Instructors 2018-04-12T00:47:42+00:00

Central Phoenix Studio Instructors


Jody Stern is BASI (Body Arts and Science International) certified and The Pilates Body, Central Phoenix is proud to be the BASI host studio in Phoenix, AZ.

Jody has been teaching Pilates for nearly 20 years, opening The Pilates Body in 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.

In 2009, Jody sold her original studio Arcadia location, to close friend and colleague, Lisa Bettini Moro and successfully opened the Central Phoenix location. In 2012, Jody and Lisa trained in the BASI method. They were honored to be in the inaugural Pro Bridge comprehensive course with BASI founder and world-renowned educator, Rael Isacowitz.  Jody is a BASI graduate since February 2014, took the Injuries and Pathologies course in October 2015, as well as many BASI workshops and Learn from the Leaders conferences. She has completed both the Mentor and Master 1 programs and completed Master 2 in December of 2017!

Jody is also STOTT PILATES certified through the advanced level in Matwork, and Reformer and fully trained on Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels and in “Injuries and Special Populations.” Jody is a certified Spinning teacher.

Pilates is a driving force in Jody’s life, and she continues to grow as a teacher and studio owner. Nothing gives her more pleasure than being able to make a difference and help people of all ages and stages feel better with Pilates!

Jody is an avid swimmer and cyclist, and competed since 1982 in running 10k, half-marathon, marathon distances, and sprint and Olympic triathlons. No longer able to run, without Pilates, Jody feels that she would not have the physical or mental strength to keep moving forward!

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

Morgan TannenbaumMorgan Tannenbaum joined the staff of The Pilates Body in 2006. She is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. Additionally, Morgan went through the BASI (Body of Arts and Science International) comprehensive Pilates training course in 2014, hosted by The Pilates Body, Central Phoenix.

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.

Pilates is an important part of Morgan’s life and she strives constantly to grow and evolve as a teacher and practitioner. 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.

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, including BASI’s Pilates for the Mature Client in Feb 2016.

Morgan is married to Steve Tannenbaum. Colton Edward joined their family in May 2014, and became a proud big brother to Ava in March 2016! Together they enjoy hiking, swimming and running.

Suzanne McCoy is a BASI (Body Arts and Science International) graduate. She completed her BASI Pilates comprehensive course at BASI headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA with founder, Rael Isacowitz. in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Healthy Lifestyles Coaching from Arizona State University.

Suzanne, a Phoenix, AZ native, who dreamed of being a ballerina, spent years of training and dedication to ballet starting seriously at 10 years old. In 2012, she became a trainee with Ballet Arizona and danced with them for two years. To supplement her ballet training, Suzanne began practicing Pilates in 2012 at the Pilates Body in Central Phoenix. She retired from dance due to injury, and decided to pursue formal education and a career in her newfound passion, Pilates!

Suzanne began her Pilates education with the BASI Foundation course hosted by The Pilates Body, Central Phoenix, in 2014. In September 2015, she was an apprentice to Jody Stern, owner of The Pilates Body, Central Phoenix location. That same year she became a BASI graduate in the Mat work six month apprentice position provided many private hours with Jody, required numerous observation and practice hours, and ultimately led to an eight week maternity leave teaching opportunity. Suzanne joined the distinguished list of Pilates Body teachers in May 2016.  Subsequently, Suzanne completed Injuries and Pathologies as well as BASI workshop, Pilates for the Mature Client In February 2016.

Pilates is a major focus in Suzanne’s life, as her own Pilates movement was able to take the place of ballet when she stopped dancing. She is stronger and more balanced than ever before. Dance is still a part of Suzanne’s life. In addition to Pilates, Suzanne teaches ballet to school age children. Suzanne continues to learn and grow with a constant goal of being the best teacher she can be.

Arcadia Studio Instructors

lisaLisa Bettini Moro is the owner of the Arcadia location and has been a physical fitness professional for over 20 years. 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 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 scientifically sound approach of Pilates, along with its beauty and mind to body precision, can create profound changes to an individual’s physical and mental 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 has been teaching Pilates for more than 15 years. She was originally trained in STOTT PILATES to the advanced level in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, and in Injuries and Special Populations. 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 ProBridge program with BASI and to work directly with founder and world-renowned educator Rael Isacowitz.. As a BASI trained teacher, Lisa has completed numerous advanced Pilates education courses including Injuries and Pathologies, Master level repertoire, and corrective exercise education on lower body mechanics, shoulder girdle strengthening, low back issues, and working with the mature population. In addition her Pilates education, Lisa has completed the Anatomy Trains course of myofascial anatomy for movement therapists and is certified in TRX Suspension Training. She currently specializes in Pilates-based corrective exercise and injury rehabilitation.

Lisa was voted “Best Pilates Instructor” in the Best of the Valley 2014 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine. Lisa is a long-time swimmer, trail-runner, and the busy mother of two children.

karenKaren 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 GeerlingCarolyn 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.

KimKim Friedman completed her Pilates training with Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts & Science International (BASI) in 2000 & is certified on all apparatus & matwork. She is also certified by Physical Mind Institute in matwork and by American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) as a group exercise instructor.

Kim began her fitness career in 1986 teaching classes at health clubs in Orange County, California. After receiving her Bachelors Degree from U.C. Irvine, Kim moved to San Diego in 1992 where she taught and managed corporate fitness programs, group exercise and pilates programs at premier clubs in North County San Diego, in addition to teaching at the Golden Door Spa.

It was while working at the Golden Door Spa that Kim was introduced to pilates. She embraced pilates because of its balanced approach & emphasis on proper biomechanics. In addition to her certifications, Kim has also completed continuing education courses with STOTT PILATES® for osteoporosis & shoulder girdle stability. Kim has experience working with a variety of clients & enjoys seeing her clients improve and maintain their function through pilates-based exercise.

Kim & her husband Matt recently moved from Encinitas, CA to Scottsdale. Along with running Kim rides & competes in Reining on her Quarter Horse.