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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.

Esther Villaramiel

Akrostudio
Toledo, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; CORE™

Bio

Esther began her training in STOTT PILATES® in 2006 and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and CORE. Looking to expand her knowledge base, she has attended several courses focusing on movement screenings including Kinetic Control, Performance Stability and Be Activated. A specialist in Personal & Group Training, she is also a ZEN•GA®;Qualified Instructor. Esther is an energetic and very technical instructor who manages her own center in Valladolid, Spain.

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Fabiana Silva

Fabiana Silva

Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education degree from University of Mogi das Cruzes

Bio

Fabiana began her STOTT PILATES® education in 2002, and became a fully-Certified Instructor. In 2006, she became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer. Currently she is the Pilates Coordinator at Spirale, and runs Aprenda Praticando, a project that promotes Pilates classes for Instructors, incentivizing them to practice exercises, review the repertoire and meet new Instructors. She holds a degree in Physical Education from the University of Mogi das Cruzes. 

Fabio B. Fernandes

Fabio Brasiliense Fernandes

Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Injuries & Special Populations; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education at Universidade de São Paulo

Bio

Fabio was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 2007 while finishing his education in Physical Education. He fell in love with the method and became certified as a STOTT PILATES instructor in 2008, sharing the passion and benefits of the method with clients of all levels and ages. In 2011, he became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and has been teaching the method throughout Brazil since then. A passionate mountain biker for over 20 years, Fabio has competed in some major events in Brazil and now rides just for fun!

Phil Chen

Fu (Phil) Chen

The Orange Room Wellness Center
Shanghai, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Sports Medicine, China Medical University, Taiwan; KettleBell Concepts certified; THUMP Boxing certified

Bio

Working out on a Reformer was transformative to Phil's recovery from a motorcycle accident that left him with an open left leg fracture, lumbar compression fractures and a herniated disc. Pilates helped him regain his muscle strength and mobility as well as gradually relieve his pain. After graduating from university, Phil signed up for a Pilates training course. He went on to complete his full STOTT PILATES® Certification. Within two years, Phil then became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer, specializing in STOTT PILATES®.

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Gabrielle Cahoon

Gabrielle Cahoon

Studio 48 Pilates and Fitness
Whitefish, Montana, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.Sc, TRX, ACE

Bio

Gabrielle, an active teacher in the fitness industry for over 10 years, earned her full STOTT PILATES® Instructor certification in 2011, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2013. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Recreation Management. Gabrielle, an avid runner, discovered the benefits of Pilates in 2007 and saw increases in her training performance with less injury. Gabrielle is the owner of Studio 48 Pilates & Fitness in Whitefish, Montana. She is enthused to provide Studio 48 Pilates & Fitness as a home for her clients to achieve their fitness goals and build the strength needed for endless outdoor adventures Montana offers year round. Gabrielle is also trained in Total Barre®, CORE, and TRX and is an ACE certified Personal Trainer.

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