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Instructor Trainer bios

The STOTT PILATES® 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.

Lisa Kaye

Floating
Sydney, Australia

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
ACSM

Bio

Originally from the UK, Lisa is a former member of the British National Gymnastic Squad. Now based in Sydney, she has been teaching health & fitness for over 15 years. She is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®, a registered fitness leader and an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Health & Fitness Specialist. Lisa teaches STOTT PILATES courses & workshops in Australia and has her own Pilates studio in Sydney that specializes in private Pilates training.

 

Lisa Lewis

Gigi’s Pilates Studio (Satellite Location for Victory Pilates)
Des Moines, Iowa, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, ZEN∙GA™, Total Barre™

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, ISCA

Bio

Lisa became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2006 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011 and ZENGA™ Mindful Movement in 2013. She is an ISCA certified personal trainer, TRX trained, and is also a certified breast cancer exercise specialist. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa in 2006.  Lisa enjoys working with a wide range of Pilates clients; from those recovering from surgery to highly conditioned athletes. In addition to teaching Pilates, Lisa dances and performs professionally with Hurley & Dancers, a modern dance company in Des Moines, and teaches dance to a variety of levels and ages. 

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Lisa Palmer

The Movement Lab
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA Mat

Bio

Originally from a photography background, Lisa decided to pursue her passion of movement and the human body by becoming STOTT PILATES® certified in 2005 and then an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES the following year. In 2016, Lisa received special recognition as a Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES. Lisa and her studio, The Movement Lab, pride themselves on providing a nurturing atmosphere and close personal attention to every client and student.  

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Lucy Garcia

San Diego, California, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP

Bio

Lucy started as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor in her native England, but her connection to the performing arts brought her to LA in 1990. She discovered Pilates in 1995 when dancing with a modern dance company. Lucy has been teaching Pilates for 15 years and completed her STOTT PILATES® training at the Corporate  Training Center in Toronto. In 2004 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, and continued her training by qualifying as an Instructor in CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™. She has trained student instructors in San Diego and Los Angeles. Lucy specializes in both therapeutic and post-rehabilitation Pilates and athletic performance. After suffering a traumatic back injury in 2003, she passionately completed an extensive series of back therapy courses, all of which incorporate the latest research findings. 

Lyudmyla Arefyeva-Cavlieri

Lyudmyla Arefyeva

Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels; CORE™, ZEN•GA® Mat

Bio

Lyudmyla has been working in the fitness industry since 1996, and in 2006 she received her first STOTT PILATES® Certification. In 2011 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES and currently works at Pilates Italia, the Licensed Training Center in Italy. She also runs her own Pilates studio in Grosseto, Italy.

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