BodyBusiness Team

Many members of our team have been with us for more than 10 years. Together our management team has over 75 years of experience (and we’re not that old!) helping people get fit and stay healthy. We know our members’ stories and are committed to creating a comfortable place for people to lose weight and reach their goals.


Jessica Evans, Owner

Jonathan Zgabay, General Manager
Jonathan is a native Austinite, born and raised in Balcones, not far from BodyBusiness! He began his career in the Navy and during his six years, he led the complete renovation of eight shipboard fitness centers.
After completing his military service, he worked concurrently on his education in exercise science and on developing his practical skills working with clients.
Jonathan has worked with competitive athletes, profoundly disabled adults and everything in between. Whether he is creating fitness programs, leading a team or working individually with clients, he brings passion and enthusiasm to his role and always leads by asking how he can be of service. 
RP Stuart, Director of Small Group Training

Certification/Training: ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, lvl II & Corrective Exercise Specialist
Personal Training Since: 2008
Clients who train with me can expect a mixture of free weights, plyometrics and machines, along with balance and stability exercises to improve their overall well being.
Training Specialties: Power Lifting, Adult Strength Training, Athletic Performance, & Mobility Improvement

Mark Brown, Master Trainer

Certification/Training: M.Ed. in Exercise Science, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer with Biomechanics of Resistance Training Specialty, TRX Group Trainer, Kettlebell Concepts Level 1, Group Power Instructor, Group Kick National Trainer and video presenter.
Personal Training Since:
Clients who train with me can expect
to feel better after our workout and ready to make the most of the rest of their day. Each client has a particular set of needs and we will work with those to create an individual routine that is both effective and fun.
Training Specialties:
Resistance training for all levels, boxing and kickboxing from novice to advanced.
 Chasing my children!

Mike Ormand, Facilities Director

Certified Personal Trainers

Andy Perez, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USAW

Personal Training Since: 2014

Clients who train with me can expect… A very positive and encouraging atmosphere. I believe in building on strengths and working hard to eliminate discrepancies (I don’t like the word weaknesses). I’m a very detail-oriented person, so a heavy focus on form is the biggest emphasis of my sessions. Workouts will be challenging, engaging, and purposeful. We’ll build on exercises and make sure each session is centered around your goals and the goals we establish together.

Training Specialties: Strength and Conditioning, weight lifting including power and compound exercise based programming, corrective exercises, functional training

Hobbies/Interests: Movies, video games, collecting art-based movie posters

Classes/Sessions/etc. Currently Teaching: Tribe: Life, All In Conditioning

Brady Ryan, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: AFAA Certified Personal Trianer, BS in Exercise Science
Personal Trainer Since: 2009
Clients who train with me can expect... to gain knowledge and hav a well-balanced workout. We will focus on functional, personal needs, while keeping it light and fun.
Training Specialties: Cardio and distance training, strength training, as well as functional and athletic exercises.
Hobbies/Interests: Outdoors doing anything from hiking to biking or hanging out by the pool. Watching sports, the news, movies, or a good TV show.

Carrie Keith, Certified Personal Trainer and Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification/Training: Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer since: 2014
Clients who train with me can expect...  a challenging and fun workout that will help you reach your goals. Weight loss, strength, balance and flexibility are all important factors to address in maintaining the body we are given. 

Training Specialties: Weight loss, strength training, boxing, kettlebells, impact and aerobic kickboxing.
Hobbies/Interest: Music, spending time with my family, puzzles, film and my dogs.


Danette Ormand, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Training since: 2007

Clients who train with me can expect a workout to fit your individual needs, goals and fitness level so you can acheive the results you want. I will focus on proper form, resistance training and core strength.
Training Specialties: Training for all ages and fitness levels.
Hobbies/Interests: Home remodeling and decorating. Spending time with my family and friends

Kara Meadows, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training:  NASM certified personal trainer, NASM fitness nutrition specialist certified

Personal Training Since: 2014 but more heavily as of 2019

Clients who train with me can expect:  to be challenged, to be encouraged, and workouts to be purposeful. My hope every every session is that not only will you hit a great workout but that you’ll leave the gym feeling better than you came in that day. Each session will be built on your individual needs and and the goals we set for our time together—after all its about you not me! I will always make an effort to be sincere and make sure my actions reflect my care for you overall health! Every session will look different person to person but my attention to proper form for each exercise will extend across the board! Your safety is my priority!

