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Master Instructor Trainers

The Master Instructor Trainer has reached the highest level of Merrithew educators. With a minimum of seven years of teaching experience in the industry, this individual has established himself/herself as an expert in the field of mind-body fitness. The Master IT possesses the unique skills to inspire through leadership the Merrithew Community of Excellence philosophy and bring this ability to the courses and workshops that are taught anywhere in the world. All Master ITs are integral in the creation and development of new programs for Merrithew, and continue to learn and grow within the industry.

Kim Kraushar

Kim Kraushar

Interlude Spa
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP; CORE™; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BFA / Bed Dance, BSc Kinesiology, Yamuna Body Rolling, Franklin Method

Bio

Kim has built an impressive reputation as an expert and leader in the health and wellness industry. She is a Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the Programming/Education team, representing STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, CORE, Halo® Training and Total Barre® programming. Kim is the proud owner of one of the first STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Centers in Canada.

She presents on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America and internationally at conferences and trade events, and is featured in several new Merrithew DVD releases. Kim studied at York University where she received her B.F.A. in Dance/B.Ed. and completed her B.Sc. Kinesiology at Dalhousie University. She is also a Yamuna Body Rolling Certified Instructor Trainer, and Certified Franklin Method Instructor.

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Laureen Dubeau

Laureen DuBeau

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, NSCA CSCS, Pink Ribbon certified instructor

Bio

Laureen is an integral member of a dynamic team responsible for the global development and implementation of training and certification programs. Her spirited approach to teaching has made Laureen a vibrant international presenter, trainer and examiner. An NSCA certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Pink Ribbon certified instructor, she began teaching Pilates in 1995, and is now a Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®. Laureen is a featured performer and associate producer of many Merrithew DVDs, the associate editor of numerous teaching manuals and author of articles in several industry publications.

Prior to joining Merrithew, Laureen worked for Tennis Canada where she was responsible for Canadian and international public relations in the capacity of media relations and communications, player relations and event organization. Laureen studied Dance and Physical Education at York University in Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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Melanie Byford-Young

Melanie Byford-Young

Pacific Northwest Pilates
Portland, Oregon, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
PT

Bio

Melanie graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and is a Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer for the STOTT PILATES® Rehab Program. Specializing in orthopedics and manual therapy, she spent the next 10 years working as a physiotherapist at a private practice. In 1999, she became an IT teaching the full repertoire for STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair& Barrels, as well as Injuries & Special Populations. Melanie is one of few instructors in the United States instructing the STOTT PILATES® Rehabilitation Series. Utilizing Pilates for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, brings her the most joy in her career.

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Moira Merrithew

Moira Merrithew

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Bio

Moira Merrithew, together with President and CEO of Merrithew, Lindsay G. Merrithew, has spent over two decades promoting the benefits of responsible exercise through their branded programming. Together with her team, they ensure all programming is aligned with current scientific and biomechanical research. In addition to overseeing the Education Department, Moira is a content creator and featured performer in the extensive DVD series. A published author and media personality, she presents at numerous fitness industry events all over the globe. After an accomplished career as principal dancer with the City Ballet of Toronto and the Atlantic Ballet Company, Moira Merrithew went on to retrain and certify as a Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original studio founded by the late Joseph H. Pilates.

PJ O'Clair

PJ O’Clair

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE Certified, Programming Director Board Member for IDEA Health & Fitness, TRX Senior Master Instructor

Bio

Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer PJ O'Clair has been a leader and consultant in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. A valuable member of the programming team, PJ specializes in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre®, Halo® Training, Merrithew Fascial Movement and ZEN•GA®.She is the owner, president and educational director of New England-based Northeast Pilates, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center. She is a featured performer and instructor in numerous fitness videos including over 30 titles with Merrithew. PJ won the prestigious IDEA Program Director of the Year Award in 2008 and was a finalist in 2007. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant at fitness conferences and spas worldwide and has written numerous articles for industry publications. No matter where she goes, PJ takes her trademark enthusiasm, and dynamic personality with her.

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Stefania Michas

Stefania Michas

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE

Bio

Stefania joined Merrithew in 1998, and has played an integral role in developing Merrithew education, providing strategic direction for both the Education Programming department and Corporate Training Center as well as the Merrithew flagship studio in Toronto.

Stefania and her team identify, develop and execute strategies that have sustained an innovative leadership and mentoring program for Merrithew Instructor Trainers, Certified Instructors and students that has grown tenfold to include tens of thousands worldwide. Stefania oversees the ongoing evolution and global implementation of Certification and Qualification programs, as well as the expansion of the Continuing Education Program and developing and maintaining relationships with third party accreditation bodies for Merrithew branded fitness programs.

As a Master Instructor Trainer, Stefania is recognized throughout the industry as an exceptional leader, educator, consultant and contributor. She has presented on behalf of Merrithew at fitness facilities, industry trade events and Merrithew Mindful Movement Symposia in 14 countries on five continents worldwide.

Wayne Seeto

Wayne Seeto

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ISP; Rehabilitation; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BOccThy, MSc(PT)

Bio
Wayne Seeto is a Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the internal programming, education and presenting team specializing in STOTT PILATES® Rehab. Wayne has been based at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto for 10 years and is a recognized leader in his field. This high-energy Australian native received his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, Australia and his Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) at McMaster University, Canada. Wayne has presented on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America and Europe at symposia, and industry trade events, and is featured in several Merrithew DVD titles.

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