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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.

Lisa Kaye

Floating & Pilates One 2 One
Sydney, Australia

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™

Additional credentials and designations
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist; ACE-Approved STOTT PILATES® Instructor, APMA DiplomaPilates Movement Therapy; Certified IV Fitness; Certified IV Allied Health Assistance; Certified IV Training and Assessment; APMA Level 4 Professional Practitioner

Bio
Lisa, originally from the UK, is a former member of the British National Gymnastic Squad. Currently based in Sydney, she has been teaching health and fitness for over 20 years. She is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™.  She is also a registered fitness leader in Australia, an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Physiologist and an Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Level 4 Professional Practitioner Member. Lisa teaches STOTT PILATES courses and workshops in Australia and has her own Pilates studio in Sydney that specializes in private Pilates training.

 

Lisa Lewis

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

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, ISCA,TRX Trained, Pink Ribbon Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist

Bio

Lisa became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2006 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011, ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement in 2013 and Total Barre® in 2014. She is an ISCA certified personal trainer, TRX trained, and is also a certified breast cancer exercise specialist. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa in 2006. Lisa enjoys working with a wide range of Pilates clients; from those recovering from surgery to highly conditioned athletes. In addition to teaching Pilates, Lisa dances and performs professionally with Hurley & Dancers, a modern dance company in Des Moines, and teaches dance to a variety of levels and ages.

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Lucy Garcia

Lucy Garcia

Floating
San Diego, California, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP

Additional credentials and designations
200 hour yoga certification

Bio

Lucy started as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor in her native England, but her connection to the performing arts brought her to LA in 1990. She discovered Pilates in 1995 when dancing with a modern dance company. Lucy has been teaching Pilates for 20 years and completed her STOTT PILATES® training at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. In 2004 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, and continued her training by qualifying as an Instructor in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training. She has trained student instructors in San Diego and Los Angeles. Lucy specializes in both therapeutic and post-rehabilitation Pilates and athletic performance. After suffering a traumatic back injury in 2003, she passionately completed an extensive series of back therapy courses, all of which incorporate the latest research findings.

Lyudmyla Arefyeva-Cavlieri

Lyudmyla Arefyeva

Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels; CORE™, ZEN•GA® Mat

Bio

Lyudmyla has been working in the fitness industry since 1996, and in 2006 she received her first STOTT PILATES® Certification. In 2011 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES and currently works at Pilates Italia, the Licensed Training Center in Italy. She also runs her own Pilates studio in Grosseto, Italy.

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Maite Villalonga Pons

Maite Villalonga Pons

Akrostudio
Saville, Spain

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Redcord Active® Total Barre®

Bio
Maite was introduced to Pilates through dance in Barcelona at the Slamdancing Studio and Company & Company Dance School. She first became STOTT PILATES® Certified in Matwork in 2012 in Barcelona. She became a fully-Certified Instructor in 2015. A few months later, she became a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer. Her extended experience and passion for sharing her knowledge and understanding of the STOTT PILATES method led her to train in other Merrithew™ branded programming and learn other modalities and techniques such as Redcord Active®. She currently teaches at Akrostudio, the Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Spain.

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