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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.

Tamara Hoffman

Tamara Hoffmann

Pilates Center of Ballet Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

Bio

Tamara started studying Pilates more than 25 years ago to prolong her career as a professional dancer. During the 18 years of her performing and touring career she practiced numerous forms of body work, including Pilates, Gyrotonic and yoga. In 1998 Tamara received her instructor certification for STOTT PILATES® and in 2003 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and less than a year later, the Pilates Centre was designated a Licensed Training Center, certifying instructors from all over the Mid-South. Tamara accepted a position as for Ballet Ballet Mistress Memphis in 1999 and started the Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis, the first certified Pilates program in Memphis. Tamara continues to add to her skills through training and workshops.

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Tania Serrano

Tania Serrano

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer; Halo® Training

Bio
Tania Serrano began taking Pilates in 2002 after experiencing chronic lower back pain stemming from her pregnancy, and after one class, she was hooked. Tania went on to earn her Full Certification from STOTT PILATES® in 2008, and currently works with variety of clientele ranging from physiotherapists to runners, as well as special populations groups such as pre and post-natal women. Tania enjoys the on-going learning experience as well as the physical transformative experience Pilates has brought to her life. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with those around her and continues to integrate the Pilates principles into her teachings and lifestyle for optimal functional health and movement.

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Tomo Tsuchida

Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
BS

Bio

Originally from Tokyo, Tomo obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, where she and gained extensive practical experience working with the body as an aide in orthopedic physical therapy clinics.  It was in the field of rehabilitation that Tomo discovered Pilates and she decided to pursue her STOTT PILATES® certification with the belief that the method could help people maintain a strong mind and body.  She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009 and continually draws from her diverse background and knowledge of the human body in teaching students and helping clients achieve their fitness goals.

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Tomoko Ogawa

Tokyo, Japan

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

Bio

Tomoko began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and received her Full Certification in 205. She became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2007.

Tracy Dawber

Tracy Dawber

Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Bio

Tracy Dawber has been teaching Pilates for more than 17 years. Originally a fully-trained classical ballet dancer and teacher, Tracy opened her own studio and taught Ballet for 9 years. While looking for an exercise to do for herself, a friend recommended Pilates. Her search led her to STOTT PILATES® and she decided to embark on training and certification in 1999. After completing her Full Certification, Tracy went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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