Our Team


Katelyn Ctvrtlik 

Certified Pilates & GYROTONIC® Instructor
Certified Duke Health Coach/Injury Prevention Specialist

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 also works as a health coach to promote wellness and healthy habits for her clients.  Katelyn has built an impressive roster of clients ranging from NBA, 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.

Dr.Nicole Marcione

PhD Division of BioKinesiology & Physical Therapy

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Nicole Marcione, PhD is a Movement Scientist, Longevity Advisor and has been teaching Pilates since 2005. Her doctorate is from USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy in the Jacqueline Perry Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Lab. Her research focused on mind-body exercise effects on cognition and gait in older adults. She has taught 100s of DPT students Musculoskeletal and Analytical Anatomy on cadavers, Neuroscience and Therapeutic Exercise. Nicole has her B.S. in Lifespan Health and M.S. in Gerontology from USC. While living in Italy in 2003, Nicole discovered Pilates and instantly fell in love with this incredible method of movement. Nicole trained at The Pilates Center (TPC) at Boulder, completing the Advanced Teaching Program and Master’s Program. She has been an advisor to many of TPC’s trainees. Nicole is one of only 18 people worldwide who has also studied extensively with Jay Grimes and completed both of his programs “The Work” and “Teaching The Work”. Her

hope is to inspire others to be enthusiastic about bringing health and well-being into their own lives.

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. 


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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.

Maria Emmetti

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Maria grew up on the east coast, where she began her love of movement with dance. Once in LA she pursued an acting and dance career before creating her family. Having 3 children back to back put some strain on her spine, and daily visits to the chiropractic care failed, Desperate she tried Pilates    Being a movement enthusiast, it was an immediate fit. After 8 years of being a devotee to her practice she enrolled in the Teacher Training Program withThe Pilates Institute of Southern California (PISC), where she graduated in 2005. Her second certification from The Pilates Center, Boulder followed in 2010.   Maria continues her Pilates education by attending seminars, workshops and classes regularly.


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