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.
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.
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 two young girls, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Deidre earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Montana State University, with a desire to help people gain access to accurate and quality information regarding their health. She enjoys talking to our clients and hearing their stories about their health goal journey. Deidre makes it easier for people to stay focused on their health goals by contacting them to get scheduled with a coach, ensuring their time is valued, not wasted. She loves guiding our clients to the information and resources they need to achieve their goals. Deidre is inspired by our health coaches, and how they help our members take the next steps to success. She lives in Missoula with her husband, and in her free time enjoys travel, cycling, yoga, and trying healthy recipes circulated by her co-workers.
Julie has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Montana. She has been working in healthcare operations for 15 years, helping make it easier for people to access quality health coaching without the hassle. Julie enjoys using her writing skills for health tips, educational blog content, and helpful email newsletters that give people the information they need to live the life they want. She excels at improving processes that allow people to achieve their health goals without having to jump through a bunch of hoops. She lives in Helena, and in her free time enjoys genealogy research, historic homes, and traveling with her husband.