Pilates Place

A place of positive energy for everyone.

Pilates Place is a studio located in Santa Monica, California. The main goal at Pilates Place is to have our clients walk away from the studio with a feeling of confidence, both physically and mentally. While the external benefits of Pilates include toned muscles, flattened abdominals and improved posture, the benefits of a centered body are deeper than a mirrored reflection. Reduced stress, increased metabolism, and improved bone density are all results of the body in correct alignment. Pilates Place is a place of positive energy for everyone.



Sarah Leifer (OWNER) hails from Hudson Valley, New York. Captivated by ballet and dance at a very young age, she spent the first twenty years of her life studying the art form. AS A member of the Royal Academy of Dancing, she was classically trained in ballet. later, she studied jazz and tap and then focused on modern dance in college.

Sarah earned a B.F.A in Dance/Theater from Emerson College in Boston, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. A fractured left foot just prior to graduation put her dancing on hold, and she searched for a way to stay in shape and maintain her body’s strength. Pilates became a low-impact extension of dancing, a way to keep the rhythm, choreography and expression of dance alive. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Sarah became a Pilates teacher and has been practicing this new exercise (art) form since.


Julia Wood is originally from New Orleans, LOUISIANA and moved out to Los Angeles after graduating from Villanova University with a degree in Computer Science.  She grew uP PLAYING almost every sport imaginable - from soccer to gymnastics to archery - but settled on Volleyball and went through college playing for their varsity team.  

Upon graduation she began a stressful career in LA and was looking for a good workout that would also keep her centered and calm, she found Pilates. Not long after, Julia was hooked and decided to quit the computer world and teach Pilates, so she enrolled in the Teacher Training program at Pilates Place. As she continues with Pilates, her enthusiasm for it only grows.


Chloe Peterson is a native angelINO and wellness enthusiast. SHE HAS an extensive background in Theater and STUDIED abroad WITH the london academy of music and dramatic art. chloe discovered pilates from a freind - who was getting certified - and was instantly hooked!

She was hooked! A firm believer in the body-mind connection, she had found a fitness regime that not only truly challenged and changed her physically, but also prevented injury and emphasized body alignment and awareness. Chloe went on to complete the Instructor Certification program at The Sheppard Method. She is thrilled to be teaching and finds delight in helping others feel good in their bodies.


JESSICA VAUGHAN graduated with her masterS IN business administration from Fullerton with an award for academic excellence. her passion for AN active LIFE led her to Pilates. In her youth, Jessica backpacked, rock climbed, and snowboarded in the mountains of Utah and Wyoming. 

Jessica found that adding Pilates to her fitness routine allowed her to continue to participate in the activities she loved by helping her maintain a strong body and avoid injury. In addition to being a Pilates instructor, Jessica has been a licensed massage therapist at the five-star/five-diamond level for 11+ years. She applies the same conscientiousness and devotion to technical skill that has allowed her to flourish in that environment when teaching Pilates. She also brings the principles she learned when teaching English to junior high students from the Japanese countryside to her classes here at Pilates Place. Her sessions are infused with balance, precision, creativity, and just enough challenge for you to get results.  


DanicA dias is a So Cal native and grew up dancing and being active. While attending college at UCLA she explored a wide range of career and personal interests ranging from Dance, Acting, Sociology, Communications, and eventually received her B.A. in Political Science.

She was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13 and lived most her life in extreme back pain after a serious car accident at age 15. Finding Pilates helped alleviate her back pain, improved her posture and alignment, and enhanced her range of motion. It rehabbed her muscle strength, flexibility and overall spirit. After years of working in corporate America, Danica realized that she was missing the amazing feeling that dance and being active brought to everyday life, so she decided to take a chance and joined an intensive classical Pilates certification program from a 2nd generation Master Pilates Instructor. Her life has been changed for the better ever since!


Kat Ubungen was born in the Philippines and moved to the UNITED STATES AS A child. growing up in los angeles, she has always enjoyed an active lifestyle that included yoga, hiking, cycling, and running.

A friend introduced her to Pilates a few years ago and she instantly loved it, appreciating not only the physical benefits of the practice, but also the healing, calming, and centering energy it brings. Her passion for Pilates grew and she decided to enroll in the Teacher Training Program at Pilates Place. She strives to infuse creativity and freshness to her classes while keeping it fun and challenging. 

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Lien Han grew up in hawaii and then los angeles, where she received her Ba from ucla and a masters from pepperdine in education/psychology.  Lien left the working worLd to be a full-time MOM to her two daughters. 

It was back pain that introduced her to Pilates - and has been hooked ever since! Its the physical, mental and "core" aspect of Pilates that she loves so much.  Any free time she has is usually spent on the reformer! She earned her teacher training through Pilates Place and is thrilled to be a part of the team here. She enjoys motivating people and strives to keep her classes challenging and fun! 


Brigitte Toubia was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. She strongly believes that pilates or any type of movement, is essential for one's well being and Successfully achieving 1 out of 6 secrets of life...as for the other 5 secrets, you'll have to come take class to find out! 

Brigitte got certified with Pilates Place, where her love for this practice continues to deepen thanks to her wonderful teachers & peers. Brigitte was introduced to Pilates in college and the rest was history! The effect it has on a person’s body is truly altering. She urges her client to listen to their body and consciously activate their core throughout class. She looks forward to teaching all her classes, making them challenging, motivating and of course, fun! 


Liz Slipko came to pilates following a severe car accident that injured her low back and neck, damaging several discs as well as her spine and hips. after multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy, her research into an effective way to regain lost mobility and gently build strength led to pilates, and she's been dedicated to practicing every day since. 

Viewing Pilates as a way to also improve posture, prevent injury, as well as tone and strengthen, Liz further credits Pilates with providing an outstanding avenue to actively continue to heal, and is grateful for the chance to help others reach their goals.


Jenna Reed, another so-cal native and beach enthusiast, comes to us from huntington beach, CA. Sticking with her ocean roots, she graduated from uCSB with a B.A. in sociology. growing up, her dad taught her the importance of eating healthy, staying physically active, and how to engage a little friendly competition. From a young age she was immersed in the world of sports, playing soccer, both baseball and softball, and running cross-country and track during high school. 

Soon after leaving idyllic Santa Barbara, she moved to Santa Monica, where she spent 10 years in advertising. In order to decompress from long stressful work days, Jenna found pilates as a way to find peace, quieting her mind while tuning into her body. Soon after finding pilates, Jenna enrolled in the teacher training program at Pilates Place and left her corporate job in advertising to teach full time! Her classes are challenging, motivating, and creative! When she is not teaching, you can find her in the library studying--she is currently working on her Master's in Nutritional Science. She loves healthy living, walking in nature, and traveling the world!