Meet the Instructors

Jessica Beatty is the owner of Bella Rose Yoga & Fitness Studio.  Jess is an MD physician trained at MSU and is the founder of Bella Rose Skin Care & Wellness Center next door to our yoga studio.  She has been doing yoga for over 15 years, is 200hr RYT certified, and has extra certifications in Buti Yoga, Buti Bands, Buti Sculpt, Hot Core, and aerial yoga.  She also teaches hip hop yoga, power yoga, and recovery yoga classes at the studio.   Jess is passionate about empowering and healing women with her classes.  She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her bulldogs, and riding horses.


Stacie  Nielsen is a business partner and owner of the studio.  She first discovered yoga in 2008 when she first moved to Chicago and a new friend encouraged her to try a class. She was intrigued by the movements and how physically and mentally refreshed she felt after.  She continued to regularly practice until her brother tragically passed away in 2012. She feared her yoga mat and the emotions it would stir up. In 2017, a friend convinced her to reintroduce herself to her mat and she fell in love all over again. A well timed massage and friend told her about Light Guardians Yoga School and her heart told her it was time. She has a quirky personality that carries into her practice. She loves to keep busy and her classes incorporate this, showing that you can find peace and relaxation in consistent movement in conjunction with breath. When not on her yoga mat, she works full time as a Physician Practice Manager.  Her husband Chris, daughter Isabella, son Connor, and lab Timothy live in the heart of downtown Alpena. They can often be found checking out all the great things the community has to offer, running around the neighborhood or having a family dance off in the kitchen.


Desiree Nowaczyk, AS, LPTA, RYT200, ACE CPT, SC-C, and certified Barre Connect instructor is an integrative practitioner.  Des hopes to facilitate well-being by honoring the student’s innate wisdom to heal. Embracing and nourishing the mind, body, spirit connection leads to optimal health. Desiree’s intention is to encourage and empower individuals with tools, techniques and ancient wisdom that promote transformation.  Desiree’s foundation is built from years of physical movement and passionate exploration. With 2 decades of fitness experience and more than 3000 yoga classes taught, Desiree guides with compassion and confidence. Her movement practices are infused with creativity, joy, gratitude and non-judgment.  ​Within each of us there is a divine spark. Yoga guides us back to this place. Desiree believes that we are all worthy of being valued and cherished. Through self-acceptance, trust, faith, letting go, love, forgiveness and creativity we return to our treasured truth.  ​Woven through each classis Desiree’s wisdom as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Personal Trainer, Spiritual Counselor, Laughter Leader, Reiki Master, Holistic Life Coach, and Longevity and Wellness Specialist. ​


Julie Smith Mandrick has been an active participant of the Alpena yoga community for about 15 years, but has practiced yoga for over 40 years. Julie received her 200 hour RYT through Light Guardians Yoga school in 2017 and a 50 hour Yin Teacher training with Bernie Clark at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver CA in April 2018. Julie is excited to teach Yin Yoga at Bella Rose Yoga.


Lisa Kruse went to her first Zumba class back in August 2013 and has loved Zumba ever since! She loved Zumba so much that she became a licensed Zumba instructor in December 2015. She has been a part of the Zumba Instructor Network since December 2015. Why did she fall in love with Zumba so fast? She loves Zumba because its fun, relieves stress and you’re working out but it feels more like a party! Another reason why she loves Zumba so much is the community and friends that are brought together. She also loves going to concerts, outdoor adventures, reading and of course dancing. So come try Zumba! Let loose, smile and dance!


Chrissy Taratuta fell in love with fitness early on. At first, yoga was simply an activity to help balance a lifestyle of running but after attending outdoor yoga classes she soon found a deeper connection. The combination of nature and yoga brought a new perspective to the practice. It quickly became a necessary habit. She wanted to share the joy and peace it brought to her with others. When the opportunity to become certified in Alpena arose, she jumped at the chance. In the spring of 2017 she graduated from Light Guardians Yoga School with a 200 hour certification. Teaching is a new experience for her and she is excited to continue learning and growing on this adventure and encourages people to challenge themselves along with her. Outside of yoga, she is passionate about nature and spends most days outdoors, hiking, running and taking photos. Her dream is to continue teaching, traveling and bringing awareness to the beauty life holds in the small joys.