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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.

Roberto Garcia Macias

Akrostudio
Toledo, Spain

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

Bio

Roberto began his training with STOTT PILATES® in 2004 became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2011. 

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Ronit Tidhar

Floating
Ramat HaSharon, Israel

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.A. in Life Science, Reflexologist & Naturopath

Bio
Ronit has an extensive background in sports, dance and movement and has always been attracted to alternative healing. She achieved full certification in 2008 and went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2009.  With Pilates, she found the perfect marriage between movement and rehabilitation. For Ronit, Pilates is about quality movement of the body that can help people resolve pain without the need for medication, an important aspect of alternative healing.

Rouxchelle Denton-Cooke

Rouxchelle Denton-Cooke

Keola Wellness & Pilates
Gold Coast, Australia

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
Total Barre®, CORE™ and ZEN•GA® Instructor

Bio
A native South African with a dance background, Rouxchelle began her STOTT PILATES® training in 2005. She opened a home studio and commercial studio in South Africa before relocating to New Zealand in 2010. After moving to Australia in 2011, she opened the beautiful Keola Wellness and Pilates Studio. Rouxchelle is a great ambassador for Merrithew and her passion and enthusiasm are contagious. She is fully certified in STOTT PILATES and is a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer. She is also a Total Barre®, CORE and ZEN•GA® Instructor. Rouxchelle creates an atmosphere of love and support for both clients and Instructors. Her client list includes all ages and all possible needs, from post-surgery rehabilitation to performance-enhancement for elite athletes such as Australian Olympic kayaker Naomi “Floody” Flood and Canadian Olympic kayaker Emily Fournel.

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Sam Hoops

ONE Pilates
Denver, Colorado, USA

IT qualifications
Mat & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
TRX Suspension Trainer Level 1 & 2

Bio
Sam stumbled upon Pilates years ago at a local gym in Texas. He quickly realized the efficacy of the Reformer and fully immersed himself into the method. His interest in Pilates subsequently yielded a passion for dance, specifically ballet. Utilizing his extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, Sam embarked on a new journey: STOTT PILATES® instructor. Soon after he acquired his full STOTT PILATES certification through ONE Pilates Studio, he received the honor of becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair, Barrels. He believes that working form a strong stabilized core will facilitate fluid, efficient, and intentional movement. Sam also holds an interest in TRX Suspension Trainers noting that the simplistic design exposed imbalances in his own body.

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Samia Pellizzari

Inspire Health
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ZEN•GA®

Additional credentials and designations
BA, ACE

Bio

Born in Brazil, Samia received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Campinas before moving to New York to pursue a professional dance career. After a knee injury, Samia decided to pursue Pilates as a career and she became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003. Before becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008 and in ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement in 2013, Samia taught Pilates in Austria and across the United States. Samia has also been an Instructor Trainer specializing in. She currently teaches at Inspire Health, where she takes great joy in helping clients meet their fitness goals and achieve pain free lives. Her vast experience in working with a variety of clientele including athletes, pre- and post-natal women, the obese, seniors and post-rehab clients makes Samia a well-rounded instructor.

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