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DESIREE AARTS, Pilates Instructor

Desiree’s life journey started between the tulips in the Netherlands. After graduating as a Physical Therapist in 1986, she was recruited to work in the United States and took off for a new adventure to Chicago. She graduated with a Masters of Health Sciences from the University of Indianapolis in 1992. From Chicago she moved to Aspen, Co where she fell in love with skiing, mountain biking and her Kiwi husband, Nigel. He took her back to the beautiful New Zealand.

In New Zealand, Desiree continued to work as a Physical Therapist. Initially she owned her own clinic and after having her 2 boys Pieter and Isaac, she sold the clinic and worked part-time. Over time she transitioned to vocational rehabilitation; assisting clients in their return to work after injury.

Desiree started her Pilates-training in 2004 and was trained in mat Pilates by Scott Menezes from the Australasian Pilates group. In 2006 She concentrated further on mat Pilates specific for Physical Therapist and trained with Back in Motion, Pilates from Dunedin, NZ.  She used Pilates mainly as an additional tool for her treatments and in the back-to-work rehabilitation programes. She loved how beneficial Pilates was for her own body and attended semi private Pilates-classes in New Zealand for years

In 2016, her husband was offered a transfer within GE to Minden.  Ready for a new adventure her family landed in the beautiful Carson valley. Desiree was ready for a change from Physical Therapy and she decided to further her Pilates knowledge.  She loved the classes at K2 and was impressed with our local Pilates guru, Beth Shrum.  She started reformer training with Beth in May 2017.  Desiree loves working with people and her extensive background in anatomy and biomechanics is an asset for a safe workout on the reformer.

1986: Graduated with BS in Physical therapy from Stetching Utrechtse Paramedische Academie, The Netherlands


1992: Masters in health Science from University of Indianapolis

1997: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from NSCA

2004: Mat- Pilates with Allan Menezes, Pilates Institute Australasian

2006: Mat exercises using the Pilates Method for Physical Therapist with Sally Birchall, Back in Motion Pilates.

2014: Vocational rehabilitation paper at Otago Medical School, New Zealand

2017: Comprehensive Pilates Reformer Training -  Full Circle Pilates – Elizabeth Shum

Multiple continuing education courses for Physical Therapist. Some of the relevant courses for Pilates include:

* Shirley Sahrman, Muscle imbalances level 1-2

* “When the foot hits the floor everything changes;” –

    A comprehensive biomechanical review of the foot and ankle

 * FeldenKrais: Proper Posture, Gait and Balance Training

*  Jacqui Clark: Understanding Movement and Function- Core stability/shoulder stability/SI

   disfunction and pelvic alignment.

RAECHEL PROSSER, Pilates and Barre Instructor

A native of the Carson Valley, Raechel is a graduate of Beth Shrum's comprehensive Integrated Pilates certification program.  Raechel's 16 years of dancing for The Dance Workshop led to her passion for Pilates, "Pilates has been life changing for me.  It has made me much more aware of my own body movement, and taught me the changes I need to make to feel my best."  In addition, Raechel helped K2 Pialtes launch their "Barre" program.  Her ballet experience and skills shine through her detailed and challenging Barre instruction.  Raechel is a graduate of UNR and when she is not dancing or practicing Pilates, she loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family.

Integrative Training
Full Circle Pilates, Elizabeth Shrum
Comprehensive apparatus Certified, September 2014 - May 2015
Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Spine Corrector, Baby Arc and Mat

Barre Instructor Training Program
Barre Biz,Incline Village, NV - Carrie Haines
Dec. 2014

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dani's passion for body and movement began at the age of five with her first ballet and jazz classes.  Fromt that point forward, she developed her passion and knew she would continue with it the rest of her life!

Dani discovered Pilates while studying to become a Physical Therapist at University, in Sao Paulo.  Through her studies, she realized she wanted to make physical activity a priority in her patient's lives and not just during their rehab and physical therapy treatments.  She discovered a European technique developed by the French Physiotherapist Phillipe E. Souchard, called RPG (Global Postural Re-Education).  The practice is based on the progressisng knowledge of human biomechanics and motor coordination.  This theory applies ot postural re-education based on a thorough analysis and observation of anatomy, physiology and he evolution of symptoms which lead to injury.  She incorporates this therapy as well as the principles of Pilates, including breathing, core control, balance and coordination into her rehabilitation practices.

She began her Pilates certification training in her native Brazil, first in 2008, completing the mat Pilates with ball integration requirments.  From there she completed the comprehensive apparatus training program including the Reformer, Chair and Cadillac certifications.

Dani moved to the United States in 2010 to continue to develop her language skills.  She lived in Colorado and at this time met her future husband, Jonathan.

