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Instructor Trainer bios

The members of our esteemed team of Pilates Instructor Trainers are accomplished and internationally sought-after educators known for their comprehensive knowledge, dedication and professionalism. Each hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training.

A diverse group, they come from varied 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.

Michele Carini

Michele Carini

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT); Level 5 MELT® Method Instructor; Oov™ Instructor; Nutritious Movement™ Restorative Exercise Specialist; Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist; BA, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)


A lifelong athlete and native Californian, Michele started classical Pilates training in the ‘90’s to supplement her training and love of running marathons as well as providing a counter balance to her first career as a pharmaceutical industry marketing executive. A move to The Netherlands combined with motherhood prompted Michele to focus on fitness and Pilates; she earned her first STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2005, became a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer in 2009, and since 2018 is a Lead Instructor Trainer (IT) specializing in STOTT PILATES, Halo® Training and Merrithew Fascial Movement.

In 2010 Michele established CorSano Pilates in Ottawa, Canada, her boutique studio and Merrithew Host Center serving a large and varied client base. She teaches individuals who seek customized training to help overcome injuries, poor alignment and compensatory movement patterns as well as professional and amateur athletes who seek to improve their performance. CorSano Pilates Online also offers private and group classes for all levels.

As a Floating Lead IT for Merrithew, Michele loves the challenges and excitement of teaching assignments abroad— mentoring instructors from other countries and sharing her knowledge and years of experience.

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