Cookies on the Merrithew website
Merrithew has updated its cookie policy. We and third-parties use cookies on this site to improve your experience, personalize content, optimize your shopping experience and to show you relevant advertising. By continuing to use this site you give consent for all cookies to be stored locally on your computer or device. To learn more about cookies and how to manage them visit our cookie policy.

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.

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.  

Elisha Elliott

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.

 

elizabeth-ulseth-thumb

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.

See where I teach

Emine Canan Tekinel

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.

 

See where I teach