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.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
STOTT PILATES® 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
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.