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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.

Melissa Kennedy

Blue Sparrow Pilates
San Francisco, California, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Total Barre®

Bio

Melissa's passion for movement in its many forms began at an early age with gymnastics, swimming, diving, and dance lessons. She trained in classical ballet and modern dance and has performed professionally in Minneapolis, MN and the Bay area. Melissa began studying Pilates in 2000 and found it to be a powerful supplement to her dance training. She began her STOTT PILATES® training in 2007 and completed her full certification in 2012. In 2013, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Melissa is trained in Injuries and Special Populations and loves working with people of diverse movement backgrounds and fitness levels. She believes that movement has the potential to heal the body and mind; her goal as a movement facilitator and teacher is to guide people toward greater freedom and joy in movement and to healthier lives.

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Melissa Noble

Floating
Houston, Texas, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Melissa Noble is a movement specialist focused on both the performing and the healing arts. In addition to her work as an Instructor, dancer and choreographer, Melissa is a Certified Instructor and Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, who has been assisting clients with injuries using therapeutic massage and Pilates since 1996. Currently on Faculty at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, she opened Bodycenter Studios in Washington in 1999, which became the first Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Seattle. After moving to Bloomington in 2007, Melissa opened Bodycenter Bloomington and started one of the first STOTT PILATES Certification courses in a University setting at Indiana University in the Dance Department.

Melissa Semenek

Calgary Pilates Centre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
Diploma (2200hr) Massage Therapy

Bio

Melissa first encountered STOTT PILATES® rehabilitating an injury she incurred as a young professional dancer. Once retired from dance, she pursued a career in massage therapy specializing in brain/spinal cord trauma and athletics. She has worked with many national sports teams and both Olympic and professional athletes.

When her massage therapy career was coming to an end, she began training as a Pilates Instructor at Calgary Pilates in 2006. In 2007, she proceeded to open re:focus PILATES in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Her post-rehabilitation and athletic skills attracted the attention of the national biathlon and Nordic ski teams, and she proceeded to work as a strength and functional movement coach.

A move to Calgary enabled Melissa to finally pursue her goal of becoming an Instructor Trainer in 2016, and she's now Certified in Matwork & Reformer, CCB and Total Barre®.

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Melody Mason-Wiliford

Floating
Tampa, Florida, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, ISSA, Body Balance UNLV

Bio

After completing her studies in London England at a college for ballet, Melody began her career working internationally as a dancer and dance instructor. On retiring from dance in 2000 her natural inclination was to continue working in an industry that involved physical awareness. This took her through personal training as well as group fitness accreditation. Feeling there were too many gaps in her education and an interest in injury prevention, she qualified in Pilates at the University of Las Vegas. A desire to expand her repertoire led her to the STOTT PILATES® method where she found a qualifying body that approached training with a comprehensive and intelligent approach. She is now happily an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer.

Meredith Stephens

Meredith Stephens

Floating
Brookline, New Hampshire, USA

IT qualifications
Halo® Training; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Board Certified Structural Integrator, doctoral candidate in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University.

Bio

Meredith has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry teaching fitness classes, personal training, developing workshops and programs for special populations, coordinating group fitness and aquatics programs, delivering physical therapy services and managing a large medically-based wellness facility. When working with clients and patients, Meredith employs a unique combination of traditional physical therapy with fascial training, Pilates and structural integration techniques.

Meredith has been a Pilates Instructor since 2000 and worked with Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer PJ O'Clair to develop the Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course.

Meredith is now a Lead Instructor Trainer in Merrithew Fascial Movement as well as Halo® Training. She owns two studios in New Hampshire, USA, Brookline Bodyworks and Bodyworks at Depot Square.