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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.

Danica Larson

The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota USA

Danica became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003, motivated by her desire to share the mental and physical consciousness and balance she found in Pilates.  In 2008 she moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in STOTT PILATES. She currently teaches at the SweatShop in St. Paul, Minnesota where she enjoys helping students and clients alike to improve their strength, posture and body awareness.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Darcy McMurray

West Coast Pilates & Health; & Full Circle Studio
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Darcy is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® and owner of Full Circle Pilates and Health in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Her extensive dance background lead her to Toronto, in 2001, to study the STOTT PILATES method, and in 2003 she was asked to join the company as an Instructor Trainer.  Darcy has travelled internationally for Merrithew Health & Fitness, training instructors, conducting workshops and exams.  She has also helped create DVD’s, manuals, course support material and workshops for the organization.  In 2008, Darcy opened her own studio, Full Circle Pilates and Health, where she teaches private and small classes, as well as trains Pilates instructors.  Darcy’s fascination with the intricacies of the human body motivates her to continually attend workshops and study anatomy to deepen her understanding of what moves us.   

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

Debra Hunt

The Sweatshop Fitness Club
Inver Grove Heights, Minnestoa USA

Debra began her journey as a highly accomplished Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2006.  Her Pilates training is complemented with a strong background in dance and gymnastics, whereby she obtained her BA in dance. She works with people in all states of health, wellness, recovery and restoration. Debra revels in learning about new, innovative mind-body modalities and anatomy. This is exemplified by her enthusiasm and leadership in ZEN•GA™ and  other mindful movement directions such as Pilates, Yoga, Alexander Technique, Postural Restoration, Anatomy Trains, Mindful-Based Stress Reduction, and Franklin Method.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BA

Dot Kavanaugh


Windsor, Ontario Canada

Dot became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2003, and in 2009 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in 2004, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  In 2001 Dot received her certification as a Yoga Teacher by the Sivanada Yoga Group, and has acted as both the instructor and owner of The Yoga Centre in Windsor since that time.  She brings over 10 years of experience in teaching movement, and keeps her programming interesting and up to date by taking a variety of continuing education workshops.

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

Elisha Elliott

Real Pilates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

While completing her Journalism degree in Australia, Elisha found Pilates and fell in love! She spent her college breaks taking multiple classes and she eventually studied to become a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor as well as a Cert IV Personal Trainer. The STOTT PILATES method of exercise and contemporary approach to mind-body fitness peaked Elisha’s interest and so in 2012, she was accepted into the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer Program at the headquarters in Toronto. Currently an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™,  and ZEN•GA™. She continues to attend a variety of courses and workshops to make sure her knowledge is always up-to-date.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, ZEN•GA™, CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS: