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Instructor Trainers

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.

Ishbel Cavaleri
Pacific Northwest Pilates Education
Portland, Oregon, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

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. She is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® and 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!

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Jaada Peterson
Intermountain Pilates Training Center
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels, CORE™

Bio

Jaada has been professionally committed to fitness for over 20 years. Her passion for health allows her to encourage people to attain a better quality of life. Excited to be part of IPTC, she is a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels and CORE. Discovering Pilates has been fulfilling and she loves sharing this amazing fitness approach with others. Jaada loves the Utah summers, enjoys hiking, boating and sitting by the pool, while actively pursuing many other avenues of fitness. Whether it is traditional step aerobics or kickboxing, core training to Zumba, Spinning® or yoga, she continually strives to educates herself and teach others.

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Jacqueline (Jackie) Gallant
Floating
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Chair, Cadillac & Barrels, ISP; Rehabilitation; CORE™, ZEN•GA® Mat

Additional credentials and designations
B.Sc. P.T.

Bio

Jackie has always been involved in sports, fitness and physical health, which led her to a Physical Therapy degree from Université de Montréal in 1993 and she continues to add post-graduate courses to help improve her practice. In 2005, she tried a STOTT PILATES® Mat course and saw the potential of incorporating it for her patients to help restore function and ability. She started using her anatomy background along with her new skills in Pilates and saw great results with everyone - from rehabilitation patients to group and private clients. An active teacher in Pilates for over nine years, she earned her Full STOTT PILATES Instructor Certification in 2012, and became a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Jackie specializes in acute and chronic general orthopedic conditions, sports medicine, post-surgery rehabilitation, breast cancer and postural dysfunction in kids and teenagers. Jackie is fluent in both French and English.

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Jacquin Lin
Floating
Osaka, Japan

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapist, Redcord Neurac instructor

Bio

Jacquin graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy in Taiwan, and obtained her Physiotherapy license in 2007. During her first year working, she was introduced to a type of exercise called "Pilates" and discovered STOTT PILATES® in 2009. Jacquin noticed that many Pilates trainers were dealing with a language barrier in the process of becoming certified, so in 2014, she decided to become an Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. A Redcord Neurac instructor, she uses her passion and knowledge to help others who are interested in becoming a STOTT PILATES Instructors.

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Jaeeun Kwon
Pilates S
Seoul, Republic of Korea

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

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Master’s degree in Sports Medicine

Bio

Jae-eun first experienced Pilates after exhausting many other options to recover from acute disks in her lumbar and neck, and she was delighted to find her recovery significantly improved. Because she found energy and health through Pilates, she wanted to share her new passion with others by opening her own Pilates studio in 2007. Since its opening, she has helped many clients and offered other students and outlet for learning by hosting Merrithew Instructor Training courses since 2010.

Jae-eun recently completed her Master’s degree and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine to improve her ability in supporting her clients’ wide range of health and fitness goals.

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Jamie Casey
John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Longbeach, California, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
TRX, TaeBo, ACE, AFAA

Bio

Jamie is an incredibly dynamic Instructor and her passion for fitness is obvious. Besides motivating clients and helping them achieve their fitness goals, Jamie is a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer. Jamie has numerous other certifications and specializes in many styles of fitness including: CORE, Athletic Conditioning &, Performance Training, Instructor, Certified TRX Instructor, Certified TaeBo Instructor, Certified ACE Instructor and Certified AFAA Instructor. She has over 26 years of experience in the fitness industry and has created and presented fitness programs for 24 Hour Fitness and FTP fitness in Japan.

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Jan Monczynski
Floating
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
LMT

Bio

Jan became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2005, and by 2008 had become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. She is also a licensed massage therapist, having graduated from the Southeastern Massage School in 1994, where she later returned to teach massage therapy courses. In addition to her Pilates teaching Jan offers myofasial, neuromuscular and cranio-sacral therapy at ABsolute Pilates. Jan is passionate about fitness and education, and is dedicated to teaching Pilates to foster wellness in other’s lives.

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Jana MacGregor
Interlude Spa. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.Sc. in Anatomy, B.Ed., M.Ed., Graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program, Can-Fit-Pro FIS and PTS, completed 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, CPR

Bio

Movement and the study of the human body have always been important to Jana. As a child, Jana was passionate about dance, and she trained and performed with the DancEast Young Company in Moncton, New Brunswick. After high school, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Anatomical Sciences at McGill University and continued her dance studies in the professional training program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. While attending The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Jana was introduced to STOTT PILATES®, and she immediately noticed that she was stronger and more in control and aware of her body. After completing her training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Jana was fortunate to work professionally with independent choreographers and dance companies in Toronto, including DesRosiers Dance Theatre and the Danny Grossman Dance Company. To complement her dance training, Jana decided to train to become a Pilates instructor as well, and in 2000 she was certified by STOTT PILATES in Matwork and Reformer.

Jana is now a Fully-Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor, having completed training in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations. Recently, Jana was chosen to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES. She is also a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and has completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Additionally, Jana also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and recently completed her Master’s degree in Inclusive Education. Jana truly believes that Pilates is for every body!

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Janet Comerford
Complete Body Movement
Dublin, Ireland

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

Bio

Janet has been involved in many facets of the fitness industry since the 1980’s, including aerobics, running; strength and conditioning, as well as Sports and Remedial Neuromuscular massage therapy. She is a certified Breast Cancer Rehab Exercise Specialist (Pink Ribbon Program). She discovered the benefits of Pilates following a back injury in 2000, which led to the decision to embark on a new career. Janet first became a Certified Instructor for STOTT PILATES® in 2004 and then an Instructor Trainer for Merrithewspecializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010. Janet enjoys teaching the method to a broad client base, from rehab to elite athletes. She is well known for her passion and enthusiasm, which successfully helps her clients achieve their goals, including improved performance, pain relief and an increased feeling of well-being.

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Janine Trudeau
Floating
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Physical Education, BCRPA Leader, TPI Level 1, YTT 200Hr

Bio

With a passion for movement and an eye for detail, Janine is always looking to help others lead healthier and fulfilling lives. In 1992 she completed a degree in Physical Education and in 1994-95 she added a series of Personal Training specialization certifications. Looking for a smarter training method to help her clients, in 1999 Janine completed first the Polestar Mat and then the STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer Level 2 Instructor Training in Toronto. In 2000 she completed the CCB training level 2, and then in 2001 she completed the ISP and her full Certification Exam. In 2004, Janine became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew offering IMP and IR Teacher Trainings throughout Europe. Janine has also completed a Golf Performance Instructor Certification through the Titleist Performance Institute and a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Certification with Nicki Doane and the Yoga Alliance. Janine now lives and works in Kelowna, BC and can be reached at janine@pilatesfunction.com.

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