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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.

Jitka Miskarova

Floating
Brno, Czech Republic

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

Bio

Jitka has been a fitness and Pilates Instructor for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in cities all around the world, including Toronto, Sydney, Phoenix and Tel Aviv. She began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2005, and became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew in 2011. That same year she returned to the Czech Republic, where she currently works teaching for Merrithew in her studio Pilates Point in Brno. Her main interests are lumbo-pelvic stability, core research and helping clients live pain-free, healthy lives.

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 Bunbury

Calgary Pilates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, SPX; ZEN•GA® ; Total Barre®; Merrithew™ Facial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
MA, candidate for her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Therapy

Bio

Jo-Anne discovered Pilates while completing her MA at New York University. She went on to become a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer and has extended her passion for movement into completing a Diploma for Osteopathic Manual Therapy. Jo-Anne incorporates her osteopathy knowledge into her work with clients, boosting their awareness and perception of movement. She is also the mother of busy twin girls whom she says often remind her to live mindfully and fully.

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Jolanda Hoefnagel

Jolanda Hoefnagel

K'dans, studio' in beweging'
Hague, Netherlands

IT qualifications
Matwork & Reformer; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; Injuries and Special Populations; Total Barre®; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Education Teacher, Massage Therapist , Movement Rehab Specialist for children

Bio

Jolanda has a passion for movement and for the last 12 years, specifically in the Pilates method. After years of study, she became a physical education teacher at a high school, specializing in a number of different sports and especially in dance. During that time, she developed remedial after-school teaching programs as well as studying massage therapy. She has a great interest in anatomy and is fascinated by fascia and how it can be integrated in a Pilates program. As an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® and Total Barre®, Jolanda has a passion for sharing her knowledge with students and teachers. She is the owner of K'dans, currently the only Licensed Training Center in The Netherlands where she teaches a variety of fitness modalities, with STOTT PILATES as the base for all movement.

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Josefin Ekström

Stockholm Pilates Center | Movement Studio Malmo
Malmö, , Sweden

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer

Bio

Josefin has been working full time with Pilates and movement for nearly ten years. She was born in Sweden where she actively trained in gymnastics until her mid-teens. While living in London in her early 20's she began suffering from back pain. It was then that she discovered Pilates and its amazing power to heal and strengthen the body. In 2005 she moved to the US and became a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. Two years later, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009 she opened her own studio in Malmö, Sweden: Movement Studio Malmö. Her studio is flourishing, and she enjoys training clients at all levels as well as running STOTT PILATES instructor Trainer courses. 

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