Sophia Briegleb, owner and PMA-Certified teacher

Sophia fell in love with Pilates after using it to heal eight years of chronic hip and SI joint pain, when nothing else had helped.  She has a B.S. in Sports Medicine, a M.S. in Neuroscience, was certified as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2003, and taught Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology at the Community College of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.  In 2016, she graduated from the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder and became a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Pilates Teacher.  She opened Kinesis Pilates in her home to bring high quality and competitively priced classical Pilates instruction to NE Denver.  In June of 2017, she moved the studio to The Stanley Marketplace and it became a Host Advisor studio for The Pilates Center, welcoming students to complete internship hours for their training program.   In 2018, she completed the Kathy Grant Heritage Training, which equips her with tools to help all clients better understand the movement skills necessary to execute Pilates well.  Sophia loves learning and seeks out a variety of continuing education experiences, including Masters Week and The Lost Treasures archival exercises workshop at The Pilates Center, Irene Dowd workshops on the shoulder and knee, and Movement Science Made Simple workshops at Pilates Aligned.

Sophia specializes in not just teaching the Pilates repertoire of exercises, but rather using them to teach you how to move better.  She helps you learn how to efficiently and effectively move your whole body in your sessions, as well as how to transfer that into your daily life.  With practice and patience, your biomechanics change.  The result is that your body moves better, feels better, and looks better.

Sophia teaches Mondays through Saturdays, and can be reached at sophia@kinesispilatesdenver.com.


Kim Zachar, PMA-Certified Teacher

Kim has always been active with outdoor activities like skiing and cycling, as well as visiting the gym.  She started doing Pilates in 2006 to help with imbalances and weakness in the shoulder and back during swimming.  Pilates corrected this initial issue, and created improvements in strength and flexibility throughout her body.  She realized Pilates is unique.  It is gentler on the body and builds strength in all muscle groups – large and small!   A few years ago, Kim broke her hip in a bicycle accident, and Pilates was instrumental in her recovery. She uses Pilates to manage osteoarthritis and pain in the hip, as well as to maintain joint mobility and strength.  

Kim wrapped up a career in software technology sales in January 2016 and began pursing Pilates full time.  She completed the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder in 2017 and became certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).  She continues her education with regular workshops, including ones on postnatal Pilates, Irene Dowd’s shoulder workshop, and Movement Science Made Simple workshops at Pilates Aligned. In 2019, she’ll begin the Kathy Grant Heritage Training. Kim is all too familiar with the physical stress of commuting, computer work and flying and wants to help people get their bodies moving.  She believes Pilates is a powerful lifelong fitness method and is excited to share it with others.  

Kim teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  She can be reached at kim@kinesispilatesdenver.com.


AMY McChesney, PMA-Certified Teacher

Hailing from the midwest, Amy moved to sunny California to pursue her BA at Scripps College.  Post graduation, she relocated to LA and taught a variety of fitness classes ranging from Spin to Barre. It was there that she was introduced to Pilates and fell in love with the method. Wanting to deepen her understanding and practice, Amy moved to Colorado to enter the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center.  In 2017, she completed her training and became certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). She’ll begin the Kathy Grant Heritage Training in 2019.  She loves sharing her passion for Pilates and its ability to heal.

Amy teaches on Wednesdays.  She can be reached at amy@kinesispilatesdenver.com.   


Jennifer Bradney, Teacher

Jennifer is a Colorado native and a mom.  She started her Pilates practice after her ballet teacher suggested she give it a try, and has been practicing for over 17 years.  She completed a comprehensive pre-certification in classical Pilates before continuing her education at The Pilates Center in Boulder, where she earned her Advanced Certificate in 2016.  She likes to teach Pilates exercises in a doable, all-inclusive manner.  She wants you to leave feeling lifted and grounded at the same time so that you can take on anything.

Jennifer teaches on Sundays.   She can be reached at jennifer@kinesispilatesde.com.


