Our team is here for you, to provide education, answer questions, solve problems, and provide encouragement every step of the way. Our health coaches build a supportive, trusting relationship with each participant. We are professionals with degrees, licenses, and training in nutrition/dietetics, public health, exercise or sports science, health education, corporate wellness, behavioral health, or a related field. We use proven theories of behavior change to empower you to set realistic goals that allow for long-term health improvement, and lower overall health care costs.



Laura received her degree in Nutrition from Montana State University – Bozeman, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. She has spent her career in Missoula working in food service management, clinical dietetics, and consulting. She is a Registered Dietitian, a Certified Diabetes Educator, a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and a past president of the Montana Dietetic Association. Laura is passionate about education and wellness. She is inspired by those “light bulb” moments when her clients are able to take the information she teaches and apply it to their lives. She’s been spotted doing “the happy dance” in her office during such times. In her free time, Laura enjoys mountain biking, running, and recreating on Canyon Ferry Lake.



Michelle’s passion for teaching and helping people dates back to childhood. Pursuing her passion to teach, Michelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Montana in 1994. Michelle has taught the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Grades. Michelle also has vast business experience. From 1992-2000, Michelle was the Owner and Office Manager of Big Sky Sprinklers, Inc. Michelle joined the Take Control team in 2009. Michelle’s outgoing, exuberant personality shines through, whether on the phone or in person. Michelle is also passionate about traveling, recreating and is always on the go with her two young children. Michelle’s commitment to ‘Stay Active’, educate, and communicate proves invaluable to all the participants in the Take Control program.



Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Western Washington University. In addition, she is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a Personal Trainer. For more than 14 years she has shared her passion as a health and fitness professional with others. Shannon has worked with individuals and groups in their pursuit of health and fitness by offering education, training, fitness classes and encouragement. During her career she has worked in various settings from schools, fitness centers, private consulting to Administrator for Assisted Living facilities. Aside from work, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also loves running, half marathons, yoga, and reading.



Kat has over 30 years of experience as a health and wellness professional. She is passionate about listening to people and hearing about their life troubles and triumphs. She believes life is a puzzle, and she loves helping people find pieces of the puzzle and put it together. Kat attended The University of Montana and MSU-Billings; and has completed many exercise training certifications throughout the years, including personal training, instructing, and kickboxing. She is a Black Belt in Hapkido. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, designing and making jewelry, re-purposing old items, working out in the great outdoors, and having coffee with family and friends.



Kelly holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Montana and has worked in the fitness field for nearly 20 years. She is a personal trainer and seasoned fitness instructor teaching a variety of formats that include strength conditioning, indoor cycling, Bootcamp, PiYo Strength and individual weight loss challenges. These experiences have allowed her to work with a wide variety of ages and abilities. Kelly is passionate about helping people live healthy lifestyles through smart and manageable eating habits, and the discovery of physical activities they truly enjoy. When she is not working, she is likely outdoors enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, relaxing with a good book or spending an evening among friends.



Richel has a degree in Physical Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, with a minor in Recreation. She has worked in the health and wellness field for over 30 years, including leading a variety of group exercise classes ranging from step, interval training, strength, core ,cycling, Pilates and her newest endeavor, Barre. As a personal trainer, she has worked one-on-one with clients in the corporate setting, as well as private health centers. She is passionate about tapping into the variety of health challenges that different people face; and providing the tools and encouragement to help people make improvements in their lives. In her free time, Richel loves playing tennis with her team called the “Bold Betties,” and she competes every year in the USTA team tennis tournament. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband and daughter. She’s most popular in the kitchen making gourmet pizza for family and friends.



Alicia received degrees in Nutrition and Health and Human Performance from Montana State University in 2011. She completed her dietetic internship through the Montana Dietetic Internship, and graduated in 2012, earning her Registered Dietitian (RD) credential shortly after. Alicia is currently working toward her Master’s in Nutrition, and works with patients in the hospital setting, providing education and nutritional assessments. Her continued education has focused on a variety of populations including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular health and eating disorders. Alicia is very passionate about making positive changes and helping people find their way to what makes them happy. Alicia enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her family, and challenging herself with activity such as training for a half-marathon.



