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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.

Darcy McMurray

Full Circle Studio
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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

Bio

Darcy is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® and owner of Full Circle Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Her extensive dance background lead her to Toronto, in 2001, to study the STOTT PILATES method, and in 2003 she was asked to join the company as an Instructor Trainer.  Darcy has traveled internationally for Merrithew, training instructors, conducting workshops and exams.  She has also helped create DVD’s, manuals, course support material and workshops for the organization.  In 2008, Darcy opened her own studio, Full Circle Studio, where she teaches private and small classes, as well as trains Pilates instructors.  Darcy’s fascination with the intricacies of the human body motivates her to continually attend workshops and study anatomy to deepen her understanding of what moves us.   

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David Freker

David Freker

DFX Pilates
Sacramento, California, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE Personal Trainer, BS and MS in Electrical Engineering

Bio

With Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, David worked for fifteen years designing computer chips for Intel Corporation. He was first introduced to Pilates in 2000 by a Physical Therapist as a cross training method for cycling and mountain bike racing. With a strong technical background, he was fascinated with the precision, biomechanics and effectiveness of the method. He pursued instructor training with several organizations before choosing the STOTT PILATES® method and becoming a fully certified instructor. Passionate about Pilates, David changed career paths and became a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in 2004. After teaching the program in Northern California for several years, he founded DFX Pilates which serves as the Merrithew Licensed Training Center for the Sacramento region. David became a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer in 2016.

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Debra Hunt

SweatShop Fitness Health Club
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; ZEN•GA® Mat & Equipment; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Debra began her journey as a highly accomplished Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2006. Her Pilates training is complemented with a strong background in dance and gymnastics, whereby she obtained her BA in dance. She works with people in all states of health, wellness, recovery and restoration. Debra revels in learning about new, innovative mind-body modalities and anatomy. This is exemplified by her enthusiasm and leadership in ZEN•GA® and other mindful movement directions such as Pilates, Yoga, Alexander Technique, Postural Restoration, Anatomy Trains, Mindful-Based Stress Reduction, and Franklin Method. Debra is now a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer.

 

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Dénes Dreisziger

Floating
Montreal, Québec, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Dénes Dreisziger was introduced to Pilates while dancing professionally in Europe. He immediately fell in love with the method, and started teaching in 2007 after completing a Mat certification in Vienna, Austria. Upon returning to his hometown of Montreal, Dénes completed his full instructor certification with STOTT PILATES®. In 2012, Dénes and his wife Gissella founded Studio Espace Pilates, a fully-equipped studio in the heart of Montreal's vibrant Plateau district. He became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2015. Dénes is constantly deepening his knowledge through courses, workshops, and by working with top Instructors. He is a member of the Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec.

 

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Denise Carter

Nassau, Bahamas

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels; Total Barre®

Bio

Denise has always had a love for fitness and after many years as a personal trainer in the exclusive Lyford Cay Club in Nassau Bahamas, decided to explore Pilates. After extensive training in Toronto, Canada, she returned to the Bahamas and opened a Licensed Training Center for Merrithew in 2005. Denise is a fully certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew and has travelled from Australia to Italy to train future instructors in the STOTT PILATES® method. Denise currently teaches Pilates, Total Barre®, Pre and Post Natal exercise, Post Rehab movement and Active Isolated Stretching from her studio in Nassau, Bahamas.