Meet Our Instructors

OUR TEAM

DESIGNATIONS:

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 representatives of the organization both in our Corporate Training Centre and abroad.

IT’s schedules are shared between the Client Studio, CTC and external teaching and therefore may be out of 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. An inspirational leader, the Master IT contributes to the growth and development of educational programs and syllabus and serves as a favorable role model in the industry.

OTHER BRANDED PROGRAMS
All Instructors may be qualified to teach additional branded programming including ZEN•GA®, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and Total Barre™.

CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS (CI)

Alexandra Morgan ALEXANDRA MORGAN, STOTT PILATES, CORE™
As a former triple-threat actress and long-time runner, Alexandra initially found her way into a Pilates class over eight years ago when she was looking for added conditioning. Since then she has never looked back, witnessing firsthand the positive impact Pilates can have on one’s daily life. Since completing her STOTT PILATES certification at the Toronto Corporate Training Centre, Alexandra has been teaching both Group Classes and private sessions to a variety of clients looking to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Alexandra is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for the STOTT PILATES approach to contemporary movement with clients through fun and dynamic classes and personalized workouts.
Barbra Dicemans BARBRA DICEMANS, STOTT PILATES
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.
David Taylor DAVID TAYLOR, STOTT PILATES
David was first introduced to Pilates as he was preparing to tackle his first marathon. With his passion for endurance sports and as an Ironman athlete, David found that the key to success for all three athletic disciplines was Pilates. With a stronger musculoskeletal system, he was able to train longer and harder without the usual overuse injuries. In 2013, David decided to turn his Pilates passion into his full time career, successfully completing the STOTT PILATES® Full Certification program. As an instructor whose unique niche is creating Pilates workouts that are challenging, effective and progressive for athletes at any level, he has quickly become a sought after instructor in Toronto, whose passion and enthusiasm draws clients to his classes and his positive, diverse teaching approach is what keeps them coming back. David’s classes provide inspiration, awareness and most of all, a fantastic, fun and rewarding workout.
Erin Eisner ERIN EISNER (BRENNAN), STOTT PILATES, Total Barre
Erin discovered STOTT PILATES® while treating injuries acquired from years of ballet training. Amazed with the results, she decided to make it a part of her continuous cross-training routine while performing professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Craving a deeper understanding of the STOTT PILATES repertoire, Erin chose to study the method in depth and earned her full certification in 2013. She enjoys working with clients of all backgrounds, helping achieve their fitness goals, whether it’s simply regaining mobility and improving posture, or working as a professional athlete. Putting her clients’ needs and goals first, Erin strives to make each workout enjoyable, challenging, and empowering.
Evangeline Brouwer EVANGELINE BROUWER, STOTT PILATES
Evangeline first discovered Pilates through a successful rehabilitation from a back injury several years ago. It had such a profound impact that she was inspired to pursue her STOTT PILATES Certification, which she completed at the Toronto head in 2015. Evangeline loves to share her passion for Pilates and inspire not only in her own body, but especially for her clients to feel more energized, stronger, connected and balanced. Evangeline’s reward is to help them meet and exceed their goals.
Safia Kazulin SAFIA KAZULIN, STOTT PILATES, Total Barre, CORE
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.

LEVEL 2 CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

Eve Tsouknidas EVE TSOUKNIDAS, STOTT PILATES
Stella Giannetas STELLA GIANNETAS, STOTT PILATES, CORE, Total Barre
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)

Lisa Kojola LISA KOJOLA, STOTT PILATES
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.
Tania Serrano TANIA SERRANO, STOTT PILATES, ZEN•GA
In 2002, Tania Serrano began studying Pilates after experiencing chronic lower back pain as a result of pregnancy. After one class she was hooked and continued training, earning her Full Certification from STOTT PILATES in 2008. She enjoys working with clients of every skill level including physiotherapists and runners, special needs groups and lifestage-specific clients including pre- and post-natal women. Tania thrives in on-going learning experiences and challenges from Pilates, and loves helping her clients meet their mind-body fitness goals. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with those around her, and continues to integrate the Five Basic Principles into her teachings and lifestyle for optimal functional health and movement.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR TRAINER

