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Gigi Filer

Gigi’s Pilates Studio (Satellite for Victory Pilates)
Des Moines, Iowa USA

Gigi is one-half of the heartbeat of Gigi’s Pilates Studio & Personal Training. A Des Moines native and fitness expert with more than 18 years’ experience, Gigi’s passion for fitness began early when she earned her Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Iowa State University. Since then she’s added certifications as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA).Gigi also is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®, and is a certified breast cancer exercise specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program.

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

Haley Shoor


New York, New York USA

Haley Buzbee Shoor is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and in Matwork. Haley found Pilates through her ballet training in Florida. After completing her training, she focused on teaching post-injury clients and clients with special needs. She is also a personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise and likes to bridge the gap between mind-body exercise and resistance training. Haley has taught in a variety of settings including gyms, corporate facilities, in-home private clients and several Pilates studios. 

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

Heather Lawson

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California USA

Heather Lawson is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in Total Barre™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®. A valuable member of the company's prestigious programming team, she has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years and is also an ACE Certified Instructor. Heather graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance. Heather was involved in the most recent DVD production for MERRITHEW as a featured performer and instructor

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

Holly Furgason

Blue Sparrow Pilates
San Francisco, California USA

Holly received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2001 and became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ 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, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, CORE™, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BFA, MFA

Holly Shaw

Pacific Northwest Pilates
Portland, Oregon USA
Holly Shaw completed her full certification with STOTT PILATES® in 2014 and went on to become an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer and Total Barre™. She teaches private sessions and group classes at Pacific NW Pilates and dances professionally with Éowyn Emerald & Dancers and skinner/kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE in Portland, Oregon. Holly has performed internationally in Japan, South Korea, Germany, and India and consistently uses Pilates as a form of cross training for her dance career. Along with her pre-physical therapy studies, Holly graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet with emphases in performance and teaching. Holly specializes in training athletes and dancers, and also enjoys guiding older adults and special needs clients to using effective and efficient movement in all areas of life.
IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Mat & Reformer; Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
TRX Suspension Trainer Level 1 & 2, Bachelor of Fine Arts