Carrie Jacobsen is a native Californian, having graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Arts. An avid swimmer for over sixteen years, Carrie competed on a state level in both the breaststroke and freestyle events.
Her love of competitive sports, combined with her study of form while in the theatre, left Carrie yearning for a way to extend and improve her knowledge of the body in motion. The answer was Pilates. Carrie has been studying Pilates since 1999, and keeps striving to better her craft.
Sarah Leifer hails from the 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. A member of the Royal Academy of Dancing, she was classically trained in ballet, later studied jazz and tap, and 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, LA and moved out to Los Angeles after graduating from Villanova University with a degree in Computer Science. She grew up getting involved in 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.
Becky Hass comes to us from Andover, Massachusetts. She began gymnastics at the early age of three, and spent the rest of her childhood and teenage years training and competing across the country. After graduating from Tufts University with degrees in Community Health and Psychology, she tried her first Pilates mat class, and has been hooked ever since.
Upon moving to Southern California, Becky was eager to learn more about Pilates, and to share her enthusiasm for Pilates with others, so she enrolled in the Teacher Training program at Pilates Place. As she continues to learn, her passion for Pilates only grows. She is also a full time registered nurse at UCLA. Outside of the studio and nursing, Becky devotes much of her time to her other passion - promoting adoptions of homeless animals.
Nadia Gillespie is a los angeles based pilates instructor who's passion for fitness began in her early childhood from dance and inspiration from her grandmother, an aerobics instructor.
After becoming a fitness trainer, she completed her 600 hour classical Pilates training. She enjoys mixing up her classes with upbeat movements to strengthen the entire body, postural integrity, and flexibility to leave her clients feeling even stronger and uplifted.
Jessica Francis Calls fort myers, florida home. She grew up an avid florida gator fan, played softball and danced competitively for 13 years. as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with scoliosis, but given the significant curvature in her spine she ultimately decided to undergo thoracic spinal fusion surgery at age 18. She graduated Summa Cum laude with a bachelors of science from University of florida.
During her professional career in advertising she discovered Pilates and caught the "Pilates bug" - she knew immediately it was something she wanted to learn how to teach. After 5 years in the corporate world she knew she needed a change and signed up for Pilates Place teacher training program! She started teaching in 2014 and is excited to be a part of the Pilates Place family! She enjoys watching clients grow, get stronger and hopes they'll catch the "Pilates bug" too!
JESSICA VAUGHAN graduated with her master of business administration program from Fullerton with an award for academic excellence but her passion for active living le her to Pilates. In her youth, jessica backpacked, rock climbed and snowboarded in the mountains of Utah and Wyoming. She was determined to maintain this athleticism throughout her lifetime. She found that adding Pialtes to her fitness routine allowed her to continue to participate in the activities that she loved while sustaining a resilient body that was resistant to injury.
In addition to being a Pilates instructor, Jessica has been a licensed massage therapist and bodywork at the five-star/five-diamond level for over eleven years. She applies the same conscientiousness and devotion to technical skill that has allowed her to flourish in that environment to teaching Pilates. What's more, she also brings the principles she learned from teaching English as a second language to junior high school aged children 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.
MArlyse Phalaum was born in Basel, Switzerland and grew up in st. Louis, mo where she was introduced to pilates at age 1o by her fit and inspiring mother.
Marlyse was diagnosed with scoliosis but with the support of Pilates she was able to cheer in high school and college at the University of San Diego where she graduated magna cum laude. She began teaching mat classes in college and she believes that with a dedicated Pilates practice, you can reshape your body, expand your mind, and both heal from, and prevent, injury in order to reach your full potential. Marlyse completed her full apparatus training through our program at Pilates Place! She is a high-energy leader with an uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and bring out the best in her clients. When she is not teaching Pilates, Marlyse is a realtor with Jade Mills and Caldwell Banker in Beverly Hills.
DanicA dias, a So Cal native, grew up dancing and being active from an early age. 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.
And after years of working in corporate America, Danica realized that she was missing the amazing feeling that dance and being active would bring to her everyday life. She was also diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13 and had lived most her life in extreme back pain after a serious car accident at age 15...Finding Pilates helped Danica live with less back pain, improved posture, improved alignment and an enhanced range of motion. It rehabbed her muscle strength, flexibility and overall spirit. Soon after Danica decided to take a chance and joined an intensive classical Pilates teacher training certification from a 2nd generation Master Pilates Instructor and her life has been changed for the better ever since.
Kate Beahan is our new resident, australian instructor. She began taking pilates to find relief from a neck injury and was ultimately so encouraged by her own progress and the positive changes she witnessed in her body, she studied to become a Pilates instructor through Polestar pilates.
Kate brings to her classes, not only sound teaching experience and great communication skills, but empathy for each of her clients - their individual goals and aspirations. Providing a supportive environment is central to her teaching style. Kate considers Pilates to be the most effective and nurturing form of exercise available. She loves seeing the positive changes in people's bodies, their health and wellbeing when they commit to Pilates. Kate is known for her warmth and sense of humor and for making cues and commands sound a bit like polite invitations (when they really aren't). Her classes are creative, challenging and fun. You will leave, with your body feeling lithe, toned and strong.
Kat Ubungen was born in the Philippines and moved to the u.s 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.
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 workd to be a full-time move 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!