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Central Phoenix Studio Instructors
Jody Stern
Owner, Central Phoenix

Jody Stern is a certified STOTT PILATES® teacher and a graduate of BASI (Body of Arts and Science International). She has been teaching Pilates for more than 15 years, opening the Pilates Body in April 2000. Jody has been a fitness professional for over 30 years. She earned her degree in Adapted Physical Education from California State University, Northridge. Jody taught aerobics, stretch and body conditioning in Los Angeles before moving to Israel in 1986 where she was the group exercise coordinator and instructor trainer at the Tel Aviv Healthclub. Upon returning to L.A. in 1990, Jody worked as the stretching coach to the L.A. Clippers and managed her own personal training business. Jody and her family moved to Phoenix in 1994.

Pilates is a driving force in Jody's life, and she continues to grow as a teacher and studio owner. She sold the original Arcadia studio to her close friend and colleague, Lisa Bettini Moro, and opened the Central Phoenix location in January 2009. Jody is certified through the advanced level in Matwork and Reformer and fully trained on Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels and in "Injuries and Special Populations." Her learning is lifelong, as she continues to take courses, workshops and attend Pilates conferences. Jody is also a certified Spinning teacher. Jody is dedicated to educating others and committed to sharing her "live the life" philosophy. She is an avid runner, competing since 1982 in 10k, half-marathon, marathon, and triathlon distances. In 2012, Jody and Lisa became trained in the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) method of Pilates as well. They were honored to be accepted into the inaugural ProBridges program with BASI and to work directly with founder and world-renowned educator Rael Isacowitz. The Pilates Body is now a BASI host studio.

Jody is married to Itamar and is the mother of Ellie and Ari.

Morgan Tannenbaum
Certified Instructor
Morgan Tannenbaum is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. She graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a BFA degree in Dance Education. While at Arizona State, Morgan performed in several dance venues, and spent a semester abroad in Australia, where she helped to develop an after-school program where students could take technique dance classes as well as showcase their choreography. Morgan was also a former faculty member at Talent Forum in Libertyville, where she studied dance for ten years and performed extensively with the Forum Jazz Dance Theatre. Immediately following her college graduation, Morgan remained in the Chicago area to pursue a Pilates education and career. After receiving her certification, Morgan returned to Arizona in 2006 and joined the staff at The Pilates Body. She continues to incorporate dance into her everyday life through teaching and also enjoys hiking. Morgan is happily married to Steve, and they welcomed Colton Edward Tannenbaum into the world May 2014.
Michelle Lopez
Certified Instructor
Michelle Lopez is a STOTT PILATES certified Instructor trained in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels and has also trained to work with "Injuries and Special Populations." Michelle developed an awareness and passion for wellbeing during her experience in the healthcare industry as an orthopedic supplies specialist in Miami, Florida. She started her career in the Pilates industry at "The Pilates Room" in Miami Beach where she taught numerous classes including Pilates Matwork, Reformer group classes, private lessons, as well as other methods of exercise to help strengthen and lengthen clients' bodies while keeping them motivated and challenged. For over 10 years she has enjoyed fitness and made it an important part of her life. Learning from personal trainers and other professionals she has practiced strength training, kick boxing, yoga, Pilates, mountain biking and running.

Michelle strongly believes that a healthy body, achieved through mental focus and physical effort, contribute to a healthy mind. She says,"It was through the discovery of Pilates where I found the balance between body and mind, and this balance evolved into a lifestyle. Pilates inspired me to become an instructor so I could help others achieve wellbeing." She believes it to be a smart and complete method of exercise that people of different ages and fitness levels can benefit from, including anyone looking to continue an exercise routine after rehabilitation or simply to improve posture.

Michelle moved to Phoenix from Miami with her husband Miguel Tosoni. She is excited to be here and now looks forward to hiking.