Katie earned her bachelor’s of Science in Food and Nutrition with an emphasis on dietetics from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2009. She completed her dietetic internship through Idaho State University, earning her registered dietitian credential in 2010. For the past five years, she has worked with in/out patients in the hospital setting. She has also worked with weight management/weight loss surgery cliental. In addition, organizing and teaching diabetic/prenatal classes. As a water aerobics instructor for the past four and half years, she understands how exercise is a key ingredient for establishing healthier behaviors. Katie is very passionate and enthusiastic in helping others reach their goals. She enjoys traveling, exploring, cooking, training, running, and spending time with family and friends.



Lindsay received degrees in Health and Human Performance and Nutrition from The University of Montana and Montana State, respectively. She completed her dietetic internship through the Cal Poly Internship program, and graduated in 2011, earning her Registered Dietitian (RD) credential shortly after. Lindsay’s sense of adventure brought her to Alaska where she began her career working in a WIC clinic. She then moved back home to Montana where she gained experience working in the ICU and the Cancer Center at a local hospital. Her continued education has focused on pre-natal and post-partum nutrition and breastfeeding. She is passionate about making healthy food easy and accessible to everyone. Lindsay enjoys cooking with her mom and two sisters, challenging herself with the newest fitness class at the gym, and exploring Montana with her husband and young daughter.




Linda has been a dietitian for nearly 22 years – she loves to eat, breathe, and live nutrition on a daily basis. She has worked as an inpatient and out-patient clinician in the hospital and clinic setting during the course of her career. She graduated from Montana State University, and interned at the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Medical Center while practicing in all areas of clinical dietetics. Linda returned to Bozeman with her husband and two sons in 2002, and began to focus on maternal and children’s health, sports nutrition for all fitness levels. She ultimately worked at the Student Health Service on the MSU campus, providing out-patient services for persons of all ages – for those looking for a friend, coach and mentorship toward a young, healthy lifestyle, and for those diagnosed with either acute or chronic disease while working or attending college. In her spare time, Linda enjoys cooking, reading, writing, hiking, power walking, trail-biking, and practicing simple steps toward a healthy balance in all areas of life. She lives in Bozeman with her husband, two sons, and highly active German shepherd – all of whom rely on her to motivate them toward optimal nutrition, daily exercise, reducing daily stress with plenty of movement, and ample rest!



Rebecca earned her Nutrition & Dietetics degree with a coordinated internship from Eastern Michigan University, and was soon after credentialed as a Registered Dietitian. She worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian in Pennsylvania before moving to Montana a few years ago. Rebecca also currently works part time in an outpatient nutrition counseling setting. She has experience coaching individuals in both clinical and community settings to meet wellness goals related to weight loss, chronic disease management, diabetes control, cancer survival, and mindful eating. Rebecca’s favorite part of her job is providing the resources and support for people to make successful and sustainable lifestyle changes. She enjoys spending her time in the great Montana outdoors, hiking, cross country skiing, and running, as well as road-tripping with her husband, drinking strong black coffee, and creating new healthy dishes in her kitchen.



Deidre earned her degree in Business Administration from Montana State University. The past several years have been filled with raising her three children alongside her husband. Now, Deidre and her husband are enjoying the life of “Empty Nesters.” As a long-time Missoula resident, Deidre loves to partake in all the community has to offer: skiing at Snowbowl, shopping at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, listening to Music, dining outdoors in Caras Park, and much more. Deidre stays physically active by doing hot yoga and hiking with her dog on Mount Jumbo; and mentally active through her participation in book club. To unwind, Deidre enjoys watching TV crime shows.



Julie brings 30 years of office experience to business operations at Take Control, having worked in a variety of industries and corporate settings ranging from landscape construction operations to healthcare facility & purchasing project management. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Montana with an emphasis in broadcast media. In addition to business services, she manages the Take Control web site and social media campaigns. In her free time, Julie enjoys Missoula and Montana’s fun mix of city and outdoor offerings. Favorites include running, hiking and backpacking, fine dining, concerts and music festivals, skiing, and reading. Julie’s favorite hobby is researching her family genealogy.