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
 

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  

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.

     
BECCA NORMAN  

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  

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

 

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.

     
     
     
ALEJANDRO AMEIJEIRAS  

ALEJANDRO AMEIJEIRAS
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.

 

   
CYBIL GILBERTSON  

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.

 

   
Katie Dorman  

KATIE DORMAN
Certified Pilates Trainer

Katie Dorman 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 (Body Arts and Science International) 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 two young children. (and one one the way).
Katie, a native Santa Barbarian, is intuitive, mindful, and encouraging with her clients. Understanding their limitations and contraindications, yet gently pushing them to further their strength, stability and flexibility.

 

Sara Day  

SARA DAY
Certified Pilates Trainer, RN, BSN

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.

 

JACQUELYN DE LONGE  

JACQUELYN DE LONGE
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.

 

HAILLE HOGFELDT  

HAILLE HOGFELDT
Certified Pilates Trainer

Haille grew up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains playing and active in the great outdoors of nature’s playground. As a semi professional soccer and mogul skiing, she started Pilates as a form of cross-training to enhance her athletic performance. Haille believes that Pilates provides an opportunity to train and balance the body in flexibility and strength in order to feel good in our bodies once again. Her great joy in teaching is inspiring students to discover that they are stronger and more capable than they know, and to help them enhance all aspects of the mind body connection. Her conviction is that the practice of Pilates empowers us to live our lives more fully awake and alive, more full of gratitude, grace, and joy. Haille is a PMA certified teacher. She completed her training through Michelle Larsson’s Core Dynamics Teacher Training Program under the guidance of PMA Founder and former President Kevin Bowen, and is honored to have the opportunity to continue the legacy of first generation teacher and Pre-Pilates pioneer Eve Gentry. She also completed her BA in Global and International Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara and is fluent in Spanish and Italian.

 

JO LANDIS SHIELDS  

JO LANDIS SHIELDS
Business Manager

Jo fell in love with Pilates when she began managing the studio at La Playa Pilates five years ago. She considers La Playa her dream job as it allows her to combine her love of fitness and passion for helping others with her impresario spirit and long history in business management. Jo loves to see Pilates enhance and transform the lives of La Playa clients. Jo is currently going through the BASI Pilates education program under the careful tutelage of Meredith Rogers, Sarah Lampro Bertucelli and Kristin Turner and is looking forward to becoming a fully credentialed Pilates instructor through the BASI Pilates program within the next year. She was honored to be included in the role of Event Ambassador through her involvment with Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, a cause very near and dear to her heart. Jo enjoys cooking for family and friends, playing in the ocean, adventuring with her husband and kids and tiring out their Australian Shepherd, Koda.

 

 

 

   
Lorena Guttierz Cheverez  

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.