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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.

Erica Loder

Pacific Northwest Pilates Education
Portland, Oregon, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Bio

Erica moved to Portland in 2004 where she worked as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist seeing patients of all ages and fitness levels. She turned to STOTT PILATES® following a spinal surgery and has since made it an integral component of her physical therapy practice. Working with clients at Element Wellness and Sports Rehabilitation and at Pacific NW Pilates in Portland, OR, Erica is able to teach the therapeutic application of STOTT PILATES. In 2014 she received the honor of becoming a Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab.

Erica earned a BS in Exercise Physiology from Montana State University in 2002 where she was a member of the women’s golf team, a student athletic trainer for the MSU football team, became an AFAA certified aerobics and personal fitness instructor, and was trained in Olympic weightlifting. She became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2002 and earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2004, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2006.

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Esther Villaramiel

Akrostudio
Toledo, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; CORE™

Bio

Esther began her training in STOTT PILATES® in 2006 and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithewspecializing in STOTT PILATES and CORE. Looking to expand her knowledge base, she has attended several courses focusing on movement screenings including Kinetic Control, Performance Stability and Be Activated. A specialist in Personal & Group Training, she is also a ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor. Esther is an energetic and very technical instructor who manages her own center in Valladolid, Spain.

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Eva Powers

Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
Gyrotonic

Bio

As the Chair of the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance in the College of Fine Arts at Wayne State University, Eva’s primary research is in education, pedagogy, teaching methodology and dance science. Her courses in Dance Kinesiology and Movement Analysis reflect her interest in the integration of body and mind conditioning for dancers. Eva was recently named a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®. She has also achieved Level 1 Certification in Gyrotonic® and apprentice level in Gyrokinesis. Eva is a dancer, choreographer, gifted professor and mentor to new STOTT PILATES instructors at Equilibrium.

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Fabiana Silva

Fabiana Silva

Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education degree from University of Mogi das Cruzes

Bio
Fabiana began her STOTT PILATES® education in 2002, and became a fully-Certified Instructor. In 2006, she became a Merrithew™ Instructor Trainer. Currently she is the Pilates Coordinator at Spirale, and runs Aprenda Praticando, a project that promotes Pilates classes for Instructors, incentivizing them to practice exercises, review the repertoire and meet new Instructors. She holds a degree in Physical Education from the University of Mogi das Cruzes. 

Fabio Brasiliense Fernandes

Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

IT qualifications
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; Injuries & Special Populations; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education at Universidade de São Paulo

Bio
Fabio was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 2007 while finishing his education in Physical Education. He fell in love with the method and became certified as a STOTT PILATES instructor in 2008, sharing the passion and benefits of the method with clients of all levels and ages. In 2011, he became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and has been teaching the method throughout Brazil since then. A passionate mountain biker for over 20 years, Fabio has competed in some major events in Brazil and now rides just for fun!