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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.

Kimber McQueen

Kimber McQueen

Balance: Pilates Training Center
Richmond, Virginia, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Total Barre

Additional credentials and designations
BFA

Bio

Kimber McQueen is the Program Director and Owner of BALANCE: Pilates Training Center in Richmond, VA. She has a BFA in Performance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Sociology from James Madison University. While rehabilitating a broken foot, Kimber discovered Pilates and was instantly hooked. In May of 1999, she received her certification in STOTT PILATES®, and opened her studio later that year. In 2004, Kimber was invited to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES, and that August, BALANCE was named the Licensed Training Center of Virginia. She became a Total Barre® IT in 2013, along with her qualifications in ZEN•GA® Mat and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training. During her career, Kimber has had the pleasure of working with clients of all fitness levels and abilities — from professional athletes to those with special issues and everyone in between. It this experience that has resulted in the development of a clear and precise teaching style dedicated to helping her clients achieve measurable results.

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Kimberlee Strome

Kimberlee Strome

Northeast Pilates
Reisertstown, Maryland, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
MEd., Mad Dogg, TRX, Yoga Certification

Bio

Kimberlee has been studying and teaching the STOTT PILATES® method since 2002, and in 2007 went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer. Kimberlee's passion is teaching and she holds a Master's in Education from Lesley University. In 2006 she started a successful Pilates program at LifeBridge Health and Fitness in Baltimore, MD, where she currently teaches full-time. In 2008, LBHF became a Licensed Training Center satellite affiliated with Northeast Pilates. Kimberlee is also a Total Barre®, and ZEN•GA® instructor, and teaches Mad Dogg Spinning, TRX®, and Yoga.

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Kristi Quinn

Kristi Quinn

Bodycenter Instructor Training Studio
Seattle, Washington, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MA

Bio
Kristi received her MA in Dance at American University in Washington, D.C. in 1997, with core competencies in teaching, kinesiology, and choreography. She has danced professionally throughout the U.S. and across Europe before becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES® in 2002. Kristi realizes her passion for training new Pilates Instructors at Bodycenter Studios, her studio and a Licensed Training Center for the STOTT PILATES method in Seattle, Washington.

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Krisztián Mélykuti

Pilates Balance Studio Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX, CORE™; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, GYROTONIC®, TRX, TRX- Rip Trainer

Bio
Krisztián comes from a background as a ballet dancer and became a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer in 2006. Since then he graduated at Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences as a physiotherapist. He also qualified as a personal trainer at the Hungarian University of Physical Education. At his studio in Budapest, Hungary, he teaches the STOTT PILATES program as well as GYROTONIC®, TRX, TRX- Rip Training, and trains a variety of clients including dancers, athletes and agile recreational clients. As a physiotherapist, Krisztián works with patients who have neurological, rheumatological and orthopedical problems and rehabilitates trauma injuries.

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Laura Hicks Foutz

Inspire Health
Franklin, Tennessee, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP

Additional credentials and designations
PMA

Bio

Laura began her Pilates career in 2005 while dancing as a professional ballerina.  In 2008, Laura became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES®. She began teaching courses and private clients at Inspire Health, the STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Atlanta, GA.  In 2011, she moved to the outskirts of Nashville and opened her own studio. There, she hosts training courses as she continues to grow her family and the STOTT PILATES community in central Tennessee. Laura is passionate about educating and mentoring students, and she loves being a part of their respective journeys.

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