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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.

Claudia Fink

Claudia Fink

The Studio
Milan, Italy

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

Additional credentials and designations
Fitness and Aerobics, Iyengar Yoga, Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist, Multiple Sclerosis and Neurologic Rehab Specialist, Myofascial Release Techniques, Isometric Rehabilitation Specialist and Pink Ribbon® Instructor Trainer

Bio
Claudia first got involved in aerobics and fitness in Paris, France where she was studying for a bachelor’s degree in Business and Tourism. She was drawn to Pilates for rehabilitation after several athletic injuries and soon discovered the STOTT PILATES® method. She became an Instructor Trainer and taught at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto until she opened her studio and Licensed Training Center, Pilates Italia, in Milan, Italy and a satellite location in Brussels, Belgium. Claudia is proud to be a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer. She is currently studying osteopathy. Claudia is fluent in four languages and is a cancer, multiple sclerosis, neurologic and isometric rehab Specialist, as well as a Pink Ribbon® Instructor Trainer. She strives to continue her athletic life, and loves teaching students and clients alike.

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Connie Ierullo

Connie Ierullo

The Pilates Body
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA Hons, Osteopathic Manual Therapist

Bio

Connie Ierullo earned her full STOTT PILATES® Certification in 1997. The following year, under the guidance of Moira Merrithew, Connie became an Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES, and is currently a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer. She was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES method in her movement studies at York University, where she earned an Honours BA in Dance. She is the proud co-owner of The Pilates Body Studio in Mississauga Canada, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center, which she opened in November 2000 with her husband Bruno. Connie’s passion for teaching movement as an avenue to improved health is demonstrated by her dedication to each client and Certification student. With over 20 years of teaching, Connie is thankful to have the continued opportunity to work with students and clients from all over the world and varying backgrounds.

Connie has fueled her passion for helping others by continuing her studies in anatomy, biomechanics and physiology at The Canadian College of Osteopathy. As an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Connie is inspired every day by her patients and their journeys to achieving health and ease of movement. Connie is a member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association.

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Danica Larson

SweatShop Fitness Health Club
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BA English Literature and Music

Bio

Danica became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003, motivated by her desire to share the mental and physical consciousness and balance she found in Pilates. In 2008 she moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES. She currently teaches at The SweatShop in St. Paul, Minnesota where she enjoys helping students and clients alike to improve their strength, posture and body awareness.

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Daniela González Ares

COMPLETE BODY movement
Dublin, Ireland

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

Bio

Daniela González Ares is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre® and ZEN•GA® and is owner of Complete Body Movement in Ireland a Merrithew Licensed Training Center. Residing in Dublin since 1994, Daniela (called Dani by friends and family), was born to Spanish parents in the Netherlands and is a fluent speaker in various languages. She has always been interested in sport, particularly in swimming, karate, gymnastics and horse riding. Unfortunately Daniela suffered a horse-riding accident in her early twenties, which indirectly led her back to the gym, and a move to Ireland led her to STOTT PILATES. Daniela owns a personal training and Pilates Studio called AJNA in Dublin, is a certified gyrotonic instructor, certified yoga instructor, massage therapist and pink ribbon instructor. In 2012 Daniela received the award for Outstanding Personal Achievement by Merrithew.

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Danyelle Millar

The Pilates Body
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels; CORE™

Bio

Former dancer and competitive swimmer, Danyelle was first introduced to Pilates by The Pilates Body Director, Connie Ierullo in 2000, where she has been a member of the teaching staff since 2002. Danyelle is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE. She instructs the Matwork, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels courses. Continuing to further her education, she is currently completing an Honours BSc in Life Sciences at the University of Toronto and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) accreditation as a Personal Trainer. Danyelle is driven to help clients achieve their goals and has worked with clients of all ages and abilities, but she finds it most fulfilling when teaching clients with specific needs or injuries. After the birth of her first child Danyelle and a difficult recovery, she has shifted her energy to teach Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates & Fitness. She helps to promote the benefits of exercise during pregnancy and enjoyment moms can experience while exercising with their babies. 

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