Certifications

Aloha, I’m Samantha Reed Omick, comprehensive Pilates instructor, with Stott-Merrithew and Pilates Downtown Body Matrix, Toronto, ON. I studied Physical and Health Education at the University of Toronto and graduate studies in biomechanics. I played basketball for U of T, the Canadian junior national team and my undefeated high school team, the Erin Raiders. I later, discovered Pilates through Moira Merrithew and Vivian Nickels of Body Matrix.

Comprehensive Pilates Certification in mat and apparatus including reformer, trapeze table, stability chair, barrels and props.
Mat Work Certification

Vivian was initially mentored by both Moira and Allan Herdman. Allan is a Pilates elder who learned the Pilates method back in the 1960s in New York City, from Carola Trier and Robert Fitzgerald, two instructors who were trained by Joseph Pilates himself. Allan returned to London to open the first Pilates studio in the UK, where Vivian was lucky enough to train. Moira, after an accomplished career as principal dancer with the City Ballet of Toronto and the Atlantic Ballet Company, went on to retrain and certify as a Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original studio founded by the late Joseph H. Pilates. Recently, I’ve been influenced by Anthony Lett of Australia. He is the creator and owner of StretchFit, a program of assisted stretching on the reformer or mat for remediation from injury and well-being.

Continuing Education Courses completed:

Athletic Conditioning Level 4 for Reformer with Stott-Merrithew;
Matwork for Golf, with Stott-Merrithew;
Pilates for Injuries and Special Populations, with Stott-Merrithew;
Yoga For Athletes, with the Canadian Personal Trainer’s Network;
Beyond Bands; Workshop on Bands, Balls & Balance with the Ontario Physical Therapy Ass’n;
Spidertape Techniques, Taping for specific injuries, with Pro-Care Rehab Physiotherapy Clinic;
Exo Chair Training: Essential, Functional Resistance & Advanced, with Balanced Body University;
ZEN*GA Power & Strength, with Stott-Merrithew;
Athletic Conditioning on Arc Barrel with Stott-Merrithew;
Jump board Strength & Conditioning with Stott-Merrithew;
Lumbo-Pelvic Stability Matwork , with Stott-Merrithew;
Matwork for Golf, with Stott-Merrithew;
Fascial Line Cueing with Jaydene Sniffen, Balanced Body Master instructor & Anatomy Faculty;
Stability Chair for the Older Adult, with Stott-Merrithew;
Assisting the 2-Way Stretch Workshop with Sandy Shimoda, Pilatesology Teacher, Los Angeles, CA;
Total BARRE instructor – with Kelly Dormandy, Stott master instructor at Fluid Motion, Maui, HI;
Silver & Fit certified instructor for signature series classes, with American Specialty Health.
WiemsPro Certified Trainer, with WiemsPro Academy.



Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Instructor membership #38518
Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) Supporting Provincial Membership
Adult CPR/AED and Standard First Aid Certified

Education

And Graduate studies in Exercise Sciences Department, Biomechanics.