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All Instructors

Dot Kavanaugh

Windsor, Ontario Canada

Dot became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2003, and in 2009 she became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in 2004, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  In 2001 Dot received her certification as a Yoga Teacher by the Sivanada Yoga Group, and has acted as both the instructor and owner of The Yoga Centre in Windsor since that time.  She brings over 10 years of experience in teaching movement, and keeps her programming interesting and up to date by taking a variety of continuing education workshops.

Matwork, Reformer

Dr. Dana Stieglitz

dfx pilates
Roseville, California USA
Dana studied nursing and received her BSN in 1984 and earned Master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis as a family nurse practitioner in 1998.  With an interest in fitness, she became AFAA certified in group exercise and taught various types of classes for 15 years until 2006, when she was introduced to STOTT PILATES® and completed her certification in 2008. With an interest in rehabilitative Pilates, Dana perused the STOTT PILATES Rehab courses with a goal of conducting a doctoral research study. In 2014, Dana completed her doctorate in Nursing Practice. The research study, “Equipment-based Pilates Reduces Work-Related Chronic Low Back Pain and Disability: A Pilot Study,” was published in the Journal of Bodyworks and Movement Therapies in January of 2016. As an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™, she hopes to bring Pilates into the healthcare setting as a treatment option for chronic low back pain, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.
Matwork, Reformer,
RN, DNP, FNP-BC; AFAA certified

Dr. Lisa Jayne Clarkson

Falls Church, Virginia USA

Lisa first became aware of Pilates when she was 16 years old, but it wasn't until she joined ballet Memphis in 1999 that she was introduced to STOTT PILATES®. She received her STOTT PILATES certification in 1999 and became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer in 2009.  Lisa has a BS in Ballet with an Outside Field in French from Indiana University. She danced professionally for 10 years with Louisville Ballet, Lexington Ballet and Ballet Memphis and was a guest artist with a number of smaller companies. Most recently, Lisa graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in May of 2014 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and has recently relocated to the D.C. metropolitan area where she is working as both a Physical Therapist and a STOTT PILATES Instructor and IT. She is currently in an orthopedic residency program for Physical Therapy and is pursuing an orthopedic specialty license. Her continued education has enhanced and informed her teaching and personal practice.
Matwork, Reformer
B.S., D.P.T.

Eden Paul

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California USA

Eden is a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer for Mat and Reformer and has worked at John Garey Fitness & Pilates in many roles for the past 10 years. Eden is a Certified Personal Trainer and has been in the fitness industry for 20 years.  

Matwork, Reformer, SPX

Elisha Elliott

Real Pilates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

While completing her Journalism degree in Australia, Elisha found Pilates and fell in love! She spent her college breaks taking multiple classes and she eventually studied to become a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor as well as a Cert IV Personal Trainer. The STOTT PILATES method of exercise and contemporary approach to mind-body fitness peaked Elisha’s interest and so in 2012, she was accepted into the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer Program at the headquarters in Toronto. Currently an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™,  and ZEN•GA™. She continues to attend a variety of courses and workshops to make sure her knowledge is always up-to-date.

Matwork, Reformer, and CORE™