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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 Monks

Maria Monks

The Movement Lab
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

IT qualifications
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
Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, 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
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

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.  Soon after, she became an Instructor Trainer for MMerrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES and she is the proud owner of Brusselspilates.be.  Marina speaks Russian, English, French, and German.

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Marina Gavrikova

Marina Gavrikova

Floating
Singapore, Singapore

IT qualifications
Mat and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Total Barre™ Qualified

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.
Marsha Warnke

Marsha Warnke

Floating IT
Salem, Oregon, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
MS, ACSM, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis

Bio

Marsha received her certification as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2001, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008.  Marsha has always had a passion for body movement and dance, having spent over twenty years as a professional ballet dancer, instructor and choreographer.  She holds a Masters of Science Education in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kansas, and is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine.  Marsha brings her extensive knowledge of anatomy, as well as a genuine enthusiasm for bodywork to each workout.