Regan Johannesen, Teacher

Regan discovered Pilates in 2005 while living in Chicago.  After an ACL tear from skiing, a fractured sesamoid bone from ballet, and debilitating hip and back pain, a chiropractor recommended Pilates.   As a competitive runner and dancer, not moving was not an option.  So she set off to the Pilates studio to begin her journey towards healing.  Her love of Pilates eventually led her to become a teacher herself.

Initially Certified in contemporary Pilates through Body Arts and Science International (BASI), Regan was intrduced to classical Pilates after taking workshops with Michelle Larson of Core Dynanics and The Taylor sisters of the renowned The Pilates Center in Boulder.  She couldn’t deny there was something more in the classical way.  With her quest for knowledge, she began The Pilates Center bridge program for already trained teachers, and completed her advanced teacher training in 2016.  She then became a Host Advisor, helping teach and guide trainees going through the program.  Being an athlete her whole life and having to deal with the pain sometimes caused by it, Regan can relate to clients with various needs--from the athlete to the injured to the novice.  Regan is a mom to two daughters and also enjoys hiking, yoga, ballet and swimming.

Regan teaches on Wednesdays.  She can be reached at regan@kinesispilatesdenver.com.


Chris Campbell, Student teacher

Chris discovered Pilates in 2015; she is forever changed.  Before finding Pilates, Chris’s workout routine involved blood-pumping group weight training and cardio classes.  Despite “being in shape,” she continued to be plagued with consistent aches and pains, endured a broken foot, torn wrist-ligament, a bulging disc and had an undiagnosed 8-year old diastasis.  In 2015, she had the opportunity to become one of Sophia’s first students. Practicing Pilates regularly, Chris learned to move better and understand her body’s nuances. In only a few short months, she was able to heal her body, correct movements and is now pain free. Chris even converted her husband, and they bought a reformer and other Pilates equipment for their home gym. 

After dreaming about Pilates day and night, Chris began the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program in Boulder in September 2018.  Through her teaching and love of Pilates, Chris is inspired to help others improve their strength and movement, prevent injuries, and rehabilitate ailments. 

Chris will be student teaching on Mondays and Fridays come late November 2018.


Lynn Key, Substitute Teacher

Lynn Key is a graduate of the Advanced Teacher Training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder. Since graduating in October of 2016, Lynn has taught Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes on the reformer, tower, chair and mat at Evolve Pilates of Denver.             

Lynn has always been an active skier, swimmer and outdoor enthusiast. She was introduced to the classical method of Pilates nine years ago. Lynn has found that the consistent practice of Pilates has increased her core strength, flexibility and energy level. She is convinced that the benefits of Pilates will allow her to stay active and keep up with her athletic family for many years. Lynn enjoys sharing her passion for Pilates with people of all ages, genders and levels of fitness.                                           

Lynn's twenty seven year career as a teacher of young children has given her an understanding of different learning styles that enriches her teaching of adults. She is known to have a calm presence and patient teaching style. Lynn's strength as a teacher of Pilates is her ability to adjust her classes to meet each person's unique level of experience, fitness, flexibility and strength.                             

Lynn is excited to join the talented team of teachers at Kinesis Pilates, as a substitute. She firmly believes in the ability of Pilates to improve posture and awaken feelings of youth and vitality. She is passionate about the opportunity to empower others through Pilates on their path towards overall health and well being. 


Ara Haupt, Substitute teacher

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Ara was first exposed to Pilates more than a decade ago and was quickly hooked, realizing that it complimented all of the outdoor activities she enjoys. She received a masters in Physician Assistance in 2011 from the CU Anschutz Medical School, and has worked at a pediatric PA at Partners in Pediatrics for the past six years. Throughout this time, she has learned to integrate many complimentary modalities into healthcare. Recently, she has become more eager to promote healthy movement and an understanding of the mind-body connection that Pilates brings. Ara enjoys exploring how Pilates can provide a boost in mental and emotional along with physical health in her patients.

In the spring of 2018, Ara graduated from the 600-hour Intermediate Plus Pilates Teacher Training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder. She's excited to teach anyone looking for an opportunity to experience what Pilates has to offer, but especially kids, teens, expectant and/or postpartum moms. 


Interested in working at Kinesis Pilates?  Email sophia@kinesispilatesdenver.com.