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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.

Jessica Ortiz

Jessica Sabrina Ortiz Sainz

YMCA OneKX
London, UK

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

Additional credentials and designations
ACE certified Personal Trainer, ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, USA Rowing Coach Level 2, and holds other certifications in Spinning, Yoga, Kettlebells and FMS

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. Jill's IT status, dedication and experience has enabled her to now teach courses and workshops as a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew. 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 US

Jill is also an ACE certified Personal Trainer, ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, USA Rowing Coach Level 2, and holds other certifications in Spinning, Yoga, Kettlebells and FMS.

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Jitka Miskarova

Floating
Brno, Czech Republic

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® 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

Floating
New York, New York, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® 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; 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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