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Lead Instructor Trainers

The designation of Lead Instructor Trainer is awarded to an individual who inspires others through leadership and the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Community of Excellence philosophy. These Instructor trainers have a strong sense of team and demonstrated commitment to ensuring consistency and continual growth in the STOTT PILATES® method. A Lead IT has recognized experience teaching both teachers-in-training as well as private and group clients, and has been empowered with educating our worldwide network of instructors in valuable repertoire and curriculum additions. 

Jennifer Dahl

Toronto Corporate Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

As a member of the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team since 2000, Jennifer brings her abundant energy to the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. A highly-regarded Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES® and an Instructor Trainer for ZEN∙GA™, she teaches courses, examines students for certification and presents workshops in Canada and internationally. Additionally, Jennifer complements her teaching repertoire with a focus on high performance athletic training, injury recovery and rehab. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, is an ACE certified professional trainer, and is also a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Jennifer continues to work as a professional dancer and choreographer along with her Pilates career, and has performed across Canada with numerous dance and theatre companies.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN∙GA™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BSc, ACE

Jenny Carr

Intermountain Pilates Training Center
Salt Lake City, Utah USA

Jenny Carr has taken her years of business experience and is now the owner of Intermountain Pilates Training Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, which she opened in 2008. The center is now a Licensed Training Center offering STOTT PILATES® courses and workshops. Jenny is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations, ZENGA™ and Total Barre™. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah, which included studies in human and exercise physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, biology, and physics. She has taught dance for over 15 years and loves every aspect of teaching. Her true passion is educating people in all aspects of their body, movement, anatomy, and biomechanics.  In her free time she enjoys running, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking. 

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

Jessica Guercio


New Smyrna Beach, Florida United States

Jessica began her training in the STOTT PILATES® method in 2001, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ in 2004. She is now a Lead IT specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre™. Jessica currently lives in Florida and is trained to teach courses and workshops in Matwork, Reformer, CCB and Injuries & Special Populations. An ACE certified Personal Trainer, she has a passion for her profession which is reflected in everything she does.

 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
ACE CPT

Jill Winegar

The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota USA

With over 30 years experience training fitness professionals, Jill describes herself as a ‘teacher’s teacher’.  She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2000, and has presented workshops and conducted courses in Europe and the US.  Her experience in the fitness industry includes program development for the training of group fitness instructors, personal trainers, Pilates instructors, and Kettlebell instructors and she created and was the lead educator for one of the first ACE accredited training programs for group fitness and personal trainers in the U.S.

Jill is an ACE continuing education provider and also adjunct faculty for the University of Minnesota where she teaches anatomy in the dance department.  

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

Jo-Anne Repond Bunbury

Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Jo-Anne is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement, and is a Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®, whose experience and practice spans over 10 years. She has taught STOTT PILATES® courses and conducted exams in Canada, Japan, South Korea, USA, and Brazil, and has presented workshops for local and national industry conferences. Jo-Anne is also an Instructor Trainer who specializes in
A former dancer and choreographer with a passion for human kinetics, Jo-Anne first discovered Pilates while in New York pursuing her Master’s of Arts at NYU through her studies in dance, education, movement analysis and kinesiology.  Since first becoming certified she has had the privilege to work with diverse groups such as physiotherapists, trained athletes, and breast cancer survivors.

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

Kim Dunleavy


Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA

Kim first received her certification as an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® Rehab in 2007 and is now a Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in Injuries & Special Populations and Rehabilitation. An American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Certified Specialist, Kim has Masters Degrees in Manual/Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as a PhD in Instructional Technology.  Kim is also an Associate Professor at Wayne State University’s Department of Physical Therapy, an international presenter and has been published on Physical Therapy topics.  With extensive experience in applying the STOTT PILATES principles to clients with injuries and impairments, Kim uses the method with clients at Equilibrium as well as providing evaluation and consultation for acute performing arts and sports injuries.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Rehabilitation, ISP
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
PT, Ph.D, MOMT, OCS

Kristi Quinn

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington USA

Kristi received her MA in Dance at American University in Washington, D.C. in 1997, with core competencies in teaching, kinesiology, and choreography. She has danced professionally throughout the U.S and across Europe before becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES® in 2002.   Kristi realizes her passion for training new Pilates Instructors at Bodycenter Studios, her studio and a Licensed Training Center for the STOTT PILATES method in Seattle, Washington.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, SPX, ISP, CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MA

Leslie Braverman

Pacific Northwest Pilates Education
Portland, Oregon USA

Leslie was a 15 year professional dancer when she was led to the STOTT PILATES® because of an injury and credits the method for prolonging her career. Leslie became a Certified Instructor in 1997 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ in 2002. She was most recently awarded the designation of Lead IT for STOTT PILATES, which qualifies her to mentor other Instructor Trainers around the world. Throughout her dance career, she performed with the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and BODYVOX.  As a young dancer, she was a student of The North Carolina School of the Arts and was awarded the 1988 Peabody Scholarship Award for Excellence. Leslie loves utilizing her experience to train dancers, athletes, fitness clients and aspiring instructors. She has been co-owner of Pacific NW Pilates since its launch in 2001, and takes a primary role in managing and marketing the studio.  

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

Leslie Wall

Toronto Corporate Training Centre
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Formerly a professional dancer, Leslie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method after an extensive knee injury and a multitude of surgeries ending her career as a dancer.  Her familiarity with body movement and muscular strength made the transition to Pilates feel completely natural. She quickly advanced herself in the industry and is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in Total Barre™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. She is a valued member of the Merrithew Health & Fitness education team and presents on their behalf. Leslie continues to train both future instructors and private clients including Cirque du Soleil performers, NHL Players, Olympic athletes and is an advisor/Instructor to “SpiderTech Kinesiology” Executives.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Total Barre™, Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Lily Touw

Vitruvian Studio
Jakarta, Indonesia

A former Indonesian athlete in badminton and swimming, Lily became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2004, and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007. In 2012, she was named a Lead Instructor Trainer. She is also is Certified Redcord Active Instructor Trainer. Based at the STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, this high-energy Indonesian native has traveled to present workshops and teach the STOTT PILATES method around the world. Lily’s vibrant and down-to-earth attitude has made her one of Indonesia’s most respected Pilates personalities. In addition, Lily is a regular contributor for leading health, fitness and women's magazines and a member of the advisory board for Pilates in SHAPE Magazine Indonesia. Teaching is a part of her never ending pursuit of knowledge as to what she believes "We learn so much more when we are teaching" 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
Redcord Active Instructor Trainer