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Instructor Trainers

The members of our esteemed team of Pilates Instructor Trainers are accomplished and internationally sought-after educators known for their comprehensive knowledge, dedication and professionalism. Each hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training.

A diverse group, they come from varied 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.

Kim Dunleavy
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Rehabilitation, ISP

Additional credentials and designations
PT, Ph.D, MOMT, OCS

Bio

Kim first received her certification as an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES® Rehab in 2007 and is now a Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in Injuries & Special Populations and Rehabilitation. An American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Certified Specialist, Kim has Masters Degrees in Manual/Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as a PhD in Instructional Technology. Kim is also an Associate Professor at Wayne State University's Department of Physical Therapy, an international presenter and has been published on Physical Therapy topics. With extensive experience in applying the STOTT PILATES principles to clients with injuries and impairments, Kim uses the method with clients at Equilibrium as well as providing evaluation and consultation for acute performing arts and sports injuries.

Kim Kraushar
Interlude Spa
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA / BEd Dance, BSc Kinesiology, Yamuna Body Rolling, Franklin Method, PMA

Bio

Kim has built an impressive reputation as an expert and leader in the health and wellness industry. She is a Merrithew® Pilates Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the education programming team, representing STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, CORE, Halo® Training and Total Barre® programming. Kim is the proud owner of one of the first Merrithew Licensed Training Centers in Canada.

She presents on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America and internationally at conferences and trade events, and is featured in several new Merrithew video releases. Kim studied at York University where she received her BFA in Dance/BEd and completed her BSc Kinesiology at Dalhousie University. She is also a Yamuna Body Rolling Certified Instructor Trainer and a Certified Franklin Method Instructor.

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Kimberlee Strome
Floating
Floating, Tennessee, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
MEd., Mad Dogg, TRX, Yoga Certification

Bio

Kimberlee has been studying and teaching the STOTT PILATES® method since 2002, and in 2007 went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew®, specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork & Reformer. Kimberlee's passion is teaching and she holds a Master's in Education from Lesley University. In 2006 she started a successful Pilates program at LifeBridge Health and Fitness in Baltimore, MD, where she currently teaches full-time. In 2008, LBHF became a Licensed Training Center satellite affiliated with Northeast Pilates. Kimberlee is also a Total Barre® and ZEN•GA® Instructor and teaches Mad Dogg Spinning, TRX®, and Yoga.

Kristi Quinn
Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MA

Bio

Kristi received her MA in Dance at American University in Washington, D.C. in 1997, with core competencies in teaching, kinesiology, and choreography. She has danced professionally throughout the U.S. and across Europe before becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES® in 2002. Kristi realizes her passion for training new Pilates Instructors at Bodycenter Studios, her studio and a Licensed Training Center for the STOTT PILATES method in Seattle, Washington.

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Krisztian Melykuti
Floating
Budapest, Hungary

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, GYROTONIC®, TRX, TRX- Rip Trainer

Bio

Krisztián comes from a background as a ballet dancer and became a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer in 2006. Since then he graduated at Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences as a physiotherapist. He also qualified as a personal trainer at the Hungarian University of Physical Education. At his studio in Budapest, Hungary, he teaches the STOTT PILATES® program as well as GYROTONIC®, TRX, TRX- Rip Training, and trains a variety of clients including dancers, athletes and agile recreational clients. As a physiotherapist, Krisztián works with patients who have neurological, rheumatological and orthopedical problems and rehabilitates trauma injuries. In 2020, he became a Merrithew Lead IT.

Laura Hicks Foutz
Inspire Health
Franklin, Tennessee, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
PMA

Bio

Laura began her Pilates career in 2005 while dancing as a professional ballerina. In 2008, Laura became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew®, specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She began teaching courses and private clients at Inspire Health, the STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Atlanta, GA. In 2011, she moved to the outskirts of Nashville and opened her own studio. There, she hosts training courses as she continues to grow her family and the STOTT PILATES community in central Tennessee. Laura is passionate about educating and mentoring students, and she loves being a part of their respective journeys. In 2020, she became a Merrithew Lead IT.

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Laura McKenzie Bovenkerk
Equilibrium Mind-Body Fitness
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, B.P.A. from Oklahoma City University

Bio

Laura Bovenkerk is a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She was first introduced to Pilates while pursuing a dance career in New York City. She spent eight years performing as a Radio City Rockette and found Pilates to be a wonderful tool for keeping her body in shape. She became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2007 and began teaching at Equilibrium Studio in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She now resides in Kalamazoo, MI, where she is the owner of Centered Pilates and the mother of three energetic children. She became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2020.

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Laureen DuBeau
Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, NSCA CSCS, Pink Ribbon certified instructor

Bio

Laureen is an integral member of a dynamic team responsible for the global development and implementation of training and certification programs. Her spirited approach to teaching has made Laureen a vibrant international presenter, trainer and examiner. An NSCA certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Pink Ribbon certified instructor, she began teaching Pilates in 1995, and is now a Merrithew® Pilates Master Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®, Halo® Training and Merrithew Fascial Movement. Laureen is a featured performer and associate producer of many Merrithew DVDs, the associate editor of numerous teaching manuals and author of articles in several industry publications.

Prior to joining Merrithew, Laureen worked for Tennis Canada where she was responsible for Canadian and international public relations in the capacity of media relations and communications, player relations and event organization. Laureen studied Dance and Physical Education at York University in Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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Laurentia Kartika Kavriani
Floating
Jakarta, Indonesia

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

Additional credentials and designations
B.A.B.A

Bio

Laurentia was trained in ballet and traditional dance at a young age and it is through her passion in body movement that she was intrigued to learn about Pilates. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2012 and became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2014. Along with the STOTT PILATES method, Laurentia is also qualified in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training and an Instructor Trainer for Total Barre®.

LeeAnn Silvey
Balance: Pilates Training Center
Charlottesville, Viriginia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; ZEN•GA® Mat, ZEN•GA® Equipment

Additional credentials and designations
BS, Sports Medicine; MS, Exercise Physiology

Bio

In 1997, LeeAnn began working with athletes in the prevention, emergency care and rehabilitation of injury. She developed her passion for teaching during two years of instruction in the Athletic Training Program at James Madison University. But it wasn’t until 2004, after spending several years as a rehab integration specialist (as well as with working through her own struggles with Scoliosis), that Pilates emerged as a focus for her.

LeAnn since went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® in 2007, specializing in STOTT PILATES®. The same year, she joined Balance Pilates Training Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.. She now possesses 25 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and continues to love sharing her knowledge and skills with future instructors.

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