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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.

Carita Lesche

Carita Lesche

Stockholm Pilates Center
Stockholm, Sweden

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

Additional credentials and designations
Massage, Naprapathy, SAFE

Bio

Carita lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden where she runs the Stockholm Pilates Center, a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center since 2004. Carita has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew since 2004. She is now a Lead Instructor Trainer and possesses a wide-ranging field of experience. She is qualified through the University College of Sports as a Physical Education teacher and as a Dance teacher from the University College of Dance in Sweden. She is a Massage Therapist, a registered Naprapath practitioner, and a certified SAFE Personal Trainer. Carita excels at bringing her extensive knowledge to her Pilates teaching.

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Carlos Yuste Vaquerizo

Floating
Toledo, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapy

Bio

Carlos Yuste Vaquerizo’s high energy and youthful humor makes him an impressive motivator, displaying his passion in all aspects of his work. He became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2006, and CORE in 2013. He has continually distributed his knowledge through teaching in Europe, South America and Asia. Carlos brings a high degree of knowledge to the forefront, with his advanced education and certification in physiotherapy from the University of Nursing and Physiotherapy of Castilla in Spain. Carlos continually strives for more and exemplifies his passion, as he is actively involved in management of the International Education Department of his affiliated studios. He is now a Merrithew™ Lead Instructor Trainer.

Carol Earle

Carol Earle

Northeast Pilates Education Center
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA in Dance

Bio

Carol is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in all branded programming, including: STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, Halo® Training, CORE and Merrithew Fascial Movement. She is also part of the ZEN•GA and CORE programming teams. She has been an Instructor Trainer since 2003, and is based out of New England’s Northeast Pilates Education Center. Carol received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and ran her own dance company for over a decade, performing and teaching throughout New England. Carol is currently on the faculty of the Dance Department at Endicott College, where she teaches a “Mind, Body and Awareness” course. She is certified and has trained in several other fitness brands, including a 200 HR (RYT) Yoga Certification, Personal Training, TRX and TRX Rip-Trainer, Zumba, SPINNING and Indo-Row. Carol lives in Gloucester, MA with her daughter, mother and dog, and her hobbies include cycling around the North Shore of Massachusetts, gardening and cooking with local produce.

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Caroline Murray

Caroline Murray

Oxfordshire Pilates Studio
Witney, UK

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, Injuries & Special Populations; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
PINK RIBBON PROGRAM Certified Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, ACTIVE FOUNDATION Clinical Sports Massage Master Diploma, ACTIVE FOUNDATION Sports Massage Diploma, Plyorobics International, STEP REEBOK Instructor, RSA Ante & Post Natal

Bio

Caroline is a fully-Certified STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer, who comes from an athletic background and has competed at a national level. She has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness class instructor. She is trained and qualified in sports massage therapy and incorporates this expertise into her Pilates teaching. 

Caroline’s client base ranges from ages 16-92. With over 30 years of experience in fitness and sports massage therapy, she is able to offer her client base creative and innovative classes and 1-2-1 sessions which have had life-changing results for those seeking rehabilitation after accident or injury.

Caroline prides herself on her dedication and commitment to the STOTT PILATES method and is never-ending in her own self-development.  She is passionate in her quest to provide first-class training in her continuing education of others.

Caroline began her STOTT PILATES training in 2004 and has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew since 2007.

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Cate Vallone

C2 Pilates Training Center
Avon, Connecticut, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, SPX; Total Barre®; ZEN•GA® Mat and Equipment; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BS, Human Movement Education, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

Bio
Cate Vallone is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, Halo® Training and STOTT PILATES®. She has been teaching Pilates and somatic education in clinical and studio settings for more than 15 years, with a focus in post-rehabilitation and athletic conditioning. She currently owns two Pilates studios in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut Area. Cate graduated from Boston University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Movement Education. In addition to her Pilates education, Cate has been trained in Craniosacral Therapy, Kinesiotaping, and Continuum Movement.

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CC Martin

CC Martin

C2 Pilates
Avon, Connecticut, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, NCSA

Bio

CC’s experience and practice in the fitness industry has spanned over 20 years. She began as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer in 1992, teaching at various gyms and at UMass Amherst while attending school there. After graduating with a BFA, CC continued to gravitate towards fitness as a career. After becoming a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, CC became a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2001 and Total Barre® in 2013. She is a valuable member of the esteemed Merrithew programming and presenting team. CC opened her first fitness and Pilates studio in Boston in 1999 and in 2005 opened a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Connecticut. She is now the proud owner/operator of 4 studios in the greater Boston, MA and Hartford CT areas. CC is NSCA certified and always strives to create results-driven workouts that are safe, effective, and fun.

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Chael Hilton

Floating
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA®, CORE™ and Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Chael is a long time STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, having achieved this distinction in 2000. She went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew. She specializes in STOTT PILATES, CORE, ZEN•GA®, Total Barre® and has been actively teaching courses, workshops and conducting exams throughout Australia ever since. Chael is the proud owner and director of CH-ilates located in Perth, Australia and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Queensland University of Technology.

Chau Pham-Kid

Pilates South Texas
Houston, Texas, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS; MS Engineering; GYROTONIC®; GYROKINESIS®; TRX® Suspension Training®; Muscle Activation Techniques™ Jumpstart Upper Extremities, Lower Extremities and Spine and Trunk; YOGA FOR LIFE®

Bio
With a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Chau worked in manufacturing and corporate settings for over 10 years. Pursuing her passion of Modern Dance and fitness, Chau decided to change her career path to become an educator and instructor of fitness. With a focus on the education and training of the STOTT PILATES® method, she became a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew. Chau has instructed STOTT PILATES certification courses in North America, South America and Europe. She is the owner and education/program director of Pilates South Texas, the exclusive Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Houston, Texas.

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Cheryl Alden

Cheryl Cote Alden

Northeast Pilates Education Center
Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapist

Bio

Cheryl is a physical therapist and fitness enthusiast with over 20 years of teaching experience. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1996 and was first introduced to Pilates while working as a PT. Quickly realizing the benefits to the rehab population, she pursued her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2000 and is now a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, teaching STOTT PILATES and STOTT PILATES Rehab. She is the owner of Symmetry Pilates Center in New Hampshire where she teaches classes as well as works one on one with clients. Cheryl is an avid runner and triathlete and is a two-time IRONMAN finisher completing Ironman Lake Placid (2011) and Ironman Coeur D’Alene (2013). A lifelong athlete, Cheryl enjoys educating and motivating others to reach their personal fitness goals – knowledge is power.

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Cholthicha Srivisal

Cholthicha Srivisal

Breathe Pilates
Singapore, Singapore

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; ZEN•GA® Mat & Reformer; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
MBA; ARAD; Certificate of Higher Education in Dance Education; Instructor Trainer for Antigravity® Aerial Yoga & Suspension Fitness; certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher; Gyrotonic. Gyrokinesis, and Gyrotoner trainer

Bio

After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a master’s degree, Thicha spent 15 years working in the banking industry before leaving the corporate world to follow her long-time dream of becoming a Pilates Instructor. After suffering back and ankle injuries in 2002, she experienced the therapeutic benefits of Pilates first-hand and decided she wanted to teach others. She obtained her full STOTT PILATES® certification in 2007 and became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES the following year. Thicha was awarded the prestigious title of Lead Instructor Trainer, and focuses on the education and training of the STOTT PILATES method. Her passion for movement originates from her many years as a professional ballet dancer and a dance educator. She holds a Certificate of Higher Education (Dance) from the University of Surrey, UK, an advanced-level certification from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and is a registered RAD teacher. She is also a certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and GYROTONER trainer.

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