Merrithew Health & Fitness


All Instructors

Jodi Solie Berger

Jodi’s Pilates Studio
Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

After becoming Regina’s first certified instructor in 2000, Jodi Berger founded Regina’s first Pilates studio in 2001 and has now established her studio as the only MERRITHEW™ Licensed Training Centre in Saskatchewan.  Jodi is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness, specializing in STOTT PILATES®, where she teaches courses, evaluates, and examines for STOTT PILATES certification. While rehabilitating an injured hip and knee, Jodi was introduced to Pilates and has worked with many clients since, from those chronic conditions and injuries, to athletes wanting to enhance their performance.  She holds Full Certification in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels, along with Injuries and Special Populations,  Jodi’s experience and expertise in Pilates, combined with her passion, enthusiasm, yet gentle approach along with over 15 years of teaching experience make her an exceptional instructor.

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP

John Garey

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California USA

As a Master Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™, John is an integral part of the programming team specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and has starred in over 60 Fitness and Pilates DVDs, mostly for MERRITHEW.  John is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA, a Personal Trainer from the American Council on Exercise, and earned his MS in Physical Education from New York University.  A STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor since 2001, John is an accomplished Pilates and Fitness Presenter currently representing MERRITHEW and has presented workshops and lectures in more than 14 countries internationally and throughout the USA. He has contributed to and appeared in many international publications, including Men’s Fitness, Shape, ePregnancy, Pilates Style and the LA Times.  John is the President and Founder of John Garey Fitness & Pilates where he serves as the Executive Program Director. 

Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX, CORE™

Jolanda Hoefnagel

k'dans, studio' in beweging'
Hague, Netherlands

Jolanda has a passion for movement and for the last 12 years, specifically in the Pilates method.  After years of study, she became a physical education teacher at a high school, specializing in a number of different sports and especially in dance. During that time, she developed remedial after-school teaching programs as well as studying massage therapy. She has a great interest in anatomy and is fascinated by fascia and how it can be integrated in a Pilates program.  As an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™  specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Jolanda has a passion for sharing her knowledge with students and teachers. She is the owner of K'dans, currently the only Licensed Training Center in The Netherlands where she teaches a variety of fitness modalities, with STOTT PILATES as the base for all movement.

Matwork, Reformer
Physical Education Teacher, Massage Therapist , Movement Rehab Specialist for children

Josefin Ekström

Stockholm Pilates Center | Movement Studio Malmo
Malmö, Sweden

Josefin has been working full time with Pilates and movement for nearly ten years. She was born in Sweden where she actively trained in gymnastics until her mid-teens. While living in London in her early 20's she began suffering from back pain. It was then that she discovered Pilates and its amazing power to heal and strengthen the body. In 2005 she moved to the US and became a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. Two years later, she became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009 she opened her own studio in Malmö, Sweden: Movement Studio Malmö. Her studio is flourishing, and she enjoys training clients at all levels as well as running STOTT PILATES instructor Trainer courses. 

Mat, Reformer

Joseph McCarthy

Complete Body Movement
Dublin, Ireland


Joe comes from a sports and fitness background, having worked in the fitness industry since the 1990s.  He is qualified in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Human Dietics and Nutrition.  Joe started his STOTT PILATES® training in 2005 and has been an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES since 2009.  At his studio in Dublin, Ireland, Joe places a focus on incorporating his Pilates Rehabilitation training with physical therapy protocols in order to help his clients return to full health.

Matwork, Reformer, Rehabilitation