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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.

Michele Carini

Michele Carini

Floating
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
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
Mat, 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 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 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™ LTC in Manitoba, which opened in 1997. She is one of very few bilingual Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainers and, upon request, can teach any certification course or examination in 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

Nate Teng

Alignment Fitness Studio
Taipei City, Taiwan

IT qualifications
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
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 Merrithew Licensed Training Center 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.

Paul Thornley

Real Pilates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IT qualifications
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.

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Paulina Vazquez

Floating
Huston, Texas, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, Total Barre® , Dance Specialist

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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Pilar Cepeda Molina

Akrostudio
Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
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 for licensed therapists in 2014. She was granted Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2018. 

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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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