Training Specialties: Strength training, circuit training, weight loss & toning, functional fitness, corrective exercise & form technique, mobility improvement

Hobbies/Interests: Painting, outdoor activities (lake, snowboarding, hiking, etc.), weightlifting/CrossFit, and traveling! I love spending quality time with friends, family, and my community. I also go to the dog park with my dog Huntlee a lot and volunteer/serve wherever I can!

Marcy Allen, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer since: 2000
Clients who train with me can expect...  an exercise program to fit your goals, lifestyle and time commitment. From strength training to cardio, we will use a variety of equipment to make your workout successful!
Training Specialties: Train all ages, Pre-Natal, Post-Partum, Post-Rehab
Hobbies/Interest: Travel, hiking

Paul Shaffer, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: I’m certified through ACE, and I have Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Sports Science

Personal Training Since: 2019

Clients who train with me can expect: A individualized workout program that will be effective and enjoyable.

Training Specialties: Squats, Deadlifts and posterior chain focused workouts that combat forward desk posture

Hobbies/Interests: Weightlifting, reading, listening to podcasts, video games and inventing genius inventions

Currently Teaching: Rowing classes and Tribe Small Group Training

Paul Kevin Smith, Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor

Certification/Training: M.Ed. degree in Kinesiology from U.T. Austin, ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist, ACE Health & Wellness Coach, FMS Functional Movement Screening Level 2, TRX Personal Trainer, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, IAYT Yoga Therapist, PhysicalMind Institute Pilates Mat Work Instructor

Personal Training Since: 1991

Clients who train with me can expect: You’ll gain strength and mobility, with an emphasis on functional movements
and bodyweight exercises.

Training specialties: Functional movement screening to identify areas for improving mobility and stability, balance
and stability training, post-rehab for musculoskeletal conditions, yoga, Pilates.

Hobbies/Interests: Photography, hiking, music, movies, reading the classics

Rachel Ross, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: ACSM certified Personal Trainer, B.S. Sports Medicine, MEd Sport Science and Nutrition
Personal Training Since: 2004

Clients who train with me can expect... fun and challenging workout geared toward your specific goals. We will utilize a variety of tools including weight machines, stability balls, weighted medicine balls, and kettlebells as well as your own body weight to achieve your desired level of fitness.
Training Specialties: Lifestyle changes including nutrition and exercise, sport conditioning, small group training.
Hobbies/Interests: Chasing my two boys, maintaining an active lifestyle, running, reading and traveling.

Shandy Smith, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, 20 years of teaching martial arts
Personal Trainer since: 2014
Clients who train with me can expect... 
a safe and effective workout based on everyday movements and tailored to your specific goals. I emphasize proper form and technique before increasing weight so that you stay injury-free.
Hobbies/Interest: Dancing, martial arts, writing, solving puzzles, learning, playing and listening to music, and playing games of all kinds.

Sibylle Hohendorf, Pilates Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: ACE Certified Personal Trainer. She has been comprehensively certified in the Pilates Methodology through the internationally recognized company Peak Pilates, where she was trained and certified under second generation master teacher Coleen Glenn.
Personal Trainer since: 2002
Pilates Instructor since: 2003
Clients who train with me can expect… a dedicated, compassionate and detail oriented instructor who will guide her clients safely and effectively. I take your goals and individual needs such as proper alignment, joint health, spinal decompression, core strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, very seriously. I will challenge you to your fullest potential to help you gain an increased body awareness (which is essential for good posture), perform better in life, look better and feel better!
Hobbies/Interest: My dogs, rescuing stranded marine mammals, snorkeling, hiking, world traveling, Flamenco, workshops in Pilates, Yoga, wellness, fitness, and nutrition.

Suzanne Shearman, Certified Personal Trainer

Certification/Training: ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Training since: 1996
Clients who train with me can expect to learn how to tune into your body so you can maximize your workout and still keep it safe. Emphasis on proper form, strength gains, fun and stress relief.
Training Specialties: TRX Small Groups, weight loss, post rehab for joint and spine, breast cancer survivors, balance and core strength, water exercises.
Hobbies/Interests: Needlework, macrame, jewelry making.

