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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.

Paul Thornley

Real Pilates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels, ISP; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist

Bio

Paul hails from Manchester, UK and has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Through his martial arts and military training, he has developed a real passion for doing it right. His teaching style reflects his personality: clinical and precise but with a huge slice of humor. In a profound way, he has seen how STOTT PILATES® can change people’s lives. Paul is a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and is also an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist.

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Paulina Vazquez

Floating
Huston, Texas, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, Gyrotonic

Bio

Paulina first became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2004 and later became a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, Total Barre® and ZEN•GA® Mat. Prior to her career in the fitness industry, Paulina was a dancer, having graduated with a degree in Dance Kinesiology at the National Dance School of Mexico. Paulina has been teaching the STOTT PILATES method for over a decade both nationally and internationally. She has taught and presented at numerous venues throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia. She enjoys teaching group and personal classes, as well as working with clients with injuries and special requirements.

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Peggy Struble

Scottsdale/ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
M. Ed. Psych, Hatha Yoga

Bio

As a former competitive ballroom dancer, Peggy became enthralled and appreciative of Pilates and its focus on core development, musculature, body stabilization and precise movement.  She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2008 and actively distributes her vast knowledge of Pilates and her advanced comprehension in kinesthetic anatomy. With additional training in Hatha and Anusara Yoga, Peggy brings an eclectic passion to her teaching whereby she is known for her multi-dimensional and adaptive learning techniques as well as her attention to detail and humorous personality. 

Pilar Cepeda Molina

Akrostudio
Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; Rehab; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapist, Total Barre® Qualified, ZEN∙GA® Equipment Qualified

Bio
Pilar started her practice as a physiotherapist in the neurological field, then, transferred to the sports field. She specializes in Obstetric & Gynecologist Therapy as well as Myofascial Techniques. Pilar shares her enthusiasm in the Pilates Method teaching courses internationally in several University Masters programs. She received her Full Certification in the STOTT PILATES®  method in 2006 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2007 and the STOTT PILATES Rehab program for licensed therapists in 2014. She was granted Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2018. 

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Pilar Escusa Andres

Akrostudio Training
Barcelona, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer, STOTT PILATES Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
Senior sports instructor Rhythmic gymnastic, Artistic gymnastic, National Trainer, Sport Manager, Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip, Halo® Training

Bio

Pilar worked for more than 18 years in high performance sports as a gymnast trainer and coordinator of technical programs that develop efficiency and safety for competitive gymnasts. In 2003, she first experienced Pilates, and saw how it could improve athletic performance. She decided to certify in classic Pilates, and began applying what she learned to gymnasts as a complement to their workouts with excellent results.

Years later, she was working in a fitness club and spa as a personal trainer, and focused on injury prevention and post-rehab using Pilates. She chose to obtain STOTT PILATES® Certification in order to add to her knowledge base and learn a more efficient and intelligent method of movement. STOTT PILATES provided her with a full and complete understanding of the biomechanics involved in all forms of exercise. As a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer, Pilar is part of the Merrithew Licensed Training Center Akrostudio training team, and teaches courses in Spain and Portuga®

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