Laura earned a B.S.in Nutrition from Montana State University – Bozeman, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. She became a Certified Diabetes Educator ten years ago. Laura worked as a clinical dietitian for almost twenty years before founding Take Control. In the hospital setting, she saw a disconnect when trying to educate patients while they were in a medical crisis. Her advice was falling on deaf ears, because they weren’t in any position to make a change. As a natural problem solver, Laura had a vision for a program that could educate people in a more meaningful way – when they were ready for it. After years of working clinically with patients, and understanding how adults learn, Laura developed the Take Control program as a one-year support and guidance program to make meaningful, lasting health changes that decrease the chance of reverting back to old behaviors. Laura lives in Missoula and has two grown daughters, Madeline and Olivia. In her free time she likes to mountain bike, knit, spend time at the lake, and hike.
Shannon earned a B.S. in Community Health Education from Western Washington University, with a desire to make “healthy” more approachable for everyone, regardless of where they are starting. She enjoys guiding people away from an all-or-nothing mindset, to making one simple change at a time and adding consistency, which leads to success. Shannon says "most clients know internally what they need to do to be successful, and I love helping them tap into that inner knowledge, choose their goals, and succeed." She believes everyone deserves to have strategies that work when it comes to health and wellness goals. Shannon is nationally certified as a personal trainer with Athletics and Fitness Association of America, and certified in maternal and women’s health. In her free time, she loves running and being active outdoors, reading, and making great memories with her husband, two teenagers, extended family, and friends.
A true “people person,” Erin brings her passion for helping others to share how Take Control can make a positive impact on their health and quality of life. She loves to show people how our program can eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed by breaking down the process into simple, attainable steps. Just getting started can be intimidating, but Erin enjoys making the first step easy by showing people they are being supported. She says “if you don’t know where to start, our coaches ask the questions that are on your heart, and then customize your program to those answers.” She believes that everyone deserves to find a balance that makes them happy, and one that works within the time parameters their life can accommodate. Erin has a B.A. in Business Administration from Fresno State University. She lives in Stevensville, and in her free time enjoys spending time with her husband and two children adventuring and thrifting.
Katie has a B.S. in Food and Nutrition from Montana State University-Bozeman; and completed her dietetic internship at Idaho State University. Her desire to help people stems from her belief that everyone deserves support from a coach with an open mind who can create a tailored plan, specific to each person. Katie says “Cookie-cutter plans don’t work. Everyone should have an opportunity to succeed.” Katie helps people rise above perceived obstacles by pointing out the positives in their choices, and focusing on big-picture goals with creative strategies for staying on track. She gets to the root of individual health roadblocks and guides people toward their true goals. As a registered dietitian, Katie enjoys helping people develop healthy relationships with food, and become more in tune with their body's needs. She specializes in obesity and weight management. In Take Control’s maternal program, she works with new moms, providing guidance with breastfeeding, adding solids for infants, and encourages moms to carve out time for themselves. Katie lives northeast of Grass Range on a 3rd generation cattle ranch with her husband and young sons. She enjoys family dance sessions in the kitchen, walks, hikes, snowshoeing, and moving cows.
Kat is a certified health coach, holding credentials through the ADCES and IIN. Her passion for health coaching stemmed from a desire to create a space where people are comfortable enough to tap into their own inner knowledge, which she puts to use to empower and motivate them. Kat says “people who come to us for health coaching often start out feeling like something is wrong with them, which is not the case. The problem is figuring out how to fit good health into their daily busy schedule. That is where I come in. I can listen and learn their unique situation, then suggest small, achievable modifications that work uniquely for them, for the long term.” Kat believes people deserve to know the science behind good health, rather than the confusion of the latest health fads. People naturally tend to focus on their flaws, but Kat excels at pointing out the things they’re doing right, making that the base, and switching the paradigm to help them focus on success. Kat is an outdoor enthusiast and she enjoys “frontier-woman-style” pursuits like cooking, re-purposing old things, raising chickens, and gardening. Her greatest joy is being Grammy to four exceptional grandchildren.
