Drew has a passion for health and wellness and in helping people achieve their goals through living a balanced lifestyle. In 2016 Drew received a prestigious award for his entrepreneurial success with Unite Fitness Retreat as one of Utah’s top new companies. Drew is an avid outdoorsman and you can find him camping, fishing, and doing anything recreational out and about in Utah with his family. Drew received his MBA from Westminster College. Drew enjoys working out alongside our guests and believes in the power of awareness to change ones health and wellness.
“UNITE the body + mind to create lasting change.”- Drew Paulos
Christina PaulosPre-Camp Coordinator
Christina has been in the health and wellness retreat industry for close to 15 years and collaborated with Drew Paulos and Leah Britt in creating the Unite program. Bringing her knowledge and customer service experience with her, she handles Unite’s reservations and program coordinating to ensure each guest has a remarkable stay. Christina has a degree from the University of Montana in Social Work and has been inspired to be in the “Helping Profession” for as long as she can remember. She has a passion for assisting people in reaching their personal goals and becoming the healthiest and happiest they can be. She enjoys yoga, cooking healthy food, a good cup of coffee, camping, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Tricia NorthProgram Director
Tricia started teaching fitness classes while she was in high school and has never stopped. Tricia’s 20 year career in the fitness, wellness, and health industry has shaped her life. She has studied and taught just about every format of fitness imaginable. Tricia is a NASM certified personal trainer and has been training clients since 1998 while studying Exercise Sport Science at the University of Utah. She has continued in this industry due to the love of helping others achieve their health goals. Her expertise includes: Weight loss, program customization, strength training, proper form, and modifying for all fitness levels. When she is not training, you can find her spending time with family, backpacking in Utah’s back country, or reading a book somewhere on a beach.
Trish AdamsAssistant Program Director
At a very young age Trish developed a love of exercise and strength training. She has been active as long as she remembers. Her passion for health and wellness brought her to Utah State University where she earned her degree in Heath Education and Promotions and a second degree in Nutrition. Trish is a certified NASM personal trainer with specializations in a wide variety of areas including strength and conditioning of all fitness levels, CrossFit, general fitness, weight loss, and modifying for injuries & physical limitations. Trish’s enthusiasm and expertise provide a comfort to new clients while pushing to achieve goals and crush self limiting beliefs. Trish loves being in the mountains, competing in Cross Fit, back packing, playing volleyball, traveling and skiing. Trish will motivate you, inspire you, and help you find your own love of movement and zest for living a healthy life.
Holli YoungProgram Coordinator/Master Trainer
Holli has been in the fitness & health industry for the last 25 years, following her longtime passion of assisting others in improving their wellbeing. She attended the University of Utah for her Exercise and Sports Science degree, and is an ACE certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, spin, and yoga instructor. Holli is now pursuing mindfulness and stress reduction training, because along with a healthy body she has learned that a healthy mind is imperative for optimal wellbeing. Because of this and her love of people, she feels UNITE is a perfect fit for her. Other loves is her life are her family, animals, the ocean, reading, and gardening.
Brooke BouwhuisRegistered Dietician
Brooke is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is passionate about teaching others how to eat for fantastic health and improved energy. Sharing her knowledge of the power of food coupled with balancing real life and your goals are where she excels. Since November of 2017, her teenage daughter has struggled with IBS – revamping her nutrition plan became a top priority. The result: a very happy, healthy teen. She loves teaching others who are struggling how food can heal.
She also has 16 years experience in the dietary supplement industry, her insight and practical recommendations can keep you from wasting a lot of money.
Brooke is the author of the blog and website “Think Inside The Blender”, which she created to share how she was able to improve the health of her picky kiddos with a daily fruit and veggie smoothie. The down-to-earth, real content inspires readers to make healthier choices.
Ashley has her bachelors in Social Sciences from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She has her 200 hour yoga training certificate and specialized in hot yoga. She loves working with clients of all abilities and teaching them the benefits of stretching and yoga. Ashley is passionate about helping people find their strength and peace through the different outlets and methods of health and fitness, especially in the outdoors on hikes while exploring nature.
Matt WellsMaster Trainer
Matt Wells is from Shelley Idaho. He graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the (NSCA). He’s had many years experience as a wellness director, personal trainer, and his expertise is creating and customizing weight loss and fitness programs for all ages and fitness levels. He also specializes in strength training, and competes in power-lifting. Matt has always been passionate about exercise and helping others achieve their wellness and fitness goals.
