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Instructor Trainer bios

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.

Karen Knowlton

Floating
San Francisco, California

IT qualifications
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
B.A.

Bio
Karen was first introduced to Pilates while at Queen’s University, where she was completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She began participating in weekly Reformer classes at the STOTT PILATES® studio in Toronto and completely fell in love with the Pilates workout. A former dancer and gymnast, Pilates was a natural fit to help rehabilitate old injuries and maintain strength and flexibility. Karen became fully certified in 2010 and then became an Instructor Trainer in 2014, teaching at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto Canada until moving to San Francisco, CA, in 2016. She now divides her time between teaching clients and instructor education courses where she specializes in STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels.