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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.

Jennifer Vaughn
Floating
Burke, Virginia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE

Bio

Jennifer Vaughn became a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2002 and an Instructor Trainer in 2005, specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama and is an ACE® Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Jenn has been teaching STOTT PILATES for 12 years and combines her passion and enthusiasm for the method and its many benefits with a detailed approach to instruction on all levels from training post rehab and therapeutic clients to professional athletes and dancers as well as students. She possesses an in-depth understanding of safe practice and works to develop a Pilates program uniquely tailored to each of her client’s life and fitness goals. In addition, she is devoted to her PILATES LOVE initiative where she provides free Pilates sessions to fellow Military Spouses and New Mommies in an effort to promote health, fitness and well-being within her community. She is an avid reader, skier and runner and enjoys the beach with her family when she is not in the studio.

Jennifer Yellin Snyder
Inspire Health
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Bio

Carrying over 10 years as a certified Yoga Instructor and a life-long love for dance, Jennifer had always been interested in Pilates. In fact, she studied other methods before finding STOTT PILATES® and finding herself impressed by the thoroughness of the education—the instruction on anatomy and programming unlike anything she experienced before.

After she completed her STOTT PILATES Level 2 Certified Instructor training in 2016, she continued to hone her knowledge as she worked in dynamic environments, where she had the opportunity to work with all ages and conditions of body, pre and post-surgery. It wasn’t much longer afterwards that she decided to complete her Instructor Trainer certification in 2018. Now, trusting she has been well prepared by excellent mentors among the Merrithew International team, she feels excited to share her knowledge and inspire a new group of up-and-coming instructors.

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Jenny Carr
Intermountain Pilates Training Center
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Science degree

Bio

Jenny Carr has taken her years of business experience and is now the owner of Intermountain Pilates Training Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, which she opened in 2008. The center is now a Licensed Training Center offering STOTT PILATES® courses and workshops. Jenny is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations, ZEN•GA®, CORE Total Barre®, and Merrithew Fascial Movement. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah, which included studies in human and exercise physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, biology, and physics. She has taught dance for over 15 years and loves every aspect of teaching. Her true passion is educating people in all aspects of their body, movement, anatomy, and biomechanics. In her free time she enjoys running, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking.

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Jerome Acosta
Floating
San Diego, California, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Jerome earned his full STOTT PILATES® Instructor certification in 2007, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2009. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After graduation, Jerome moved to San Diego to begin a career in fitness facilities management. Four years later he was inspired to open his own personal training business and continues learning new ways to facilitate Mindful Movement.

Jessica Loncar
Floating
Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
MS, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Bio

After graduating from Tulane University and receiving her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999, Jessica began practicing physical therapy in Atlanta. Jessica's interest in Pilates was ignited after attending a mat course for healthcare professionals in 2002. After incorporating Pilates exercises into her practice and seeing tremendous results with her clients, she pursued certification, and became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2008. In early 2009, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Rehab. Currently, Jessica instructs clients with a wide range of abilities, connecting with them by using her technical knowledge and training to appropriately challenge them in the pursuit of their goals. She specializes in acute and chronic spine conditions, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sports medicine, orthopedic manual therapy and post operative rehabilitation.  Jessica is also a credentialed McKenzie Institute® Therapist.

Jessica Howard
Floating
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE CPT

Bio

Jessica began her training in the STOTT PILATES® method in 2001, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2004. She is now a Lead IT specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre®. Jessica currently lives in Florida and is trained to teach courses and workshops in Matwork, Reformer, CCB and Injuries & Special Populations. An ACE certified Personal Trainer, she has a passion for her profession which is reflected in everything she does.

Jessica Lauw
Vitruvian Pilates Studio
Pondok Indah, Jakarta, Indonesia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Jessica began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2007 at Vitruvian Pilates Studio where she is now an Instructor Trainer. She specializes in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer and is also a Qualified Instructor for CORE and ZEN•GA®.

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Jessica Sabrina Ortiz Sainz
YMCA OneKX
London, UK

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy diploma (L.S.S.M.), Certified Strength and Conditioning Couch, Group Fitness and Garuda Instructor

Bio

Originally from Mexico City, Jessica has lived in London, UK for the past 20 years. Having studied dance from an early age, Jessica turned to Pilates as a method of rehabilitating injuries. Realizing the potential for Pilates and her desire to keep movement as a part of her lifestyle, Jessica chose to make the method her career in 2005, becoming a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor. In August 2016, Jessica went a step further and became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. Jessica teaches at London's YMCA OneKX, her own company, Body Harmony, and at London's premier health club KX GYMUK. Jessica has worked in the fitness industry for the past 12 years, and enjoys working with clients from different backgrounds. She takes great satisfaction from helping people improve their lifestyle with a holistic approach.

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Jill Winegar
The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE certified Personal Trainer, ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, USA Rowing Coach Level 2, and holds other certifications in Spinning, Yoga, Kettlebells and FMS

Bio

With over 30 years experience training fitness professionals, Jill describes herself as a ‘teacher’s teacher’. She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2000, and has presented workshops and conducted courses in Europe and the US. Jill's IT status, dedication and experience has enabled her to now teach courses and workshops as a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew. Her experience in the fitness industry includes program development for the training of group fitness instructors, personal trainers, Pilates instructors, and Kettlebell instructors and she created and was the lead educator for one of the first ACE accredited training programs for group fitness and personal trainers in the US

Jill is also an ACE certified Personal Trainer, ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, USA Rowing Coach Level 2, and holds other certifications in Spinning, Yoga, Kettlebells and FMS.

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Jitka Miskarova
Floating
Brno, Czech Republic

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

Bio

Jitka has been a fitness and Pilates Instructor for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in cities all around the world, including Toronto, Sydney, Phoenix and Tel Aviv. She began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2005, and became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2011. That same year she returned to the Czech Republic, where she currently works teaching for Merrithew in her studio Pilates Point in Brno. Her main interests are lumbo-pelvic stability, core research and helping clients live pain-free, healthy lives.