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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.

Annette Barry Cowhig

Annette Barry Cowhig

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, ACE

Bio

Annette has been studying and teaching STOTT PILATES® as a Certified Instructor since 2004 and in 2008 went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES.  Annette also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and went on to teach and perform in various areas of Massachusetts throughout her dance career.  In February of 2011, Annette opened her own studio, Barry Pilates Center in Amesbury, Massachusetts where she specializes in private training and small mat and equipment group sessions.  Annette is also ACE certified and continues to work with Northeast Pilates as an Instructor Trainer, leading courses and workshops, in addition to training clients.  Annette’s enthusiasm for movement and fitness is constantly evolving as she continues to share her knowledge and passion for Pilates and dance with others.  

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Annie Durning

Newark, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre®; Halo® Training; CORE™

Bio

Annie was introduced to Pilates during her physical therapy for repetitive use injuries. The experience changed her concept of fitness and provided her with a sense of calm and physical well-being that she hadn't experienced from years of running, weight training, and aerobics classes.  In 2008, Annie became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, and enjoys making Pilates accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Annie holds a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association.

Ariel Lim

WITH PILATES
Seoul, South Korea

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

Additional credentials and designations
Gyrotonic

Bio

Ariel began her STOTT PILATES® education in 2004, received her full certification in 2007 and became a certified Instructor Trainer in 2009. She holds a Certificate of Higher Education (Dance) from the Han-yang University, Korea and a Diploma with International Cecchetti Classical Ballet, as well as certification in Gyrotonic, Level 1. Ariel is the owner of WITH PILATES in Seoul, Korea. Her desire to introduce excellence in Pilates to the public led Ariel to write Home Pilates Exercise every month in a national magazine as well as appearing regularly on a TV show. Her passion for teaching is evident and she never stops learning and loves to share what she has learned with others. 

 

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Ashlee Richardson

Ashlee Richardson

Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
DPT; Yoga Alliance 200 HR-RYT; TRX®; Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist

Bio

Ashlee Richardson holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Her professional interests include women’s health and orthopedics. Ashlee utilizes her extensive Pilates knowledge with her clients and patients to emphasize posture and movement re-education, core stability and pelvic health. She became a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2006 and a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES. Ashlee is co-owner of Pilates Center of Omaha, the home of Victory Pilates Education Centers and CoreWorks Physical Therapy.

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Bernie Sidney

Floating
San Diego, California, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, AFAA, Spinning Master Presenter, Trigger Point Therapy Master Presenter, Triathlon coach

Bio

Bernie Sidney is originally from Mexico City and earned her STOTT PILATES® certification  at John Garey Pilates Studio in Long Beach, Ca. where she was employed from 2000-2010. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2002 and has had the great opportunity to travel to Mexico, Spain and South America to teach courses. Bernie is a long distance triathlete and coach and has completed seven Ironmans and many Half-Ironmans. She now lives in San Diego, Ca. where she trains most of her clients.