Eager to continue her education and develop her physical therapy emphasis on women's care, she discovered the Aiero Pilates From Esuela Power Pilates Madrid - Spain.  This program focuses specifically on the pelvic floor, transverse abdominal activation and core control using the Pilates Plus Strings.  Dani moved to Madrid in 2014 to complete the course requirements and also completed the Stott Pilates Rehabilitation Program for the mat and reformer.

In February, 2016, she returned to Colorado to visit Jonathan, later that year they married.  In January 2017, they were transferred to the Carson Valley.  

Dani loves to teach people and help them gain strength and knowledge of rehabilitation and their capabilities.

Outside of work, she loves to go hiking with her husband Jonathan, get together with her family, friends and loved ones, enjoying Lake Tahoe and travel.


2006 Graduated with a B.S in Physical Therapy

 Universidade Estácio de Sá  

2008   Mat Pilates with ball integration certification

Ivana Henn Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2008   Comprehensive Pilates Apparatus Certification

Physio Health Pilates, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014   Aero Pilates Form

Escuela Power Pilates, Madrid, Spain

2014   Stott – Pilates for Rehabilitation (Mat and Reformer)

Madrid, Spain

2014   Total Barre Foundation Course

Merrithew Health & Fitness in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

2015   Stretch Eze – Dynamic Movement

Pilates Method Alliance

BETH SHRUM, Pilates Instructor

Elizabeth Shrum, owner and educator of Full Circle Pilates Integrative Training, has established programs designed for the movement therapist. She currently instructs her private clientele and group classes at K2 Pilates in Minden, NV. Beth has taught twice in Denmark at the Chiropractic Clinic in Herning to educate their chiropractors and physical therapists in rehabilitation techniques utilizing the Pilates repertoire and was recently invited back for 2017 to teach at NIKKB, Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. Her latest modality training and certifications in basic and intermediate P-DTR, Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex, has opened her perspective of human functionality and mechanics even further with its focus on providing proper neuro-receptor stimulus in which upgrades the software of the body with less focus on the hardware. Outside of her productive work life, she and her incredible partner love their new life with their beautiful daughter.

K2 Pilates, group instructor, private practice and educator of Full Circle Integrative Training
P-DTR or Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex, certified in basic and intermediate

Marie Jose Bloom's Long Beach Dance Conditioning, therapeutic Pilates Certification Program through Synergy Systems of Encinitas, Ca.: Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrel, small props, Mat levels 1 and 2, 2001

Instructor at Julian Littleford's J.L. Body Conditioning of Del Mar, Ca.

Full Circle Pilates in Flagstaff, AZ, owner 2003-2012

Northern Arizona University, Pilates program instructor

Coconino Community College, Ballet and Pilates instructor

Multiple bodywork modalities with mentor Tim Williams, cranial and viseral manipulation, cadaver program with Barral Institute

Touch for Health Kinesiology, Level 1 and 2

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Level 1

Dancer, City Ballet of San Diego and Utah Ballet

University of Utah


KATIE BRANNAN - Pilates/SPIN Instructor and Owner

A native of Sandpoint, Idaho, Katie Brannan's passion for Pilates began when she moved to Gardnerville in the fall 2003.  She started taking Pilates regularly at Body by Pilates in Minden and followed the studio as it transitioned to Pilates Power in Gardnerville.  Katie started her Pilates certification education in San Francisco in June of 2009 through the Balanced Body University program.  She completed the Reformer and Movement Principles program with Elizabeth Larkam - an internationally recognized Master Trainer of Pilates and innovator of Mind-Body Movement.
Katie's interest in sports and fitness training began early as she started skiing at the age of four and ski-racing by the time she was six.  She spent her winters on the slopes, summers in the lake, and every fall was spent playing volleyball.
She discovered her fascination of travel and languages early-on after her mother took her to a Formula One car race in Phoenix in 1990.  The speed, excitement and international flair captivated Katie and from that day forward - her walls were covered in racecars, and her time was spent studying the sport, the business of the sport and traveling to IndyCar and Formula One events whenever possible!
Katie studied Business and Language Communications (Spanish, French and German) at Arizona State University.  She graduated from ASU in 1999 and moved to California to work as a public relations representative for PPI Motorsports, a professional racing team competing in NASCAR, Champ Car and the SCORE Off-Road Series.  She went on to spend 10 years working as a publicist for teams, sponsors, drivers and actors in racing.  During that time she had the pleasure of assisting in the production of television episodes based around the teams she worked for, including hit shows "Modern Marvels," "CSI Miami," "Dangerous Jobs" and others.  While she still consults on racing projects, the beauty of the Carson Valley has lured her away from the extensive travel requirements of her profession.