Arcadia Studio Instructors
Lisa Bettini Moro
Owner, Arcadia Studio

Lisa Bettini Moro has been a physical fitness professional for over 20 years and a certified STOTT PILATES teacher since 2003. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical education/ Exercise Science from Arizona State University,and began her career in the health club industry. She formerly held positions with Q the Sports Club as a Group Exercise Director and later at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta as the Athletic Director. After becoming more interested in functional and corrective exercise, she began training to teach STOTT PILATES and began working with close friend Jody Stern at The Pilates Body in 2001. In 2009, Jody opened her new location in Central Phoenix and Lisa became the owner of the Arcadia studio.

Lisa feels passionately that the comprehensive approach of Pilates, along with it's beauty and mind to body precision, can create profound changes to an individual's physical function and quality of life. Lisa continues her Pilates, exercise physiology, and nutrition education through courses, trainings and conventions every year. She has grown the Arcadia location to add an additional Mat class studio, adding TRX Suspension Training and a Lifestyle Lecture Series to the offerings.

Lisa is trained to the advanced level in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, and in Injuries and Special Populations, as well. In 2012, Lisa and Jody became trained in the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) method of Pilates as well. They were honored to be accepted into the inaugural ProBridges program with BASI and to work directly with founder and world-renowned educator Rael Isacowitz.

Lisa was voted "Best Pilates Instructor" in the Best of the Valley 2014 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine. Lisa is a trail-runner and swimmer and is also the busy mother of two children.

Karen Liggett
Certified Instructor

Karen Liggett is a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor in both mat and reformer and has been teaching Pilates for eight years. Karen graduated from the University of Puget Sound in l985 with a degree in Exercise Science and has worked steadily in the fitness industry since that time. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise. From 1996-2003 Karen was the group fitness coordinator for Arizona Athletic Club and launched her first Pilates program. She now teaches part-time for Club One, a corporate fitness contracting company employed by Motorola, and she teaches at the beautiful Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.

In 2003, with two years of STOTT PILATES teaching under her belt, Karen knew it would become her future career focus. When Karen was introduced to the Pilates method, she knew the movement was very similar to what she had experienced as a child, having been a student of acrobatics and dance. Her teachers were from the Joseph Pilates era and she is convinced that they were well aware of Pilates’ work and incorporated it into their teaching style. The beauty, fluidity and discipline of dance and acrobatics resonated with Karen then and still does. Karen’s passion for Pilates has become a way of life that goes far beyond being just a physical fitness activity. To Karen it is truly a movement discipline for the ages.

Karen is happily married to Lance and they have two daughters Shelby and Micah.

Julie Radney is a trained STOTT PILATES® instructor in comprehensive mat work and essential and intermediate reformer. Julie holds a B.S. in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University where she graduated with honors in 2006 as well as a Degree of Associates in General Studies with an emphasis in Dance Studies from Chandler Gilbert Community College. Her first exposure to Pilates was in 2001 where she was introduced to it as a part of her dance program. She underwent STOTT PILATES® training in 2011 and began working under Lisa as an apprentice at the Arcadia studio. Prior to The Pilates Body, Julie worked as a lead physical therapy technician for 5 years where she gained valuable experience working with injured and special populations, as well as athletes.

Subsequently she worked for over 4 years at the Sonoran Spine Center as a medical assistant under a pain management physician and a group of orthopedic spine surgeons. She gained knowledge in a variety of spine conditions and treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, and became educated in the specialized needs of these patients both during and after treatment. Seeing the rehab and clinical sides of injured populations, especially that of the spine patient, motivated her to want to use her knowledge of the human body and her Pilates experience to help people outside of the clinic.

Julie loves working in a private studio setting to help prevent injury, improve posture, and overall health of the whole person, mind and body. In addition, Julie is a dance instructor to young children and adults in a variety of genres including ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance. She enjoys swimming, archery, and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

She lives in east Mesa with her husband Adam and their young son Beau.

Arcadia Studio

4422 East Indian School, Suite 103
Central Phoenix Studio
742 E. Glendale Ave, Suite 160