Health & Wellness Staff Profiles

What You Need to Know: 

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 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 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!

Andrea Deweese, MS, CTTS is a Wellness Specialist and the Medical Referral Liaison with UK Health & Wellness, where she has worked since 2010. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Unviersity of Kentucky in Topical Studies with an emphasis on Health Promotion, in addition to a Master’s in Health Promotion. Since 2001 she has gained experience as a Health Educator, Behavioral Coach, and Wellness Coordinator. Her passion is empowering people to achieve their health goals and she is always looking for new insight into behavior change. She enjoys traveling, music, and spending time with her husband, daughter and son.

Jody Ensman, MS is the manager of the UK Health & Wellness Program, where she has worked since 2003. Prior to joining UK, she worked in a number of key management positions with responsibility for design and administration of health promotion and fitness programs for leading global corporations, including Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Owens Corning World Headquarters, Ford, and General Motors. Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Physical Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology & Health Promotion with an emphasis in Corporate Wellness from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. 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 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 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, MA, CHWC, is a Tobacco Cessation 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 Stapleton works as a temporary employee in the Main Office for UK Health & Wellness, where she has been employed since 2008.