MEET OUR TEAM

Meet our hand-picked team of experts, both passionate & professional with a UNITED goal of helping you reach your highest potential. 

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Matt Wells
Matt WellsProgram Director
Matt graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the (NSCA). For the past 15 years, Matt has dedicated his time to learning, practicing and diving deeper into the health and fitness industry. He spent years at the University of Utah as a wellness director and certified personal trainer, gaining knowledge and becoming an expert in the fitness industry. Matt is a stickler about form, safety, and variety with his training style. His expertise is in modifications for all fitness levels and customizing weight loss and fitness programs for all ages, injuries, and fitness levels. Matt also specializes in strength training, and competes in power-lifting. He is a natural motivator and leader and has a sincere passion for seeing others achieve their goals. Matt has an in depth background in nutrition and creating realistic meal plans for weight loss, building muscle, and overall lasting wellness. In his free time, you can find Matt hanging with his wife, working out, and exploring the mountains.
Holli Young
Holli YoungAssistant Program Director + Program Coordinator
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.
Laird Swensen
Laird SwensenAssistant Program Director + Nutritionist
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.
Brooke Bouwhuis
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 Henry
Ashley HenryActivities Coordinator + Yoga Instructor
Ashley has her bachelors in Social Sciences from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Ashley has been in the wellness industry for over five years and 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, meditation, mindfulness and yoga. She is an expert with modifying yoga positions to fit everyone, regardless of fitness level. 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.
Brittany Lindsey
Brittany LindseyProgram Coordinator + Yoga Instructor + Social Media
Brittany has been teaching group fitness since 2013 in Salt Lake City. She is certified instructor in Barre, Boxing and Yoga. She is an outgoing person and when you meet her you’ll feel the lively energy she exudes. Her mission is to share her experiences through life authentically with others, so that they can be inspired to live their life fully without holding themselves back. Brittany is an advocate for mental health and believes self care is a huge part of anyone’s self development journey. Brittany is also a previous water polo player and competitive swimmer. She enjoys hiking, walks with her pup, relaxing by the pool in the summer, meditating, and hanging out with friends and family.
Aliana Burke
Aliana BurkeHiking Guide + Yoga Instructor
Alaina grew up outside of Seattle where she grew her passion of being in the outdoors. She received a bachelors in exercise physiology from BYU-Idaho. Soon after, she got accepted and served two and a half years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania. There, she started a yoga club at a local high school to inspire girls to take care of themselves. After her service, she lived in India for a month where she received her 200 hour teacher training in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and Hatha. She then worked in wilderness therapy with teenage boy’s with substance abuse issues. This experience enhanced her love of the outdoors and the healing benefits of spending time in nature. In her personal time, she loves putting together sick playlists, runs half marathons, and has a passion for good food and hanging out with people.
Terrence Brigham
Terrence Brigham Hiking Guide + Yoga Instructor
Terence has a true passion for health and fitness and connecting with others. This has led him to pursue a career where he can help people live balanced lives and finding fun ways to reach their fitness goals. He has been teaching fitness classes for over a decade. Terrence has a background in boxing, basketball, yoga and climbing.
He has his 200 hour yoga training certification and specializes in 7 different styles. In his free time Terrence enjoys hiking, bouldering, meditating, reading and freestyle dancing.
Maggie Van Gulik
Maggie Van GulikUnite Master Trainer
Maggie graduated from the University of Utah with a Degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition. She then went on to obtain her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Her knowledge and experience has aided her to shape programs that not only form a solid base, but allows for progressive advancement within personal exercise careers. She is passionate about health and strives to create a positive and motivating environment for everyone involved. Her participation in working with various different workout climates has generated an attitude that allows for personal growth while giving individuals the opportunity to find their own ‘why’.
Savy Jessup
Savy JessupUnite Master Trainer
Savy has a spunky and energetic approach to fitness & wellness. She is currently a student at the University of Utah, majoring in Kinesiology. Savy is a certified Personal Trainer, as well as a certified Holistic Nutritionist. She loves chatting tips and tricks, and is always looking to inspire others to find the same passion for wellness. Originally from Southern California, she loves all things outdoors – and you can often find her hiking or skiing. Her energy is contagious and eagerness to motivate others apparent in all she does.
Liz Berry
Liz BerryHiking Guide
Liz is a born-and-bred New Englander recently replanted in Salt Lake City, Utah where she came to embark in the mountain lifestyle. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Hospitality Management and Nutrition and hold certifications as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM Personal Trainer. Liz is an athlete, gym-junkie, avid hiker, snowboarder, yogi, kombucha brewer, dog momma, military wife and health and fitness enthusiast. Her passion lies in helping people live healthy, happy and strong lives through nutrition, movement, mindset and nature.
Cori Sartori
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.
Christina Paulos
Christina PaulosPre-Camp Coordinator + Marketing
Christina has been in the health and wellness retreat industry for over 15 years and collaborated with Drew Paulos and Leah Britt in creating the Unite program. Bringing her knowledge of the fitness camp industry and customer service experience with her, she handles Unite’s reservations and pre- camp coordinating to ensure each guest will have 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 loves visiting on the phone with clients before they come, helping to make sure Unite is the right program for them. Christina also handles all of the marketing and social media for Unite. She enjoys painting modern art, yoga, a good cup of coffee, camping with her family.
Drew Paulos
Drew Paulos Director of Sales
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

Chef Marjorie
Chef MarjorieCulinary Expert + Nutritionist + Cooking Instructor
Marjorie discovered her passion for cooking at age 14, and has been a nutritionist, chef, and culinary educator for many years. She has worked in restaurants, cooked for private clients, owned and run bakeries, taught cooking classes, and counseled private nutrition clients and athletes. With degrees in pre-med psychology, nutritional science, and the culinary arts, as well as multiple fitness certifications, she approaches food as a means to nourish the body and the soul. Marjorie specializes in restricted diets, and she loves to show people with food allergies, dietary limitations, and performance requirements that it is still possible to treat your body well while enjoying healthful, delicious, and truly satisfying meals. She embraces a global culinary philosophy, working with flavors from regions all over the world, and prefers to source locally grown, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Her dishes are always colorful, because we really do eat with our eyes first. When she’s not in the kitchen whipping up delicious savory dishes or breads and pastries, you’ll find her exercising, losing herself in a good book, roaming the local farmers’ markets, or snuggling with her pets.
Chef Kaori
Chef KaoriCulinary Expert
Kaori Crosland was raised in Japan, where food is a significant part of the culture. The Japanese attention to detail helped form Kaori’s approach to her work. She’s passionate about the art, and craftsmanship of cooking and her meals are as beautiful as they are delicious.
As owner-chef of her own business, Sanji, Kaori enjoys developing healthy and satisfying recipes you can easily duplicate at home. She uses local ingredients whenever possible. She also enjoys leading cooking classes and demos and producing events for groups and individuals. Kaori loves traveling and spending time with her family in her free time.
Chef Yvonne
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 Bonnie
Chef BonnieCulinary Expert + Ayurvedic Counselor
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.
Henry White
Henry WhitePhysical Therapist
Henry has over 25 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.

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