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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

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.


Valerie Goss

BS Exercise Science
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoach School of Coaching Certified

Like you, wellness coach and personal trainer Valerie Goss strives to be "well" in all areas of her life - mind, body, and soul.  This quest for ultimate health and happiness led her to begin her career in 2001 as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.  Adding wellness coaching to the mix in 2017, she inspires and challenges you to go beyond what you would do alone.  With a passion for helping people realize their potential, she will guide you in setting realistic goals, and view obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow.  She is inspired by her fellow coaches and endeavors to live each day to the fullest.  Her goal is to wake up each day with a purpose and a heart full of joy!  When she is not at The Summit she likes to jog and garden, but she spends most of her spare time chasing two fabulous teenage boys!

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. 


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.


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!

Teckla Putnam

BS Exercise Science
N.S.C.A. Personal Trainer Certified
Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches 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.

Krista Rufenach

I have been working in the fitness industry for over 12 years.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Resource Management and a minor in Athletic Training. I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach.  I have a passion for helping clients of all ages and abilities reach their goals and see their potential above and beyond where they thought they could go.  I am an avid runner, triathlete and mother of two wonderful kids.  I strive to be the best person I can be and want to help others do the same for themselves. 

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.