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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.

Melissa Harrington

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, NSCA

Bio

Melissa Harrington is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing as a Lead IT in STOTT PILATES®, who has been working in the fitness industry since 1995.  In addition to teaching Pilates, she is a certified Yoga instructor and faculty member of YOGAspirit, a certified Holistic Health Counselor, NSCA certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Exercise Instructor. Melissa lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband and two stepchildren. She is known to bring a healthy dose of humor and warmth to her teaching.

Melissa McNamara

Melissa McNamara

Chicago, Illinois, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Total Barre™, CORE™, ZEN•GA™ Mat

Additional credentials and designations
Masters, Contemporary Performance, ACE certification

Bio

Melissa is the owner of mind.art.core PILATES PERFORMANCE, rated the Chicago Reader’s “Best Of” Pilates Studio 2014, 2016 and 2017. Having received her training at Merrithew’s Corporate Training Center in Toronto, she began teaching as an Instructor Trainer in Toronto, and is now a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, at her host site in Chicago. Melissa has taught throughout the US, in New Zealand and in South Korea. Melissa is proud to be an IT not only for STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels and ISP, but in Merrithew’s other branded programs, Total Barre™. CORE™ and ZEN●GA® Mat. She has trained extensively in injuries and special populations, Pre and Post-natal, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and the creator of m.a.c. Pilates for Kids! She has been highlighted in Wellness Magazine for her Pilates for kids program, on CTV’s Breakfast Television and is currently publishing a book. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at York University in Toronto, and in 2010, received her Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance from the Buddhist-inspired Naropa University, specializing in Body Mind Centering Techniques and experiential anatomy. Her creativity is witnessed through her classes, which are innovative and challenge the boundaries of Pilates and functional fitness. From the novice to advanced, post-rehab to the elite athlete, Melissa is able to weave her knowledge of biomechanics with her creativity and energy, creating fun, efficient and transforming sessions. Melissa is active as a Movement Director for various theatre companies in Chicago and has written and produced a comedic web series about a Pilates studio, called, "The Studio." You can find Seasons 1 and 2 here: www.thestudiowebseries.com

Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong

Pilatique
Malaysia &, Singapore

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX, Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
BA, ACE

Bio

Melissa Wong is the co-founder and Education Director of Pilatique Pilates Studio, set up in 2005 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Pilatique in Singapore in 2011. She has always been a fitness and dance enthusiast and started her career in the fitness arena in 2000 working with Nike, Les Mills, Fitness First and others giving her the opportunity to travel and present in dance and Pilates. Melissa first became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2008 and brought Pilatique Malaysia and Singapore to become a Licensed Training Centers in 2008 and 2016 respectively.

Melissa is a bilingual instructor in English and Chinese. She presented Merrithew workshops at the Asia Fitness Convention 2010 and 2011 in Thailand, assisted during the 2013 Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour at Shanghai and presented in ChinaFit 2016 in Beijing, Tianjin and Shenzhen in the same year.

Melissa enjoys learning and sharing her knowledge and coaching her students and Pilatique’s team of physiotherapists and strives also to be a good mother and wife. Melissa is a grounded and ambitious little dot.

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Michaela Bimbi-Dresp

The Pilatesbody
Munich, Germany

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™, ZEN•GA™

Additional credentials and designations
MBA, ACE

Bio

Beginning in early childhood, Michaela studied dance in her native Germany and throughout Europe. While spending time in the US, she received ACE Certifications as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, and taught classes including step-aerobics, kickboxing, and senior fitness. She then completed her STOTT PILATES® Certification in New York and the UK and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in Total Barre™ and as a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. In 2002, Michaela became owner and operator of Pilatesbody, the first STOTT PILATES Certification Center in Munich, Germany. Michaela has appeared in several TV programs including Pilates, Fitness and Health and completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Freie Universität, West Berlin.

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Michelle Scott

Real Pilates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degree.

Bio
Michelle, from Sydney, Australia, has both a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degree. She became a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2003, and later that year went on to become an Instructor Trainer. She is now an IT for Merrithew™ specializing in 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, the US and the UAE. Michelle is an intrepid traveller who loves an adventure.  At Real Pilates, Dubai, Michelle is both the general manager and a STOTT PILATES IT.

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Monique Lavoie

Pilates Certification Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA™

Bio

An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ since 1997, Monique specializes ZEN•GA™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®. She is the owner and director of 3 Pilates studios and a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of The National Ballet School and a former owner of a fitness studio in Toronto, Monique combines over 20 years of teaching experience in dance and fitness with her knowledge of Pilates to ensure that clients and students experience the best in Mind-Body exercise. She is a past presenter for both the Ontario and Manitoba Fitness Counsels and can teach certification courses, evaluate or examine for certification in the French language.

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Pablo Vera

Akro Studio
Madrid, Spain

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

Additional credentials and designations
PT

Bio

Pablo is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES® as a Lead IT, certified Physiotherapist and the Education Director at Akro Studio, a STOTT PILATES licensed training centre in Spain.  Working as a Physiotherapist, specializing in sport, osteopathy, and movement disorders, at a studio in Spain, Pablo was drawn to Pilates as a tool to help his patients restore movement and function to their bodies. He decided to expand on his physiotherapy education to become STOTT PILATES certified in 2004 and became an Instructor Trainer in the same year.  Pablo also works at the European University of Madrid as an external teacher in the Continuous Education and Masters of Physiotherapists departments. Pablo enjoys continually incorporating STOTT PILATES into his clients and patients rehab programs with great success.  

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Paulina Vazquez

Austin, Texas, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, Gyrotonic

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, Total Barre™ and ZEN·GA™ Mat.  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. 

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Rie Sakamoto

Rie Sakamoto

Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, SPX M&R

Additional credentials and designations
B.A., Registered Homeopath, DCHomMed

Bio
After finishing university in Japan and being actively involved in dance, Rie avidly pursued her interest in the human body and moved to Toronto, Canada. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2006, excelling further and becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. Rie is currently the Programming Coordinator of Education for Merrithew at the Toronto Head Office, while continually providing valuable sessions and high quality education as an Instructor Trainer for students from around the world. She has recently added new expertise to her qualifications, as a Registered Homeopath, furthering her passion to help people in the pursuit of health and wellness.

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Sarah Jarvis

Sarah Jarvis

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Sarah Jarvis joined the Merrithew team in 2004 after completing her Full Certification in STOTT PILATES® and is now a STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and an Instructor Trainer specializing in ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement, Halo® Training, and Total Barre. Sarah has trained under multiple Merrithew Master Instructor Trainers, including Moira Merrithew, PJ O’Clair, Wayne Seeto and Stefania Michas, and she regularly teaches Instructor and Instructor Trainer courses for ZEN•GA and Total Barre at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto, Canada. Sarah has extensive experience in planning and implementing Merrithew education programming, and extensive knowledge and experience in teaching and developing Merrithew branded programs. She is a mentor to internationally-trained Instructor Trainers, and for over a decade has presented on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Sarah began teaching aerobics and weight training classes while finishing her degree in Business Administration at the University of Windsor. While working in sales and managing a club, she soon discovered STOTT PILATES exercise. Intrigued by the method and the ability to strengthen and refocus the mind and body, she made the transition from the high-impact training world and continues to witness the impact these programs have made all over the world. Sarah is also canfitpro certified and continues to stay current by attending workshops/courses within the field.

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