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Instructor Trainers

The STOTT PILATES® 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.

Annie Durning

Mindful Movement Collective, LLC
Newark, California USA

Annie was introduced to Pilates during her physical therapy for repetitive use injuries. The experience changed her concept of fitness and provided her with a sense of calm and physical well-being that she hadn't experienced from years of running, weight training, and aerobics classes.  In 2008, Annie became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer, and enjoys making Pilates accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Annie holds a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association.

Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre™; Halo® Training; CORE™

Ariel Lim

Seoul, South Korea

Ariel began her STOTT PILATES® education in 2004, received her full certification in 2007 and became a certified Instructor Trainer in 2009. She holds a Certificate of Higher Education (Dance) from the Han-yang University, Korea and a Diploma with International Cecchetti Classical Ballet, as well as certification in Gyrotonic, Level 1. Ariel is the owner of WITH PILATES in Seoul, Korea. Her desire to introduce excellence in Pilates to the public led Ariel to write Home Pilates Exercise every month in a national magazine as well as appearing regularly on a TV show. Her passion for teaching is evident and she never stops learning and loves to share what she has learned with others. 


Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Total Barre™; Halo® Training

Ashlee Richardson

Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Ashlee has always enjoyed an active lifestyle as an avid cyclist, competitive swimmer, runner and tri-athlete.  She fell in love with Pilates upon introduction as it was an excellent balance to her repetitive activities. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, Ashlee began teaching Pilates in college began.  After graduation she taught in a number of studios which eventually led her to find the STOTT PILATES® method.  She became a Certified Instructor in 2006 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008.  Ashlee is co-owner of Pilates Center of Omaha, the home of Victory Pilates.  

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels

Bernie Sidney

Floating IT
San Diego, California USA

Bernie Sidney is originally from Mexico City and earned her STOTT PILATES® certification  at John Garey Pilates Studio in Long Beach, Ca. where she was employed from 2000-2010. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2002 and has had the great opportunity to travel to Mexico, Spain and South America to teach courses. Bernie is a long distance triathlete and coach and has completed seven Ironmans and many Half-Ironmans. She now lives in San Diego, Ca. where she trains most of her clients.


Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ACE, AFAA, Spinning Master Presenter, Trigger Point Therapy Master Presenter, Triathlon coach

Bridget Georgeson

Long Beach, California USA

Bridget received her first STOTT PILATES® certification in Matwork in 2002 and became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2006. Located in Long Beach, California, Bridget is the owner of her own studio “The Studio by Bridget”.

Matwork, Reformer