INSTRUCTORS

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.

     

 

KRISTIN TURNER
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.

 

MEREDITH ROGERS
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.

 

 

LISA GANDY
Certified Pilates Trainer

Lisa was first introduced to the Pilates method in 2003 as a means to rehabilitate an injury related to scoliosis. Through studying and practicing Pilates on a regular basis, she improved her posture, balance, and stability, while lengthening and strengthening core muscles. Impressed by these life-changing results, Lisa received a certification through Body Arts and Sciences (BASI). With an interest in whole body wellness, Lisa is also a certified massage therapist and esthetician, as well as proficient in the study of medicinal herbs and remedies. She has extended her Pilates practice to working with diabetic patients and also at the Braille Institute. With her intuitive awareness, expertise, and passion, Lisa helps her clients acheive their goals to improve and maintain a strong, healthy body.

 

BECCA NORMAN
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.

 

COLLEEN FERGUSON
Certified Pilates Trainer

Colleen Ferguson was first exposed to the Pilates method while studying classical ballet growing up in Simsbury, Connecticut. The change she experienced through a regular Pilates practice brought a new level of stability and strength not only to her dancing, but to all her athletic endeavors. This transformation sparked her interest
in Pilates as a profession. In 2004, she enrolled in a Power Pilates certification in Boston, MA. A graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Colleen completed the BASI comprehensive certification in 2009 and started working at La Playa Pilates under the mentorship of one of Santa Barbara's premier trainers, Kristin Turner. Kristin's willingness to share her Pilates knowledge helped develop and inspire Colleen's professional development. Colleen is devoted to continuing her education by taking workshops and classes locally and internationally.  In addition she has worked with such Master teachers as Brooke Siler, Kathi Ross Nash and Jay Grimes. Her love for travel, surfing, hiking, dance, cooking and yoga along with her diverse Pilates background complements her integrative approach to health and well-being.

 

ANDREW DAVIS
Certified Pilates Trainer

I believe that I may be the first person to identify a vital ingredient in the "fountain of youth" PILATES. I have been practicing and teaching Pilates since 2001 and only wish that I would have found it earlier in my life. One of my favorite aspects of Pilates is that as your body and life evolves so does the practice of Pilates. After receiving my certification from BASI I went to work for a friend and mentor who always encouraged continuous education and fortunately for me I have been able to observe and train with some of the most influential teacher in the Pilates field. I like to think of myself as a supportive inspirational and intuitive instructor with the intention of empowering and strengthening my clients.

 

   
 

KRISTI McINTOSH
Certified Pilates Trainer

Outdoors and active from an early age, Kristi has always loved movement! From early childhood, doing gymnastics to an amateur career in tennis, to running half marathons, to ocean kayaking, a certified rower for skulling, keeping moving is essential for her.  She was first introduced to Pilates in hopes to relieve chronic low back pain. Quickly her pain went from unbearable to almost none at all! But beyond being a source of pain management, what drew Kristi most to Pilates was the discovery of it's strict mind and body discipline, the inner strength it builds while also lengthening, increasing flexibility, symmetry, and improving posture.  She found herself stronger than ever before and more efficient at all other movements and in her other athletics. She also found the same spirit of intense athletic training in Pilates. While living in France, Kristi became certified by both A-Lyne Pilates and Balanced Body worldwide, as well as affiliated with the French National Pilates Association and the National French Sports Organization. Kristi, who is originally from Santa Barbara, encourages her clients to push their limits, improving their strength while remaining true to the technique and precision Pilates requires for success thereby improving their strength, flexibility, focus, breath and overall health and experience in every day life.

 

CYBIL GILBERTSON
Certified Pilates Trainer

Cybil was first introduced to Pilates as a Dance and Theatre student at UCSB. With her extensive knowledge and understanding of the body and its abilities, she became certified in Pilates through BASI, (Body Arts and Sciences International) as well as The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. She has a yoga certification from The White Lotus Foundation and Esalen Institute, and is also a licensed Massage Therapist. As a professional dancer for many years with Santa Barbara Dance Theatre and having performed all over the world, Cybil is currently the Artistic Director and Founder of NECTAR, a professional artists forum. Cybil found that bridging Pilates, with other athletic/exercise endeavors and also massage, led to a healthy, happy and integrated mind body. She considers her greatest performance to date as giving birth to her two sons, Trey and Bodhi, at home in Santa Barbara, and being able to share many interests and passions with her beloved life partner, Paul. A passionate, focused teacher, Cybil feels blessed to be able to do what she loves for her livelihood.

     
  Lorena Guttierez Cheverez
Founder La Playa Pilates and Wellness


In 1999, after having studied and/or worked for many of the "big names" in the Pilates world, specifically Marie Winsor, Siri Dharma Galliano, and Nela Fry, Lorena founded La Playa Pilates and Wellness in Santa Barbara. Her expertise as a Pilates teacher and Licensed Massage Therapist gave La Playa its unique formula for 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 recognized as a charismatic, creative, and energetic pioneer of Pilates in our area. She continues to work closely with La Playa Pilates, as well as her charitable work with Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and Crane School.