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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.

Maria Angeles Trabas Toro

Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer, Total Barre®, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
REDCORD ACTIVE

Bio

Experiencia profesional de màs de 15 años en el sector de la Danza, fitness y la salud.

Comenzó sus estudios de Danza y música a muy temprana edad. Ha estudiado en diferentes escuelas de gran reconocimiento como Broadway Dance Center (NY), Steps on Broadway (NY), PeriDance (NY), Madrid Dance Center (Madrid). Ha realizado toda su formación de STOTT PILATES® con Akrostudio España, más tarde completó su formación como Instructor Trainer en STOTT PILATES en Canadá, Total Barre® en Canadá, CORE en Canadá, Redcord Active en New York y Princeton, New Jersey (NJ), con Akrostudio.

Formación continuada, ZEN•GA® (Canadá) Instructora Fascial Fitness (Canadá Merrithew), Halo® Trainer con Akrostudio.

Apasionada por la Danza, Anatomía y el Ejercicio Terapéutico, se caracteriza por impartir clases muy dinámicas, transmitiendo conocimientos a través de diferentes estrategias, formando instructores altamente cualificados en diferentes paises.

Imparte cursos a nivel Internacional en los paises de habla hispana como México, España y Latinoamérica, con Akrostudio International.

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Maria Monks

Maria Monks

The Movement Lab
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BA Psychology

Bio

Maria Monks received her STOTT PILATES® full certification as an instructor in 2010. In 2013 she traveled to Milan Italy to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Maria has been involved with movement of the human body from an early age, participating in gymnastics as well as Ballroom and Latin American dancing. While completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she discovered STOTT PILATES and became quite passionate about the method of exercise. Her past injuries created an awareness of how beneficial this method of exercise can be. Maria guides clients of all ages and different levels of fitness, focusing with sensitivity to their varying needs, to achieve their personal goals through strength and mobility. 

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Marie Michalski

Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
B.Ed.

Bio

Marie holds a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta and started her career in the fitness industry in 1997 as a Fitness Program Director at the YMCA.  She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2001 after discovering Pilates and enjoying how well it integrated with her fitness background in dance and purposeful movement. Marie became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2007 and believes her teaching is greatly enhanced by her extensive movement training background. She enjoys the challenge that comes with carefully tailoring programs to each individual based on their unique background, goals, and lifestyle.

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Marina Buntovskikh

Brussels Pilates (Satellite Location for Pilates Italia)
Brussels, Belgium

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
Aerobic Instructor

Bio

Born in Russia, Marina studied German at the University for Foreign Languages in Almaty, Kazakhstan. After moving to Europe in 1997, her passion for fitness and wellness led her to become a certified Aerobic Instructor and a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor. She holds a certification as an Aerobic Instructor from BSA Akademie in Germany (1999-2000) and FISAF (Federation of International Sports of Aerobics and Fitness) in Paris 2001. Shortly after, she completed her first STOTT PILATES training in Toronto, Canada at our Merrithew Corporate Training Center. She received her first certification in STOTT PILATES Matwork level 1 in 2004. She then became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010 and a proud owner of BRUSSELS PILATES a Merrithew Licensed Training Center Satellite. Marina speaks Russian, English, French, and German.

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Marina Gavrikova

Marina Gavrikova

Floating
Singapore, Singapore

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer

Bio

As a student, Marina competed in track and field events and earned Coaching (Track and Field) and Rehabilitation degrees. In 1995, Marina opened her first professional studio in Russia. In 2008, Marina earned her first STOTT PILATES® certification in Toronto. She moved to Singapore in 2011, where she opened Smart Fit Studio. Marina completed her training, becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in September 2016, specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer. Like many devoted athletes, Marina's past injuries led to her focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation, and her personal experience fuels her expertise and empathy. Marina works closely with doctors, physical therapists and other medical professionals and top professional athletes to sustain high levels of performance.