About Personal Best Pilates Studio in Kansas City
Based in Overland Park, Personal Best Pilates Studio is the area’s first fitness studio devoted exclusively to Pilates. We are passionate about teaching you the art of Pilates and how it can strengthen your body, mind, and spirit. Our team of Experienced instructors come from a vast base of Pilates training. This helps us pair you with just the right style of teaching to best suit your needs and goal!
Elise brings a fabulous combination of Pilates (Classically Trained Pilates of Kansas City) as well as 200RYT in Therapeutic Yoga (The Yoga Studio) Elise has a watchful eye and excels in fine tuning movement patterns, deep stretching and the mechanics of Pilates Flow!
Becky Norton Suarez
Becky is the Founder and President of Better Bodies Pilates. Becky discovered Pilates in her early 40's when the toll of scoliosis, a C-section and the challenges of raising two young children developed into chronic low back pain. Pilates became the "miracle" cure, and Becky decided she had to share this with as many people as she could! Becky has been teaching Pilates for 11+ years; and teaching as her full-time career since 2008. Becky became a Master Pilates Instructor from the Pilates Center of Boulder in 2013 and passed her PMA exam through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2011.
Stephanie Doering was introduced to Pilates as a teenager during a summer Ballet and Modern dance intensive. She was delighted to continue studying Pilates while pursuing her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After graduating in 2005, she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a concert dancer.
When Stephanie moved to the Midwest with her husband, she discovered Personal Best Pilates Studio. She completed her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certificate from PBPIA and became PMA certified in 2013. Stephanie recently became manager of The Boutique at Personal Best. She is beyond grateful to be part of the Personal Best family.
Karen Staley has been teaching at Personal Best Pilates since 2005. She holds double Pilates Mat Certificates from Body Art and Science and Sciences International (BASI), as well as Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy. After demonstrating excellent coaching and mentoring skills, she was promoted to Master Instructor for Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy in 2006. She is responsible for teaching all levels of mat classes, as well as mat instructor training workshops. Karen earned her equipment certificate through PBPIA in 2012. She is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT).
Karen has a background in secondary business education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She believes that not all adults learn in the same way, and she strives to create a supportive environment that involves many different teaching techniques - verbal, tactile and visual.
Colette Majerle, MBA, PMA-CPT
Colette was introduced and began practicing Pilates in 2005. She completed her Pilates mat training in 2008 and earned her Comprehensive Equipment Certificate in 2009. She became internationally certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2010. Colette has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, and a Masters of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. In addition to Pilates, Colette enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Kari Jessip, BS
Kari was first introduced to Pilates while in college obtaining her BS in nutrition. Although she liked Pilates far better than “going to the gym,” she admittedly wasn’t hooked right away. Fast forward several years, add three C-sections, and an abdominal hernia, Kari found herself developing chronic back pain and knew that she was going to need to rebuild her core. After several failed attempts with a personal trainer, she dusted off her old Pilates DVDs and was amazed to find immediate relief! She had to know more, which lead her to enroll and complete mat training at Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy (PBPIA) in 2012.
While not in the Pilates studio, Kari has three beautiful girls, an encouraging husband and two dogs to keep her busy. She also works part-time as an esthetician and has interests in holistic nutrition and zero balancing.
Jessica spend 15 years as a reporter telling people’s stories, and was surprised to discover…
Kristen first started Pilates in her basement with a series of DVDs. She discovered Personal Best Pilates Studio in 2006 and was amazed at the difference working with a certified Pilates instructor made.
Pilates became a passion for Kristen and decided to share her love of Pilates with others in early 2011 when she received her Pilates Mat Certificate through Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy. A mom of 2, Kristen and her husband also love baseball, coaching cheer and spending time at the lake with friends.
Lindsay has been dancing since the age of 2 and started teaching dance classes at the age of 12. With a background in Jazz, Ballet…
Denise has been an avid fitness enthusiast for over a decade. After her Rheumatologist informed her about the mind/body connection Pilates offers as well as a focus on strength and mobility, her curiosity was piqued. As someone who has suffered from Arthritis since her teens, this seemed like a perfect pairing. She tried one Pilates class, was hooked! After several years of practicing the Pilates method began her quest to become a certified Personal Best Pilates Mat & Equipment Instructor in 2011.