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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.

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 Health & Fitness™ 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.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
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 Health & Fitness™ 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. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Mat, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

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 Health & Fitness™ 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.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Rehabilitation
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Judy Amira


Harare, Zimbabwe

Judy began her active lifestyle as a competitive ballroom dancer in Zimbabwe, and also as a member of the Zimbabwe National Aerobics team.  She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2001 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008.   Judy draws on her degree in applied nutrition, as well as her experience with personal training, therapeutic massage and injury rehabilitation when working with her Pilates clients.  She particularly enjoys working with students as they prepare for their examinations, and considers Postural Analysis and correction to be her passion.   

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

Julia Bourne

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California USA

Originally from England, Julia is a certified dance teacher with the Royal Academy and worked as a professional dancer for 12 years before discovering Pilates. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008 and currently teaches at John Garey Fitness and Pilates in Long Beach, California. Julia is also a certified personal trainer with ACE and is the owner of Bourne Pilates and Fitness in Upland, California.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
ACE