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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.

Jennifer Vaughn

Jennifer Vaughn

San Diego, California, USA

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ACE

Bio
Jennifer Vaughn became a STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2002 and an Instructor Trainer in 2005, specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama and is an ACE® Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Jenn has been teaching STOTT PILATES for 12 years and combines her passion and enthusiasm for the method and its many benefits with a detailed approach to instruction on all levels from training post rehab and therapeutic clients to professional athletes and dancers as well as students. She possesses an in-depth understanding of safe practice and works to develop a Pilates program uniquely tailored to each of her client’s life and fitness goals. In addition, she is devoted to her PILATES LOVE initiative where she provides free Pilates sessions to fellow Military Spouses and New Mommies in an effort to promote health, fitness and well-being within her community. She is an avid reader, skier and runner and enjoys the beach with her family when she is not in the studio.

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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®, CORE 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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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 Howard

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.