Our Wellness Specialists have expertise in a variety of health and wellness related fields:

  • Fitness and exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Weight loss
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Stress management
  • Health coaching
  • Health promotion
  • Health education

Collectively, the UK Health & Wellness team brings over 68 years of health and wellness related experience to the UK community we serve.

Tammy AkinTammy Akin, MS is a Senior Wellness Specialist with UK Health & Wellness, where she has worked since 2002. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Health from Campbellsville University and her Master’s in Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky. She enjoys playing sports and fishing when the weather permits.


Carrie DavidsonCarrie Davidson, MDiv, ACSM HFS, RYT 200, Mind Body Specialist, Doctoral Candidate is a Wellness Coordinator with UK Health & Wellness, where she has worked since 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Exercise Science, a Master’s of Divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University, and is ABD for her doctorate from the University of Kentucky in Health Promotion. She holds several fitness certifications (ACSM, ACE, RYT 200) and loves to help others be healthy in body, mind, and soul!

jakie hansonJackie Hanson

Mario HughleyMario Hughley

Karen Bryla McNeesDr. Karen Bryla McNees, EdD, RD, is a Registered Dietitian with UK Health & Wellness, where she has worked since 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Syracuse University and her doctorate in Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky. She loves to spread the word that eating well can be easy, fun and tasty!

Julie MitchellJulie Mitchell is an Administrative Associate with UK Health & Wellness, where she has worked since 2008. She has been employed by the University of Kentucky since 2000. Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UK.

Vanessa OliverVanessa Oliver, MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian with UK Health & Wellness. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in English in addition to a Master’s Degree in Dietetics and Hospitality Administration. Vanessa is passionate about whole foods, local farms, and a sustainable lifestyle, with focuses toward culinary nutrition and plant-based diets. Her favorite place is in the kitchen, or at least reading a cookbook!

amy rodquist-kodet​​Amy Rodquist-Kodet, MA, CHWC, is a Health Coach for UK Health and Wellness. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Speech Communications & Urban Studies. She has a Master’s degree in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University. Amy is passionate about supporting individuals as they access their strengths to launch and achieve their goals, allowing them to live more fully on every level. And few things delight her more than a long distance swim, traveling, aromatherapy, or spontaneous dance parties in the living room with her daughter.

brenda stapletonBrenda Stapleton works as a temporary employee in the Main Office for UK Health & Wellness, where she has been employed since 2008.