Meet some of the finest professional trainers in Los Angeles
Kristi Vacanti
kristi-vacantiKristi Vacanti left the Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska several years ago for the outdoor, sun-loving atmosphere of Los Angeles and immediately immersed herself into a world of mental, physical and spiritual growth.

While working with Brentwood Associates, one of the premier private equity firms who own and operate Spectrum Health Clubs and Exhale Spa, she became aware of the growing trend toward health clubs, fitness centers and spas as lucrative business opportunities. She combined her love of fitness and movement with a career as a personal trainer, but soon realized she had a desire to reconnect with a less stressful, more meaningful lifestyle and her passion for Pilates was ignited.

She began taking classes at Sebastien’s Pilates Plus, West Hollywood location. She soon realized that the connection between mind, body and spirit was effortlessly enhanced with Sebastien’s core strengthening workout. Kristi was so inspired by the changes she experienced in her life that she chose to become certified in teaching Sebastien’s LAGREE FITNESS™. And now with certification in tow, Kristi has decided that her next step is to open an affiliate that would offer others the benefits of this life-altering workout. Kristi is also STOTT Pilates trained and Corepower Yoga certified.

Deanna Silver

deanna-silverWith Deanna’s third child going off to school she decided that she was looking to try something new in her life. After taking a class in the newly opened Pilates Plus over 12 years ago she was hooked! Classes turned into managing the studio and managing turned into teaching classes and teaching classes has turned into private training as well. Being Lagree Fitness Certified and with over a decade of intense experience not only as a 5x a week pilates student but as a high level trainer Deanna has seen it all when it comes to Pilates. Deanna’s passion and super positive attitude for pilates has made her an in demand teacher at Pilates Plus by Lagree fitness.

Claudine Asmari


claudine-asmariClaudine fell in love with Pilates the moment the doors opened at Pilates Plus. Claudine saw changes in her body she never thought were possible and was immediately hooked. She loved the way Pilates made her feel both physically and emotionally and wanted to give that feeling to others.

Claudine brings so much enjoyment and passion to every class. Form is very important to her so she watches you carefully and even her smallest corrections will make a big difference in results. She truly wants you to get the most out of every workout so you feel as wonderful as she did.claudine-asmari

Claudine’s classes are a combination of SPX and classical Pilates. She will get you strong and lean while increasing your heart rate so you burn maximum calories every time. Her simple motto of having fun and proper form makes for a perfect workout.

Lacey Martin
lacey-martinLacey grew up in a small town in Northern Maine where even Classical Pilates classes are very hard to come by. Before moving to Los Angeles, she had never heard of Pilates Plus. Instead, she forced herself to run for weight loss even though it aggravated old injuries. It only took one Pilates Plus class before she was completely hooked. After just a few weeks Lacey noticed her body getting stronger and leaner without pain and with minimal time commitment.

Lacey has been instructing for over two years and Pilates Plus is still her favorite workout! The chronic lower back pain she suffered from for so many years is almost non-existent now thanks to the core strengthening attributes of Pilates. She feels stronger than ever.

In Lacey’s class you can expect high energy and upbeat music. Even at 6:30 in the morning! Lacey prides herself on giving a really tough workout while being a super supportive trainer that pays close attention to form and is always ready and willing to modify for you when it’s needed. She specializes in getting you your cardio while you strength train and can get you sweating in UNDER 40 minutes!

Since becoming certified in Pilates Plus/SPX Fitness, Lacey has also obtained her National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Training Certification, Pilates Mat and Real Ryder Cycling certifications.

Whitney Diaz

Lagree Fitness-Trainor-Whitney-Diaz“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”  — Zig Ziglar

Whitney was born in Santa Ana, California and grew up in Orange County. She enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2007. Whitney served overseas in Afghanistan working in Supply, earning a Navy Achievement Medal for her outstanding service distributing thousands of supplies throughout Iraq and Afghanistan to other military units.

After her honorable discharge in 2011, she found an interest in barre fitness and pilates. Whitney has over 2 years experience teaching barre and mat pilates to groups of varying levels as well as private reformer and mixed apparatus sessions. Currently she is completing a Booty Barre certification and Comprehensive Mat Pilates certficate with College of San Mateo and Balanced Body.

Whitney attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco for 3 years, studying Advertising prior to her career in fitness. There, she found another passion for video editing and producing when her first self-made music video was a finalist for the Radio and Video category for the Spring Show in 2014 at AAU. Whitney hopes to continue this work along with other passions of hers like modern dance and ballet.

Whitney has many growing interests and activities she would like to attempt like skateboarding, hip hop dance, windsurfing, aerial acrobatics, and still has a drum set she’s been yearning to learn how to play!

