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Instructor Trainer bios

The Merrithew Faculty, or members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers, is made up of highly qualified and internationally sought-after educators who are known for their dedication, professionalism and attention to detail. All of our faculty members hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training. A diverse group, they come from various backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Lisa Lewis

Gigi’s Pilates Studio (satellite location for Victory Pilates)
Des Moines, Iowa, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, ISCA,TRX Trained, Pink Ribbon Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, Specialist in Pilates Based Education for Neurological Conditions


Lisa became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2006 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011, ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement in 2013 and Total Barre® in 2014. She is an ISCA certified personal trainer, TRX trained, and is also a certified breast cancer exercise specialist. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa in 2006. Lisa enjoys working with a wide range of Pilates clients; from those recovering from surgery to highly conditioned athletes. In addition to teaching Pilates, Lisa dances and performs professionally with Hurley & Dancers, a modern dance company in Des Moines, and teaches dance to a variety of levels and ages.

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