Our team is comprised of professionals with degrees, licenses, and training in a broad range of health fields.  But more than that, we’re your partners in cutting healthcare costs for your business, or making lasting change for your personal health.

We’ll work with you every step of the way, helping to set realistic goals and deliver meaningful results.


Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, President

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.


Health Coach, Registered Dietitian

Katie earned her B.S. in Food and Nutrition from Montana State University-Bozeman; and completed her dietetic internship at Idaho State University. She worked in clinical nutrition for five years, and has worked on and off the past eight years in outpatient weight management, weight loss surgery, maternal and pediatric nutrition, diabetic and heart health as well as sports nutrition. Katie was drawn to the field of nutrition as a teenager, when she regularly started running for fun, and enjoyed spending time in the kitchen -- baking and cooking. Connecting nutrition and exercise became a focus and interest for her. Katie lives northeast of Grass Range on a 3rd generation cattle ranch with her husband and 18-month-old son. She enjoys family dance sessions in the kitchen, walks, hikes, snow shoeing, and moving cows. Outside of family time, she teaches a summer water aerobics group fitness class. She continues to be challenged by running/training for races, and spending time in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes. 


Health Coach, Registered Dietitian

Linda earned a B.S.in Nutrition from Montana State University – Bozeman, and completed her dietetics internship with the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Medical Center. She has worked in a multitude of clinical and private settings, both in Montana and in Utah over the past 25 years. As a health coach, Linda enjoys being a strong resource for finding reputable nutrition information, or simply providing a listening ear and strong shoulder to lean upon during challenging times. She strives to remain current in the vast field of nutrition, and to apply her knowledge with care and compassion. Linda focuses on nutrition across the life cycle—helping a wide range of people from infants to the elderly. By focusing her studies and continuing education on the needs of people at every age, she truly believes she is able to meet every individual where they are at, and help determine a solid approach to food and nutrition. Special areas of interest include: overcoming disordered eating, building a positive body image, dealing with food sensitivities, and preventing disease via realistic action steps in everyday living. Linda strives to include optimal choices into her own routine, while living in Bozeman with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She enjoys walking, hiking, biking and taking in the awe-inspiring sites.

Lindsay watkins

Health Coach, Registered Dietitian, Lactation Consultant

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, earning her Registered Dietitian (RD) credential shortly after. Since then she has primarily spent her career working with new moms. Lindsay became interested in pre-natal nutrition and breastfeeding when she became a mom herself. Now as a mom of two young girls, she understands the struggles of new moms. This inspired her to become a lactation consultant in 2017, and she now loves supporting new moms in the maternal program. Lindsay lives is Missoula with her husband and two daughters, Ruby and Sylvie. She enjoys trying new recipes, hiking on the local trails and spending time with her family at Flathead Lake.


Health Coach, Exercise Specialist

Shannon earned a B.S. in Community Health Education from Western Washington University. She is nationally certified as a personal trainer with Athletics and Fitness Association of America. Shannon specializes in Maternal and Women’s Health. For more than 21 years, she has shared her passion as a health and fitness professional with others. Shannon is passionate about motivating people where they are at—and supporting them in the process of being healthier. She believes health is a vehicle, not a destination. Shannon she loves running and being active outdoors. Most of all, she loves spending time and making memories with her husband, two teenagers, extended family, and friends.


Health Coach, Exercise Specialist

Richel has a B.S. in Physical Education with a minor in Recreation from East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC. Her career has included being a Health and Wellness Director with the YMCA for 20 years, a personal trainer, and a group fitness instructor for over 30 years. Richel 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. She believes one key ingredient to healthy living is to keep moving -- “something is better than nothing.” Richel was born and raised in North Carolina, but she has lived in Missoula with her husband and daughter for over 20 years. In her spare time, Richel enjoys playing tennis, hiking, cross country skiing, and cooking.  She’s most popular in the kitchen making gourmet pizza for family and friends.


Health Coach, Exercise Specialist

Kat has 12 years of addiction counseling experience at an in-house treatment facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is a certified IIN Health Coach, and Take Control’s Nicotine Cessation Coach. Kat excels at helping people feel better, have more energy, and participate fully in their life, rather than just live on the sidelines. She’s inspired by meeting individuals where they are at on their wellness journey. Her values are based in relationships, and she’s grateful that she gets to engage in those values each day as a health coach at Take Control. Kat is an outdoor enthusiast, and she’s passionate about cooking, food, and grocery shopping. She’s creative in many subject areas, including repurposing projects or creating memories. She’s also a homestead frontier woman wannabe. Kat lives in Bozeman, where she’s a wife, mother, and going for her third win for “Grammy” award – anticipating the arrival of her third grandchild.


Client Services Coordinator

Deidre earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Montana State University. (Go Cats!) After raising her three kids, to get back into the workforce she began taking technology classes. With her newfound skills, she accosted Laura in a grocery store and begged her to work for Take Control. Deidre has always been interested in food and nutrition, and she loves working with our members and hearing how we change people’s lives. She’s inspired by our health coaches, and how they lead our members to take the next steps to success. Deidre loves trying the healthy recipes our staff pass around, and comparing notes. She lives in Missoula with her husband, and in her free time she enjoys travel, cycling, and yoga.


Manager Of Business & Communication Services

Julie has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Montana. She has been working in healthcare operations for 15 years, and previously worked in a variety of business operations fields, including software, landscaping, heavy hauling, banking, and even wine marketing. Julie is definitely the “Jack of All Trades” in the Take Control office. She lives in Helena, and in her free time enjoys genealogy research, historic homes, and traveling with her husband.