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David Freker

dfx Pilates
Sacramento, California USA

David received his STOTT PILATES® certification in 2003 and became a certified Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ in 2004. David founded his studio DFX Pilates in 2011 which is now a MERRITHEW Licensed Training Center. By maintaining extremely high standards, we provide DFX Pilates provides his Sacramento clients with all that STOTT PILATES® has to offer and the specialized attention they need to meet their individual goals.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP
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™ 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

Denise Carter


Nassau, Bahamas

Denise has always had a love for fitness and after many years as a personal trainer in the exclusive Lyford Cay Club in Nassau Bahamas, decided to explore Pilates. After extensive training in Toronto, Canada, she returned to the Bahamas and opened a Licensed Training Center for MERRITHEW™ 2005. Denise is a fully certified Instructor Trainer for MH&F and has travelled from Australia to Italy to train future instructors in the STOTTPILATES method. Denise currently teaches Pilates, Total Barre™, Pre and Post Natal exercise, Post Rehab movement and Active Isolated Stretching from her studio in Nassau, Bahamas.

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

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™ 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

Dr. Lisa Jayne Clarkson

Floating
Falls Church, Virginia USA

Lisa first became aware of Pilates when she was 16 years old, but it wasn't until she joined ballet Memphis in 1999 that she was introduced to STOTT PILATES®. She received her STOTT PILATES certification in 1999 and became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer in 2009.  Lisa has a BS in Ballet with an Outside Field in French from Indiana University. She danced professionally for 10 years with Louisville Ballet, Lexington Ballet and Ballet Memphis and was a guest artist with a number of smaller companies. Most recently, Lisa graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in May of 2014 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and has recently relocated to the D.C. metropolitan area where she is working as both a Physical Therapist and a STOTT PILATES Instructor and IT. She is currently in an orthopedic residency program for Physical Therapy and is pursuing an orthopedic specialty license. Her continued education has enhanced and informed her teaching and personal practice.
IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
B.S., D.P.T.