Laird SwensenPersonal Trainer
Laird Swensen studied Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Utah and then went on to get a degree in Nutrition Education from Weber State University. He obtained his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and USAWL1 through USA Weightlifting. His vast experience training all walks of life has led to a unique compatibility and expertise to assist people in finding what works best for them, working side by side to guide (not carry) them to their goals. That being said, his attitude is one that will motivate you to do you best and understand the individual differences of the people he works with.
Brad KiserPersonal Trainer
Brad is from Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a dedicated Cheesehead. He was a two sport athlete at Beloit College where he graduated with a degree in psychology. Fitness has been a big part of his life in helping him accomplish his own fitness goals. He has 6 years of experience working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer (NASM, NCSF), Fitness Manager, and Gym Manager. He specializes in making workouts simple and enjoyable, while still accomplishing fitness goals. He enjoys weightlifting and training for CrossFit competitions.
Cori SartoriCertified Life-Coach
Cori followed her calling of being a certified life-coach after a successful career in leadership and people management for nearly two decades. Through this work with her teams, Cori discovered her own passion for self-development and goal setting.
Cori has worked with people from all walks of life, including college students trying to release stress and find happiness, people in addiction recovery realizing they can live a happy and healthy life sober, and people simply looking to make a change and feel more joy. As a Holistic Life Coach, Cori helps her clients heal from the inside out and the outside in by evaluating and addressing their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Together Cori and her clients create actions that support them in making positive changes. Since becoming a holistic Life Coach in 2016, Cori has helped numerous amounts of people live a more enriched, fulfilled, and overall joyous life.
Trish AllenHolistic Health Coach
Trish has been in the Fitness and Nutrition Industry for over 15 years. She is a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, an AFPA certified Health and Wellness Coach, an AFAA group fitness instructor and certified TRX instructor. She loves helping others change their life-style by giving them tools to take charge of their own health. Some of her favorite topics to share Unite are Understanding Nutrition Labels, Self-Esteem, Body Image, Causes of Cravings, Meal Prep, and Successful At-Home Life-style Strategies. When she isn’t talking nutrition and fitness, she enjoys exercising, spending time with her 2 children, riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles with her husband, and reading.
Jared AndersonCertified Life-Coach
Jared is passionate about transformation! He has a Masters Degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies. He is an ICF certified life coach and received his training from Accomplishment Coaching where he currently trains aspiring coaches. He feels passionate about helping our guests to overcome struggles and supporting them in creating extraordinary lives. He has been training with John Wineland for many years and is now a leader in his work. You can find Jared in his free time stomping around the mountains enjoying the amazing beauty of Utah. He also loves meditation and Kundalini Yoga and finds that it sources his life and his practice.
Henry WhitePhysical Therapist
Henry has over 20 years of experience in physical therapy and has been running his own practice in SLC since 2001. He is one of the only physical therapist in the country who is also a Class A PGA professional. He still active and competes in the Utah section golf tournaments and he teaches golf lessons to his clients and friends. He is a big part of our golf physical therapy program.
Chef BonnieCulinary Expert & Yoga Therapy Instructor
Bonnie Wallace is a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (RYT-500), Private Chef and Clinical Herbalist in training. As a graduate from the largest Ayurvedic College in the Western world, Bonnie has over 1,300 hours of education from the California College of Ayurveda and the Himalayan Institute. She specializes in the preventative side of Ayurvedic medicine- addressing and healing the root cause of disease through diet and lifestyle counseling.
For nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Bonnie’s multi-faceted programs result in radical and sustainable transformation- using a combination of therapeutic yoga techniques, Life-Pattern counseling (uncover and reframe beliefs that keep us in self-sabotaging cycles), customized meal plans, herbal medicines, and sensory therapies. Her expertise in nutrition and lifestyle counseling is led not only by scrupulous education, but refined intuition.
As a private chef, Bonnie’s recipes are loaded with creativity, color, flavor, and ancient wisdom. Inspired by Herbalism and Ayurveda- the science of being in harmony with nature- her meals are customized for each client based on their constitutional needs, and chalk full of unique nutrients that you won’t find anywhere else.