Certified in March 2016, what Whitney loves most about Lagree is the results and the way it makes her feel. “I feel so strong, so stable, and so sore after every class! It’s that long-term burn that I crave. The results are also visually striking. I see muscle fibers that I had not seen before, I see muscles and mean curves come to life. I also love how it challenges my endurance, it will feel as if I have just ran a mile during some intense parts of class. Most of all, i’m excited to see how Lagree will impact my petformance and fun with whatever physical activity I dare to seek out.” -Whitney Diaz

What Whitney loves most about teaching Lagree megaformer classes is her passion for learning more about the body and movement. She is always observing form, skeletal alignment, and movement, even outside of the studio. Whitney loves to help clients progress to grow and train into their best selves.

Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff
Born and raised in La, Tay has always been super into making connections with people in whichever field she is in. Growing up she was in all types of competitive sports such as soccer, basketball and Irish dancing while at the same time occupied her time with her passion of singing and the arts. After she got hurt running she began spinning to help rehabilitate her knee which is where her passion for spin and Pilates plus came about. Both helped repair her knee and made her unstoppable. She started taking Classes at Pilates Plus over 7 years ago which then her passion grew so strong after seeing how much it helped her when she felt defeated that she wanted to get certified in both spin and the lagree method so she too could help others achieve their goals and be happy. Tay loves connecting with people and bringing fun loving energy into anyone she meets.
Marian Pelaez
Marian moved to San Francisco from the East Coast 4 years ago to get her BFA in acting. She is originally from Venezuela where she was a professional dancer for 18 years. She also taught Flamenco and Bellydance in Venezuela for 5 years. Marian felt in love with the Lagree method since the first day at Core40 in San Francisco. In short time the results that were shown demonstrated her the effectiveness of the method not only physically but mentally as well. Marian has been teaching Lagree now for over a year and is exited to be able to continue teaching in Los Angeles. She loves to help her students and see them grow.

At Marian’s class you can expect a mix between latin music and new hits.

Old songs but goodies will be played to add that extra spark to the class. Expect to be challenge, sweat, and have fun. She is a truly believer that is not about perfection but about the progress each day takes us closer to our personal goal.

Favorite song: On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz

Motto: do more of what makes you happy.

Angelique Collis
Angelique was addicted to the Lagree method the moment she took her very first class. She was shocked by the efficacy of the workout, and couldn’t believe that a class less than one hour in length could bring about such full body results.
In Angelique’s class you can expect high energy, lots of sweat, and a fun playlist with plenty of bass! She loves helping clients meet and surpass their goals, and will be there to motivate them every step of the way.
No stranger to fitness, Angelique grew up playing all manner of sports, particularly tennis, which she played competitively for years.
Born and raised in Southern California, Angelique received her BA in Communications and English at the University of San Diego. When she’s not sweating it out at Pilates Plus, you can catch her hiking, reading/writing, eating sushi, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Ceana Kim
Ceana is a Bay Area, California native and is a self-professed workoutaholic. As a mother of 3 kids she realized the importance of physical fitness after her body and strength changed drastically from her pregnancies. She poured herself into fitness trying everything from Yoga to CrossFit. Always up for a challenge and new experience she tried her very first lagree class nearly 4 years ago. She came home telling her husband it was one of the hardest workouts she had ever done. She stays dedicated to Lagree because despite injuries from various activities she is always able to get a good workout. She has also seen huge improvements in both her strength and endurance. She decided to be a trainer not only because she is passionate about physical fitness but she wants to inspire others and help them achieve their goals. In addition to training in Lagree she also spends time in MMA conditioning, boxing and self-defense. She aims to have the classes she teaches be both fun, positive and challenging with good form of course!

Favorite Song: Take On Me – A-Ha

Favorite Motto: “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dyer

Alyse Farrar
Alyse Farrar is a former junior olympic athlete who grew up in Malibu playing a variety of sports and fell in love with the Lagree Method when she started taking classes in college.

After being a client for over 5 years, she completed the certification course to become a trainer and has been teaching ever since. Her favorite part about Lagree is how you constantly get a full body workout and can feel yourself getting stronger with each class. Alyse is also a music producer and dj so you can expect new upbeat music with every class.

Motto: Be kind, live for today, and focus on being the best version of yourself.

