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Meet Our Wellcoaches Team

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All Wellcoachs are Trained and Certified by Wellcoaches School of Coaching. To learn more about Wellcoaches visit:

To schedule your Wellness Coaching Appointment or to learn more about Wellness Coaching, call 751-4505

Louise Barker

MSN Nursing
Pediatric Nurse Practioner
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

As a nurse, I have always enjoyed caring for people and helping them through adversity with a smile. My last job was giving advice as a triage nurse in San Diego. I am very excited and happy to be transitioning to a job working with people who are working towards health. As a Wellness Coach, I encourage people to find barriers and move through them towards a happier and healthier life.

Leslie Coates

MS Nutrition
Registered Dietitian
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Trained

Deb is a former teacher who believes we are all lifelong learners striving to be our “best-self”.

Deb is also a certified Tai Chi Instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. When not at The Summit, Deb enjoys cross-country skiing in the winter, and hiking, kayaking, and harvesting her lavender in the summer!


Deborah Davis

Personal Trainer Certified
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified


Deb is a former teacher who believes we are all lifelong learners striving to be our “best-self”.

Deb is also a certified Tai Chi Instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. When not at The Summit, Deb enjoys cross-country skiing in the winter, and hiking, kayaking, and harvesting her lavender in the summer!


Dana Dobson

Applied Science in Personal Training Certificate
A.C.S.M. Personal Trainer Certified
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

As a personal trainer I have learned how small successes can leads to major life changes. We are all on a journey.  We are all fighting our own fight.  It is my privilege to share this journey with my clients.  The greatest joy I receive from wellness coaching is being a small part of the growth of self confidence and wellbeing that occurs as a person discovers that they can do it, they are strong.   Wellness, weight loss and fitness are a second career for me.  Because exercise and living a healthy lifestyle had such a huge impact on my own self esteem it became my passion to help others feel better about themselves.  Certified since 2010, I believe I offer a fresh and wholehearted passion to help others be their best selves.


Sonya French

MSW Social Work
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

I love celebrating Success with my clients. I’ve met people from all walks of life and recognize that we are all just that: families and individuals, adapting and adjusting to life’s challenges. An intriguing aspect of coaching is identifying patterns and triggers.  If someone tries to address the pattern of mindless eating at night, they have to be gentle with themselves as new habits are being created.  Perhaps logging in the times of when mindless eating occurs accompanied by a log of emotions that trigger those behaviors might be helpful.  Coaching is the appreciation of where we have been, focusing on the present, and planning for the future. As a busy working mother of teenagers, I understand the need to find ‘balance’ and taking advantage of brief moments of peace. Finding the balance while prioritizing health, fitness and happiness is a journey I’d like to walk with you.


Deborah Harding

MPH, DrPH in behavior change
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

I believe that “outside the box thinking” happens with a spirit of light-hearted fun and collaboration with a trusted partner. I particularly enjoy helping you connect with a wellness vision that resonates with your energy and gets the motivational juices flowing.  I offer my unwavering belief in your ability to be successful.  My subspecialty is empowering people to learn to live without nicotine and encouraging those in recovery.   I am convinced that what we can’t do alone – we can do together.  One of my favorite quotes is from Michelangelo: “I saw an angel in the stone and carved to set it free.”  A great coach helps us chip away at layers of clutter to reveal “your best self”.  To start your journey, send me a confidential email to or call 751-4100 ext. 4491. 


Carrie Jacobs

MS Health & Promotion
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Trained

Carrie received her Masters in Health Promotion from the University of Montana in 2008 and has since gained experience managing and planning health programs on state, national and local levels. Growing up swimming competitively, she gained a love of the triathlon sport during college which taught her valuable lessons about balancing health and fitness with work and play, as well as the importance of teamwork. It is these values that helped her become an Ironman in 2012, competing in Coeur d'Alene. She believes wellness involves the mind, body, spirit and the community around an individual and is looking forward to working as a teammate with individuals to help them realize their best possible selves. She is active in the swimming community around Montana and enjoys being in the fresh air biking, running and hiking in all of the gorgeous areas Montana has to offer, alongside her husband and daughter.

Kyle Kercher

BS Health Promotion
A.C.S.M. Exercise Physiologist Certified
N.S.C.A. Strength & Conditioning Specialist Certified
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

Originally from Canada, Kyle found his way to beautiful Kalispell, Montana in 2010. From there he was brought on to perform various roles related to Journey to Wellness, Cardiac Rehab, Cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and athletic performance training. Since then he’s developed Olympic weightlifting training programs and Competitive Edge – a comprehensive coaching service that gives student athletes the tools to develop, maximize, sustain, and be accountable to their individual behaviors. Kyle has a passion for coaching motivated individuals of all ages to reach their full potential.

Mary Knotts

A.C.E. Personal Trainer Certified
Yoga Instructor Certified
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

I moved to the Flathead in 1977 and it was love at first sight.  Being in the mountains encouraged me to become active in all the outdoor activities I enjoy becoming healthier and happier in the process.  I love to share this enthusiasm and zest for life with others so they too can reap the rewards for a better life.  I have been a part-time instructor at FVCC for over 20 years teaching yoga and resistance training and also developed the  Total Fitness for Women class that focused on all aspects of health and fitness.  I have been a personal trainer at the Summit since its inception and feel privileged to be part of a medical health facility that implements the latest technology and methods  for improving health for all ages and situations with caring  health care professionals of all dimensions.  I have learned much from this opportunity.  Wellcoaching is a health and wellness method that gets results.  Whether your vision and goals are improved fitness, weight loss, better understanding of nutrition, less stress or spiritual enhancement, as your coach, I am here to support you on your journey.  May we all be well together.


