Dr. Tucker is the Director of Y Be Fit. After receiving his PhD from Southern Illinois University, he took his first university position at New Mexico State University in 1981. Later, he accepted a position at Auburn University where he taught for five years before coming to BYU in 1988. Dr. Tucker has many years of experience in the health field with his specialty being lifestyle-medicine and health promotion.
Klarissa - Co-Director
Klarissa grew up in Ephraim, Utah and studied Psychology and Music at Snow College before serving a mission in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is now married to her high school best friend and is working on her Masters in Exercise Science. In her spare time she loves to travel (mainly back to her mission), create new recipes, be outdoors, and add to her ongoing list of best restaurants in Utah County. Her biggest tip for everyone is to strength train and eat enough protein and fiber! After graduating, Klarissa hopes to continue working as a health coach and professor and help others have a healthy relationship with exercise and nutrition.
Kayla - Co-Director
Kayla was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She will graduate with her bachelor's degree in Exercise and Wellness in April and will begin her Masters in Exercise Science at BYU next fall. Her goal is to pursue a career in health coaching and personal training. She loves anything outdoors and has dreams of living in a cabin by a lake surrounded by mountains. Playing pickleball, soccer, and spikeball are a few of her favorite free-time activities. Additional hobbies include baking, watching documentaries, creating bomb music playlists, and debunking common health misconceptions. She lives for client a-ha moments and nothing makes her happier than helping and witnessing others progress towards their wellness goals!
Addy - Health Coach
Addy is from Roosevelt Utah. She studied at Southern Utah University before serving a mission in Taichung, Taiwan. Now she is a senior studying Dietetics. She enjoys trying new foods and baking. She loves playing soccer, swimming and running half marathons and Spartans with her husband. Having a balanced lifestyle is super important to Addy and she hopes that with her education she can help others find balance in their lives as well.
Ashley - Health Coach
Ashley was born in South Carolina but was raised in the Air Force and has lived all over the United States. She is a senior studying Exercise and Wellness and loves learning about the human body. Some of her hobbies include running, real estate, reading, and anything active or outdoors! She has been married to her best friend for a year and a half and hopes to be just like him someday. Ashley has run three full marathons, three half marathons, and completed one Olympic triathlon. She and has a passion for living life in a fun, healthy, and balanced way.
Heidi - Health Coach
Heidi loves any and all things healthy and outdoorsy. She grew up in San Fransisco, California and is studying Public Health with a minor in nutrition. She's an avid runner and loves to road bike, discover or craft new healthy recipes, and is a fan of anything with cinnamon. After BYU, she'd like to pursue Physician’s Assistant school with a focus in preventative and lifestyle medicine. She looks forward to help others in pursuing their fitness goals and finding satisfaction in healthy living!
Joseph - Health Coach
Joseph grew up in Provo, Utah. He is studying exercise science and plans to go on to Physical Therapy school. He served a mission in Donetsk Ukraine/Santa Rosa California. He loves doing art in his spare time, and his favorite music is country. Joseph enjoys running, rock climbing, yoga, and weight training. Summer is his favorite season.
Julia - Health Coach
My name is Julia Johnson! I’m majoring in Exercise and Wellness. I love to camp, hike, swim and play volleyball! My favorite food is any kind of soup and on a free afternoon I’d bake and watch movies! Fun fact: I’ve read the Harry Potter books 9 times!
Larissa - Health Coach
Larissa grew up running the trails of Cedar City, Utah. She believes in being active! She adores cooking and eating food (a lot of it), playing animal crossing, and basking in the sunshine. Exploring the food and hiking world in Provo is her favorite pastime. Her dream is to create a business that helps elders stay fit. She loves working with anyone and everyone and nothing brings her more joy than helping others reach goals! She is a Junior in the exercise and wellness program with a minor in nutrition and gerontology. Her motto: “Balance is key!”
Nicholas - Health Coach
Nicholas is a proud Coloradan from Denver. He has learned a lot from his 9 other siblings. He loves all and any sport. especially those involving a board. He is most passionate about anything in the outdoors with mountainous terrain. He loves snowboarding, wake boarding/ surfing, and mountain biking. He served in the Chile, Concepcion mission and is now studying as a junior in Exercise Science and a minor Gerontology. He is hoping to apply to medical school upon graduating from BYU. His only wish at the moment would be to be able to play an instrument one day. Important parts of his life are anything that has to do with teaching and helping others. Over the course of his life, he has learned the importance of a healthy diet and proper exercise. Teaching these things combines a lot of what he loves to do most.
Sam - Health Coach
Sam is from Cary, North Carolina and loved growing up in the South! He is majoring in Exercise Science and will graduate this December. His future plans are to attend medical school and serve others as a physician. Sam likes to stay active through running, hiking, sports, and other recreational activities. His favorite aspect of being a health coach is helping clients with the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. In his free time, Sam enjoys cooking with his wife to explore new recipes and cultural foods.
Chloe - Secretary
Chloe is an Atlanta, Georgia native studying graphic design here at BYU. As a leader in the Southern Student Association, she understands the value of southern hospitality, late night bonfires, tailgates, and locally grown Georgia peaches. She enjoys spending time outdoors, creating art, and discovering new healthy recipes to try. When she isn’t working or studying, you can find her thrifting at the local DI or trapped in the snow.
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