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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.

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.

Sheri Aggarwal

Sheri Aggarwal

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; Injuries & Special Populations; Total Barre®; CORE™; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Ph.D., ACE

Bio

Sheri’s first career was as a college professor after earning a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She loved teaching, but her passion was with sport and wellness rather than economics. She began training in Pilates in 2002, and although her interest in sports shifted, her dedication to Pilates persisted. Sheri loved how it improved her performance in all sports, and Pilates proved invaluable when rehab was required for running injuries. In 2007, she became certified in STOTT PILATES®, and in 2012, she moved on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat & Reformer. She then added Total Barre® and CORE Instructor Trainer qualifications in 2013 and 2014. Building on her love of teaching and coaching students, clients and athletes, she holds ACE certifications in personal training and health coaching, and is a running coach for USA Track & Field.

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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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Tessa Crofton

Tessa Crofton

West Coast Pilates & Health
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, SPX; ZEN•GA®

Bio

Tessa Crofton is the founder and director of West Coast Pilates and Health Inc., which has been located in Victoria, BC for more than 17 years. Tessa has always had a passion for movement and physical health, and is a well-known member of British Columbia’s Pilates community, as well as a valuable resource, leader, and mentor to Instructors. She is a certified personal trainer, group fitness leader and strength trainer. In 2000, Tessa became a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® and ZEN•GA®. She also holds multiple certifications with BCRPA and canfitpro and has been a Presenter on behalf of Merrithew at the Canfitpro Conference in Vancouver the past 2 years. 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 Merrithew Lead 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.

Tracy Dawber

Tracy Dawber

Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Bio

Tracy Dawber has been teaching Pilates for more than 17 years. Originally a fully-trained classical ballet dancer and teacher, Tracy opened her own studio and taught Ballet for 9 years. While looking for an exercise to do for herself, a friend recommended Pilates. Her search led her to STOTT PILATES® and she decided to embark on training and certification in 1999. After completing her Full Certification, Tracy went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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Vivian Zapanta

Vivian Zapanta Pilates
Makati City, Philippines

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

Additional credentials and designations
BSE, MA, ACE GOLD Personal Trainer, ACE Group Exercise Instructor Franklin Method Educator Level 3

Bio

Vivian is a well-known fitness professional in the Philippines. She has taught aerobics and personal training for more than 40 years. Vivian won the Ms. Philippines title in Body Building in 1988, and was a television fitness program host in the 1980s. She became a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and is passionate about teaching students across Asia. Vivian is also a Level 3 Franklin Method Educator. She takes a special interest in mentoring prospective Instructor Trainers and enjoys sharing business knowledge she has gained from owning a Merrithew Licensed Training Center since 2004. Vivian graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in Physical Education from The University of Santo Tomas, and also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Education from Centro Escolar University. She is an ACE GOLD Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. Vivian considers herself to be a lifelong student, and loves to share what she has learned with others.

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Wataru Kamiizumi

Bcube Pilates & Fitness
Osaka, Japan

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapy

Bio

Wataru’s background as a physical therapist is a complement to his work as a STOTT PILATES® instructor. He is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer who also trains a range of clientele – from domestic injuries to elite athletes. Wataru travels extensively, helping certify Merrithew Instructors around the world and in the Asia-Pacific region in particular. He is the President and Founder of Bcube LTC in Osaka, Japan where he is recognized as a leading expert.

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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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