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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.

Jaqueline Rangel
Floating
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Bio

Jaqueline is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® and ZEN•GA®. She is the owner and director of Studio Flow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jaqueline is a professional dancer specializing in contemporary and brazilian ballroom dance. She also studied Biology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Physiotherapy in Brazil. She is Cirque Du Soleil’s movement coach for the shows Corteo and Amaluna and is currently in an Europe tour teaching Pilates at dance congresses.

Jayme Newhouse
Pilates Training Center Hawaii
Kailua, Hawaii, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
LMT, ACE

Bio

A Licensed Massage Therapist, Jayme was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 1998 by a client. The following year, she started on her education path and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2006. The same year, her studio, Pilates Training Center Hawaii became what is still the only STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in the Hawaiian Islands. Jayme prides herself on her ability to create an atmosphere of encouragement and motivation for students and clients alike with her enthusiastic presence and attention to detail.

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Jean Millis Leavenworth
Floating
Portland, Oregon, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MELT Method Instructor, PhD in Dance Education, M.S. in Dance and Kinesiology, ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Bio

Jean is a former modern dancer and dance educator with an M.S. in Dance and Kinesiology. She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2000 and has taught Pilates in physical therapy clinics, health clubs and private studios since 1998. Complementary to this, Jean has obtained her ACE certification in personal training as well as her MELT Method certification. She has studied extensively with Australian physiotherapist Greta Von Gavel and feels privileged to have been able to travel around the world delivering STOTT PILATES education. Jean became certified in Core Align in 2016.

Jee Yeoung Rachel Park
The Pilatest
Watana, Bangkok, Thailand

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

Additional credentials and designations
The Art of Fascial Line Training Certification with TWIST Method & Golf Fitness Level 1Training at Titleist Performance Institute

Bio

Rachel studied Science of Body Movements and Performance as well as Business Management at Ewha Woan’s University in Korea. She began working at a Pilates studio in Seoul after translating a Pilates manual into Korean and immediately saw its potential growth in the market. Soon after, she was running three studios in Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. She realized a goal of running her own studio after opening the Pilates Asia Co., Ltd in Thailand. In 2013 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in all STOTT PILATES® equipment and techniques. Rachel embraces the logical side of Pilates and how it keeps her focused.

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Jeff Ong
Floating
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, Rehab Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA®

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, M-OMSc

Bio

Jeff is a member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA) and a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO). As a classically trained osteopathic manual practitioner, Jeff's training has given him a deep understanding of osteopathic principles. He applies his extensive knowledge of the human body by successfully diagnosing and treating a diverse range of musculoskeletal and physiological problems. He enjoys continually learning about the human body and improving his osteopathic treatments in order to help others.

In 2000, Jeff graduated with a degree in Nutritional Science from the National University of Malaysia. In 2006, after working for several years in the healthcare industry, he moved to Toronto and enrolled in the STOTT PILATES® Certification program. Jeff was invited to become an Instructor Trainer for the Merrithew Education Department in Toronto in 2008. Since then, he has taught STOTT PILATES education programs and workshops internationally throughout Asia and Europe as well as in Canada.

Jeff's interest in human movement and health is complemented by his gentle and effective teaching manner, drawing both clients and fellow Instructors alike to work with him on a regular basis. As a well-known and respected Pilates Instructor in the industry Jeff is continually inspired by the opportunity to teach others and regularly participates in Pilates and movement workshops in order to deepen his knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and teaching.

Jeff's passion for results-oriented, progressive, rehabilitative programming is rooted in his teaching approach. This unique style has established him as a lead Pilates Instructor who is able to provide high quality, diverse Pilates workouts for every client at any level, while being mindful of specific needs, focuses and goals.

Jenn McNellis
C2 Pilates
Avon, Connecticut, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MS, NSCA

Bio

Jenn's career in the fitness industry began as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA. In 2007, Jenn became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Exercise Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University and teaches Pilates at The Edge Fitness Clubs in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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Jenna Hansen
Floating
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; ZEN•GA®; CORE™;Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, MEd, NASM, AFAA

Bio

Jenna has a passion for life, the outdoors, education and people. She is the owner of Awaken Studios and Retreats. She is a Lead Instructor Trainer with Merrithew, a yoga teacher with 500 hours of training, an AntiGravity Fitness Certified Instructor, AFAA Certified, a Les Mills Group Exercise Instructor, a Certified Personal Trainer from the National Association of Sports Medicine and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Masters in Education from the University of Utah and a secondary teaching license.

Along with teaching fitness, Jenna has also taught snowboarding, skiing, recreational therapy and dance. She has taught dance, drama, and Pilates in New Zealand and was a rafting and hiking guide in Alaska. Jenna has competed and placed in IRONMAN triathlons, snowboarding and dance competitions. She loves seeing how her students’ lives improve as they work towards fitness goals, injury rehabilitation or an improved quality of life. Her clients include professional athletes, grandparents, firefighters, endurance athletes, professional strongmen, stay-at-home moms, children and everyone in between. Jenna’s life’s work however is her three children, who help remind her how to live life in the present with a sense of awe for the amazing world we live in.

Jennifer Dahl
Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP; ZEN•GA®; Total Barre®; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement ; Halo® Training, Part 1

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, ACE

Bio

As a member of the Merrithew team since 2000, Jennifer brings her abundant energy to the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. A highly-regarded Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer, she teaches courses, examines students for certification and presents workshops in Canada and internationally. Additionally, Jennifer complements her teaching repertoire with a focus on high performance athletic training, injury recovery and rehab. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, is an ACE certified professional trainer, and is also a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Jennifer continues to work as a professional dancer and choreographer along with her Pilates career, and has performed across Canada with numerous dance and theatre companies.

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Jennifer Montie
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre®

Bio

Jenn has an extensive background in Ballet and performed with Mid-States Regional Ballet Company, Ballet Americana for many years. Currently she instructs Ballet and Pilates classes for Ballet Americana and helps run company rehearsals. She discovered Pilates through her dance training and loved the conditioning, strength, and balance it provided. A Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, Jenn became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2014. Jenn also holds certifications from ACE, Xtend Barre and TRX®. Jenn has been working at Equilibrium since 2007, and enjoys giving a very detail-oriented workout to clients of all ages and fitness levels.

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Jennifer Morris
Real Pilates
Dubai, UAE

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

Bio

Originally from the UK, Jennifer has lived in Dubai, UAE since 2008. Her passion for Pilates started in 2007 and in 2013 she started her education to become a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor. Her love for the method continued to grow, and in 2016 she was accepted into the MerrithewInstructor Trainer program, specializing in STOTT PILATES. With her love of fitness and understanding how the body moves, Jennifer's passion is to motivate and inspire others.

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