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

With over 80 years of collective experience in health-related fields, our team's expertise ranges from nutrition to physical activity to the science of happiness and well-being. We gladly do presentations by request for conferences, meetings and retreats on a variety of topics.

859.257.WELL (9355)
170 Lancaster Center
Lexington, KY 40506-0212


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, EdD, ACSM EP-C, RYT 200, Mind Body Specialist is an Exercise Physiologist and Fitness Facilities Manager 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 an ABD doctoral candidate at 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 is a Health Coach for UK Health & Wellness. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a master’s in Health Promotion. Her vast experience in wellness over the past 20 years allowed her to gain experience in a wide array of areas: worksite wellness, corporate wellness and independent business. She holds multiple certifications related to fitness and holistic health; she is a certified health & wellness coach, a tobacco treatment specialist, a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (currently pursuing a 500-hour RYT certification) and a Nia Dance White Belt. Jackie’s passion is to encourage people to see and live in their truest essence as it relates to health and well-being. She encourages people to nourish body, mind and spirit and to live freely and lightly as our souls were meant to live.


jakie hansonJody Ensman, MS is the Program Manager of UK Health & Wellness, 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.



Mario HughleyMario Hughley is a Wellness Specialist with UK Health & Wellness, where he has worked since 2014. He is responsible for annual program planning and  leading Check In health screenings. Mario has worked with UK since 2012 working in Student Employment aiding students find part-time jobs. Prior to working at UK, he held various positions with the YMCA of Central KY as a building supervisor, sports class instructor, sports program coordinator and currently teaches courses in diabetes prevention. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in Health and Human Performance. In his spare time, he operates a mobile DJ service, likes to play basketball and is an avid comic book reader.  



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.



Chadd McFarland works as a Wellness Specialist and Check In Team Lead.