Our Team

Katelyn Ctvrtlik 

Owner / Certified Pilates Instructor/
Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor

Katelyn exudes a passion for Pilates, GYROTONIC® and loves helping others in their pursuit of wellness.  At the age of 16, after numerous injuries as a dancer, Katelyn found the Pilates Method and GYROTONIC® and has managed to turn her love for movement into a full time career and business.  While studying Dance, Psychology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Boulder she completed her Advanced Certification from the Pilates Center at Boulder in 2014 and her GYROTONIC® Certification in 2011. Katelyn has built an impressive roster of clients ranging from NHL and NFL players all the way to client’s with chronic pain and spinal fusions. As the owner of Pilates Place Hermosa Beach, her goal is to create a space for everyone to benefit from movement at any age or level.

Leila Cunningham

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Leila is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she found the mind-body relationship of athletic endurance challenging and fulfilling. Leila attended the University of Sarajevo and served as a Physician Therapist Assistant at the Center for Reconstructive Surgery in Bosnia. Upon moving to the U.S., Leila attended Loyola Marymount were she studied Business with an emphasis on International Relations. Leila began her career in Commercial Real Estate and eventually moved on from the corporate world to pursue her Pilates certification. With over 1,000 hours of extensive training, Leila learned the Classical Pilates method used for all healthy movement and how to provide modifications for specific injuries. Leila lives in Palos Verdes with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Krystal Haifley

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Krystal lives in the South Bay with her husband and 2 children. She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and spent several years working in the television production industry. During this time she found Pilates and it proved to be a perfect break from her high stress work environment. Even more importantly, it brought her a new body awareness, core strength, flexibility and energy with each lesson, as well as rehabilitation to a shoulder injury.  In 2010 she completed a rigorous 1000+ hour classical Pilates certification program and received a diploma from The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program in Boulder, Colorado. Krystal continues to educate herself in the Pilates method, functional nutrition and wellness in general. She is passionate about helping people live their best lives through focused exercise in addition to education around lifestyle improvements with an emphasis on removing toxicity from all aspects of life.  

Laurie Baker

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Laurie was born in the Pacific Northwest and grew up running, hiking and skiing. She found that Pilates brought her to a deeper awareness of her mind body connection, allowing her to transform her movement patterns and became more uniformly developed. The Method created such huge changes in her physique, as well as enhancing her performance in physical activities and daily life that she wanted to share it with others. She received her Pilates Teacher Certification from Pilates Method Alliance and The Pilates Institute of Southern California a program of 800+ hours. Her motto is "you can do Pilates or you can REALLY do Pilates.” Laurie stays current and active in the Classical Method by attending classes, private instruction, workshops and as a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Aimee Grover

 

Certified Pilates Instructor/ Personal Trainer

Aimee grew up in Washington State, graduated from the University of Hawaii at Monoa, and then moved to Hermosa Beach. She loves outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, running, stand up paddling, being at the beach, and traveling. She loves learning about the body and movement, which led her to pursue a career in the physical fitness industry. After college, she worked as a personal trainer for over 5 years and was first introduced to Pilates after a car accident in 2006. She was fascinated with Pilates and experienced healing, rehabilitation, and strengthening as well as balance in mind, body and spirit. Aimee was certified by The Pilates Center at Vital Balance 1000+ hours in 2010. Aimee’s favorite things about being a Pilates instructor are how much fun she has with her clients while helping them to increase their physical fitness, and helping them overcome injuries. She hopes to inspire others to be healthy and transform their body, mind and spirit through the incredible method of Pilates.

Cara Hansvick

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Cara Hansvick is from Chicago IL where she grew up dancing and initially fell in love with movement. She attended Indiana University where she majored in Ballet and got a full time job with the Charlotte Ballet in NC right out of school. In Charlotte she was offered a partnership with a classical Pilates center which immediately sparked a passion for Pilates. She trained there multiple times a week and immediately saw the benefits in her body and her dancing. She then moved to Los Angeles to dance with the American Contemporary Ballet. Eager to continue her Pilates training, she met Katelyn, the owner of Pilates Place and was encouraged to start a teacher training program with the Pilates Institute of Southern California. Ever since then she’s been falling more and more in love with Pilates! She had a unique perspective being a professional dancer a ballet teacher for many years. 

Mehgee Santos

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Mehgee grew up in the South Bay and was never really an athletic child. She found her passion for Pilates in her late 20's after dabbling in many different industries. She started off in retail, became a Licensed Vocational Nurse, then restaurant manager. After a few years in the restaurant industry, she decided to make another major career change. She took her first Pilates session at Equinox and was immediately hooked. Mehgee then took a leap of faith and joined the Equinox Pilates Training Institute Comprehensive Program. After 450+ hours of training, her passion for the trade blossomed. She loves how Pilates improved not only her body, but her mind/body connection as well. Her goal is to share the benefits of Pilates with her family, friends, and everyone else willing to open their minds to this life changing form of exercise.

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