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Holly Furgason

Blue Sparrow Pilates
San Francisco, California USA

Holly received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2001 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011 and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™  in 2013.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Fine Arts is Choreography and Performance from Mills College in Oakland, California.  Holly is the founder and CEO of Blue Sparrow Pilates; a Licensed Training Center located in San Francisco.  With her passion for dance and her wide ranging experience in teaching movement, she offers over a decade of experience working with a wide-ranging clientele, from the highest-level of athletes to rehabilitation.  Holly is dedicated to helping students master the skills required to become successful fitness professionals, and is driven to share her knowledge and excitement with new teachers. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BFA, MFA

Ineke Rush

Mindful Movement Collective
Newark, California USA

Ineke Rush began her training in Pilates at the age of 12 in New York City with Carola Trier, a colleague and student of Joseph Pilates, whom she trained with extensively for 2 years. After a 10 year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer, Ineke pursued her Pilates certification with STOTT PILATES. She is fully certified to work with all levels as well as those with post rehab injuries and other special conditions. An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ since 2004, she has taught STOTT PILATES certification courses and workshops all over the Bay Area and Northern California. In 2006 Ineke opened Mindful Movement Collective, a movement and wellness center which became a MH&F Licensed Training Center in 2008. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio in massage therapy. She is also on faculty at Ohlone College in Fremont and Newark, CA as both a Pilates and ballet instructor.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
ACE, CMT, Adjunct Faculty at Ohlone College

Inmaculada Varo Zuniga

Akrostudio
Toledo, Spain

Inmaculada received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2001 and became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ in 2006. She teaches at AkroStudio a MH&F Licensed Training Center

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Irma Leissring


West Palm Beach, Florida USA

Irma earned her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine in 2001. While studying for her MFA in 1998, she took her first Pilates certification. In 2002 she earned full certification in STOTT PILATES®. Irma is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Her passion for correcting form and healing the body motivated her to add her certifications in Active Isolated Stretching in 2010 and in 2011 she became certified in TRX® Suspension Training. Irma is also a certified instructor for GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC®

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels, ISP, Group SPX
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MFA, TRX, GYROTONIC®

Ishbel Miller

Pacific Northwest Pilates Education
Portland, Oregon USA

Ishbel started practicing yoga with her mom when she was five years old and has practiced and studied yoga ever since. After a serious back injury, Ishbel began studying Pilates as a means of stabilizing her spine. She fell in love with the way Pilates transformed her body and has been teaching yoga and Pilates for the past 10 years. Ishbel is the owner of Nomad Yoga & Pilates, LLC, a business that brings yoga and Pilates classes to people in their homes and offices. An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®, she has also earned a variety of Yoga certifications.  Ishbel works extensively with individuals who are recovering from injuries, and loves watching the progression from instability and pain to stability and ease-of-movement and easily relates to the relief that Pilates brings to people’s lives! 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS: