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Instructor Trainer bios

The Merrithew Faculty, or members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers, is made up of highly qualified and internationally sought-after educators who are known for their dedication, professionalism and attention to detail. All of our faculty members hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training. A diverse group, they come from various backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Gidget Anthony
Floating
Plano, Texas, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; Total Barre®; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Bio

Gidget began her career in movement while performing in musical theater. Her love of dance gave way to a passion for fitness. She was a personal trainer for many years before she turned to the more mindful movements of yoga and Pilates. She opened her Pilates studio in the Dallas area in 2003. From 2012 to early 2018, she owned the Merrithew Licensed Training Center in the Dallas area. In 2016, Gidget was designated a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer. This has been the honor of her career. She considers teaching and educating her gift to give, and actively mentors students both during and after they complete their education programs.

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

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, AFAA, ISCA

Bio

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.

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Haley Shoor
Floating
New York, New York, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels

Bio

Haley Buzbee Shoor is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer as well as Cadillac, Chair &Barrels. 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.

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Heather Lawson
John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, BFA

Bio

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

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Holly Furgason
Blue Sparrow Pilates
San Francisco, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, CORE™, Total Barre®, Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, MFA, PMA

Bio

Holly was introduced to Pilates through her passion for dance, and she has always been intrigued by how the body moves. Now, she has over 16 years of experience teaching Pilates and is the founder and CEO of the only Merrithew Licensed Training Center in San Francisco, Blue Sparrow Pilates.

Offering a wealth of experience in working with diverse clientele from professional athletes to those in rehabilitation, Holly is dedicated to helping others live healthier lives and support other students in mastering skills required to become successful fitness professionals.

Holly is driven to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with other teachers. In addition to regularly publishing on her own blog, her written work has appeared in publications such as Pilates Style Magazine and she has contributed two books. She is also a regular contributor to important industry online platforms such as PilatesIntel, Pilates-Pro, PilatesPal, and Profitable Pilates. Holly designed a Pilates Prenatal App that accumulated over 85,000 downloads in the first year—she is currently working on creating its sequel.

Because of her love for continuous learning, Holly has a host of certifications and trainings under her belt. She became a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2016 after receiving her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2001 and becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011. Additionally, she is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Fascial Movement (2017), CORE (2013) and Total Barre® (2015). Holly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance from Mills College in Oakland, California.

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