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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.

Shauna Smith Yates

The Bodysmith
Springfield, Missouri, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA, PMA Precision Nutrition Level 1, PaddleFit, Rock Steady Boxing, Juvo Board and Director of Education

Bio

Shauna began her STOTT PILATES® instruction in 1999 to rehab a reoccurring injury from many years of ballet training. She fell in love with the movement, range of motion and strength training Pilates provided and she decided she wanted to share it with others. She began her certification in the method in 2000 while finishing her BA at Drury University in Studio Art and Art History and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Shauna is owner of The Bodysmith Pilates & Fitness Studio and The Rock Steady Boxing Gym in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys using Pilates to rehabilitate clients as well as combine the worlds of athletic training and mind-body fitness to create strong whole athletes at any level.

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Shelly McCaffrey

West Coast Pilates & Health
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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

Bio

With an extensive background in dance, the transition into teaching Pilates came naturally to Shelly. She has been a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor since 2000 and in 2002 became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. She continued to add to her credentials in 2013 by becoming a Total Barre® IT. Shelly brings with her an understanding and appreciation of what the body is capable of as well as the desire to share her knowledge with others. In her free time Shelly enjoys running, dancing and chasing after her daughter.

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Sheri Aggarwal

Sheri Aggarwal

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; Total Barre®; CORE™; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Ph.D., ACE

Bio

Sheri’s first career was as a college professor after earning her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She loved teaching, but her passion was sports and wellness rather than economics. She began training in Pilates in 2002 to help balance her posture and improve her strength for equestrian, and right away she appreciated how it improved her performance in many aspects of her athleticism. Later, Pilates proved invaluable when rehab was required for running injuries. In 2007, she became certified in STOTT PILATES®, and now is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, Total Barre®, CORE and Halo® Training. Building on her love of teaching, she holds ACE certifications in personal training and health coaching, and is a running coach for USA Track & Field.

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Silvia Daisy Nilasari Limanow

Vitruvian Pilates Studio
Jakarta, Indonesia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Silvia began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2008 and received her Full Certification in 2009. She became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2014.

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Stacee Maurer Hill

Practice Fitness
Dayton, Ohio, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; ZEN•GA® Matwork & Equipment

Additional credentials and designations
BS Exercise Science, Licensed Massage Therapist, RTY-200, iRest level 1

Bio

Stacee’s comprehensive knowledge of the human body and healing has strongly influenced her role as a Merrithew Instructor Trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2011, is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher and is trained in iRest Yoga Nidra. She began her Pilates Training in 2007 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2009, and ZEN•GA® Mat and Equipment in 2013. Stacee enjoys working with a range of clients but feels especially drawn toward injury and special populations. Her teachings integrate her passion in the connection between the mind and body and reflect her creative spirit.

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