Class Instructors

Frances Zopp, Nationally Certified Instructor

Gillian Redfearn, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification/Training: AFAA Certified, NIA White Belt, Dance Minor
Instructor since: 2000
People who take my class can expect to feel successful no matter their level of fitness and/or overall strength.
Currently Teaching: Strength, NIA, Step
Hobbies/Interests: Dance (Modern & Samba), Travel, Austin Samba School (Percussion), Social Justice Work & Fundraising, Watching Football, Live Music

Greg Easley, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification/Training: Professional ballet dancer/choreographer
Instructor since: 2000
People who take my class can expect: a lot of muscle building, balancing, endurance, fat burning FUN
Currently teaching: Center Barre
Hobbies/Interests: spending time with my family and 2 dogs, Gus & Winnie

Jennifer Lenich, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification: AFAA certification-group exercise, step, Low-impact, kickboxing, cycling since 1986.
MOSSA certified in Group Power since July 2009

Instructor Since: January 1984 (which must mean I was 2 when I started😜)

People attending my class can expect to be challenged, included, have fun, and leave feeling better than when they walked in the door!

Currently Teaching: Group Power and Cycling

Hobbies/Interests: Golfing, ANYTHING crafty-especially scrapbooking/paper crafting and bullet journaling, traveling and spending time with family/friends.

Jeremy Devens, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification/Training: ERYT 200
Instructor since: 2011
People who take my class can expect to release tension in the shoulders, back and hips. Expect simple and effective ways to strengthen the core, back and glutes. You’ll see continual progress in your practice, at all levels of experience. Each class includes posture, breathing and meditation practices personalized to your requests.
Currently Teaching: Hatha, Vinyasa, Gentle, Yin, Restorative
Hobbies/Interests: I’m a geek for all aspects of health and wellness and spend most of my time there, though I still make sure to make time for hobbies. My step dad is a tattoo artist, so I grew up interested in art and still love to draw for fun. I was a music producer for many years and still write songs in my free time. I love finding any great creators body of work (film, music, art, etc) and learning everything I can about their work and what inspired them. 

Mary Esther Middleton, Certified Yoga Instructor

Certification/Training: RYT 200
Instructor since: June 1993
People who take my class can expect a relaxing experience!
Currently teaching: Eclectic Hatha – a blend of a number of yoga practices.
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, hiking, kayaking, reading, watching sunrises and sunsets. Being outside.

Megan Chambers, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer / Schwinn and M.O.I Cycle Certified
Instructor since: 2005
People who take my class can expect to sweat A LOT! ….a welcoming and friendly class culture; an indoor ride that pushes all fitness levels to your personal cardiovascular limit; individual one-on-one bike set up; occasional post-class social nights (involving food, of course)
Currently Teaching: Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 p.m. Cycle Stamina classes
Hobbies/Interests: Middle School Spanish teacher by day, sprint triathlete by night. I love to spend time with family and friends, especially my sweet nieces and nephews. I am a huge sports fan of both the collegiate and professional levels. I completely geek out about organizing.

Sean Riley, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification/Training: 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Onnit Academy Certs: Foundations of movement, Durability, Kettlebells, Steelmace
Instructor since: 2015
People who take my class can expect alignment-based slow flow with attention to posture as well as functional cues to address our modern habits of sitting/texting.
Currently Teaching: Vinyasa yoga, Restorative yoga
Hobbies/Interests: Any kind of yoga, breathwork/meditation, gymnastics rings, body weight exercise, weightlifting, rastlin, learning more about health and fitness through books/podcasts

Tracy Brown, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification/Training: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, YogaFit Certified, Zumba & Aqua Zumba Certified, TRX Trainer
Personal Training Since: 2007; Group Fitness Instructor since 1985
Clients who train with me can expect… A safe, effective and creative workout tailored to meet your needs. Whether you are a mom looking to lose weight after pregnancy, a weekend warrior trying to increase your performance or an individual trying to increase bone density, balance and stability it is my goal to assist you in achieving your specific fitness goals.
Training Specialties: Weight loss, small group weight training, boot camp training, agility, speed and flexibility, creative interval and functional strength training, Zumba!
Hobbies/Interests: My family, decorating, painting, gardening, music and dance.

