics dance and artistic gymnastics. Yu Lan was introduced to the Pilates method and started teaching Pilates in 2012. She founded Yulan Pilates Studio in 2014. After taking many different brands of Pilates training over the years, Yu Lan set her mind and ambition on STOTT PILATES®, and applied for her studio to become a Merrithew Host Training Center in 2016. She trained to become a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor after that. In 2019, she completed the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer courses in Mat and Reformer at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto, Canada, becoming a member of the prestigious Merrithew Instructor Trainer team.

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