Workout motto: If you want change, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Favorite song: What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix)

Ellen Stern
ellen-sternA native Californian and long-time Malibu resident, Ellen’s passion for Pilates started in 2009 when she first began taking classes at our Malibu studio location. Taking classes daily quickly evolved into teaching, and in 2010 Ellen was inspired to receive her Lagree Fitness Method of Certification.   “What I initially loved so much about the Pilates workout was challenging all of my muscles and getting a full body workout within the span of only 55 minutes. Within a short period of time, my core strength improved dramatically, along with my muscle tone, and posture — and all of this made me want to work out more!” Whether teaching group classes or working one-on-one with her clients, Ellen will offer an effective and creative workout with a well-rounded approach from beginning to advanced movements. “I love to help my clients see the results they envision for their bodies that will enable them to achieve a healthier, happier life.” You might even see Ellen in class on one of the machines next to you taking it to the next level. Ellen resides in Malibu with her husband and children. If you have any questions, you may reach her at ellencstern@gmail.com.
Beth Bromberg

Pilates Plus Beth Trainer My motto is, I am not afraid to fail in order to get better!   Desire is the key to motivation, But it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence  – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. ~ By Mario Andretti Beth is a Lagree Certified Pilates trainer. Originally born in Rome, Italy, and moved to Los Angeles, California at 9 months of age. Her background growing up playing tennis and being an avid runner, conquering many marathons led her body manifest various injuries. This led her seek the wonderful benefits from Pilates. Her love and passion integrating Mind, Body and Soul as a lifestyle, comes across in all her classes to each and every individual. Teaching and helping clients are her passion, while making each and every workout challenging, energetic and fun. Beth will take you to the next level.

Lisa Goldsman
lisa-goldman-trainer-pilates-plus-lagree-fitnessLisa’s road to health and fitness began 13 years ago when she took her first Spinning class with Johnny G. Three months later and forty pounds lighter it was obvious that Spinning had sparked a passion for staying fit and eating properly!   Shortly after that she found Lagree Fitness and knew she wanted to become certified! Spinning, along with a dedicated yoga practice has helped her find a balance of peace and strength. Along with her Lagree Fitness certification, she is also a Mad Dogg certified Spinning instructor and trained in TRX. Quote Lisa likes: “I believe in the person I want to become” On her class song play list:  Radio by Sylvan Esso
Mikael Padilla

Mikael-PadillaFrom a very young age Mikael grew up playing soccer, baseball, football, motor-cross racing, and martial arts and all through high school and beyond continued with jujitsu, muy tai. Now with more than 14 years under his belt as an acclaimed celebrity hairstylist, Mikael is constantly looking for the next workout that can improve his active lifestyle.   Mikael started weight lifting with Sebastien Lagree in 2005 and quickly learned about Sebastien’s Pilates Plus. Afterwards he couldn’t get enough and was taking classes almost every day. “After a short time I noticed such a difference in the gym just when I thought I hit a plateau and realized how effective LAGREE FITNESS was, and I wanted to help others achieve the same results!”

Katie Giacobbe
Katie was a competitive swimmer for fifteen years, starting in the sport at age six. Her family moved all over the world when she was growing up, allowing her to train and compete in several different cities. She moved to Malibu to swim at Pepperdine University and hasn’t left LA since!   Katie came across Lagree Fitness after retiring from college swimming her senior year. She quickly fell in love with the workout and how it worked muscles she never focused on in her sport. After working out at Pilates Plus Malibu for over two years, Katie decided to go after her goal to get Lagree Fitness Certified. Now, she loves teaching the workout that changed her body (and she still takes classes multiple times a week)! Along with teaching Lagree, Katie coaches swim programs at Pepperdine and across LA and she recently competed in her first LA marathon. She currently lives in Santa Monica and is pursuing a Masters in Journalism at USC. In her free time, Katie enjoys running, the beach, paddleboarding, photography, wine, travel (her favorite country is Australia), and finding new workouts/adventures. Come take her class if you’re looking for lots of encouragement, a fun playlist and a full body burn!
Megan Lera
Megan walked into PP 2 years ago as a client on ClassPass and it was love at first sight, or first wheelbarrow.   As an actress and performer, health and fitness are two key essentials for staying on her A game and she found that Lagree Fitness challenged not just her body, but also her mind. After working out consistently for over a decade, Megan noticed a change in her body that she hadn’t had from other workouts. She decided to take her passion for Lagree and share it with others when she got certified earlier this year. Megan’s bubbly personality motivates you during your workouts, pushes you to your limits and leaves you feeling empowered and inspired when you leave. You can expect an awesome playlist, she’s known for themed classes from “80’s-90’s hits” to “Musicals and Movie scores.” She applies her love for music & film/tv to be an essential part of class that brings the whole group together. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, baking, Soulcycle & anything creative. Check on the schedule to see when Megan teaches & get ready to Plank & sing a long during your workout! “Progress is impossible without change, & those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” -George Bernard Shaw Favorite song/ currently listening to: “Look what you made me do” by Taylor Swift & anything by Pink!
Sydney Place-Sallstrom
Sydney has been an athlete her entire life and has taught group fitness in various formats for the last three years.

New to LA from the Midwest, she researched and experienced many boutique gyms and fitness formats before landing on Lagree as the best workout for her fitness goals and teaching aspirations. Sydney found that the high-intensity-low-impact format doesn’t flare up old sports injuries while still providing an accessible strength and conditioning workout that works! Riding on the Megaformer is also a lot of fun and makes cardio bearable and classes fly by.

