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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 across Merrithew branded programs. 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.

Meredith Stephens
Floating
Brookline, New Hampshire, USA

IT qualifications
Halo® Training; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Board Certified Structural Integrator, doctoral candidate in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University.

Bio

Meredith has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry teaching fitness classes, personal training, developing workshops and programs for special populations, coordinating group fitness and aquatics programs, delivering physical therapy services and managing a large medically-based wellness facility. When working with clients and patients, Meredith employs a unique combination of traditional physical therapy with fascial training, Pilates and structural integration techniques.

Meredith has been a Pilates Instructor since 2000 and worked with Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer PJ O'Clair to develop the Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course.

Meredith is now a Lead Instructor Trainer in Merrithew Fascial Movement as well as Halo® Training. She owns two studios in New Hampshire, USA, Brookline Bodyworks and Bodyworks at Depot Square.

Michaela Bimbi-Dresp
Pilatesbody
Munich, Germany

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; Total Barre®; ZEN•GA® Mat; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement; Halo® Training, Part 1

Additional credentials and designations
MBA, ACE, Fitness and Advanced Trainer for Dr. Schleipp for Fascial Fitness, Certified Message Therapist

Bio

Michaela's fitness career has taken her all over the world. She was a dancer in her native home of Germany before becoming certified as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer while spending time in the United States. Michaela completed her STOTT PILATES® Certification in New York and in the U.K. and went on to become a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer. Michaela also specializes in the complete STOTT PILATES Repertoire, including all Matwork and Equipment levels, as well as Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, Merrithew Fascial Movement, and Halo® Training. In 2002, Michaela founded Pilatesbody, the first Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Munich, Germany. She is also the author of best selling books about Pilates.

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Michele Carini
Floating
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
Nutritious Movement™ Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist; Fascial Movement™ Instructor; MELT Method® Advanced Level Instructor; PMA-CPT; Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist; BA, University of California at Los Angeles

Bio

A lifelong athlete and native Californian, Michele was introduced to Pilates in 1996 to rehabilitate from a neck injury and improve her performance as a competitive runner. In Switzerland, where she was VP of a global healthcare advertising firm, Michele independently refined and strengthened her Pilates skills while taking up rock climbing. A relocation to The Netherlands allowed her to pursue her passion for Pilates full-time. Michele earned her first STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2005, her full Certification in 2008, and became an Instructor Trainer in 2009. While living in The Netherlands, she established CorSano Pilates as a satellite studio through which she introduced and taught STOTT PILATES classes for the public at local gyms, and also led Certification courses for the Licensed Training Center (now located in The Hague). When Michele moved to Ottawa, Canada in 2011, she opened CorSano Pilates an exclusive studio and Merrithew Host Center where she offers specialized one-on-one training to rehab clients and high-level athletes. Michele also teaches weekly at a local dance school and an integrated wellness center, and has become known for her CorMotus self-care group classes. Now a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Michele is available on a freelance basis through the Corporate Training Center in Toronto.

Michelle Scott
Floating
Melbourne, Australia

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

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Dance)

Bio

Michelle, from Sydney, Australia, has both a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degrees. She became a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2003, and later that year went on to become an Instructor Trainer. She is now a Lead IT for Merrithew specializing in the STOTT PILATES full repertoire. Over the past 14 years, she has taught hundreds of STOTT PILATES courses and workshops in the US, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the UAE. Michelle is an intrepid traveler who loves an adventure.

Monique Lavoie
Pilates Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Bio

Monique is the founder of Pilates Winnipeg, a Merrithew Licenced Training Centre in Manitoba, which opened in 1997. She is one of very few bilingual Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainers and upon request to teach any certification course or examination in both English and French. A graduate of The National Ballet School, Monique has over 30 years of teaching experience. Monique is also a certified Gyrotonic instructor.

In 2007 and again in 2009, she received a mentorship award as a result of recommendations from her peers, along with a lifetime achievement award from Merrithew. She recently hosted Moira Merrithew at her studio in celebration of the studio's 20th anniversary.

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Nate Teng
Alignment Fitness Studio
Taipei City, Taiwan

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACSM, AFAA , NASM Personal Trainer, SPEEDO Aqua Instructor, Les Mills Body Pump Instructor

Bio

Nate Teng received his STOTT PILATES® certification in 2003, and became the first Chinese-speaking certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2010. He went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. He has been devoted to the fitness industry for more than 16 years. He is an American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Specialist as well as an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) CE Provider in Taiwan. From 2007 to 2009, he was a consultant for fitness development with 3 fitness centers of various sizes in Taiwan. Nate is the owner of Alignment Fitness Studio in Taipei City, Taiwan, the Merrithew Taipei Licensed Training Center. He supervises 12 instructors and enjoys inspiring aspiring trainers to reach their goals. Previously he was with Alexander Health Club, one of the biggest fitness organizations in Asia, as a trainer and a manager of the fitness department in one of its Taipei branches. Nate has trained over 200 instructors in Taiwan since 2010. His goal is to promote STOTT PILATES in Taiwan and in other Chinese speaking countries.

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Pablo Vera
Floating
Toledo, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
PT

Bio

With an extensive history as a physiotherapist, Pablo is passionate about movement and therapeutic exercise. Before he became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2004, and then an Instructor Trainer immediately after, he worked as a physiotherapist for over 18 years specializing in sports and osteopathy.

Pablo was drawn to Pilates as a tool to help his patients restore movement and function to their bodies. In addition to helping his patients by incorporating STOTT PILATES into their rehab programs, Pablo collaborates as a professor at Nebrija University in Madrid, and is involved in research related to musculoskeletal disorders. Pablo is now a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer.

Paul Thornley
Floating
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Chair, Cadillac & Barrels, ISP; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist

Bio

Paul hails from Manchester, UK and has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Through his martial arts and military training, he has developed a real passion for doing it right. His teaching style reflects his personality: clinical and precise but with a huge slice of humor. In a profound way, he has seen how STOTT PILATES® can change people's lives. Paul is a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and is also an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist.

Paulina Vazquez
Floating
Houston, Texas, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA in Dance, Gyrotonic and PMA

Bio

Paulina first became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2004 and later became a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. Prior to her career in the fitness industry, Paulina was a dancer, having graduated with a degree in Dance Kinesiology at the National Dance School of Mexico. Paulina has been teaching the STOTT PILATES method for over a decade both nationally and internationally. She has taught and presented at numerous venues throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia. She enjoys teaching group and personal classes, as well as working with clients with injuries and special requirements.

Pilar Cepeda Molina
Akrostudio
Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, Rehab; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapist, Total Barre® Qualified, ZEN∙GA® Equipment Qualified

Bio

Pilar started her practice as a physiotherapist in the neurological field, then transferred to the sports field. She specializes in Obstetric & Gynecologist Therapy as well as Myofascial Techniques. Pilar shares her enthusiasm in the Pilates Method teaching courses internationally in several University Masters programs. She received her Full Certification in the STOTT PILATES® method in 2006 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007 and the STOTT PILATES Rehab program in 2014. She was granted Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2018.

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