Chef YvonneCulinary Expert & Cooking Instructor
Yvonne has been cooking all her life. Her earliest memory is standing on a chair next to her grandma at the kitchen counter. They were making cupcakes together. Her passion for cooking and baking grew from that experience. Today, she works with an assortment of clients from everyday people to professional athletes and entertainers. Additionally Yvonne has a B.S. in Sociology and certification in Criminology and Corrections as well as a A.S. in Culinary Arts.
Yvonne has worked in the fitness and weight loss retreat industry for many years. This is extremely satisfying for her, she is able to take people’s favorite foods and turn them into a more healthy, yummy tasting dish. She feels it is something special to become a part of someone’s fitness journey, whether it be to lose weight, to become fit and healthy or to gain muscle.
For the last six years she has also been working specifically with NBA basketball players. Yvonne obtained a nutrition certification so that she could better help the fitness clients as well as players that she was working with to ensure that were receiving the correct macros and hydration.
Chef BillyCulinary Expert
Billy is a personal/private chef and caterer specializing in the preparation of custom-built meal plans for his clients. He was born and raised in Boston as part of a boisterous and colorful family of Italian-American restaurateurs, with roots stretching back to Genoa, Naples, and Sicily. He looks back fondly upon the many days spent in the kitchen with his grandmothers, learning the secrets of traditional Italian cooking while Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra serenaded them on the crackly old AM/FM radio.
Billy’s focus is upon the unique health and dietary needs of each person individually. As part of this, Billy works closely with several local-area farmers to obtain high quality, locally-sourced ingredients for the preparation of his meals. He also holds true to the idea that wholesome, free-range, organic, and wildcrafted ingredients, when prepared with love by skilled hands and a passionate heart, have a way of bringing people together, thus strengthening the ties that bind.
After researching many places to make my lifestyle change, I hopped on a plane, left the East Coast and landed in Utah,... at Unite Fitness Retreat. After battles and battles with weight issues and trying every FAD diet out there, Unite CHANGED my life, not just my waistline.(that was an added bonus).Or as one of the trainers told me, "I changed my life, with the help of them." (Laird your the best)The trainers at Unite, help with cardio, strength training, and nutrition, but for me, all of those things helped with my "mental" state of mind and also helped me to realize some of the reasons, that may have contributed to me seeking a retreat to begin with.I have always exercised and actually enjoy it, but, I also followed EVERY FAD DIET and NEVER did strength training!! Who would have thought, you could do hours and hours of cardio, but without strength training and you would never see results you wanted. ( I also learned and realized that from the amazing trainers).When I arrived at Unite, I knew I made the very best choice. The staff at Unite provided me with all the "tools" I needed to make, my new LIFESTYLE! Whether it is nutrition changes, weight changes, lifestyle changes, you are seeking, Unite can help you with your journey, because they WANT too! The staff is amazing and are there for YOU, not just the crisp bills you pay to be there, like some places!They will not tell you what to do or when to do it, what they WILL do is provide a schedule (a very busy, very detailed, great one), and help guide you, in the best way possible for you!! At Unite Fitness it is about YOU, and what you make of it, you just have some GREAT people helping you along the way!read more
Great information & education combined with a variety of amazing workouts then add in fun, knowledgeable & motivating... staff & trainers and you’ve got the recipe for success on site & once you return home.😊read more
LOVE LOVE LOVE this retreat!!! Great Staff who plan workouts to tailor everyone's needs and wants. They work with you... individually in order to help you with your individual goals as well as become friends with you and help you to better improve your self-image and your outlook on life. I went for 4 weeks in the month of August and it was LIFE CHANGING! I loved the hikes that we went on as well as the boot camp workouts that we did. It is a great step towards changing your life forever.read more
I believe the main goal of most people who decide to invest in one of the Unite Fitness Retreat programs is to lose... weight, and that was not different with me. But why did I choose Unite among so many other options available out there? Because I couldn't find a better option where I could take care of both my body and mind. So I travelled all the way from California to Utah and I couldn't be happier with the choice I made. I was there for 3 weeks and when I came back home after following all the activities available in the program I was not only in a better shape than before, but I became a more confident person. The whole experience was really life changing for me. After I overcame some of my own fitness and mind obstacles I really feel like I can conquer the world. And for that I thank all the amazing instructors at Unite for being so talented, supporting and motivating. I would like to thank the amazing chefs that kindly prepared all of our delicious meals. I would like to thank Brooke for sharing her knowledge with us and so much precious information about food. And I would like to thank the other program's participants for being such an inspiration for me.read more