After fulfilling her dream of a career in professional motorsports, Katie and her husband Kyle purchased "Pilates Power" and re-named it "K2 Pilates" on January 12th, 2009.
Since the inception of K2 Pilates, the studio has grown to include studio cycling,  Pilates Chairs and has introduced two new exercise concepts to the Carson Valley - the popular "BARRE" fitness program,  and "The K2."  The K2 class combines SPIN and Pilates - featuring 30 minutes of cardio exercise on the SPIN bikes, followed by 30 minutes of stretching, strengthening and core work on the Pilates reformer.

K2 Pilates was voted "Carson Valley's Best Pilates and Yoga Studio" by the readers of the local newspaper, "The Record Courier," two years in a row, and Katie was honored with the "Businesswoman of the Year" award by in 2012.

In 2011 it looked like the studio may be changed to "K3 Pilates" with the arrival of Katie and Kyle's baby boy.  However "Vaughn" was given a family name and the "K2" legacy grows in Gardnerville, entering its eighth year in 2017.

Pilates and Beyond, San Francisco
Balanced Body University - Elizabeth Larkam
Reformer I and Movement Principles, June 2009
Pfilates Certified - Dr. Bruce Crawford
Pilates for the pelvic floor, July 2010



JESSICA MCGRATH -  Pilates, Barre and Spin Instructor

Born in Southern CA, Jessica was raised in Gardnerville.  An avid skier since the age of 2, Jessica trained most of her life as a competitive snow boarder.  Pilates became a part of her life after she suffered a back injury in 2002, while competing to be in the winter Olympics.  She was introduced to Pilates mat classes and SPIN by her sister in South Lake Tahoe, and fell in love with her bodies response to the practice. Jessica moved back to the valley from Tahoe in 2009 and found K2 who inspired her to begin her Pilates certification.  A student of Balanced Body University and training with Tom McCook, she completed her initial Reformer training in 2010 and continued her education with Beth Shrum completing her Anatomy and Mat certification program!
Jessica has extensive background in movement and has explored a multitude of levels in healing and touch therapy.  Her approach to Pilates and SPIN is influenced by her studies in human anatomy and kinesiology.  She is also a graduate of the South Lake Tahoe Massage School.
Patient and dedicated, Jessica works closely with clients to identify and help heal imbalances, with the ultimate goal of empowering them in their day-to-day activities. Her energy is contagious and her classes are challenging yet invigorating. Outside of teaching and exercise, she and her husband Justin love to spend time outdoors with thier young children Declan and Adaline. 

Center of Balance, Mountain View, CA
Balanced Body University - Tom McCook

Reformer I and Movement Principles

Full Circle Pilates Integrative Training,  Gardnerville, NV
Anatomy and Mat Certification and Training with Beth Shrum
March 2013

Barre Instructor Training Program, Incline Village, NV
Barre Biz, Carrie Haines
Dec. 2014

South Lake Tahoe Massage School

NCBTMB Certified (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork)

It is our goal at K2, to offer our clients challenging, safe and continuously evolving instruction in our effort to maximize your fitness experience, and to help you meet your goals.

RACHELLE SHEEHAN, Barre Instructor

Rachelle grew up in Santa Cruz, California and is new to the Carson Valley. Her love of movement and performance goes back to childhood as she acted in many plays and choreographed many dances for the dance and cheerleading teams.

 After graduating from San Jose State University, she went on to pursue her love of performance, music and dance. She started a burlesque troupe and joined a blues band. Her dance background includes ballet, salsa, swing, jazz, hip hop, burlesque and pole. 

From her love of dance sprang an interest in fitness. She has been a Pilates, yoga and barre enthusiast for years and recently decided to further her passion for barre through pursuit of a certification of instruction. Through the Barre Above program and her musical background, she fuses the training methods of ballet, strength, yoga and Pilates to deliver an upbeat workout to popular music. It is fun and challenging for all ages and abilities. She is anxious to further her education and training in the fitness realm.


2018: Barre Above Certification with Master Trainer Rose Zahnn, Sacramento, CA

2009: Bachelors Degree Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies, San Jose, CA

      Instructor Bios

Julie Roth, SPIN Instructor

Julie Roth was born in upstate NY and attended Clarkson University. After graduation she started working as an Environmental, Health, and Safety Manger for GE. In 2009, she was transferred to the Minden, NV office. She is a certified industrial hygienist and received her spin certification through Cycling Fusion. When she’s not working or teaching spinning she enjoys Pilates, mountain biking, skiing, and traveling with her husband, Will.