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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.

Julia Bourne

Julia Bourne

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels

Additional credentials and designations
ACE

Bio

Originally from England, Julia is a certified dance teacher with the Royal Academy and worked as a professional dancer for 12 years before discovering Pilates. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008 and currently teaches at John Garey Fitness and Pilates in Long Beach, California. Julia is also a certified personal trainer with ACE and is the owner of Bourne Pilates and Fitness in Upland, California.

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Julie (Juhyun) Lee

breathe/pilates&fitness
Seoul, South Korea

IT qualifications
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Total Barre®

Bio

Julie was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method in 2007 during rehab for an ACL injury. She became a Certified Instructor in 2008 and in 2013, became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Julie is passionate for dance and education and is dedicated to help people by spreading the STOTT PILATES method throughout Korea. Since suffering from injury while training as a dancer, she has become aware that many dance students are not exposed to proper rehab or training for movement. It is her intent therefore, to bring the STOTT PILATES method to local students and clients.

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Julie Midgley

Julie Midgley

Mougins, France

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer

Bio

Julie's love of body movement began at the age of four with classical ballet. Ballet has always given Julie the discipline, focus, and passion to explore many different avenues in the physical fitness industry which finally lead her to Pilates. Julie began her career as a fully certified Pilates instructor in June 2010. Immediately following her certification, she was employed at the Merrithew™ Corporate Training Center and Head Office in Toronto, Canada. Continuously being inspired by her peers, her clients, and her passion for Pilates have all driven Julie to take her education to the next level; becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat & Reformer. Julie currently teaches in both French and English in the French Riviera. 

Julie Staub

Veneta, Oregon, USA

IT qualifications
Rehabilitation

Additional credentials and designations
P.T, CSCS, MS

Bio

Julie became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® Rehab in 2009. Coming from an athletic background, Julie learned first-hand how injuries can affect one’s quality of life, and now works as a physical therapist, athletic trainer and STOTT PILATES instructor in a variety of settings.  She’s combined these diverse fields into a unique way of re-educating the body’s neuromuscular system. Julie has worked with a wide variety of clients, including college and high school athletes, hospital acute care patients and orthopedic outpatients.  She has recently developed a lecture / lab series that will help enhance equestrians’ performance by integrating STOTT PILATES into a daily exercise regime.  

Kanako Funabashi

Kanako Funabashi

Tokyo, Japan

IT qualifications
Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; ISP; ZEN•GA® Mat & Equipment; Total Barre®; Merrithew™ Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Gyrotonic

Bio

Kanako has been involved in physical training for most of her life and, was trained in ballet, jazz dance, and modern dance since early childhood. She turned to Pilates after a lower back injury as a means of conditioning and improving her strength. She immediately fell in love with it and since then, her passion hasn’t changed. She trained in the STOTT PILATES® method in Canada, Tokyo and Hong Kong and in 2006 she received her certification as an Instructor. She went on to become a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2013, Kanako assisted with the World Tour stop in Japan and has taught instructors in Singapore and Malaysia. A Certified Gyrotonic® Trainer, she enjoys working with instructors and clients helping them achieve their goals.

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