Sydney is certified in multiple formats of group fitness including: barre, TRX and yoga sculpt.

Favorite song:
High Hopes, Panic at the Disco

It’s never too late to start and the best time to start is right now.

Liv MacVicar
While entrenched in Anorexia Nervosa, Liv first tried Lagree Fitness in New York. Three years and six months of treatment later and a move to CA, healthy and rejuvenated, Liv sought Lagree Fitness. She fell deeper in love with the workout and body, aiding in her recovery.

Growing up as a professional dancer, Liv naturally craves movement, creativity and community- she has found all of this and more in the Lagree Fitness community. This passion drove Liv to work-study the desk in Studio City so she could train more often, driving her to want to share her passion of the all-inclusive workout with those around her!

Very “form” focused and detailed, Liv strives to keep learning new ways in which to challenge herself and her clients. Always a student, and now a teacher! “I want to be a social worker in the foster-care system, yet I see myself teaching this method and inspiring others for a very long time!” …a quote she lives by, “I will become what I deserve”- lyrics by Ben Howard.

Haylee Durbin
Born and raised in Dallas, Haylee has been in the performing arts and fitness worlds as a competitive dancer all of her life.

While studying theatre and dance at The University of Texas at Austin, she fell in love with the theory and practice of pilates and soon after graduation, found Lagree. She trained in Dallas at Studio 6 Fitness where she taught group and private classes until her recent move to the West Coast. Currently based in Los Angeles, Haylee is pursuing her career as a dancer and artist under the direction of the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program while teaching on the megaformer all over the city!

Her knowledge of the method exceeds many, having worked and taught on each machine including the Supra. She finds the Lagree Method to be the perfect workout to complement her dance training and get her the results she wants without the strain on her joints. Her passion for health and fitness combined with her bubbly personality keep her clients motivated and ready for more!

Emma Krauss

Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Emma grew up with a huge love for the performing arts and continued her dance education at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Graduating with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance, Emma has over twenty years of experience in dance.  While she continues to challenge herself with new goals in her dance career, her love for the Lagree Fitness workout has inspired her to seek and expand her knowledge in the fitness world.

A true believer that dance is a sport and a dancer is an athlete, cross training with Lagree Fitness has kept her body strong, healthy, and injury free. Teaching has always come naturally to her, so bringing her dance and teaching background together makes for an awesome experience. When you take her class you can expect that this girl with an East coast mentality and a West coast heart will be right there with you to help you push your limits!

Bianca Dekker

Bianca has been following the Lagree method since 2011, her love for this workout inspired her to turn her natural passion for fitness into a career.

Bianca finds that being able to use her background as a personal trainer and her understanding of the human body is key in creating an effective and form conscious workout. She is all about helping you create a healthier, more positive lifestyle while achieving your personal goals and transforming your body!

Having grown up with a love for the outdoors and adventure, helping others succeed with their own fitness goals was a natural progression and is what she finds most rewarding in her work as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is known amongst her clients and friends for her positive energy and upbeat personality.

Holly Miller

Holly recently relocated to the Los Angeles area from Scottsdale, AZ. She has over 15 years in the spa and fitness industry and has a passion for music and movement. She has studied, trained, and is certified in yoga, Lagree, Pilates, TRX, barre, indoor cycling, personal training, and nutrition. She is also an esthetician and massage therapist as well as a DJ! In her downtime, she is researching new music and remixing old favorites for the best workout playlists for her classes at Pilates Plus and SoulCycle. Holly believes in integrating fitness and fun, which means you’ll be leaving her class soaked in sweat… and smiling!

Dalida Karatas

I received my personal training certification from NASM in February of 2015. I renewed my training certification in 2017 and 2019. I started personal training at The Training Habit in Irvine from 2015-2018. I received my integrated balance, core, resistance, flexibility, reactive and speed, agility and quickness training in 2016, and became a fitness nutrition specialist in 2018. 

I’ve been practicing Lagree since 2015 and became a certified Lagree instructor in October of 2017. 

I am currently a personal trainer at Action personal training in Tarzana.

I have a love for working out, helping individuals reach their fitness goals and looking forward to pursuing my career as a Lagree instructor.

Bethann O'Neill

Bethann grew up playing soccer competitively in the DC area. After college, she tried just about every type of group fitness class when she found a DC based pilates studio and fell in love. She became certified and instructed in Bethesda, MD for the past three years. During her time with the company, she managed two studios and trained new instructors.

 Bethann recently moved to the West Coast with her husband for his job in the Navy. When she took class at Pilates Plus, she felt like she was home. She is certified in Lagree as well as a group fitness instructor through ACE. You can always expect an effective, fun class with throwback music in Bethann’s class!  


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