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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.

Elisha Elliott

Elisha Elliott

Floating
London, United Kingdom

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; CORE™

Bio

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, and CORE, she continues to attend a variety of courses and workshops to make sure her knowledge is always up-to-date.

 

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Elizabeth Posa

Floating
Plano, Texas, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; SPX® Matwork & Reformer

Bio
Beth is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES, and owner of New Strength Pilates in Missouri City Texas. She has been in the fitness business for the past 15 years as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. She is qualified to teach Total Barre® and ZEN•GA®Mat and Equipment. She has taught and certified in Weight Lifting, Yoga, step, Kick Box, Spin, aquatics and every type of exercise on the Stability Ball. Her education and experience span many other modalities including Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist and a Lay Responder teaching CPR/AED for The ARC. She completed her training in Muscle Activation Technique, Jumpstart Program in Lower Extremities, Upper Extremities and Spine and Trunk, is an AFAA Group Fitness instructor, Melt Method Instructor (hand & foot, roller and strength), and TRX instructor. CranioSacral Therapy is one of her most recent endeavors along with working on her certification as a Restorative Exercise Specialist.

Elizebeth Ellison

Floating
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, NSCA CPT

Bio

Elizebeth’s career in the fitness industry began as an ACE certified personal trainer and her interest in Pilates initially began as a pursuit to discover how Pilates could help improve her father’s golf game. Elizebeth became fascinated by the STOTT PILATES® approach and its accessibility for all levels.  She then expanded on her fitness education to include becoming a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2004 and then a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009, Elizebeth received the distinction of Merrithew IT Rookie of the Year.  Her fascination and dedication to continuing education inspires her to continuously learn more about the discipline.  

Emine Canan Tekinel

Emine Canan Tekinel

Taxim Pilates
Istanbul, Turkey

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
TRX, IYN Yoga

Bio

Canan Tekinel is the co-founder and owner of Taxim Pilates Taksim, Nisantasi and FLEX by Taxim Pilates Levent studios in Istanbul, Turkey.  She discovered Pilates as a method of rehabilitation after having neck surgery and it quickly turned into a passion and lifestyle. Canan has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and has organized STOTT PILATES® training and workshops in İstanbul since 2011.  She studied political science at Rennes University in France. In 2015, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Canan has a basketball, classical ballet and gymnastics background. She also practises kitesurfing and yoga.

 

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Eric Clothier

Floating
Avon, Connecticut, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BS in Psychology Suma Cum Laude, BFA in Dance Suma Cum Laude, NASM, ACE, Yoga Instructor, Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor

Bio

Eric is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ who specializes in STOTT PILATES®. With a 15+ year addiction to Pilates and 20+ year devotion to yoga, Eric loves to help people reach their full potential.  He is a fully certified Patanjali Yoga Instructor, Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor, ACE and NASM Personal Trainer, who graduated Suma Cum Laude twice earning a BS in Psychology and then a BFA in Dance.  He works at Asphalt Green Battery Park City in NYC and loves helping people from all walks of life find the inner chutzpah needed to make lasting positive change.