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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.

Jenn McNellis

C2 Pilates
Avon, Connecticut USA

Jenn’s career in the fitness industry began as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer.  She holds a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA.  In 2007, Jenn became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™, specializing in STOTT PILATES®.  She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Exercise Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University and teaches Pilates at The Edge Fitness Clubs in Fairfield County, Connecticut.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MS, NSCA

Jenna Hansen

Floating IT
Salt Lake City, Utah USA

Jenna has a passion for life, the outdoors, education and people. She is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; Total Barre™, ZENGA™, and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™. Along with teaching Pilates Jenna has also taught snowboarding, skiing, group fitness, weight training, and dance. She has taught dance and Pilates in New Zealand and was a Rafting and Hiking guide in Alaska. She has seen Pilates improve her time, endurance, technique and reduce injury on the many activities she does in her spare time from surfing to completing an IRONMAN. Jenna has competed and placed in marathons, triathlons, snowboarding, and dance competitions. Jenna has seen Pilates create miracles in the lives of her clients as well as in her own. Jenna’s philosophy is ‘If you can believe it, you can achieve it, so go out and do it’. Jenna is certified by the AFAA, the NSCA and Les Mills. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, a Masters in Education and a Secondary teaching license. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ZEN∙GA™, CORE™, Total Barr™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BFA, MEd, NASM, AFAA

Jennifer Montie

Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan United States

Jenn has an extensive background in Ballet and performed with Mid-States Regional Ballet Company, Ballet Americana for many years.  Currently she instructs Ballet and Pilates classes for Ballet Americana and helps run company rehearsals.  She discovered Pilates through her dance training and loved the conditioning, strength, and balance it provided. A fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, Jenn became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2014. Jenn also holds certifications from ACE, Xtend Barre and TRX®. Jenn has been working at Equilibrium since 2007, and enjoys giving a very detail-oriented workout to clients of all ages and fitness levels.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Jerome Acosta

Marshall Eklund Pilates & Fitness Studio
http://www.merrithew.com/instructor-training/wheretotrain/california-sandiego, San Diego California

Jerome earned his full STOTT PILATES® Instructor certification in 2007, and became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After graduation, Jerome moved to San Diego to begin a career in fitness facilities management.  Four years later he was inspired to open his own personal training business and continues learning new ways to facilitate Mindful Movement.  Jerome is proud to be part of the Marshall Eklund Pilates & Fitness team.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Jessica Loncar


Sandy Springs, Georgia USA

After graduating from Tulane University and receiving her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999, Jessica began practicing physical therapy in Atlanta.  Jessica's interest in Pilates was ignited after attending a mat course for healthcare professionals in 2002.  After incorporating Pilates exercises into her practice and seeing tremendous results with her clients, she pursued certification, and became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2008.  In early 2009, she became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab.  Currently, Jessica instructs clients with a wide range of abilities, connecting with them by using her technical knowledge and training to appropriately challenge them in the pursuit of their goals.  She specializes in acute and chronic spine conditions, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sports medicine, orthopedic manual therapy and post operative rehabilitation.  Jessica is also a credentialed McKenzie Institute® Therapist.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Rehab
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MS, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT