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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.

Samia Pellizzari

Inspire Health
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels; ZEN•GA®

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Samia received her BA in dance before moving to New York to pursue a dance career. Following a knee injury, she became a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2003. Samia taught Pilates in Austria and across the United States, working with a variety of clientele including athletes, pre- and post-natal women, seniors, post-rehab clients as well as with those struggling with their weight. In 2008, Samia become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer, specializing in STOTT PILATES and ZEN•GA®. Samia currently teaches at Inspire Health, a Merrithew Licenced Training Center.

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Sandra de Sousa Machado

Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

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

Bio

Sandra de Sousa Machado is the owner of Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg. Always looking for a way to combine therapy and training, she discovered the STOTT PILATES® method. Sandra felt the difference in her body during the education process and long afterwards, and in November 2011 she continued her education in Toronto where she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, and then became an IT for Total Barre® in 2013. Sandra was the first Portuguese certified Merrithew Instructor Trainer and now combines over 10 years of teaching experience with her knowledge of Pilates, sport therapy, personal training and massage to ensure that clients experience the best in mind-body exercise. Her clientele includes professional athletes, singers, dancers and actors.

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Sara Baker

Inspire Health
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
PT, MS, OCS

Bio

Sara is a physical therapist and entrepreneur who has owned Inspire Health in Atlanta, leading integrative physical therapy and Pilates center, since 2005. Sara's love of science and sport led her to earn an Undergraduate Degree in cellular biology from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has spent her physical therapy career in outpatient orthopedic settings, and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, seeing complex patients referred by some of Atlanta's top physicians. In creating her own practice, Sara has been a leader in integrating Pilates and physical therapy into a patient-centric, outcomes-driven, consumer-pay clinical model. Since 2003, Sara has utilized the STOTT PILATES® method for neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic intervention in her practice. Sara has partnered with Merrithew since 2007 as the owner of a Licensed Training Center and became a STOTT PILATES® Rehab IT to continue to promote the integration of STOTT PILATES into the practices of rehabilitation professionals.

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Sara Escudero

Akrostudio
Toledo, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Osteopathy, Federation of Mountaineers of Valladolid, Club Zceos, School of Technical Parasanitarias

Bio

Sara has a varied professional portfolio that includes osteopathy and massage as well as personal coaching for specialized sports. She is the Center Director and teaches Pilates and Personal Training at the Pilates Center Valladolid, in Valladolid, Spain. A sports devotee since 1995, she initiated incorporating the Pilates method with her clients after taking her first STOTT PILATES® course in 2006. She began STOTT PILATES® Rehab training in 2012 and became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®Matwork and Reformer in 2014.

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Sara Frank

Stockholm Pilates Center
Stockholm, Sweden

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Sara has a background in dance, 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® Qualified Instructor.

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