Certified Instructors (CI)
Barbra has a long history with fitness and training as she was a competitive gymnast and dancer through her childhood and early teen years. Though Barbra worked intensively at her sport, she was forced into early retirement from competition due to recurring injury.
Barbra began taking Pilates classes twelve years ago when she found she was suffering from back pain and knee pain. Through strengthening her core muscles- she was able to conquer her pain. Convinced she could help others to win the battle against day to day pain, Barbra began working towards her teaching certification through the STOTT PILATES Studio in Toronto.
Barbra has a sincere passion for Pilates which positively translates into her classes as she is very interactive with her students. This ensures they are completing the exercises correctly, not only preventing injury but allowing them to get the most from her classes. Barbra believes that there is a strong correlation between strength and balance and hopes to help her students achieve both.
Janet’s work in various office environments in the design field was counterbalanced with a passion for activities such as rock climbing, personal training and eventually, her interest in physical movement led her to STOTT PILATES. She developed a strong interest in the biomechanics of Pilates and enrolled in the STOTT PILATES Comprehensive program in 2017.
Now as an instructor, her focus is on developing programs to help improve and challenge clients who have specific obstacles in their movement patterns. She provides her clients with assistance to reach new levels of strength and body awareness. Janet provides a passionate and dynamic workout to help clients achieve their various goals.
With over 12 years experience in teaching movement (largely in a dance environment) it should come as no surprise that Safia Kazulin also developed a strong passion for Pilates as a means of body conditioning. She has been partaking in contemporary mind-body fitness for over 10 years. While completing her Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Film and Literary Studies at the University of Toronto, Safia led a dance company at Victoria College from 2003 to 2005. It was during a dance performance in 2003, that Safia injured her spine, which in turn inspired her decision to attain her STOTT PILATES Full Certification – a goal she attained in 2009. Safia’s love of teaching is evident in the personalized and dynamic workouts she always strives to provide for her clients.
Wendy discovered Pilates during a minor back injury, she decided to continue to explore further. She was amazed at how Pilates taught her how to connect the mind to the body and how this crossed over into other athletic endeavors where she experienced great progress and improvements.
Wendy decided to take the full STOTT PILATES certification in 2017. Now as an instructor, she applies her creativity in a different way, using her eye to better understand how others move, and to create movement that the body needs. She loves to continually learn and finds teaching very rewarding. There’s nothing more gratifying to her than helping others achieve their fitness goals.
Level 2 Certified Instructors
Eve shares her passion and expertise in Pilates with her private clients and class participants as she educates, trains and empowers them to achieve long-lasting changes that lead to optimal movement and functional health.
After completing her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Guelph, she became a certified personal trainer, aerobics/spin instructor and nutrition specialist. In 2006, Eve started taking Pilates classes and fell in love with the method. She found that the technique was the perfect complement to strength training and high impact aerobics, greatly enhancing their effectiveness.
A year after starting to practice Pilates, she enrolled in the STOTT PILATES® Certification Program. After successfully becoming a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2010, she moved to Toronto to pursue a career in Pilates full-time.
Eve has continued to expand her fitness knowledge, becoming qualified in several other Merrithew™ modalities, including Total Barre, CORE and ZEN•GA, all of which inform her mindful and results-oriented approach to teaching. Eve is known for being a fun and caring instructor who inspires her private and group clients to challenge themselves to achieve their goals.
Lisa Kojola discovered STOTT PILATES while searching for an effective way to strengthen her body and increase flexibility. Inspired and fascinated by the versatile applications of this contemporary method she became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2004. Currently a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer, Lisa continues to instruct clients in addition to teaching instructors combining her love of teaching and continuing education. Lisa strives to provide her clients with challenging and fun workouts integrating current mind-body programming techniques.
Stella Giannetas has been active since an early age. However, during her busy college years Stella’s level of fitness dropped significantly and by the time she completed her schooling in illustration and jewelry art in 2003, she had gained some weight and started to experience significant back pain. Stella decided to turn to Pilates and to her amazement her back pain seemed to decrease. Inspired by the results she achieved with this no-impact workout, Stella enrolled in the STOTT PILATES certification program. By the time she had completed her education in 2004, she was looking and feeling like her old self again. Now, as a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor, Stella enjoys helping others reach their own personal health and fitness goals.
Instructor Trainers (IT)
Alexandra practiced Pilates to complement her dancing while growing up in Hamilton, Ontario. This practice kept her grounded and injury free while dancing, and later while attending Acadia University in Nova Scotia. After returning to Ontario, she completed the full STOTT PILATES® program in 2013 and the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer course in 2018.
Talented in creating customized workouts that are thoughtful, fun yet challenging, Alex expertly caters to all abilities and ages by incorporating that same balance she originally found so appealing in her own Pilates practice.
This sought after group class instructor is a firm believer individualized and tailored programs will enhance your daily life and increase your awareness and efficiency of movement. Her ability to focus on each client or student with care and attention makes their time at the studio more enjoyable and ultimately, transitions the functionality of Pilates training beyond the studio walls and into their everyday lives.
Tania Serrano began taking Pilates in 2002 after experiencing chronic lower back pain stemming from her pregnancy, and after one class, she was hooked. Tania went on to earn her Full Certification from STOTT PILATES® in 2008, and currently works with a variety of clientele ranging from physiotherapists to runners, as well as special populations groups such as pre and post-natal women. She is now a Merrithew™ Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES and Halo® Training. Tania enjoys the on-going learning experience as well as the physical transformative experience Pilates has brought to her life. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with those around her and continues to integrate the Pilates principles into her teachings and lifestyle for optimal functional health and movement.
