By using this site you consent to the storing of cookies on your device to improve your experience, personalize content, optimize your shopping experience and assist in our marketing efforts. View our cookie policy

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.

Joana Meneses
Floating
New York, New York, United States

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

Additional credentials and designations
TRX™, Kettlebell Concepts

Bio

Joana received her STOTT PILATES® Instructor Certification at the Toronto Corporate Training Center in 2001 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2002. Joana is a certified yoga teacher and the founder of BodyRoots Fitness Studio in New York City. Previously the head of the Pilates program at an elite fitness club in NYC and with over 13 years of experience, Joana now offers personally tailored, one-on-one training in her private downtown Manhattan loft space. A proud former Lululemon Althetica brand ambassador, Joana has been featured in several STOTT PILATES professional fitness DVDs, Pilates Style magazine, Shape magazine, The New York Times and has trained high profile clients in NYC including Jimmy Fallon and Edie Falco.

Jo-Anne Bunbury
Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BA Dance, MA Dance, DOMP candidate, MELT Method Instructor

Bio

Jo-Anne discovered Pilates while completing her MA at New York University. She went on to become a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer and has extended her passion for movement into completing a Diploma for Osteopathic Manual Therapy. Jo-Anne incorporates her osteopathy knowledge into her work with clients, boosting their awareness and perception of movement. She is also the mother of busy twin girls whom she says often remind her to live mindfully and fully.

See where I teach

Jolanda Hoefnagel
K'dans, studio' in beweging'
Hague, Netherlands

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education Teacher, Massage Therapist , Movement Rehab Specialist for children

Bio

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® and Total Barre®, 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.

See where I teach

Josefin Ekstrom
Stockholm Pilates Center | Movement Studio Malmo
Malmö, Sweden

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

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.

See where I teach

Judy Amira
Floating
Harare, Zimbabwe

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

Bio

Judy began her active lifestyle as a competitive ballroom dancer in Zimbabwe, and also as a member of the Zimbabwe National Aerobics team. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2001 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. Judy draws on her degree in applied nutrition, as well as her experience with personal training, therapeutic massage and injury rehabilitation when working with her Pilates clients. She particularly enjoys working with students as they prepare for their examinations, and considers Postural Analysis and correction to be her passion.

Jue (Stella) Xu
The Orange Room Wellness Center
Shanghai, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Halo® Qualified Instructor and ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor; ACE Certified Personal Trainer; B.Sc.

Bio

Stella started practicing Pilates in 2011 using the STOTT PILATES® method to ease back pain stemming from her pregnancy. Her back pain disappeared within a few months, and she was intrigued by the effectiveness of Pilates and wanted to learn more. In 2014, she took her first STOTT PILATES training program and became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2015.

Since then, she has continued to learn and explore the STOTT PILATES method as well as other forms of human movement science, such as the Kinetic Control, Franklin Method® and Feldenkrais Method.

In 2020, she became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. She believes that the power and knowledge of movement can help everyone achieve his/her best quality of life.

See where I teach

Juhyun (Julie) Lee
Breathe Pilates & Fitness
Seoul, South Korea

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

Bio

Julie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 2007 during rehab for an ACL injury. She became a Certified Instructor in 2008 and in 2013, became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Julie is passionate for dance and education and is dedicated to help people by spreading the STOTT PILATES method throughout Korea. Since suffering from an injury while training as a dancer, she has become aware that many dance students are not exposed to proper rehab or training for movement. It is her intent therefore, to bring the STOTT PILATES method to local students and clients. In 2021, she became a Merrithew Lead IT.

See where I teach

Julie Midgley
Floating
Mougins, France

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Julie's love of body movement began at the age of four with classical ballet. Ballet has always given Julie the discipline, focus, and passion to explore many different avenues in the physical fitness industry which finally lead her to Pilates. Julie began her career as a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Pilates instructor in June 2010. Immediately following her certification, she was employed at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center and Head Office in Toronto, Canada. Continuously being inspired by her peers, her clients, and her passion for Pilates have all driven Julie to take her education to the next level; becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer. Julie currently teaches in both French and English in the French Riviera.

Julie Staub
Floating
Veneta, Oregon, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehabilitation

Additional credentials and designations
P.T, CSCS, MS

Bio

Julie became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® Rehab in 2009. Coming from an athletic background, Julie learned first-hand how injuries can affect one’s quality of life, and now works as a physical therapist, athletic trainer and STOTT PILATES Instructor in a variety of settings. She has combined these diverse fields into a unique way of re-educating the body and neuromuscular system. Julie has worked with a wide variety of clients, including college and high school athletes, hospital acute care patients and orthopedic outpatients. She has recently developed a lecture / lab series that will help enhance equestrians performance by integrating STOTT PILATES into a daily exercise regime.

Kanako Funabashi
Sky Pilates Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

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

Additional credentials and designations
Gyrotonic

Bio

Kanako has been involved in physical training for most of her life and was trained in ballet, jazz dance, and modern dance since early childhood. She turned to Pilates after a lower back injury as a means of conditioning and improving her strength. She immediately fell in love with it and since then, her passion hasn't changed. She trained in the STOTT PILATES® method in Canada, Tokyo and Hong Kong and in 2006 she received her Certification as an Instructor. She went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2013, Kanako assisted with the World Tour stop in Japan and has taught Instructors in Singapore and Malaysia. A Certified Gyrotonic® Trainer, she enjoys working with Instructors and clients helping them achieve their goals.

See where I teach