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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.

Jerome Acosta

Jerome Acosta

Marshall Eklund Pilates & Fitness Studio
San Diego, California, United States

IT qualifications
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.  Jerome is proud to be part of the Marshall Eklund Pilates & Fitness team.

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Jessica Loncar

Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA

IT qualifications
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 Lauw

Vitruvian Pilates Studio
Pondok Indah, Jakarta, Indonesia

IT qualifications
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 Ortiz

Jessica Sabrina Ortiz Sainz

YMCA OneKX
London, UK

IT qualifications
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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Jitka Miskarova

Floating
Brno, Czech Republic

IT qualifications
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.