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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.

Saulo Ouverney

Saulo Ouverney

Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; Total Barre™; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education Bachelor Degree, GYROTONIC®

Bio

Saulo Ouverney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. 

As a teenager, Saulo was a gymnast and competed in sports aerobics for eight years. After graduating university he taught fitness classes and private strength training, bringing the mental training he used to have as an athlete to his clients. 

In 2006 he was introduced to the Pilates Method and it became his passion. By 2007 he was running his own Pilates studio.

In 2009, he discovered STOTT PILATES®.  He decided to leave his job and move to São Paulo to pursue it. In 2013 he became an IT and Merrithew™ Lead Instructor Trainer in 2017. 

Saulo had a great experience living for a year and a half in the Middle East teaching Pilates, GYROTONIC® and Total Barre™. In 2016, Saulo audited many STOTT PILATES courses at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto.

Saulo is passionate about Merrithew™ programs, biomechanics and exercise physiology. As he continues along his chosen career path, he is always searching for the latest news and innovations to keep himself up-to-date on the latest in mindfulness and fitness.
 

Stephanie Crank

Tampa, Florida, USA

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

Bio

A professional ballet dancer for more than 12 years, Stephanie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method during her rehabilitation from a back injury. After retiring from the stage in 2001, Stephanie worked as a ballet instructor and an administrator in the Classical Ballet Training Program at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.  Her desire to give the students in the program the valuable benefit of Pilates prompted her to become a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor.  In 2003 she founded Pilates Movement Studio and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008.

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Tara Gregorio

Tara Gregorio Holistic Training
Cold Spring, New York, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, ACE

Bio
With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Tara brings a dynamic style of teaching to her STOTT PILATES® instruction and is known for her precision, patience and guidance when training students. Tara graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1999 with a BSc in Fitness Management, and has worked at a variety of elite facilities throughout the United States. An Tara earned her STOTT PILATES certification in 2002, before becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2003, where she specializes in STOTT PILATES as a Lead IT. Tara is the proud owner of a Pilates and Yoga studio in Cold Spring, NY and is an experienced ACE Personal Trainer and Mad Dogg Spinning® Instructor.

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Tessa Crofton

Tessa Crofton

West Coast Pilates & Health
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX M/R, ZEN•GA® Mat/Equipment

Bio

Tessa Crofton is the founder and director of West Coast Pilates and Health Inc. which celebrated 15 years of business in 2015. As a well-known member of British Columbia’s Pilates community, and a valuable resource, leader, and mentor to instructors, Tessa has always had a passion for movement and physical health. She is a certified personal trainer, group fitness leader and strength trainer. In 2000, Tessa became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® and ZEN•GA®. She also holds multiple certifications with BCRPA and Canfitpro. Tessa works with physiotherapy patients on the road to recovery, triathletes and fitness enthusiasts to enhance their athletic performance, and breast cancer survivors to rebuild their strength and spirit. Tessa practices Pilates and other mindful movement modalities to improve flexibility, strength and endurance in her own athletic endeavors. Her passion for learning and sharing continuing education has helped Tessa become a sought after teacher and Instructor Trainer.

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Tim Fleisher

Tim Fleisher

Austin, Texas, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MS, LMT, NSCA CSCS, LMBT, ART

Bio

Tim became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2007 and moved to Brazil as a Lead IT shortly thereafter to train instructors in the STOTT PILATES method at Pilates Studio Fit; a Licensed Training Center in São Paulo. He moved back to the United States in 2011 and now is pursuing a Ph. D. in Exercise Science emphasis on Low Back Pain Research. Tim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Full Body Active Release Techniques Provider, and an Active Isolated Stretching Therapist. In addition to his schoolwork and training Pilates instructors, Tim acts as an NCAA sports massage therapist for collegiate swimming and diving teams such as Harvard, Iowa State and the University of Texas. He is also the assistant coach for the University of Texas Triathlon team.

Vivian Zapanta

Vivian Zapanta Pilates
Makati City, Philippines

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

Additional credentials and designations
BSE, MA, ACE

Bio
Having taught aerobics, personal training, and body building for more than 30 years, Vivian is a well-known fitness professional in the Philippines. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and is passionate about teaching students across Asia. Vivian also is a Level 3 Franklin Method Educator. She takes a special interest in mentoring prospective Instructor Trainers and enjoys sharing her business knowledge from her years as a Licensed Training Center owner. Vivian holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Physical Education "CUM LAUDE" from The University of Santo Tomas and also holds a Masters of Arts degree major in Physical Education in Centro Escolar University. She is an ACE GOLD Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and earned the prestigious title of Ms. Philippines in Body Building in 1988. With her years of training, skills and experience, Vivian considers herself to be a never-ending student, and loves to share what she has learned with others.

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Wataru Kamiizumi

Bcube
Osaka, Japan

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; CCB; ISP; Rehab; SPX; CORE™; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; Halo® Training; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapy

Bio

Wataru Kamiizumi is a Merrithew™  Lead Instructor Trainer, specializing in STOTT PILATES®, STOTT PILATES Rehab and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™.

Having studied physical therapy, Wataru incorporates his many years of study and practice in with his knowledge and training in STOTT PILATES. He has used this skill set to successfully treat many individuals, from clients with domestic injuries to elite athletes suffering from sporting injuries.

Wataru teaches internationally and presents at conferences nationwide and is one of few instructors in the Asia Pacific region instructing the full STOTT PILATES repertoire. Wataru is the President and Founder of B CUBE and is a recognized leader in his field. He also dedicates his knowledge and passion to youth education by teaching at Kobe College, Takarazuka Musical Academy and many others.

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Wendy Andersen

Wendy Andersen

Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, CORE™, SPX M&R

Additional credentials and designations
MS Exercise Science, BS in Education, Post-Operative Breast Cancer Rehabilitative Specialist

Bio
A former collegiate athlete and coach, Wendy Andersen, has been a professional educator for more than ten years. As owner of Victory Pilates, Wendy serves as an adjunct instructor and consultant to universities, professional schools and private studios and institutions around the Midwest, and has given presentations at conferences around the nation on the basic principles of Pilates and Pilates for Kids. Wendy also hosts a daily Pilates show on channel 5 CITY-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska. Wendy is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training. She is also a Certified Post-Operative Breast Cancer Rehabilitative Specialist. Wendy holds a Masters degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University.

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