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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.

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

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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Tracy Maxfield

Bodysmith Studio
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrel & ISP

Bio

Tracy came to Pilates with a long history in movement of the body. With a Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of NC at Greensboro, he worked as a professional dancer before an injury changed the direction of his career. In search of rehabilitation, he found Pilates and after 6 months, the pain he had experienced for two years disappeared. Amazed by the healing nature of the method, Tracy became certified with STOTT PILATES® in 2004 and is currently a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. His new career path has allowed him to travel to many places from Montreal, Quebec to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE teaching and training in the exercise technique. 

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Tresa Sauer

The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Bio

In 2005, Tresa left a 20-year paralegal career to become a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor.  After completing her courses at The Sweatshop in St. Paul, she began teaching classes and working privately with clients there.  In 2010, Tresa became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES and remains at The Sweatshop now teaching students in addition to her client base.  Her dynamic personality and keen sense of humor bring enthusiasm to the educational setting and make her an approachable mentor and information source.  In addition to Pilates, Tresa is a TRX Suspension System, Russian Kettlebell and CrossFit enthusiast.   

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Vichael Mak

VIM Pilates Studio
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ISP; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BBA, Masters Sports Medicine & Health Science

Bio
Vichael is the proud co-owner of VIM Pilates Studio, the STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center in Hong Kong. He started teaching the STOTT PILATES method in 2006 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010. Ambitious and passionate about teaching, Vichael completed three IT courses in less than two years and was awarded Instructor Trainer Rookie of the Year in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine and Health Science and thrives on teaching both clients and students.

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