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Lead Instructor Trainers

The designation of Lead Instructor Trainer is awarded to an individual who inspires others through leadership and the Merrithew Community of Excellence philosophy. These Instructor trainers have a strong sense of team and demonstrated commitment to ensuring consistency and continual growth in the STOTT PILATES® method. A Lead IT has recognized experience teaching both teachers-in-training as well as private and group clients, and has been empowered with educating our worldwide network of instructors in valuable repertoire and curriculum additions.

Adrianna Rotella

Adriana Rotella

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels;

Bio
Adriana Rotella was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 1999 when she was strengthening her training as a volleyball player. After falling in love with Pilates, she became a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2000 and then, inspired by the results she saw in her clients and her drive to further her career, excelled to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2003. Adriana's IT status has enabled her to teach as a Lead Instructor Trainer. Adriana has taught certification programs in Toronto and to students from around the world as well as at sites in over 10 countries. She has been a featured performer in several Merrithew DVDs, and has participated in a number of international fitness conferences including Canfitpro & the Body Mind Spirit Conference. Her knowledge and understanding of the Pilates method continues to inspire her students and clients to continue mastering the technique for their own personal growth and achievement.

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Alison Salmond

Alison Salmond

YMCAfit
London, England

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Rehab, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
MSc in Exercise Science; BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy, Certificate of Education, Medical Acupuncture

Bio

Alison has over 34 years of experience in the exercise industry, with approximately 15 years dedicated to teaching Pilates. She is Registered Osteopath and offers a range of osteopathic treatment and Pilates to her clients. She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2007 and was awarded the prestigious title of Lead Instructor Trainer in 2012. Alison is extremely passionate about both the teaching and history of Pilates. Alison’s curiosity led her to complete the New York Pilates Studio certificate. Alison loves combining both her clinical and Pilates skills and is currently working towards both the Neurokinetic Therapy certificate and IT training for the STOTT PILATES Rehab program.

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Amanda Fletcher Rice

Amanda Fletcher Rice

Colorado Athletic Club
Denver, Colorado, USA

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

Bio
Amanda received her introduction to the STOTT PILATES® method as part of her own physical therapy regimen after a number of knee surgeries. She found enjoyment in the exercise and developed a desire to share the benefits with others.

Amanda has appreciated and enjoyed the international opportunities to teach for Stott Pilates in Istanbul, Turkey and Seoul, South Korea. In 2007 she achieved her STOTT PILATES Full Certification and then moved on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES. Amanda’s focus with her clients is to help them achieve strength and flexibility, and with sensitivity to their varying needs, she is able to guide clients of all ages and fitness levels toward their personal fitness goals.

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Amanda Kitchen

YMCAfit
London, England

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

Bio

Amanda first became STOTT PILATES® Certified in 2004 and in 2005, moved on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES.  She has an extensive background as a fitness instructor, and likes to combine her STOTT PILATES teaching with her successful personal training and sports massage business.  

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Amy Van Dooremalen

Amy Van Dooremalen

Floating IT
Singapore, Singapore

IT qualifications
Mat & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BFA Dance, TRX, Motion Dynamics Flexibility & Stability Training

Bio
Amy was introduced to Pilates while completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree as a dance major at York University in Toronto, Canada. After pursuing a career in modern dance she turned to Pilates for her next challenge. In 2004 she became a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and was invited to work at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. Residing in Singapore since 2008, Amy represents Merrithew as a floating Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. She has traveled throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia teaching courses and presenting at international fitness conferences such as FILEX in Melbourne/Sydney, Australia and at China Fit Beijing. Amy has also been featured on Channel News Asia AM Live “Fighting Fit” series, was a visiting Fitness Specialist at the prestigious Amanoi Resort in Vietnam and has worked with the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. When she is not traveling, Amy enjoys teaching as a freelancer for her own company Spiritus.

Angel Garcia Devesa

Akro Studio
Madrid, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
OT

Bio

Angel is the Technical Director for Akro Studio and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® as a Lead IT who has worked in various Pilates centers in Madrid, Spain. He studied Occupational Therapy and leads the Rehab Pilates program at the European University of Madrid, where he works with individuals such as Diane Lee to guarantee the development of the STOTT PILATES curriculum within his latest research. Throughout his fruitful career, Angel has had the opportunity to work with several noteworthy professionals, including the renowned dancer, Victor Ullate, and is a recognized teacher and presenter all across Spain and South America.

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Ashlee Richardson

Ashlee Richardson

Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ISP

Additional credentials and designations
DPT; Yoga Alliance 200 HR-RYT; TRX®; Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist

Bio

Ashlee Richardson holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Her professional interests include women’s health and orthopedics. Ashlee utilizes her extensive Pilates knowledge with her clients and patients to emphasize posture and movement re-education, core stability and pelvic health. She became a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2006 and a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES. Ashlee is co-owner of Pilates Center of Omaha, the home of Victory Pilates Education Centers and CoreWorks Physical Therapy.

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Bianca Bolissian

Bianca Bolissian

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Bio
Bianca Bolissian has been a devoted dancer since the young age of four. This is exemplified by her graduation in 2004 from the Dance University in Campinas, Brazil where she expanded her knowledge of classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2006, Bianca moved from Brazil to Toronto, Canada, becoming a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor by 2007 and moving further to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ Specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. Her passion for teaching and body movement is displayed by her outgoing and caring demeanor, always putting her clients first and providing them with an enjoyable and productive workout.

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Bob Andersen

Bob Andersen

Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

IT qualifications
CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
NSCA CSCS, B. Exercise Science and Psychology, Doctorate, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Bio

Dr. Bob Andersen has been in the performance coaching field for nearly 20 years and brings with him a vast array of knowledge and experience. He has expertise in performance training and functional movement as well as planning and implementing performance / strength and conditioning programs for all levels from aspiring youth to elite Olympic and professional athletes. He was Head Performance/Strength Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Director of Performance Victory Human Performance, Director of the Sports Medicine Institute of Nebraska, and as performance consultant for numerous Universities, teams, clubs and academies.

Bob is now a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training, regularly teaching courses and workshops. He has earned a reputation as a dynamic presenter, expert instructor, and engaging mentor. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science as well as Psychology then received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Brigitte Wrenn

YMCAfit
London, England

IT qualifications
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ISP; ZEN•GA® Mat & Equipment; Total Barre®

Bio
Brigitte started her career in the fitness industry more than 18 years ago working as a freelance personal trainer and aerobics instructor. After being exposed to Pilates for rehabilitation purposes, and finding it to be a perfect compliment to the high energy exercise she always enjoyed, she went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in ZEN•GA® and a Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®. Brigitte Wrenn is a Lead Instructor Trainer and a consultant for the Licensed Training Center at YMCAfit.

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