At La Playa we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the very best care and instruction. That starts with our staff who are all highly trained and experienced professionals.


Owner La Playa Pilates and Wellness, Certified Pilates Senior Trainer

Kristin first started Pilates at the studio in New York City under the tutelage of Joseph Pilates' original trainers: Romano Kryzanowska, Carolla Trier, and Bob Seed. She became certified by Synergy Systems, and added a second full certification from B.A.S.I. (Body Arts and Sciences). Kristin then furthered her study at the Sports Institute for Athletic Trauma. Having attended additional workshops and seminars too numerous to list here, Kristin is an insatiable learner who feels that her additional studies benefits her clients and their needs.  A dance enthusiast, competitive bike racer, and bi-athlete, Kristin's interest lies in helping her clients develop balanced co-ordination and movement patterning for measurably improved strength and flexibility. Kristin's clients say that working with her has led them to live fuller, healthier, and more satisfying lives. An avid traveler, with three children, she has continued to pursue the study of Pilates and anatomy from teachers and professionals around the world.





Certified Pilates Senior Trainer, Faculty Teacher Trainer B.A.S.I

Since early childhood Meredith has been passionate about all things
athletic. Born in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, she was a competitive
downhill skier and soccer player. Inspired to become a Pilates Teacher while rehabilitating a knee injury and experiencing first hand the many benefits of Pilates; a discipline that promotes balance and alignment as well as strength, Meredith continues to incorporate the principles of concentration, control and precision into her Pilates practice as well as her daily life. This makes Pilates, for her, not only a fitness regimen but also a path to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Meredith has had the opportunity to work with all types of people; children and teenage athletes, clients with neuromuscular conditions, the elderly, and many simply wishing to enhance their sports related endeavors. She is continually excited about and inspired by the broad spectrum of the population that Pilates relates to and how it can be tailored to address individual needs. Certified through Body Arts and Science International program in 2000, she is now a proud BASI Pilates Senior Faculty Member. Since joining the BASI faculty, Meredith has traveled extensively teaching on four different continents! Meredith currently lives in Santa Barbara, CA where she has been teaching at La Playa Pilates since its origin in 2002




Certified Pilates Trainer

Becca discovered Pilates as a young, injured gymnast and found that it provided a safe and non-intimidating medium to maintain an active lifestyle. It also provided a deeper understanding of body mechanics and helped her achieve a healthier balance of strength and flexibility. Becca completed her comprehensive teacher training through BASI, and has continued to keep her education and training fresh through workshops, research, self-practice, and supplemental certifications. On top of instructing Pilates, Becca also teaches Booty Barre - a high-energy, dance-inspired class designed to get your heart pumping and your legs burning. As a Pilates instructor, Becca’s focus is to motivate her clients to obtain an increased awareness and newfound strength to be applied to everyday life, in and out of the studio. By guiding you through insightful workouts, Becca will help you establish the mind-body connection necessary for a sustainable fitness routine, while learning healthy movement patterns and simultaneously finding new ways to challenge your body.






Founder, La Playa Pilates and Wellness Center

Certified Pilates Senior Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist

In 1999, after having studied with and worked for many of the "big names" in the Pilates world, specifically Marie Windsor, Siri Dharma Galliano, and Nela Fry, Lorena founded La Playa Pilates and Wellness Center in Santa Barbara.  Her expertise as a Pilates teacher and Licensed Massage Therapist gave La Playa a unique formula focusing on the health of a uniformly developed body, in strength and flexibility, as well as a concentrated yet relaxed mind.  Currently a wife and mother of two young boys, Lorena is widely known for her charismatic, creative, and energetic pioneer of Pilates in our area.  She continues to work closely with La Playa Pilates, as well as charitable work with Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.





Certified Pilates Trainer

 Alejandro is from Havana, Cuba. As a child he trained rigorously as a competitive swimmer. He studied at the Cuban School of Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Alejandro performed and taught various forms of dance and body movement, including: classical ballet, modern dance, afro-cuban rhythms, cabaret, water ballet, ballroom dancing and social dance. He is a classically trained certified Romana’s Pilates instructor and had the privilege of studying in New York with Joseph Pilates’ protégé Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo. It is Alejandro’s philosophy and belief that energy flows where attention and action go. His meticulous and joyous approach to the work is inspiring and unique.






Certified Pilates Trainer, RN, BSN, S Factor Certified

Originally from Montana, Sara has been a Certified Pilates teacher since 2006, first with The Physical Mind Institute and a follow up certification with Balanced Body under the tutelage of Maria Leone. She has combined her Pilates experience and her license as a Registered Nurse in order to address her clients needs physiologically as well as anatomically. With her focus, attention, and knowledge she helps her clients achieve total health, body balance and wellness in order to strengthen their abilities in all aspects of life. Sara tailors her sessions to the individual, whether rehabilitation, increased flexibility, strength or simply body awareness. With additional workshops and Certifications, Pilates For Men, S Factor,  Aerialates and many more, along with her love for the outdoors, biking, hiking, skiing, and dancing, Sara offers a highly skilled and professional expertise.




Katie Koonce

 Certified Pilates Trainer

Katie Koonce was first introduced to Pilates when she interned as a classical ballerina for Houston Ballet Academy in her early teens. From that time she experienced the balance, control and stability Pilates added to her dancing regimen.

Katie is a BASI Certified Pilates instructor. She continued her training with certifications in pathologies and injuries and osteoporosis/osteopenia through BASI. Katie has also seen the amazing affects Pilates has on the pregnant body; as she has thre young children.

She is a native Santa Barbarian, is intuitive, mindful, and encouraging with her clients. She understands her clients' limitations and contraindications, yet gently pushes them to further their strength, stability and flexibility.





Certified Pilates Trainer

For Jacquelyn, a Southern California native, being fit and active has been a natural way of life. She discovered Pilates after the birth of her second child and was amazed how fast it helped strengthen and return her body to pre-baby form. She loved the mental focus Pilates requires and the physical challenge of the precise movements. Her passion for Pilates reshaped her body and her future; She left her office job behind and changed careers, training under Marie-José Blom, becoming certified as a Pilates and Fitness instructor. When she relocated to Santa Barbara, Jacquelyn advanced her training in the B.A.S.I. method under Senior Faculty and International trainer, Meredith Rogers. Interested in incorporating athleticism and Pilates, she continues to learn and develop her practice under the watchful mentorship of La Playa’s own Kristin Turner. When she is not in the studio, you can find Jacquelyn charging waves at one of the local surf breaks, chasing around her two kids at the park, or slowing down in a yoga class.





Kimberly Berg

BASI Certified Pilates Trainer

In 2005, Kimberly became a BASI certified instructor, and began teaching at La Playa.  Shortly after, she became a mother and had 4 children in 5 years.  During these early years there were times when the demands on her time and energy were so high, that she no longer felt that fitness was within reach.  She believes that the most important thing she did was to never stop trying, and to learn to give herself grace for where she was at physically and mentally. She learned that fitness has to be a personal journey tailored to each body and that was one of the truly great things about Pilates. Pilates can accomodate all body types and be customized to where ever your current abilities are.  For her, Pilates helped her come back after four babies fitter than when she began.  It has relieved her chronic neck pain and cleared her mind while allowing her the energy to chase after the kids.