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Lead Instructor Trainers

The designation of Lead Instructor Trainer is awarded to an individual who inspires others through leadership and the Merrithew Community of Excellence philosophy. These Instructor trainers have a strong sense of team and demonstrated commitment to ensuring consistency and continual growth in the STOTT PILATES® method. A Lead IT has recognized experience teaching both teachers-in-training as well as private and group clients, and has been empowered with educating our worldwide network of instructors in valuable repertoire and curriculum additions.

Holly Furgason Blue Sparrow Pilates

Holly Furgason

Blue Sparrow Pilates
San Francisco, California, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, CORE™, Total Barre™, Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
BFA, MFA

Bio
Holly received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2001, became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2011, and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Fine Arts is Choreography and Performance from Mills College in Oakland, California. Holly is the founder and CEO of Blue Sparrow Pilates; a Licensed Training Center located in San Francisco. With her passion for dance and her wide ranging experience in teaching movement, she offers over a decade of experience working with a wide-ranging clientele, from the highest-level of athletes to rehabilitation. Holly is dedicated to helping students master the skills required to become successful fitness professionals, and is driven to share her knowledge and excitement with new teachers.

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Ineke Rush

Mindful Movement Collective
Newark, California, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; Total Barre™; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, CMT, Adjunct Faculty at Ohlone College

Bio

Ineke Rush began her training in Pilates at the age of 12 in New York City with Carola Trier, a colleague and student of Joseph Pilates, whom she trained with extensively for 2 years. After a 10 year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer, Ineke pursued her Pilates certification with STOTT PILATES. She is fully certified to work with all levels as well as those with post rehab injuries and other special conditions. An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ since 2004, she has taught STOTT PILATES certification courses and workshops all over the Bay Area and Northern California. In 2006 Ineke opened Mindful Movement Collective, a movement and wellness center which became a Merrithew™ Licensed Training Center in 2008. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio in massage therapy. She is also on faculty at Ohlone College in Fremont and Newark, California, in both the Kinesiology and Theatre and Dance Departments.

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Jaqueline Rangel

Floating
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels & ISP, ZEN•GA® Mat, ZEN•GA® Equipment

Bio

An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, Jaqueline specializes in ZEN•GA® and is a Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®. She is the owner and director of Studio Flow in Rio de Janeiro.

Jacqueline is a professional dancer and has traveled around Brazil with Laso Contemporary Dance Company, she also studied Biology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She currently enjoys teaching the artists from Corteo-Cirque Du Soleil and is preparing to graduate from a course in Physiotherapy.

Jeff Ong

Jeff Ong

Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, ZEN•GA®, Rehabilitation

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, M-OMSc

Bio

Jeff is a member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA) and a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO). As a classically trained osteopathic manual practitioner, Jeff’s training has given him a deep understanding of osteopathic principles. He applies his extensive knowledge of the human body by successfully diagnosing and treating a diverse range of musculoskeletal and physiological problems. He enjoys continually learning about the human body and improving his osteopathic treatments in order to help others.

 In 2000, Jeff graduated with a degree in Nutritional Science from the National University of Malaysia. In 2006, after working for several years in the healthcare industry, he moved to Toronto and enrolled in the STOTT PILATES® Certification program. In 2007, Jeff was invited to become an Instructor Trainer for the Merrithew Education Department in Toronto in 2008. Since then, he has taught STOTT PILATES education programs and workshops internationally throughout Asia and Europe as well as in Canada.

Jeff’s interest in human movement and health is complemented by his gentle and effective teaching manner, drawing both clients and fellow Instructors alike to work with him on a regular basis. As a well-known and respected Pilates Instructor in the industry Jeff is continually inspired by the opportunity to teach others and regularly participates in Pilates and movement workshops in order to deepen his knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and teaching.

Jeff’s passion for results-oriented, progressive, rehabilitative programming is rooted in his teaching approach. This unique style has established him as a lead Pilates Instructor who is able to provide high quality, diverse Pilates workouts for every client at any level, while being mindful of specific needs, focuses and goals.

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Jennifer Dahl

Jennifer Dahl

Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BSc, ACE

Bio
As a member of the Merrithew team since 2000, Jennifer brings her abundant energy to the Corporate Training Center in Toronto. A highly-regarded Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES® and an Instructor Trainer for ZEN•GA® and Total Barre, she teaches courses, examines students for certification and presents workshops in Canada and internationally. Additionally, Jennifer complements her teaching repertoire with a focus on high performance athletic training, injury recovery and rehab. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, is an ACE certified professional trainer, and is also a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Jennifer continues to work as a professional dancer and choreographer along with her Pilates career, and has performed across Canada with numerous dance and theatre companies.

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Jenny Carr

Intermountain Pilates Training Center
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, , ZEN•GA™, Total Barre™, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
BS

Bio

Jenny Carr has taken her years of business experience and is now the owner of Intermountain Pilates Training Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, which she opened in 2008. The center is now a Licensed Training Center offering STOTT PILATES® courses and workshops. Jenny is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations, ZENGA™, and Total Barre™. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah, which included studies in human and exercise physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, biology, and physics. She has taught dance for over 15 years and loves every aspect of teaching. Her true passion is educating people in all aspects of their body, movement, anatomy, and biomechanics.  In her free time she enjoys running, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking. 

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Jessica Guercio

New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™

Additional credentials and designations
ACE CPT

Bio

Jessica began her training in the STOTT PILATES® method in 2001, and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2004. She is now a Lead IT specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre™. Jessica currently lives in Florida and is trained to teach courses and workshops in Matwork, Reformer, CCB and Injuries & Special Populations. An ACE certified Personal Trainer, she has a passion for her profession which is reflected in everything she does.

 

Jill Winegar

The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
ACE

Bio

With over 30 years experience training fitness professionals, Jill describes herself as a ‘teacher’s teacher’.  She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2000, and has presented workshops and conducted courses in Europe and the US.  Her experience in the fitness industry includes program development for the training of group fitness instructors, personal trainers, Pilates instructors, and Kettlebell instructors and she created and was the lead educator for one of the first ACE accredited training programs for group fitness and personal trainers in the U.S.

Jill is an ACE continuing education provider and also adjunct faculty for the University of Minnesota where she teaches anatomy in the dance department.  

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Jo-Anne Repond Bunbury

Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX, ZEN•GA™

Additional credentials and designations
BA, MA

Bio

Jo-Anne is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement, and is a Lead Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®, whose experience and practice spans over 10 years. She has taught STOTT PILATES® courses and conducted exams in Canada, Japan, South Korea, USA, and Brazil, and has presented workshops for local and national industry conferences. Jo-Anne is also an Instructor Trainer who specializes in
A former dancer and choreographer with a passion for human kinetics, Jo-Anne first discovered Pilates while in New York pursuing her Master’s of Arts at NYU through her studies in dance, education, movement analysis and kinesiology.  Since first becoming certified she has had the privilege to work with diverse groups such as physiotherapists, trained athletes, and breast cancer survivors.

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Kelly Dormandy

Kelly Dormady

The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, CORE™ and Total Barre™

Additional credentials and designations
BA, ACE

Bio
Kelly’s background in dance and her passion for movement led her to commit herself a career in to health and wellness. Drawn to the philosophy of the STOTT PILATES® method, Kelly began her training in 2001, became a Certified Instructor in 2004 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2004 and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training in 2013. She currently acts as the Pilates Program and Professional Training Director at the SweatShop Health Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to being an IT, Kelly has a BA in Dance from the University of New Mexico, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and a KBC Kettlebell Instructor.

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