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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.

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.

 

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Eric Clothier

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.

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 toSTOTT 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 forMerrithew 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

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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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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