Lauren obtained her B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She completed her dietetic internship at Montana State University. She is currently pursuing her MS degree Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. Lauren is also obtaining training from the Institute of Functional Medicine. Lauren believes in utilizing food as an essential and important ingredient for good health. She is passionate about helping individuals navigate the maze of nutrition information with the end goal of a lifetime of healthier habits. Her work experience has led her on a journey to the realization she could be more effective in preventing illness while relying on her expertise with patients already ill. She is passionate about educating herself and others while practicing what she preaches with regards to maintaining a healthy balance in life. Lauren uses her “downtime” to pursue greater heights outdoors in Montana, hiking, mountain biking, and running as well as spending time with her husband and three golden retrievers.
Linda earned a B.S. in Nutrition from Montana State University – Bozeman, and completed her dietetics internship with the Veteran’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Her interest in helping others stemmed from working with the elderly and observing the vast health differences between those who struggled with health and those who were living well because they prioritized healthy food, regular exercise, and balanced living. Linda believes that everyone deserves to be heard and understood. She strives to hear your unique story, develop an understanding of where you’re at, and support and guide you toward your goals. Life’s stresses can get in the way of good health; Linda helps gather resources, build a team of providers, and create a stable place for you to get back to living the life you desire. With you in the driver seat, she will listen, help you customize your goals, address obstacles head on, and cheer you on to success! Linda lives in Bozeman and in her free time enjoys biking, walking, hiking, and taking in the valley and state’s awe-inspiring sights with her husband, sons, grandson and loyal German Shepherd.
Lindsay received degrees in Health and Human Performance and Nutrition from The University of Montana and Montana State University, respectively. She completed her dietetic internship through the Cal Poly. Lindsay was drawn to the nutrition field with a desire to make healthy eating simple and accessible for everyone. She wants people to know they are not alone in their journey, particularly when working with women in first-time pregnancies. Lindsay enjoys being a trusted resource to help pregnant women sort through the vast information available when it comes to staying healthy during their pregnancy, which leads to having a healthy baby. She believes the one-on-one customized support and information we provide to new moms is unique and invaluable. Lindsay is the mom of three young children, which inspired her to become a lactation consultant in 2017. Lindsay and her husband live in Missoula, where she enjoys trying new recipes, hiking on local trails, and spending time with her family at Flathead Lake.
Richel has a B.S. in Physical Education with a minor in Recreation from East Carolina University. She loves seeing people overcome barriers and gain confidence in themselves as they achieve their health goals. Richel points out that she’s not here to grade people or judge them, she is here to cheer them on, point out their successes, and help them be the best version of themselves. She believes that everyone deserves grace, particularly from themselves, as they work to make changes. Richel says “some days we can get off track, but we can certainly get back on track as well.” She will make sure you don’t throw in the towel by bringing empathy and encouragement to help you get back on track and achieve the health you desire. Richel will remind you that progress and success are measured in lots of ways, not just numbers on a chart. Richel was born and raised in North Carolina, but has lived in Missoula with her husband and daughter for over 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, hiking, cross country skiing, and cooking. She’s most popular in the kitchen making gourmet pizza for family and friends.
Stefanie has a B.A. in Community, Environment and Planning from the University of Washington. She enjoys a challenge, and brings empathy, intentionality, and creative problem solving to her work. Helping people navigate work injury claims sparked a deep-rooted interest in advocating for injury prevention, healthy living, and work-life balance. Stefanie enjoys creating blog and website content that is meaningful and relevant to help people achieve their health goals. She excels at providing valuable resources that allow participants and staff to succeed. She lives in Missoula, and in her free time enjoys cooking, strength training and boxing, and outdoor adventures with her husband and two spunky Alaskan Malamutes.