About Yvonne Castillo - Perseverance Movement Specialists & Pilates

About Dr. Yvonne Castillo

Founder of Perseverance Movement Specialists and Pilates


Movement Specialist

Dr. Yvonne Castillo is one of Santa Barbara’s leading Movement Specialists who helps active adults become more active, fit and independent so they can confidently live the life they love without fear, limitation and having to depend on painkillers or procedures.

Every day people consult Yvonne looking for the guidance to get them back to their active lifestyles faster and permanently. She helps them understand and address their current performance limitations, individual risk factors and weak links, prevent injury, avoid loss of mobility, flexibility, strength, stability and balance, avoid surgery, protect against falls, slowing down, loss of independence, limiting aches, pains, stiffness, loss of energy and find the confidence to be active like they truly desire.

Yvonne founded Perseverance Movement Specialists and Pilates in order to deliver to the Santa Barbara community effective and natural ways to improve their health and fitness, mobility and independence now and for their years to come.

She did not want clients to be sidelined in life waiting for answers, improvements and ultimately become a boomerang of repetitive aches, pains, falls, injuries or surgeries. 

She believes in serving the client as a person first, accountable to them, their families and healthcare team. By helping the client in their entirety instead of a tunnel vision approach, she addresses the root problem and their specific needs.

Our mission at Perseverance Movement Specialists and Pilates is to educate, encourage, and empower our clients, giving them the best care and utilizing the most essential resources and effective methods specific to their individual needs and goals. 

The perseverance and  fortitude required in health, fitness and rehabilitation drew Yvonne to pursue a career in Pilates, movement, health and wellness. As her career developed she turned her focus to helping special populations, complex movement disorders, orthopedics and pre and post operative cases. This lead her to observe a wide spectrum of surgeries, allowing her to better educate and help people.

She believes in the importance of an integrative and holistic whole-body approach to achieve every individual’s optimal health and fitness goals and aspirations.

Let’s persevere together to achieve your life at its best.

Yvonne graduated in 2007 with a BA from UC Berkeley and earned her Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UC San Francisco and San Francisco State University in 2011. As a Santa Barbara Native invested in the community she completed her clinical preceptorships in Santa Barbara to become invested in the healthcare systems at SB Cottage, Cottage Rehabilitation Center and local outpatient orthopedic clinics. 

She is Certified Pilates Instructor and trained with BASI Master Instructors through the BASI Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Training Program in 2008, Spine Corrector Certified through the Ron Fletcher Program of Study, and additionally taught barre Pilates. 

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