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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.

Dr. Lisa Jayne Clarkson
Floating
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.S., D.P.T.

Bio

Lisa first became aware of Pilates when she was 16 years old, but it wasn't until she joined ballet Memphis in 1999 that she was introduced to STOTT PILATES®. She received her STOTT PILATES certification in 1999 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew; specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer in 2009. Lisa has a BS in Ballet with an Outside Field in French from Indiana University. She danced professionally for 10 years with Louisville Ballet, Lexington Ballet and Ballet Memphis and was a guest artist with a number of smaller companies. Most recently, Lisa graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in May of 2014 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and has recently relocated to the D.C. metropolitan area where she is working as both a Physical Therapist and a STOTT PILATES Instructor and IT. She is currently in an orthopedic residency program for Physical Therapy and is pursuing an orthopedic specialty license. Her continued education has enhanced and informed her teaching and personal practice.

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Eden Paul
Floating
Long Beach, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Active For Life Specialist, Athletic Conditioning Specialist, Group Equipment Specialist, Group Matwork Specialist; ZEN•GA Qualified Instructor; CORE Qualified Instructor; ACE Personal Trainer

Bio

Eden is a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer for Matwork and Reformer and has worked at John Garey Fitness & Pilates in many roles for the past 10 years. Eden is a Certified Personal Trainer and has been in the fitness industry for 20 years.

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Elisha Elliott
Floating
London, United Kingdom

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; CORE™

Bio

While completing her Journalism degree in Australia, Elisha found Pilates and fell in love! She spent her college breaks taking multiple classes and she eventually studied to become a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor as well as a Cert IV Personal Trainer. The STOTT PILATES method of exercise and contemporary approach to mind-body fitness peaked Elisha’s interest and so in 2012, she was accepted into the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer Program at the headquarters in Toronto. Currently an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, and CORE, she continues to attend a variety of courses and workshops to make sure her knowledge is always up-to-date.

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Elizabeth Ulseth
SweatShop Fitness Health Club
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.S. in Dance, Minnesota State University, Mankato; TRX, Kettlebell, Schwinn; RYT® 200; Total Barre® Qualified Instructor, and Halo® Training Qualified Instructor

Bio

Elizabeth Ulseth was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® in 2003 as a method of cross-training for dance and skating. After her first few classes, she was hooked! Fitness has always blended with Elizabeth’s passion for movement of all kinds, from high level athletic performance to regaining strength after injuries and physiotherapy.

After earning a B.S. in Dance from MNSU, Mankato in 2011, Elizabeth knew that Pilates was the next step of her career. She began the STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat-Plus and Intensive Reformer courses at the SweatShop in 2011; became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2016 and a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2017. Elizabeth encourages clients to tune into their bodies to move effectively and efficiently. She’ll help you maximize your potential and meet your goals in a safe and intelligent way.

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Elizebeth Ellison
Floating
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
NASM CPT, CES

Bio

Elizebeth’s career in the fitness industry began as an ACE certified personal trainer and her interest in Pilates initially began as a pursuit to discover how Pilates could help improve her father’s golf game. Elizebeth became fascinated by the STOTT PILATES® approach and its accessibility for all levels. She then expanded on her fitness education to include becoming a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2004 and then a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009, Elizebeth received the distinction of Merrithew IT Rookie of the Year. Her fascination and dedication to continuing education inspires her to continuously learn more about the discipline.

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Emine Canan Tekinel
Taxim Pilates
Istanbul, Turkey

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
TRX, IYN Yoga

Bio

Canan Tekinel is the co-founder and owner of Taxim Pilates Taksim, Nisantasi and FLEX by Taxim Pilates Levent studios in Istanbul, Turkey. She discovered Pilates as a method of rehabilitation after having neck surgery and it quickly turned into a passion and lifestyle. Canan has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and has organized STOTT PILATES® training and workshops in İstanbul since 2011. She studied political science at Rennes University in France. In 2015, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew; specializing in STOTT PILATES. Canan has a basketball, classical ballet and gymnastics background. She also practises kitesurfing and yoga.

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Eric Clothier
Floating
New York City, New York, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
Yamuna Foot Fitness All Levels, The GYROTONIC® Expansion System, The GYROKINESIS® Method, Gardua Matwork

Bio

Eric is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew; who specializes in STOTT PILATES®. With a 15+ year addiction to Pilates and 20+ year devotion to yoga, Eric loves to help people reach their full potential. Eric own/operates an intimate, private studio in the Battery Park City/Tribeca area of Manhattan New York City called Nucleus Strength. He enjoys helping people from all walks of life, regardless of their starting points, find the inner chutzpah needed to make lasting positive change.

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Eric Wei
The Orange Room Wellness Center
Shanghai, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ZEN•GA® and Halo® Training Qualified Instructor

Bio

Eric was very much into fitness and sports throughout his time in high school and university. When he started working, his body became very rigid which regular fitness workout could not help improve. He came across STOTT PILATES® in 2013, and right from the beginning he was hooked to the method, which brought changes in his body that he could not have dreamt for. Most prominently was the correction on his bow-leggedness within a year, which had bothered him for over 20 years. That fascination led him to serious Pilates practice and the decision to take up training, starting with Intensive Matwork in 2014.

He kept on pursuing STOTT PILATES certification and in 2019 the completed the Merrithew Matwork and Reformer Instructor Trainer courses in Merrithew Corporate Training Centre in Canada to become a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer.

Along this path of learning Eric also came across Iyengar Yoga. He was drawn to it because of its emphasis on detail, precision and alignment that was similar to Pilates. He is particularly intrigued with the biomechanics behind the STOTT PILATES method, and strives to incorporate it into yoga, fitness or any movement modality. Eric has been teaching Pilates privates and group classes for years before becoming a STOTT PILATES IT.

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Erica Loder
Pacific Northwest Pilates Education
Portland, Oregon, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Bio

Erica moved to Portland in 2004 where she worked as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist seeing patients of all ages and fitness levels. She turned to STOTT PILATES® following a spinal surgery and has since made it an integral component of her physical therapy practice. Working with clients at Element Wellness and Sports Rehabilitation and at Pacific NW Pilates in Portland, OR, Erica is able to teach the therapeutic application of STOTT PILATES. In 2014 she received the honor of becoming a Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab.

Erica earned a BS in Exercise Physiology from Montana State University in 2002 where she was a member of the women’s golf team, a student athletic trainer for the MSU football team, became an AFAA certified aerobics and personal fitness instructor, and was trained in Olympic weightlifting. She became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2002 and earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2004, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2006.

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Estela Cabral
PiTZ
Aveiro, Portugal

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

Additional credentials and designations
MD, MSc PT

Bio

Estela became a Physiotherapist in 2006, and it was while working as a Physiotherapist she came across the STOTT PILATES® method as a form of preventative exercises and also a rehabilitation tool. It didn’t take long for her to begin her training with STOTT PILATES, first with the Rehabilitation courses and quickly followed by the STOTT PILATES Full Certification. Being such an important tool in her daily practice, observing how her clients were reaping the benefits from this type of exercise, and eager to share her understanding and experience of the STOTT PILATES method with other professionals, the next natural step was becoming a Certified Instructor Trainer.

Her passion for knowledge and learning led her to receive her Masters in Physiotherapy Sciences at the Faculty of Human Kinetics in Lisbon, and later on her Medical Degree from the University of Minho. Nowadays, Estela splits her time between her career as a Family Doctor, and her Studio, PiTZ of which she is co-owner. Being able to promote health and empower her clients towards a healthy and pain free life is one of her greatest joys.

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