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Instructor Trainers

The members of our esteemed team of 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 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 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 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
Vitruvian Pilates Studio
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. She is now teaching clients at Vitruvian Pilates Studio, a Licensed Training Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia. Along with the STOTT PILATES method, Laurentia is also qualified in CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training and an Instructor Trainer for Total Barre®.

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LeeAnn Silvey
Balance: Pilates Training Center
Richmond, 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 the prevention, emergency care, maintenance and rehabilitation of athletic injury, then spent two years instructing in the Athletic Training Program at James Madison University in Virginia. Pilates became her passion in 2004, and in 2007 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES®. The same year, she joined Balance Pilates Training Center as an instructor. LeeAnn’s education includes a BS in Sports Medicine from the State University of New York at Cortland and an MS in Exercise Physiology from James Madison University. She has 20 years of experience working in the fitness industry with a variety of certifications including NATA Athletic Trainer, ACE Personal Trainer and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor and is also an IT for ZEN•GA® Matwork and Equipment. LeeAnn enjoys working with an individual’s needs, and loves sharing her knowledge and skills of instruction to her clients and students.

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Leonieke (Nikki) Albreghs
Floating
London, U.K.

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

Additional credentials and designations
MA and Med in English Language and Literature

Bio

Leonieke Albreghs’ Pilates journey first began after undergoing a major surgery in 1999. Leonieke used Pilates as part of her rehabilitation after surgery. In 2000, after years of continuous studies and teaching in health clubs, she discovered STOTT PILATES® and became inspired to further her education in the method. Building on her background as an aerobics, dance and school teacher in The Netherlands, she was keen to share with others the knowledge that had eased her pain. Leonieke’s extensive Pilates education and teaching experience began in 2008 while living in The Netherlands. She has since moved to The U.K. and has continued to share her passion for teaching STOTT PILATES.

It was not long after that Leonieke’s love, dedication and passion for educating others about Pilates encouraged her to become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2016 specializing in STOTT PILATES.

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