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OWNER & FOUNDER

Dr. Kaaren Vargas

Owner

Dr. Kaaren Vargas was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the US at a very young age. Her whole life she has been passionate about fitness.

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GENERAL MANAGER

Kathryn Kahn

General Manager

My passion for fitness began at a young age, through youth sport, and carried me into a collegiate career at The University of Iowa with Women’s Gymnastics.

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MANAGER

Alondra Sanchez-Morales

My name is Alondra, I’ve been involved in athletics for as long as I can remember. Over the years I’ve played volleyball, soccer, ran track, and loved taking as many Strength Training classes as I could! 

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PERSONAL TRAINERS

Florencio Campos

I have been lifting for nearly thirty years, and have utilized that experience in the last twelve years for personal training.

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Nikolai Hill

My goal is to influence others positively through movement. To bring the type of energy that will motivate individuals to achieve more through health and fitness.

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GROUP EXERCISE CLASS INSTRUCTORS

Kathryn Kahn

HIIT | TRX HIIT | Spin | Strength & Spin

My passion for fitness began at a young age, through youth sport, and carried me into a collegiate career at The University of Iowa with Women’s Gymnastics.

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FRONT DESK STAFF

Marsha Heldt, CPT, CDP

My passion for health and wellness as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer has been a part of my life since high school.

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Evelyn Knight

I love working at ThriveGym because it offers a safe place to exert your energy!

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Alondra Sanchez-Morales

My name is Alondra, I’ve been involved in athletics for as long as I can remember.

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Justyn Russo

My name is Justyn, working at Thrive Gym really is a blessing as fitness has always been so important to me.

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Jackie Brown

My name is Jackie. I am an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa. I have loved health, exercise, and sports since I was very young, beginning soccer at the age of four.

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Tanner Atwood

I’m Tanner Atwood. I’m 17 years old and have been interested in working out and wellness for about 3 years now. My interests include powerlifting, tennis, and music.

Kayley Taylor

Hello! My name is Kayley Taylor, and I am a Kirkwood College full-time student. In high school, I was a multi-sport athlete who competed in cross country and track.

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Enrique Reyes

Enrique is from Veracruz Mexico, his first language is Spanish. Along the years he’s been able to pick up English and is a man of many traits. He is an outstanding employee and a HUGE part of Thrive Gym.

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KIDS CARE

Yarelle Jaimes

My name is Yarelle! I have been involved in sports since I was young. I played basketball, soccer, and cheer.

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Leah Moenning

My name is Leah Moenning and you can find me playing with the kids in the kids care area! I love working at Thrive because of the super fun kids that I get to play with and also my amazing coworkers.

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Diana Marquez

My name is Diana Marquez; I’ve lived in Iowa City since I was 3 years old. I was born in Cali, Colombia. Growing up I was never into doing club sports.

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Ellie Felderman

Hi my name is Ellie and I grew up with a very active lifestyle from a young age. I love that working at thrive allows me to continue to live an active lifestyle all while providing a great work environment!

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