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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.

Tim Fleisher

Tim Fleisher

Austin, Texas, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
MS, LMT, NSCA CSCS, LMBT, ART

Bio

Tim became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2007 and moved to Brazil as a Lead IT shortly thereafter to train instructors in the STOTT PILATES method at Pilates Studio Fit; a Licensed Training Center in São Paulo. He moved back to the United States in 2011 and now is pursuing a Ph. D. in Exercise Science emphasis on Low Back Pain Research. Tim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Full Body Active Release Techniques Provider, and an Active Isolated Stretching Therapist. In addition to his schoolwork and training Pilates instructors, Tim acts as an NCAA sports massage therapist for collegiate swimming and diving teams such as Harvard, Iowa State and the University of Texas. He is also the assistant coach for the University of Texas Triathlon team.

Tomo Tsuchida

Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
BS

Bio

Originally from Tokyo, Tomo obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, where she and gained extensive practical experience working with the body as an aide in orthopedic physical therapy clinics.  It was in the field of rehabilitation that Tomo discovered Pilates and she decided to pursue her STOTT PILATES® certification with the belief that the method could help people maintain a strong mind and body.  She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009 and continually draws from her diverse background and knowledge of the human body in teaching students and helping clients achieve their fitness goals.

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Tomoko Ogawa

Tokyo, Japan

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

Bio

Tomoko began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and received her Full Certification in 205. She became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2007.

Tracy Dawber

Tracy Dawber

Johannesburg, South Africa

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP

Bio

Tracy Dawber has been teaching Pilates for more than 17 years. Originally a fully-trained classical ballet dancer and teacher, Tracy opened her own studio and taught Ballet for 9 years. While looking for an exercise to do for herself, a friend recommended Pilates. Her search led her to STOTT PILATES® and she decided to embark on training and certification in 1999. After completing her Full Certification, Tracy went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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Tracy Maxfield

Bodysmith Studio
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrel & ISP

Bio

Tracy came to Pilates with a long history in movement of the body. With a Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of NC at Greensboro, he worked as a professional dancer before an injury changed the direction of his career. In search of rehabilitation, he found Pilates and after 6 months, the pain he had experienced for two years disappeared. Amazed by the healing nature of the method, Tracy became certified with STOTT PILATES® in 2004 and is currently a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. His new career path has allowed him to travel to many places from Montreal, Quebec to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE teaching and training in the exercise technique. 

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