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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 Semenek

Calgary Pilates Centre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

IT qualifications
Mat, 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 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, Ab. 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 Mat, Reformer, CCB and Total Barre®.

Melody Mason-Wiliford

Floating
Tampa, Florida, USA

IT qualifications
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 owns two studios in New Hampshire, USA, Brookline Bodyworks and Bodyworks at Depot Square.

Mia Soehn

West Coast Pilates & Health
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BCRPA

Bio

Mia has been involved in the Health and Fitness Industry since 1989, working as a Certified BCRPA Personal Trainer, fitness leader and manager of several facilities. Since 2001, she has been a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and in 2005 became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES.  Mia brings a well rounded approach to her teaching as she practices Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and also works part time as a Chiropractic Assistant.  
 

 

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Michael Christensen

Floating
Bryrup, Denmark

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

Bio

Michael is an Instructor for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®. He travels regularly to teach and present to students and instructors. A professional ballet and modern dancer in the early 1990’s, Michael has been using Pilates as a part of his training regime for many years. He is a qualified physical education teacher who has now streamlined his focus to share his knowledge of the STOTT PILATES® method with instructors all over the world.