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Instructor Trainers

The STOTT PILATES® 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.

Karen Knowlton

Floating
San Francisco, California
Karen was first introduced to Pilates while at Queen’s University, where she was completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She began participating in weekly Reformer classes at the STOTT PILATES® studio in Toronto and completely fell in love with the Pilates workout. A former dancer and gymnast, Pilates was a natural fit to help rehabilitate old injuries and maintain strength and flexibility. Karen became fully certified in 2010 and then became an Instructor Trainer in 2014, teaching at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto Canada until moving to San Francisco, CA, in 2016. She now divides her time between teaching clients and instructor education courses where she specializes in STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels.
IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
B.A.

Karen Louise Christensen

Floating
Århus, Denmark

Karen Christensen started dancing at the age of 7 after a bout of polio.  She went on to be a professional ballet dancer working in companies in the US and Europe.  Karen later took an education as a Psychomotor therapist and became the leader of a physical therapy unit at a nursing home. Being pulled back into the world of dance again, Karen continued to work with modern dance companies in Denmark as ballet mistress, rehearsal assistant and guest teacher and opened her own dance school in Copenhagen, later moving to Aarhus to work with a dance company there. After studying the original Pilates method including training with Romana Kryszanowska, Karen chose the STOTT PILATES® contemporary approach for her certification in 2002 and has worked with it ever since.  She is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels. She continues to train professional dancers in classical ballet and Pilates.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, SPX Matwork & Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
Classical Ballet dancer/teacher, Psychomotor Therapist

Katherine Brown


Portland, Oregon USA

Katherine came to the Pilates industry from a dance background, having danced professionally in New York, Oregon and Idaho.  While at University in New York, she came to love Pilates and relied on it to keep her fit and injury free.  She achieved full certification with STOTT PILATES® in 2010 after training first at Pacific Northwest Pilates with Master IT Melanie Byford-Young and later in England with YMCAfit. In 2011, she joined the team at the UK Licensed Training Centre, YMCA Pilates Academy as an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, and is qualified in ZENGA™ Matwork and Equipment.  She greatly enjoys helping people understand their own bodies and seeing the positive impact this method can have on functional fitness.       

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ZEN•GA™ Equipment; ZEN•GA™ Mat
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Kelley Berting

The Core Connection Pilates Studio
Regina, Saskatchewan Canada
With a background in fitness and dance, Kelley has always had a keen interest in wellness, and was initially drawn to Pilates as a means of recovering from injuries. She received her STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2006, and in 2009 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Kelley is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to teaching Pilates, she works full-time as a Police Officer. Kelley is an energetic instructor who enjoys passing her enthusiasm for the STOTT PILATES method to her clients.
IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; ZEN•GA® Mat and Equipment
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
B.Sc., ACE

Kelly Sconza

C2 Pilates Training Center
Avon, Connecticut United States
Kelly Sconza has been teaching the STOTT PILATES® method since 2006, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010 and Total Barre in 2013. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Theatre from Manhattanville College, 2006. She has a deep kinesthetic understanding of the body and the ways it can move because of her many years of modern dance training. Kelly is a challenging and energetic instructor who prides herself in helping clients to reach their individual potential, while understanding their personal needs and goals.
IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre™; Halo® Training; CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BA, Dance and Theatre