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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.

Danyelle Millar

The Pilates Body
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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

Bio

Former dancer and competitive swimmer, Danyelle was first introduced to Pilates by The Pilates Body Director, Connie Ierullo in 2000, where she has been a member of the teaching staff since 2002. Danyelle is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE. She instructs the Matwork, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels courses. Continuing to further her education, she is currently completing an Honours BSc in Life Sciences at the University of Toronto and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) accreditation as a Personal Trainer. Danyelle is driven to help clients achieve their goals and has worked with clients of all ages and abilities, but she finds it most fulfilling when teaching clients with specific needs or injuries. After the birth of her first child Danyelle and a difficult recovery, she has shifted her energy to teach Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates & Fitness. She helps to promote the benefits of exercise during pregnancy and enjoyment moms can experience while exercising with their babies. 

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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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