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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.

Rebecca Schroeder

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA

Bio

Rebecca holds a BFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach and is a certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor. She was introduced to Pilates in 1994, which further sparked her fascination for body awareness, alignment and core-strength. In 2013, Rebecca became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Rebecca enjoys creating a workout experience that suits each person's specific needs, fitness goals and skill level whether they are athletes, those suffering with chronic pain, rehabilitation from surgery, or those who are simply seeking to learn more about their bodies. She loves watching the positive changes brought about by practicing STOTT PILATES and empowering her clients with a mind-body awareness that can be carried into their everyday lives. When Rebecca is not teaching Pilates or dancing, she can be found climbing in the North Cascades or backcountry skiing.

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Renata Moraes

Studio Fit
São Paulo, Brazil

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

Bio

Renata graduated as a Physical Educator from the University of São Paulo with experience in research, teaching and management. She has worked in Pilates since 2005 and started her STOTT PILATES® education in 2007. In 2010 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES  Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels as well as CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ .

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René Craig

Rene Craig

Victory Pilates
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE certified Personal Trainer, MAT Jumpstart Upper Extremities, Lower Extremities, Spine and Trunk, PMA Certified, Pilates for Menopause Certified Instructor, Diastisis Recti Certified Instructor, Functional Anatomy For Movement & Injuries

Bio

René has been active in the fitness industry for the last 16 years. In her early fitness career she was a group exercise instructor and personal trainer for the YMCA. She was introduced to Pilates in 2004 and began applying the stability principles of Pilates to her personal training clients. In 2009, she received her STOTT PILATES® certification and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2013.

She enjoys helping her clients achieve their fitness goals regardless of their fitness level and working with those who have special needs because of health issues or injuries. She continually strives to increase her skills and knowledge of the human body and movement so her clients will receive the highest quality training available.

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Ricardo Cuellar Barrios

Pilates body harmony
Nicosia, Cyprus

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Total Barre®

Bio

Ricardo received his STOTT PILATES® certification in 2007 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2013. He is the Manager of Pilates BodyHarmony, a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Cyprus. Ricardo teaches group and private classes and works with elite and amateur athletes for performance enhancement and rehabilitation. His work is distinguished by his ability to motivate and inspire his students and clients to reach beyond their capabilities and comfort zone. Moreover, his portfolio includes a series of training and therapeutic courses, including Sensory Motor Learning, Muscle Activation, Trigger Point and fascia release.   Ricardo hails from Bogota, Colombia. He began his career as a ballet dancer, and through dance, he ultimately discovered Pilates - a decisive turning point in his life. Ricardo was the first STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in Cyprus.

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Rie Sakamoto

Rie Sakamoto

Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, SPX M&R

Additional credentials and designations
B.A., Registered Homeopath, DCHomMed

Bio
After finishing university in Japan and being actively involved in dance, Rie avidly pursued her interest in the human body and moved to Toronto, Canada. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2006, excelling further and becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. Rie is currently the Programming Coordinator of Education for Merrithew at the Toronto Head Office, while continually providing valuable sessions and high quality education as an Instructor Trainer for students from around the world. She has recently added new expertise to her qualifications, as a Registered Homeopath, furthering her passion to help people in the pursuit of health and wellness.

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