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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.

Sarah Helmy

Sarah Helmy

Cairo, Egypt

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BA Psychology, PMA, AFAA and ISSA

Bio

Sarah is the founder of The Studio, a fully-equipped Pilates, dance and fitness studio in Cairo, Egypt. Her interest in movement blossomed at a very young age while learning ballet and gymnastics. She took up dance professionally and joined the Cairo Modern Dance Theater at the Cairo Opera House. Sarah’s desire to understand the mechanics of movement sparked an expansive journey of learning. She pursued multiple certifications, including different Pilates methods, personal training, group fitness and spinning. Sarah delved into the world of STOTT PILATES® in 2010 with a passion and vigor that allowed her to rapidly complete her courses in succession and become fully certified. In 2016, she successfully completed her Merrithew™ Instructor Trainer Course specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She also became a CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training™ and Total Barre® Instructor.  

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Scilla Zizifo

Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

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

Bio

Scilla began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2010 at our Licensed Training Center in Italy. She continued on to receive her full certification in 2012 and shortly after began pursuing her STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer designation. She now teaches at the same studio she first trained at, Pilates Italia.

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Seoyeon Erin Her

Seoyeon Erin Her

PILATES THE FIT
Seoul, Korea

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
BA, ZEN•GA® Mat & Equipment Qualified Instructor, The Center for Women's Fitness: Pre- & Post-natal Pilates Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute: The Body-Swing Connection™ Level 1 Instructor

Bio

As a child, Erin was diagnosed with autoimmune disease and central nervous system disorder. Since the age of 10 she has sought a variety of treatments to control these conditions.

While teaching Pilates in Korea, she decided to deepen her knowledge of the biomechanically-based STOTT PILATES® method at the Toronto Corporate Training Center.

After getting her full Certification, she became an Instructor Trainer and also co-taught courses at the CTC.

Erin and her husband run PILATES THE FIT (http://pilatesthefit.com) in Seoul, South Korea.

Their studio was featured on the Merrithew blog in the post "Stunning Pilates Studios from Around the World.”

The education program they systemized specializes in providing an exclusive system of support for its students.

Erin remains an active member and supporter of the Korean Fibromyalgia Patient Society, the Korean Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Korean Organization of Rare Diseases.
Her passion for Pilates and her firsthand understanding of its benefits has helped many people both in Canada and Korea live healthier and more active lifestyles.

BA, ZEN•GA® Mat & Equipment Qualified Instructor, Fascial Movement™ Instructor, MELT Method® Hand and Foot Instructor, The Center for Women's Fitness: Pre/Postnatal Pilates Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute: Level 1 Instructor

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Shane Belau

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, ZEN•GA®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, LMP, ACE Certified

Bio

Shane received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 1995 and has spent many years performing and teaching modern dance in the US and internationally. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2002 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2004. In 2008 she received her certification as a Duggan French Approach Practitioner (DFA) of Somatic Pattern Recognition. Shane brings a strong background in movement education, anatomy and kinesiology to her teaching.

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Sharon Currie

Core Pilates Studio
Auckland, New Zealand

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.Com.

Bio

Sharon received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2009 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2012.  Sharon’s interest in movement began with dance, and over time evolved into a career in health and fitness.  After completing a bachelor and post graduate diploma in commerce, Sharon’s professional career specialized in sports product/apparel design and manufacture.  Sharon is now the owner of Core Pilates Studio in Auckland New Zealand, where she teaches and trains instructors in the STOTT PILATES method from Australia and New Zealand.  She has a wealth of experience training clients with post-rehab needs and athletic conditioning.  

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