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Instructor Trainer bios

The STOTT PILATES® 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.

Annie Durning

Newark, California, USA

IT qualifications
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® Mat and 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
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
Matwork and 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 IT
San Diego, California, USA

IT qualifications
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.

 

Bianca Bolissian

Bianca Bolissian

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Bio
Bianca Bolissian has been a devoted dancer since the young age of four. This is exemplified by her graduation in 2004 from the Dance University in Campinas, Brazil where she expanded her knowledge of classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2006, Bianca moved from Brazil to Toronto, Canada, becoming a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor by 2007 and moving further to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ Specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. Her passion for teaching and body movement is displayed by her outgoing and caring demeanor, always putting her clients first and providing them with an enjoyable and productive workout.

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