Allison Merlo, born and raised in New York, is a pediatric and school based occupational therapist (OTR/L), registered yoga instructor (RYT) and Schwinn certified spin instructor. She co-founded Outreach Theraplay, a non-profit organization that strives to provide play resources to underdevelopment and impoverished communities worldwide, with current projects in Haiti, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Allison is an ambassador of the Prison Yoga Project Phoenix and currently teaches yoga to incarcerated veterans and juveniles within the Maricopa County Jail system. As an occupational therapist and yoga instructor, Allison loves to incorporate mindful movement in her therapy treatment sessions. She firmly believes in the transformational power of mindful movement as it greatly benefits a child’s play and development!
As an avid triathlete, she loves to incorporate her passion for self-improvement by encouraging and pushing others to reach their utmost potential as a spin instructor, friend and training partner!
- Allison qualified for USA Nationals and placed within the top 10%, qualifying to race with Team USA in both the sprint and Olympic distance racesat the World Championship in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in September 2017. 1st overall female in the Sprint Distance race at Lifetime Tri Tempe and firstoverall female in the Olympic Distance race at Bartlett Lake Triathlon. Ironman Superfrog 70.3 placing 3rd in her age group among elite athletes.
- The Boston Marathon in 2015.
- Finishing in top 20 for females at Rock and Roll Half Marathon Arizona 2017 5th overall female at Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon with a personal record of 1:23:23.