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Instructor Trainers

The STOTT PILATES® 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.

Jitka Miskarova

Bratislava, Slovekia

Jitka began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2005 became a certified Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ in 2011. She currently works teaching for MERRITHEW™ around the world.

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

JOana Meneses

New York, New York United States

JOana received her STOTT PILATES® instructor certification at the Toronto Corporate Training Center in 2001 and became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2002.  JOana is a certified yoga teacher and the founder of BodyRoots Fitness Studio in New York City. Previously the head of the Pilates program at an elite fitness club in NYC and with over 13 years of experience, JOana now offers personally tailored, one-on-one training in her private downtown Manhattan loft space. A proud former Lululemon Althetica brand ambassador, JOana has been featured in several STOTT PILATES professional fitness DVDs, Pilates Style magazine, Shape magazine, The New York Times and has trained high profile clients in NYC including Jimmy Fallon and Edie Falco.


Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels
TRX™, Kettlebell Concepts

Jolanda Hoefnagel

k'dans, studio' in beweging'
Hague, Netherlands

Jolanda has a passion for movement and for the last 12 years, specifically in the Pilates method.  After years of study, she became a physical education teacher at a high school, specializing in a number of different sports and especially in dance. During that time, she developed remedial after-school teaching programs as well as studying massage therapy. She has a great interest in anatomy and is fascinated by fascia and how it can be integrated in a Pilates program.  As an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™  specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Jolanda has a passion for sharing her knowledge with students and teachers. She is the owner of K'dans, currently the only Licensed Training Center in The Netherlands where she teaches a variety of fitness modalities, with STOTT PILATES as the base for all movement.

Matwork, Reformer
Physical Education Teacher, Massage Therapist , Movement Rehab Specialist for children

Josefin Ekström

Stockholm Pilates Center | Movement Studio Malmo
Malmö, Sweden

Josefin has been working full time with Pilates and movement for nearly ten years. She was born in Sweden where she actively trained in gymnastics until her mid-teens. While living in London in her early 20's she began suffering from back pain. It was then that she discovered Pilates and its amazing power to heal and strengthen the body. In 2005 she moved to the US and became a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. Two years later, she became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009 she opened her own studio in Malmö, Sweden: Movement Studio Malmö. Her studio is flourishing, and she enjoys training clients at all levels as well as running STOTT PILATES instructor Trainer courses. 

Mat, Reformer

Joseph McCarthy

Complete Body Movement
Dublin, Ireland


Joe comes from a sports and fitness background, having worked in the fitness industry since the 1990s.  He is qualified in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Human Dietics and Nutrition.  Joe started his STOTT PILATES® training in 2005 and has been an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES since 2009.  At his studio in Dublin, Ireland, Joe places a focus on incorporating his Pilates Rehabilitation training with physical therapy protocols in order to help his clients return to full health.

Matwork, Reformer, Rehabilitation