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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 Morgan Tannenbaum joined the staff of the Pilates Body in 2006. She is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor additionally, Morgan trained in BASI (Body of Arts and Science International).

Morgan’s interest and practice of Pilates began when she was a fourteen-year-old dancer, using the mat work to aid and enhance her dance training, strength, and flexibility. Throughout her dancing career, she religiously took mat work to increase her strength and stability, while challenging her body in dance. Morgan graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a BFA degree in Dance Education. While at Arizona State, Morgan performed in several dance venues. In addition to her performance credits, Morgan was hired into East Valley high schools to teach about muscle, posture, and health. She attributes this opportunity to her love and aptitude for kinesiology. Morgan continues to be intrigued by this study of movement, postural instabilities, as well as ways to aid people of all ages to deal with these instabilities.

Morgan spent a semester abroad in Australia. In Australia, Morgan developed an after-school program where students could take technique dance classes as well as showcase their choreography. Immediately following her college graduation, Morgan pursued Pilate’s education certification in Chicago, Illinois.

Morgan loves that Pilates is movement and exercise for all ages and body types. She enjoys working with a variety of clients and creating programs that are tailored to their physical needs. Morgan particularly enjoys and excels in her work with the older population, stressing balance, stability and strength.

Pilates is an important part of Morgan’s life and she strives constantly to grow and evolve as a teacher and practitioner. Morgan is certified in Mat work and Reformer and trained in Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels as well as in “Injuries and Special Populations.” She has continued her education through a variety of workshops and courses. In 2014, Morgan trained in the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) method of Pilates.

Morgan is happily married to Steve Tannenbaum. Colton Edward Tannenbaum joined their family in May 2014. Together they enjoy hiking, swimming and running.

Michelle Lopez
Certified Instructor
Michelle Lopez Michelle has made movement an essential part of her journey through wellness for over ten years. She first started in her early twenties committing regularly to weight training, kick boxing, running, spinning and Yoga. It was first through the discovery of Pilates how she found a deeper connection to mind body wellness. She says, "In my experience, Pilates is an intelligent and well integrated form of exercise that can be tailored to every fitness level. From athletic conditioning, to post rehab training, or to improve posture...everyone can benefit! And it is a great way to be present in your own body and in the moment, which then leads to reduced stress and connectedness, for a stronger mind and body." In her thirties, after going through major life changes that left her feeling lost and depressed, she found refuge and nourishment in the healing science of Yoga. Mindfulness became her everyday practice. Learning how to take care of body, mind, and soul became her focus. Michelle says: "In order to make it through life's challenges we must be present in everything that we do. Mindfulness is about awareness and tuning into our own true self. This is where we make the most lasting changes, and find the power within". She now spends her time enjoying nature, trail running and hiking, practicing Yoga, Pilates, meditation, trying out simple recipes made from organic whole foods, spending time with loved ones, always in search of connectedness and balance.

Michelle is a Stott Pilates certified instructor trained in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. She has experience working with injuries and special populations. She holds a Mind Body Wellness Practitioner degree from SWIHA in Tempe, Arizona, with a concentration on holistic nutrition and Yoga, CYT-200.

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.

Carolyn Geerling-GorylCarolyn Geerling-Goryl is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor since 2006 and a Master Trainer for STOTT PILATES® in Mat/Reformer since 2009. Carolyn has her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. After graduation she was Fitness Director at the YWCA Grand Rapids, Michigan for 5 years before getting married and moving to Southern California. While there, she worked as Group Fitness Manager at four 24 Hour Fitness locations and then Customer Service Representative for Powder Blue Productions (creator of TurboKick & TurboJam).

While living in Southern California, a friend introduced her to Pilates, and Carolyn fell in love with it. In 2005, after moving back to Michigan, she started her Pilates training at Equilibrium Studio and was hired there as a full-time Pilates and group fitness instructor until her move to Arizona in 2008.

Lisa and Carolyn met in 2009, but Carolyn would not join the Pilates Body team until 2014.

Carolyn has over 20 years of experience in fitness and likes the challenge and reward of working with clients of varying ages and abilities. Her training style is to challenge clients to work to their personal edge while maintaining the integrity of movement. She enjoys being part of “lightbulb” moments in which clients come to new learning about their bodies. She also like to watch the ease of movement that occurs when Pilates is done as a weekly practice.

Carolyn is married to Aaron, has a son Aidan, and a daughter Payton. When she’s not teaching Pilates, she enjoys spinning, hiking, and running.

Arcadia Studio

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