Lead Instructor Trainers
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.
Formerly a professional dancer, Leslie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method after an extensive knee injury and a multitude of surgeries ending her career as a dancer. Her familiarity with body movement and muscular strength made the transition to Pilates feel completely natural. She quickly advanced herself in the industry and is now a Merrithew™ Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in Total Barre® and STOTT PILATES. She is a valued member of the Merrithew education team and presents on their behalf. Leslie continues to train both future instructors and private clients including Cirque du Soleil performers, NHL Players, Olympic athletes and is an adviser/instructor to “SpiderTech Kinesiology” Executives.
After finishing University in Japan and being actively involved in dance, Rie avidly pursued her interest in the human body and moved to Toronto, Canada. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2006, excelling further and becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. Rie is currently the Programming Coordinator of Education for Merrithew at the Toronto Head Office, while continually providing valuable sessions and high quality education as a Lead Instructor Trainer for students from around the world. She has recently added new expertise to her qualifications, as a Registered Homeopath, furthering her passion to help people in the pursuit of health and wellness.
As a teenager, Saulo Ouverney was a gymnast and competed in sports aerobics for eight years. After graduating university he taught fitness classes and private strength training, bringing the mental training he used to have as an athlete to his clients. In 2006 he was introduced to the Pilates Method and it became his passion. By 2007 he was running his own Pilates studio. In 2009, he discovered STOTT PILATES®. He decided to leave his job and move to São Paulo to pursue it.
In 2013 he became an IT and Merrithew™ Lead Instructor Trainer in 2017. Saulo had a great experience living for a year and a half in the Middle East teaching Pilates, GYROTONIC® and Total Barre®. In 2016, Saulo audited many STOTT PILATES courses at the Corporate Training Center in Toronto.
Sarah Jarvis joined the Merrithew™ team in 2004 after completing her Full Certification in STOTT PILATES® and is now a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer and an Instructor Trainer specializing in ZEN•GA®, Halo® Training and Total Barre®. Sarah regularly teaches Instructor and Instructor Trainer courses for ZEN•GA and Total Barre at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto, Canada. She has extensive experience in planning and implementing Merrithew education programming, and extensive knowledge and experience in teaching and developing Merrithew branded programs. She is a mentor to internationally-trained Instructor Trainers, and for over a decade has presented on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Sarah began teaching aerobics and weight training classes while finishing her degree in Business Administration at the University of Windsor. While working in sales and managing a club, she soon discovered STOTT PILATES exercise. Intrigued by the method and the ability to strengthen and refocus the mind and body, she made the transition from the high-impact training world and continues to witness the impact these programs have made all over the world. Sarah is also canfitpro certified and continues to stay current by attending workshops/courses within the field.
Master Instructor Trainers (MIT)
Laureen is an integral member of a dynamic team responsible for the global development and implementation of training and certification programs. Her spirited approach to teaching has made Laureen a vibrant international presenter, trainer and examiner. An NSCA certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Pink Ribbon certified instructor, she began teaching Pilates in 1995, and is now a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®, Halo® Training and Merrithew Fascial Movement. Laureen is a featured performer and associate producer of many Merrithew DVDs, the associate editor of numerous teaching manuals and author of articles in several industry publications.
Prior to joining Merrithew, Laureen worked for Tennis Canada where she was responsible for Canadian and international public relations in the capacity of media relations and communications, player relations and event organization. Laureen studied Dance and Physical Education at York University in Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
As a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer, Stefania is recognized throughout the industry as an exceptional leader, educator, consultant and contributor. She has presented on behalf of Merrithew at fitness facilities, industry trade events and Merrithew Mindful Movement Symposia in 14 countries on five continents worldwide. Stefania joined Merrithew in 1998, and has played an integral role in developing Merrithew education, providing strategic direction for both the Education Programming department and Corporate Training Center, as well as the Merrithew flagship studio in Toronto.
Wayne Seeto is a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the internal programming, education and presenting team specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab. Wayne has been based at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto for 10 years and is a recognized leader in his field. This high-energy Australian native received his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, Australia and his Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) at McMaster University, Canada. Wayne has presented on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America and Europe at symposia and industry trade events, and is featured in several Merrithew DVD titles.
Certified Instructor (CI)
Achieved full certification in the STOTT PILATES method and has been recognized as possessing the qualities required to teach at our flagship studio.
Every CI has been trained in all relevant equipment including the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair, and has adequate knowledge to be able to work with clients who may require specialized programming because of injury or other conditions.
Instructor Trainer (IT)
Possesses certification to teach STOTT PILATES programming to future and current instructors. This instructor has the skill and knowledge necessary to address wide-ranging client needs and act as a representative of the organization both in our Corporate Training Center and abroad.
Instructor Trainers are shared between the Client Studio, CTC and external teaching, therefore they may be absent from the Client Studio for brief periods.
Master Instructor Trainer (MIT)
Has reached the highest level of certification awarded by Merrithew™. An expert in the field of mind-body exercise with a minimum of seven years of industry experience, Master ITs teach certification programs and workshops to students and instructors.
These instructors have extensive experience in dealing with all types of clients, particularly those with physical limitations or special conditions. As an inspirational leader, the Master IT contributes to the growth and development of educational programs and syllabus and serves as a role model in the industry.
Other branded programs
Instructors may also be qualified to teach additional branded programming including ZEN•GA®, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™, Total Barre® and Halo® Training.