Tracy Walker, Nationally Certified Instructor

Certification: AFAA Certified
Instructor since: 1999 
People who take my class can expect: a customized class for every level that’s fun and will get your heart pumpin and your booty shakin’! My motto is “We’re here for progress, not for perfection.” We’ll have some laughs and guaranteed fun.
Currently teaching: Step Challenge, Strength and Core
Hobbies/Interests: A beagle named Scout, population health communications (my day job), cooking southern style, watching Ole MIss football!

BodyBusiness Dance Instructor Kari Fox
Katie Lee, Group Fitness Instructor

Kari Fox, Fitness Instructor

Certification/Training: ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, TRX Trainer, WERQ Dance Fitness, CPR/AED

Group Fitness Instructor Since: 2016

People who take my class can expect: A safe, effective and unique workout every time

Group Fitness Specialties: Strength, Cardio, Core, Dance Fitness, Barre, Step

About me: Kari is a dedicated and versatile group fitness instructor with a passion for being healthy, fit and active. She uses her strong dance background to create unique and engaging classes.

Hobbies/Interests: Dance, Fitness, Dogs

Massage Therapists

Wendy Gaspard, Lead Massage Therapist

Certification/Training: Licensed Massage Therapist (550+ hours); The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School; B.A. (Communication), Southwestern University
Massage Therapist since: 1994
Clients who receive a massage from me can expect: A blend of all my massage training from which I can tailor your experience according to your needs and expectations ensuring that you leave feeling better than when you come in! 
Specialties: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Chair Massage, Structural Bodywork, Shiatsu, Hot Stone Massage, Craniosacral Therapy
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my family, baking, photography, traveling, reading, watching movies.

Darci Barton, Massage Therapist

Certification/Training: Licensed Massage Therapist (500 hours); The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, LMSW (Master of Social Work); University of Utah

Massage Therapist since: 2017

I look forward to customizing your massage to fit your individual goals. I strongly believe in preventative maintenance as well as assessing and treating the body to identify problem areas. Addressing chronic pain with a goal in mind is my ideal way to work with you towards feeling like your best self!

Specialties: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Chair Massage, Orthopedic, Mobility/Stretching, Pain Management and Aroma Touch Technique

Hobbies/Interests: In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, especially to hike, camp, and play in water. I also enjoy playing and listening to music, along with spending quality time with family, friends, and my dogs.

Hannah Barton, Massage Therapist

Certification/Training: Licensed Massage Therapist (500+ hours); The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School
Massage Therapist since: 2013
I believe in the healing power of movement and connection. My goal is to work with you to bring balance, pain relief, comfort and mobility to your body through massage therapy and post-session education. I look forward to working with you to create table and chair sessions based on your unique needs.
Specialties: Deep Tissue, Sports/Stretching, Swedish, Chair Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Orthopedic, Oncology Massage, AromaTouch® Technique
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, working out, volunteering, listening to podcasts, reading and exploring nature in ATX!

BodyBusiness Massage Therapist Tom Bentz
Tom Bentz, Massage Therapist

Certification/Training: Licensed Massage Therapist (500 hours); The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School. BS Criminal Justice, Missouri Southern State University
Massage Therapist since: 2019
Clients who receive a massage from me can expect:
To me, every massage client presents a unique challenge: how can I make your life better? Whether it’s through deep myofascial work to help rehabilitate injuries and compensation patterns, or a relaxing swedish massage designed to help you unwind, it’s my goal to help get you back to your best self.
Specialties: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Orthopedic, Myofascial Release
Hobbies/Interests: I spend my time competing in grappling and jiu jitsu, working on my podcast (Say What You Will), and reading trashy fantasy and mystery books.

Certifications Key:

ACE – American Council on Exercise
ACSM – American College of Sports Medicine
AFAA – Aerobics & Fitness Association of America
ARC – American Red Cross
BTS – Body Training Systems
NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine
NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association
All staff holds certifications in CPR and AED that are updated every 2 years.

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