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Instructor Trainer bios

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.

Jean Millis Leavenworth

Portland, Oregon, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MELT Method Instructor, PhD in Dance Education, M.S. in Dance and Kinesiology, ACE Certified Personal Trainer.


Jean is a former modern dancer and dance educator with an M.S. in Dance and Kinesiology. She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2000 and has taught Pilates in physical therapy clinics, health clubs and private studios since 1998. Complementary to this, Jean has obtained her ACE certification in personal training as well as her MELT Method certification. She has studied extensively with Australian physiotherapist Greta Von Gavel and feels privileged to have been able to travel around the world delivering STOTT PILATES education. Jean became certified in Core Align in 2016.