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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.

Moira Merrithew

Moira Merrithew

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Bio

Moira Merrithew, together with President and CEO of Merrithew, Lindsay G. Merrithew, has spent over two decades promoting the benefits of responsible exercise through their branded programming. Together with her team, they ensure all programming is aligned with current scientific and biomechanical research. In addition to overseeing the Education Department, Moira is a content creator and featured performer in the extensive DVD series. A published author and media personality, she presents at numerous fitness industry events all over the globe. After an accomplished career as principal dancer with the City Ballet of Toronto and the Atlantic Ballet Company, Moira Merrithew went on to retrain and certify as a Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original studio founded by the late Joseph H. Pilates.

Monique Lavoie

Pilates Certification Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

IT qualifications
Merrithew™ STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer, ZEN∙GA® Instructor Trainer, Total Barre® Instructor Trainer, Certified in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, STOTT PILATES® Reformer, STOTT PILATES® Cadillac, Chair & Barrels. Qualified in CORE™

Bio

Monique is one of very few bilingual STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainers and, upon request, can teach any certification course or examination in French. A graduate of The National Ballet School, Monique has over 30 years of teaching experience. Monique is also a certified Gyrotonic instructor.

In 2007 and again in 2009, she received a mentorship award as a result of recommendations from her peers, along with a lifetime achievement award from Merrithew. She recently hosted Moira Merrithew at her studio in celebration of the studio’s 20th anniversary.
Monique is a STOTT PILATES® Specialist in the following Specialty Tracks: Active For Life Specialist, Athletic Conditioning Specialist, Group Equipment Specialist, Group Matwork Specialist, Rehabilitation Specialist

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Mor Bechor

Mor Bechor Pilates & TRX Studio
Hod HaSharon, Israel

IT qualifications
Mat; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
BSc., MSc., TRX Instructor, Total Barre™ Qualified

Bio

Mor has been involved in sports her whole life, and  played professional European handball for 15 years.,. Her love and passion for understanding the human body led her to study exercise science and in 2002 she received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, and in 2005 she graduated with her Masters Degree in Exercise Sciences from Queens College of the City University of New York. Of notable mention, Mor and a colleague conducted research into the “Changes in Landing Mechanics After Cold-Water Immersion”, the results of which were  published in the June 2010 edition Journal of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-227945281.html).. Mor was certified as an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009 and is also a Total Barre Qualified Instructor. Mor’s ability to understand, give and listen to each client, matches her genuine wish for each of her student’s success. The feedback from her students has always been positive, praising her as a wonderful, inspirational teacher. 

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Nadja Refaie

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, SPX

Bio

Nadja began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2002 became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2004. 

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Nanthini Palan

Pilatique
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

IT qualifications
Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
BSc (HONS) PT

Bio

Nanthini began her journey into physiotherapy in 2009. She­ continued her chosen career path at Northumbria University, UK, where she received a BSc­ (HONS) in Physiotherapy Sciences. During this time, she completed clinical postings in both government a­nd private hospitals in Malaysia, gaining clinical kn­owledge and experience. Her are­as of expertise include musculoskeletal, ­cardiorespiratory and neurology. Upon gra­duating in 2013, she worked in a sports physiotherapy and rehabilitatio­n setting where she discovered her­ true interest in musculoskeletal injuri­es and sports rehabilitation. In 2014 she joined ­Pilatique Pilates Studio Malaysia as a Pilates Instruct­or, and certified in STOTT PILATES® Level 1 (Ma­twork, Reformer & CCB). She initiated the integratio­n of rehabilitation and Pilates while working a­s a physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor ­in the studio. Wishing to share her knowledge after co­mpleting the Rehabilitation Course­, she became a Merrithew™ Instructor Tra­iner, specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab in 2016.

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