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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.

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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Gail Lewis

Mindful Movement Collective
Newark, California, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.S., ACE, PMA

Bio

Gail received her full certification as a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2004 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008.  She is a Gold Certified Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Method Alliance and is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.  She has complemented her Pilates training with Yoga teaching training courses. In addition to her fitness credentials, Gail holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Santa Clara University in California.

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Gayle Eubanks

Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.A. Dance, Michigan State University, TRX, Melt Hand and Foot, Pink Ribbon, PMA

Bio

Gayle became a fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor in 2000 then went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2003. Gayle holds a B. A. in dance from Michigan State University and performed professionally as a leading dancer with Harbinger Dance Company for 12 years. She enjoys mentoring Pilates students enrolled in Equilibrium’s comprehensive training program: helping them to determine the best ways to make Pilates effective for themselves and their future clients. She is very passionate about helping her clients stay active throughout their lives. Gayle is a Breast Cancer Post-Rehab Specialist, certified through the Pink Ribbon Program. She is trained in the Gyrotonic Expansion System, TRX Suspension System and TRX Rip Training. She is also a MELT Hand and Foot Instructor.

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Gigi Filer

Gigi’s Pilates Studio (Satellite for Victory Pilates)
Des Moines, Iowa, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, AFAA, ISCA

Bio

Gigi is one-half of the heartbeat of Gigi’s Pilates Studio & Personal Training. A Des Moines native and fitness expert with more than 18 years’ experience, Gigi’s passion for fitness began early when she earned her Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Iowa State University. Since then she’s added certifications as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA).Gigi also is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® and is a certified breast cancer exercise specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program.

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