Cathy Lisowski

MS Sports Medicine & Exercise Physiology
A.C.S.M. Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

With over 20 years experience in the health /fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation, Catherine is committed to helping people with chronic conditions to become more engaged in their health and wellness.   She enjoys checking out new trends in fitness and is always looking for ways to help people on any level to be more active, healthy and fit. When she is not working, you can usually find her camping, skiing, or getting muddy outside with her boys.


Tara Maurice

BS Dietetics
Yoga Instructor Certified
Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Childbirth Educator Certified
Ayurvedic Health Educator Certified  
Health & Wellness Coach, WellCoach School of Coaching Trained

Living in the Flathead Valley, I feel we are lucky to have so many wonderful opportunities to get out of doors. Perhaps my favorite place is the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Ever since I was young I have had a passion for the outdoors. I believe stepping into nature is nurturing to our mind, body and spirit. To me, there is nothing better than a scenic hike or a long run on the trails.
I want my work to mirror my passion for health and wellness. As a wellness coach and yoga instructor, I have the opportunity to help people become their best selves. Whether it is to find happiness, balance, creativity or joy, my goal is to discover along with my client just what gives their life a sense of purpose.

Teckla Nemeroff

BS Exercise Science
N.S.C.A. Personal Trainer Certified
A.C.E. Personal Trainer Certified
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

With a background  in exercise science, I have been fortunate spending all of my career in a hospital based wellness center where it has been my passion to engage people in activity to overcome disease, enable healing or simply to be strong and fit for life.  I have enjoyed work in cardiac, pulmonary, cancer, eating disorder and athletic injury rehabilitation as well as personal training.  Montana is a very special place to live, work and play.  Helping people discover and remember why they want to be Well is a rewarding and energizing process to be a part of.   Hearing what delights, frustrates, excites and even puzzles us all about what it means to eat well, move more, stress less and have brighter health is a privilege.  Being creative together to discover new ways of supporting real and lasting change is my favorite aspect of coaching.   We know that exercise and good nutrition will afford us better health but the challenges are the reason for an ally.

Rose Nicholson

Personal Trainer, Cooper Institute Certified
Group Fitness Instructor, Cooper Institute & Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Certified
Parisi Sports Performance Coach Certified
Healthways Instructor for Older Adult Exercise Certified
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

My path to becoming a wellness coach began when I was a teenager. I started running to alleviate negative emotions and challenging obstacles in my life. I found freedom and strength through physical fitness. This led to my career choice to become a fitness instructor and personal trainer. I have been motivating individuals and groups since 1993. Wellness coaching is another opportunity to inspire and challenge people to be their best and give them the freedom to live life to its fullest!  My greatest experiences with coaching are witnessing increased confidence; celebrating successes and exploring new possibilities; learning and growing together; finding joy in the journey.

Kelye Odell

MS Education
BS Education
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Trained
My personal and professional background includes both the fields of education and medicine, and I have been blessed to combine them since joining the Cardiac Rehab Department at the Summit in 2009. It has been particularly gratifying for me to be able to assist patients who have had major cardiac and/or pulmonary events work to recover and gain a measure of conditioning, and for many, attain a new and higher level of health. This latter group has been part of what led me to pursue additional training as a Wellness Coach. Add to that my love of being physically active, and living in a place that has so much to offer that way, and it’s easy for me to be a very enthusiastic coach for anyone wanting to make changes toward better health in their lives. Whether a first timer just considering making changes or a veteran of fitness and activity looking for a little fine-tuning, I love coming alongside people to assist them in achieving life-enhancing goals. It makes the work fun, and it’s really worth it!

Pam Roberts, MD

MD American Board & Family Practice Board Certified
BS in Biology
Professional Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified 

Dr Pam Roberts is committed to her role as a certified Health and Wellness coach in the J2W program. She is passionate about holistic care, and has a deep desire to get to know each client’s story and personal strengths. She will brainstorm with you, as you seek to design your personal roadmap to better health, and will celebrate with you, your successes along the way!


Erin Sabin

BA English Literature & Creative Writing - University of Montana
A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
A.C.E. Certified Health Coach
Health & Wellness Coach, School of Wellcoaching Trained

I have been lucky to live an active lifestyle finding joy in long distance backcountry running and adventuring, multiple skiing disciplines, whitewater kayaking, biking and fly fishing.  This has helped to create a passion for overall health and wellness.  
I believe that every person has the potential to meet and exceed their personal health goals.  I strive to help my clients embrace a vision of themselves at their highest level of personal potential.  I am honored daily to work with clients on their path to wellness.

Katy Saisbury

BS in Health Promotion
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Trained

 I have been in the health and wellness field since graduating as a collegiate athlete in 2006 with a BS in Health Promotion and a Minor in Kinesiology.  I love being alongside someone in their journey, seeing them reach their goals and have those moments of realization where they see their own strengths and the importance of their health, is very rewarding.  I love to help people find what inspires them and am truly passionate about one’s well-being.  Happiness is the key to a joy filled life and finding that balance is wonderful to see.  I run the Healthy LIVING department at The Summit, which is a community based and works towards education, awareness and prevention.  


Barbi Webber

BSW in Social Work
Member of National Association of Social Workers
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

Barbi has mentored individuals for 30 years suffering from disordered eating and negative body image. Barbi's personal experiences enable her to positively motivate others who suffer from the same disorders she once had. Barbi is a motivated speaker on behalf of eating disorder education, body image, bullying, and disordered eating awareness and prevention.