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.
Brittany - Health Coach
Brittany is from Denver, Colorado where she learned to love the outdoors. She served in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh mission and is now a senior studying Dietetics with a minor in Gerontology. She is excited to graduate in April and obtain her supervised practice hours so she can become a Registered Dietitian. Brittany met her husband on a blind date and they were married last year. Together they love to try new restaurants, watch Parks and Rec, cook foreign foods, and go skiing on the weekends. Brittany finds satisfaction in maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes favorite foods and fun activities and is excited to share that with others this semester!
Emmilee - Health Coach
Emmilee grew up on a farm in a small town in Wyoming where she developed a passion for nature and health. She is a junior at BYU in the dietetics program and loved serving a mission in Quezon City, Philippines. Emmilee enjoys baking, exercising, listening to music, dancing, swimming, and spending time outside. She wants to pursue a career as a dietitian/health coach to help people make and reach health goals that will improve their quality of life. She believes that life is much happier when it’s healthier, and that anyone can change the world.
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.
Kaeli - Health Coach
When Kaeli was 8, she begged her brother to allow her to walk or even crawl instead of going on a run. Kaeli also quit dance and gymnastics since they were “too hard”. She has since run four half-marathons and danced in hundreds of performances. Kaeli believes you can improve physically and mentally and is excited to work along with you. She is a senior from Seattle WA, currently earning her personal training certification, and loves Star Wars.
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!”
Lilly - Health Coach
Lilly was born and raised in Herriman, Utah. She is currently studying Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition and plans to attend Physical Therapy school after graduating. Some things that make Lilly happy include spending time with family, giggling, reading Harry Potter, and learning more about the human body. She has been doing ballet since childhood and has loved the opportunity to continue taking ballet classes here at BYU. Exercise should be fun right? She is passionate about living and healthy lifestyle and hopes to help others obtain the same passion!
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.
Rebecca - Health Coach
Rebecca grew up in Kaysville, Utah. As a senior studying Exercise and Wellness, she is constantly amazed by the human body. Rebecca enjoys running but she also understands why people hate it. She believes that physical activity should be fun and food should taste good. She loves trying new activities and has recently developed a love for rock climbing, yoga, and frisbee golf. Also a big fan of relaxing, she is a lover of music and movies. Rebecca will be working right alongside you as she prepares to run her first half marathon with her father in the spring.
Saamia - Health Coach
Saamia was born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in New York and Virginia Beach. She speaks three languages including Hindi, Urdu, and English. She is a junior in the dietetics program and an aspiring personal trainer and nutrition coach. She is married and has a one-year old daughter at home. She loves being physically active and regularly going to the gym. She is very passionate about educating others on fitness and healthy eating and helping others reach their personal health goals.
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