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Our team's expertise ranges from nutrition to the science of happiness and well-being. Contact us to present at your next team conference, meeting or retreat.

170 Lancaster Center
Lexington, KY 40506-0212
Office: (859) 257.WELL (9355)
Fax: (859) 323-4700

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.

(859) 257-5878


Carrie DavidsonCarrie Davidson, EdD, ACSM EP-C, RYT 500, 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 a doctorate in Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky. She holds several fitness certifications (ACSM, ACE, RYT 500) and loves to help others be healthy in body, mind, and soul!

(859) 257-5105

jody ensman portraitJody 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.

(859) 257-3363


Jackie HansonJackie Carroll 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.

(859) 218-4891


Ryan Mason M. Ryan Mason, PhD, CSCS is an Exercise Specialist with UK Health and Wellness, where has worked since 2012. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology both from UK. He has a PhD in Exercise Science with a specialization in Exercise Physiology. Ryan has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2014. Ryan’s area of focus is in Strength and Conditioning and he loves teaching people about lifting. Ryan enjoys to play rugby, hike, bike, camp, and spend time with his wife and daughter.  

(859) 323-7886


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!

(859) 257-5159


Chad McFarland, ACSMChadd McFarland, ACSM is a Wellness Specialist and Check In Team Lead, where he has worked since 2016. He leads the LiveWell Check In health screenings and serves as a UK Healthcare provider liaison connecting patients with wellness programs. Prior to working at UK, he supervised the wellness team at Cox Healthcare Systems in Springfield, Missouri. Most recently, Chadd worked with KC Wellness where he managed accounts and provided health coaching and screenings. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in Exercise Science with emphasis in Wellness Promotion. In his spare time, Chadd likes to read, exercise, and spend time with his wife and their young daughter.

(859) 257-2074


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.

(859) 257-9355


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!

(859) 257-3402


Amy​​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.

(859) 257-3123