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Instructor Trainer bios

The STOTT PILATES® 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.

Jessica Ortiz

Jessica Sabrina Ortiz Sainz

YMCA OneKX
London, UK

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy diploma (L.S.S.M.), Certified Strength and Conditioning Couch, Group Fitness and Garuda Instructor

Bio

Originally from Mexico City, Jessica has lived in London, UK for the past 20 years. Having studied dance from an early age, Jessica turned to Pilates as a method of rehabilitating injuries.  Realizing the potential for Pilates and her desire to keep movement as a part of her lifestyle, Jessica chose to make the method her career in 2005, becoming a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor. In August 2016, Jessica went a step further and became a Merrithew™ Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. Jessica teaches at London’s YMCA OneKX, her own company, Body Harmony, and at London’s premier health club KX GYMUK. Jessica has worked in the fitness industry for the past 12 years, and enjoys working with clients from different backgrounds. She takes great satisfaction from helping people improve their lifestyle with a holistic approach. 

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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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Jitka Miskarova

Bratislava, Slovakia

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

Bio

Jitka began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2005 became a certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ in 2011. She currently works teaching for Merrithew™ around the world.

JOana Meneses

JOana Meneses

New York, New York, United States

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
TRX™, Kettlebell Concepts

Bio
JOana received her STOTT PILATES® instructor certification at the Toronto Corporate Training Center in 2001 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2002. JOana is a certified yoga teacher and the founder of BodyRoots Fitness Studio in New York City. Previously the head of the Pilates program at an elite fitness club in NYC and with over 13 years of experience, JOana now offers personally tailored, one-on-one training in her private downtown Manhattan loft space. A proud former Lululemon Althetica brand ambassador, JOana has been featured in several STOTT PILATES professional fitness DVDs, Pilates Style magazine, Shape magazine, The New York Times and has trained high profile clients in NYC including Jimmy Fallon and Edie Falco.

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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