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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.

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Scilla Zizifo

Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

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

Bio

Scilla began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2010 at our Licensed Training Center in Italy. She continued on to receive her full certification in 2012 and shortly after began pursuing her STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer designation. She now teaches at the same studio she first trained at, Pilates Italia.

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Seoyeon Erin Her

Seoyeon Erin Her

PILATES THE FIT
Seoul, Korea

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
BA; MELT Method® Hand and Foot Instructor; The Center for Women's Fitness: Pre/Postnatal Pilates Specialist; Titleist Performance Institute: The Body-Swing Connection™ Level 1 Instructor; ZEN•GA® Mat & Equipment Qualified Instructor

Bio

Managing an autoimmune disease since childhood inspired Erin’s interest in STOTT PILATES®. After receiving her full certification, she became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer and also co-taught courses at the Merrithew’s Corporate Training Center in Toronto, Ont. Together with her husband, Erin runs PILATES THE FIT in Seoul, South Korea. She is an active member and supporter of the Korean Fibromyalgia Patient Society, the Korean Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Korean Organization of Rare Diseases. Erin’s passion for Pilates and her first-hand understanding of its benefits has helped many people – both in Canada and Korea – live healthier and more active lifestyles.

 

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Shane Belau

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, ZEN•GA®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, LMP, ACE Certified

Bio

Shane received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 1995 and has spent many years performing and teaching modern dance in the US and internationally. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2002 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2004. In 2008 she received her certification as a Duggan French Approach Practitioner (DFA) of Somatic Pattern Recognition. Shane brings a strong background in movement education, anatomy and kinesiology to her teaching.

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Sharon Currie

Core Pilates Studio
Auckland, New Zealand

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.Com.

Bio

Sharon received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2009 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2012.  Sharon’s interest in movement began with dance, and over time evolved into a career in health and fitness.  After completing a bachelor and post graduate diploma in commerce, Sharon’s professional career specialized in sports product/apparel design and manufacture.  Sharon is now the owner of Core Pilates Studio in Auckland New Zealand, where she teaches and trains instructors in the STOTT PILATES method from Australia and New Zealand.  She has a wealth of experience training clients with post-rehab needs and athletic conditioning.  

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Shauna Smith Yates

The Bodysmith
Springfield, Missouri, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
BA, PMA Precision Nutrition Level 1, PaddleFit, Rock Steady Boxing, Juvo Board and Director of Education

Bio

Shauna began her STOTT PILATES® instruction in 1999 to rehab a reoccurring injury from many years of ballet training. She fell in love with the movement, range of motion and strength training Pilates provided and she decided she wanted to share it with others. She began her certification in the method in 2000 while finishing her BA at Drury University in Studio Art and Art History and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Shauna is owner of The Bodysmith Pilates & Fitness Studio and The Rock Steady Boxing Gym in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys using Pilates to rehabilitate clients as well as combine the worlds of athletic training and mind-body fitness to create strong whole athletes at any level.

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