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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.

Amy de Schweinitz

Floating
Anchorage, Alaska, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, ACE

Bio

After training for 4 years with Michaela Bimbi-Dresp in Munich, Germany, Amy de Schweinitz obtained her STOTT PILATES® Certification in 2004. In 2007, she became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES, and enabling her to teach worldwide. With a BSc in Kinesiology and Sport Science, Amy was able to complement her studies as a competitive runner and triathlete. She found that Pilates was a huge asset to her success as an athlete, thus it launched her career in Pilates. Amy is now certified by the Pilates Method Alliance and is an ACE Certified Trainer. As an international Certified Health Coach, Amy is passionate about using Pilates to help people feel good in their bodies and have the best quality of life.

Amy Pronovost

Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE. BA, RYT

Bio

Amy Pronovost received her BA in Dance and English from Western Michigan University. She is currently an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®, a Level 1 Gyrotonic instructor, a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and an ACE certified Group Instructor Trainer. She has been teaching at Equilibrium in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan since 2000. She has also taught ballet for fifteen years and currently has students performing around the world and on Broadway.

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Amy Slowik

Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
PT, Gyrotonic

Bio
Amy is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer and SPX® Matwork & Reformer, as well as a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Speed, Agility & Quickness instructor and a Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor. As a licensed physical therapist, Amy combines backgrounds in dance, sports medicine and Gyrotonic to design safe, yet challenging Pilates workouts for each individual regardless of their fitness level. Amy previously specialized in treating orthopedic, dance and sports injuries and enjoyed working with athletes of all levels, but now devotes her career to teaching Pilates.

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Amy Van Dooremalen

Amy Van Dooremalen

Floating
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BFA Dance, TRX, Motion Dynamics Flexibility & Stability Training

Bio
Amy was introduced to Pilates while completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree as a dance major at York University in Toronto, Canada. After pursuing a career in modern dance she turned to Pilates for her next challenge. In 2004 she became a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and was invited to work at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. Amy represents Merrithew as a floating Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES, Total Barre® and Halo® Training.  She has traveled throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia teaching courses and presenting at international fitness conferences such as FILEX in Melbourne/Sydney, Australia and at China Fit Beijing. Amy has also been featured on Channel News Asia AM Live “Fighting Fit” series, was a visiting Fitness Specialist at the prestigious Amanoi Resort in Vietnam and has worked with the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. When she is not traveling, Amy enjoys teaching as a freelancer for her own company Spiritus.

Andrea Kosmicki Hoarau

Floating
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Total Barre®

Bio

Andrea was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® during her studies at Oklahoma City University to help overcome dance-related injuries. She began her education in the method in 2007, while working for Royal Caribbean Productions as a professional dancer. After achieving her Full Certification in 2013, Andrea proceeded to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2014. Her passion for mind-body awareness and injury prevention, along with an upbeat teaching style, makes Andrea a perfect fit for teaching Pilates to a variety of clients and instructors.