Adriana Rotella ADRIANA ROTELLA, STOTT PILATES
Adriana Rotella was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 1999 when she was strengthening her training as a volleyball player. After falling in love with Pilates, she became a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2000 and then, inspired by the results she saw in her clients and her drive to further her career, excelled to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2003. Adriana’s IT status has enabled her to teach as a Lead Instructor Trainer. Adriana has taught certification programs in Toronto and to students from around the world as well as at sites in over 10 countries. She has been a featured performer in several Merrithew DVD’s and has participated in a number of international fitness conferences including Can-Fit-Pro & the Body Mind Spirit Conference. Her knowledge and understanding of the Pilates method continues to inspire her students and clients to continue mastering the technique for their own personal growth and achievement. Adriana Rotella has earned the distinction of Lead Instructor Trainer as a result of being an IT for over 5 years and demonstrating a strong sense of team and commitment, and inspiring others through her leadership.
Bianca Bolissian BIANCA BOLISSIAN, STOTT PILATES, Total Barre, CORE, ZEN•GA
At the age of four, Bianca Bolissian started dancing and she has not stopped since. In 2004, she graduated from the Dance University in Campinas, Brazil where she expanded her knowledge of classical ballet, and found a new interest in contemporary dance. Fulfilling her dream to live abroad, Bianca moved to Toronto, Canada in 2006. Always seeking new challenges she discovered STOTT PILATES where she combines her two passions; teaching and body movement. Bianca became a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor in 2007, and an Instructor Trainer in August 2008. As an outgoing and caring instructor, Bianca always puts her clients first and provides them with an enjoyable and productive workout. Bianca Bolissian has earned the distinction of Lead Instructor Trainer as a result of being an IT for over 5 years and demonstrating a strong sense of team and commitment, and inspiring others through her leadership.
Jeff Ong JEFF ONG, STOTT PILATES, ZEN•GA
Jeff Ong graduated from the National University of Malaysia with a degree in Nutrition. He worked in the food and nutrition industry for six years before he decided to pursue his interest in body movement and fitness. The STOTT PILATES method of exercise and contemporary approach to mind-body fitness peaked Jeff’s interest and by 2007 he was a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and became in Instructor Tainer in 2008. He is particularly passionate about the application of Pilates to the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Jeff attends various STOTT PILATES workshops to make sure his knowledge is always up-to-date. Jeff Ong has earned the distinction of Lead Instructor Trainer as a result of being an IT for over 5 years and demonstrating a strong sense of team and commitment, and inspiring others through his leadership.
Leslie Wall LESLIE WALL, STOTT PILATES
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 an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in Total Barre and is a Lead IT for 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, and Olympic athletes.
Rie Sakamoto RIE SAKAMOTO, STOTT PIALTES, Total Barre
As a university student in Japan, Rie Sakamoto’s hobbies included jazz and classical ballet. When she graduated with an English degree in 2000, Rie decided to pursue her interest in the human body and moved to Toronto, Canada in 2006. She became interested in mind-body fitness and certified in the contemporary STOTT PILATES method. Having fulfilled that goal, Rie continued her STOTT PILATES education and became an Instructor Trainer in 2008. Always eager to learn, Rie strives to provide all of her clients with the most effective workout possible. Rie Sakamoto has earned the distinction of Lead Instructor Trainer as a result of being an IT for over 5 years and demonstrating a strong sense of team and commitment, and inspiring others through her leadership.
Sarah Jarvis SARAH JARVIS, STOTT PILATES, Total Barre, CORE, ZEN•GA
While completing her Business Administration degree at the University of Windsor, Sarah Jarvis began teaching aerobics and weight training classes. After finishing her degree, she moved to Toronto and started teaching fitness classes, working in sales and managing a club. Sarah soon discovered STOTT PILATES and discovering how the method strengthens and refocuses the mind and body, she made the transition from the high-impact training world. Sarah completed her STOTT PILATES Full Certification in 2004 and began working at STOTT PILATES Corporate Training Center. Intrigued by both the business and training worlds, she combined her interests on the STOTT PILATES Education team as Programming Coordinator and is now a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. Sarah has been working with STOTT PILATES since 2003 and continues to learn and grow building relationships and witnessing the impact the program has made on so many instructors and studios all over the world. Sarah Jarvis has earned the distinction of Lead Instructor Trainer as a result of being an IT for over 5 years and demonstrating a strong sense of team and commitment, and inspiring others through her leadership.

MASTER INSTRUCTOR TRAINERS (MIT)

Laureen DuBeau LAUREEN DUBEAU, STOTT PILATES, Total Barre
Communications Director, Education for STOTT PILATES, 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. She began teaching Pilates in 1995 and is now a Certified Instructor Trainer in all areas, including Matwork, Reformer and Rehabilitation. Laureen is a featured performer in several STOTT PILATES DVDs, the associate editor of numerous teaching manuals, and an author of articles in several industry publications. Laureen studied Dance and Physical Education at York University in Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Wayne Seeto WAYNE SEETO, STOTT PILATES
Wayne Seeto is a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the internal programming, education and presenting team specializing in STOTT PILATES®, STOTT PILATES Rehab and ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement. 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.