I attended Unite Health & Fitness for four weeks in Aug 2020. It was truly one of the best things I could have done... for myself and my health. I learned about food (good and not so good for me) exercise (a variety of different styles) awake-rest-sleep and that taking time for myself throughout a day is what we are supposed to do for our bodies, mind and spirit.This program is tough, challenging, strenuous (at times), exhausting, scary, REWARDING, GRADIFYING, PRIDFUL, CLARIFYING AND SO MUCH MORE.If your thinking about a fitness & health program, look into this one. I wasn't disappointed and recommend this program.read more
I spent three weeks at Unite and I lost weight and body fat. I developed a different relationship with food through... Unite's structured snacks and meals. I am no longer overwhelmed at the grocery store because I know what to buy and what to eat. In addition, working out and incorporating it into my schedule is easier since I left Unite due to everything that I learned. I recommend the camp if you are looking for a solid weight loss education and if you want to transform your life. The trainers are really good and your fitness level does not matter. You will never feel left out.read more
The steroids I received during (successful) cancer treatment came with a bad side effect: I steadily gained weight for... over three years. After trying several times to lose the excess 30 pounds, I had just about given up. Then I went to Unite. I went for one week, and while the difference in my weight was small after that week, the difference in my attitude was huge. I realized it wasn't going to be easy, but that I could do it. In short, it was life-changing. It taught me to be truly mindful about what I put into my body.. The teaching/lunch sessions by Brooke (the nutritionist) was so informative and encouraging, and her grocery store tour is a must, even for someone like me who doesn't cook. The other great thing I gained from my week at Unite was a willingness to try new things--something I've continued since coming home.The weight is coming off slowly, but it's coming off. I intend to go back for at least another week in the fall, COVID-19 permitting. Thanks to all.read more
I’m so happy Unite came up in my google search for a getaway fitness program. The program is complete and they truly... tailor to all ages and fitness levels. I had great results for the week I was there as I needed a reset and to learn a few things. I thought the food was great, the lunch and learns were informative, training sessions pushed my fitness to the next level, and the afternoon hikes and mobility sessions topped off each day. Highly recommend you make the investment in yourself. Look forward to going again and hope to bring along some friends my next visit.read more
Unite Fitness Retreat is absolutely amazing! The concept, the coaches, the facilities and the meals are zenith. The... coaches sincerely care about your success and are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They encourage and motivate you while they understand and help you do only what you physically can do. Although you work out with others, it is truly an individual success plan. The entire staff will work with you and in my case, they accommodated everything that I needed! If you want to jump start a lifestyle change and lose weight, gain motivation and a healthy lifestyle all at the same time, Unite is the place. The entire package was important to me, but I really appreciated the living accommodations at the end of the day. They are top natch! Thank you ALL at Unite Fitness Retreat! You have changed my life. See you next year for a reboot :)read more
I have only great things to say about Unite. The program provided exactly the re-set i needed to get on a healthy... track. The Retreat blended intense physical activity, well-prepared food and useful nutrition counseling, all led by a cadre of superb trainers. My five weeks there were instrumental in setting me up for the success I continue to experience back home.read more
I had an amazing experience. The location was perfect (the hotel and the gym) and everybody was helpful and... professional. They make you take care of yourself (even when you are not used to or are too lazy to do so) which is a very important lesson to learnread more
My experience at Unite Fitness was amazing! I exceeded all the goals that I had set for myself. My biggest... accomplishment was to get on track with my diet and losing weight. I no longer follow any fad diets because the program at Unite Fitness has taught me to eat clean and healthy foods everyday. It is the best thing I've ever done, I can't wait to go back and do it all over again!read more
I spent two weeks here and it was great. I did lose weight, but mostly I got a lot of healthy new habits, and I... stopped drinking soft drinks and detoxed off of sugar. All costs are included in the up-front fees, including every meal. Stick to this healthy diet, don't cheat, enjoy the exercise classes and hiking, and you will feel fantastic! I really liked the trainers and the other attendees. Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountains are beautiful.read more