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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.

Sara Frank

Stockholm Pilates Center
Stockholm, Sweden

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Total Barre™ Qualified Instructor

Bio

Sara has a background in dance and she got her dance education at Gothenburg Ballet Academy and at Dance Space, New York. She's been doing Pilates as a complimentary training to dance since 1994 when she first fell for the method that increased strength, flexibility and kept injuries away. It was during her years in New York that she got her STOTT PILATES® education and earned her Full Certification in 2004. Sara has been working at Stockholm Pilates Center since 2006. The following year, Sara completed her training to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer. She has gone on to increase her credentials as a Total Barre® trained instructor.  

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Sarah Jean Donkers

Sarah Donkers

Floating
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

IT qualifications
Rehabilitation

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, MSc (Physical Therapy), PhD (cand) Neuroscience

Bio

Sarah has a passion for movement. Having been a competitive athlete, Pilates helped her overcome several injuries and fuelled her desire to further understand movement. Sarah’s enthusiastic and energetic nature can be seen in the clinic and classroom, helping others move better, studying how the nervous system controls movement and sharing this knowledge. Sarah is currently a teacher and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, and carries a clinical load focusing on motor control in pediatrics, neurology and sport. She is a Merrithew™ Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab. Interested in complex movement disorders, as well as injury prevention, Sarah loves Pilates for the mind body awareness it creates and the ability to use this to restore balance in the body. 

Sarah Helmy

Sarah Helmy

Cairo, Egypt

IT qualifications
Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BA Psychology, PMA, AFAA and ISSA

Bio

Sarah is the founder of The Studio, a fully-equipped Pilates, dance and fitness studio in Cairo, Egypt. Her interest in movement blossomed at a very young age while learning ballet and gymnastics. She took up dance professionally and joined the Cairo Modern Dance Theater at the Cairo Opera House. Sarah’s desire to understand the mechanics of movement sparked an expansive journey of learning. She pursued multiple certifications, including different Pilates methods, personal training, group fitness and spinning. Sarah delved into the world of STOTT PILATES® in 2010 with a passion and vigor that allowed her to rapidly complete her courses in succession and become fully certified. In 2016, she successfully completed her Merrithew™ Instructor Trainer Course specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She also became a CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training™ and Total Barre® Instructor.  

Sarah Jarvis

Sarah Jarvis

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ISP; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Sarah Jarvis joined the Merrithew team in 2004 after completing her Full Certification in STOTT PILATES® and is now a STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and an Instructor Trainer specializing in ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement, Halo® Training, and Total Barre®. Sarah has trained under multiple Merrithew Master Instructor Trainers, including Moira Merrithew, PJ O’Clair, Wayne Seeto and Stefania Michas, and she regularly teaches Instructor and Instructor Trainer courses for ZEN•GA and Total Barre at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto, Canada. Sarah has extensive experience in planning and implementing Merrithew education programming, and extensive knowledge and experience in teaching and developing Merrithew branded programs. She is a mentor to internationally-trained Instructor Trainers, and for over a decade has presented on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Sarah began teaching aerobics and weight training classes while finishing her degree in Business Administration at the University of Windsor. While working in sales and managing a club, she soon discovered STOTT PILATES exercise. Intrigued by the method and the ability to strengthen and refocus the mind and body, she made the transition from the high-impact training world and continues to witness the impact these programs have made all over the world. Sarah is also canfitpro certified and continues to stay current by attending workshops/courses within the field.

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Saulo Ouverney

Saulo Ouverney

Floating
São Paulo, Brazil

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education Bachelor Degree, GYROTONIC®

Bio

Saulo Ouverney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education.

As a teenager, Saulo was a gymnast and competed in sports aerobics for eight years. After graduating university he taught fitness classes and private strength training, bringing the mental training he used to have as an athlete to his clients.

In 2006 he was introduced to the Pilates Method and it became his passion. By 2007 he was running his own Pilates studio.

In 2009, he discovered STOTT PILATES®. He decided to leave his job and move to São Paulo to pursue it. In 2013 he became an IT and Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2017.

Saulo had a great experience living for a year and a half in the Middle East teaching Pilates, GYROTONIC® and Total Barre®. In 2016, Saulo audited many STOTT PILATES courses at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto.

Saulo is passionate about Merrithew programs, biomechanics and exercise physiology. As he continues along his chosen career path, he is always searching for the latest news and innovations to keep himself up-to-date on the latest in mindfulness and fitness.