Meet Our Staff



 Director

Larry Tucker


Larry Tucker

Dr. Tucker is the Director of Y Be Fit. After receiving his PhD from Southern Illinois University, he took his first university position at New Mexico State University in 1981. Later, he accepted a position at Auburn University where he taught for five years before coming to BYU in 1988.  Dr. Tucker has many years of experience in the health field with his specialty being lifestyle-medicine and health promotion.

Co-Director

Jessica Davies

Jessica  is excited to graduate in April with a Master's degree in Exercise Science with a Health Promotion emphasis. She is a weight training enthusiast and enjoys teaching functional fitness, weight lifting, and dance aerobics at BYU. Jessica grew up dancing and now enjoys teaching competitive dance at the studio where she trained. She believes in the underdogs and helps them shine as bright as the top performers. If you can't find her in the dance studio, you'll find her in the outdoors where she loves to hike with her husband.

Co-Director

Shelby Firouzi

Shelby is from Salt Lake City, Utah and received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness with a French Studies minor. She is working on her master’s degree in Exercise Science with a Health Promotion emphasis. Shelby loves traveling, especially to Disney and the beach! She and her husband love to hike and spend time outside with their two yorkies when the weather is warm, and she enjoys baking when it’s cold outside. Shelby is a certified Zumba instructor and personal trainer, and also enjoys long-distance running. She finds joy in helping the everyday, busy person work toward personal wellness goals. Shelby has a contagious laugh and knows that a healthy, active life will be a happy life!

Assistant
Co-Director

Kai Fisher

Kai is from a small town in Nevada where he enjoyed the quiet, rural life. Growing up, Kai was always an active, energetic boy. He fell in love with sports and has participated on many sports teams. To this day, Kai loves to stay active and healthy by exercising, hiking, camping with his wife, and cooking healthy food.  He is fascinated with the human body, which prompted him to pursue a career as a physician assistant. He also loves working with people. Being a health coach combines many of Kai’s passions, and he is excited to help people achieve their wellness goals.

Health Coach

Annie Dye




Annie was born and raised in Escondido, California where she loves to soak up that southern California sunshine whenever she gets the chance. She is in the dietetics program and will graduate in April 2018. Annie enjoys tennis, cooking, crafting, spending time with her family, and taking in the beautiful scenes of nature wherever she is. Annie believes in simplifying the seemingly complex world of healthy living. She loves the fact that simple daily choices to eat what the body thrives on and to “get moving” in enjoyable ways result in happy and wholesome living.



Health Coach

Bridget Atkinson


Bridget grew up in Las Vegas and served a mission in Taichung, Taiwan. Years ago, after dealing with some health issues, she decided to make some major lifestyle changes of her own, which sparked a passion for all things health related and led her to pick Exercise and Wellness as her major. Bridget wants to help others see that adopting a healthy lifestyle can be both rewarding and attainable. Bridget loves spending time with her husband, and together they’ve finished a Spartan race, trained in CrossFit, and enjoyed being active outdoors

Health Coach


Brittany Freestone


Brittany is currently finishing up her degree in Exercise and Wellness and pursuing a career in occupational therapy.  Through her education and personal life, she has found that one of her greatest sources of happiness is helping others achieve their personal goals, and she hopes to apply that during her time here at Y Be Fit. Brittany was born in Sandy, Utah. She enjoys cycling, weight lifting, skiing, and especially a good summer day of wake boarding. She recently returned from serving a mission in Madrid, Spain. Her favorite pastimes are watching college football and being outdoors with family and friends. 

 

Health Coach

Heather Scruggs

Heather was born and raised in the suburbs of northern California. In her family, she is the second child with 5 younger adopted siblings. She is majoring in Exercise and Wellness with a minor in Nutrition. She served a mission in Alabama, where she fell in love with the Southern culture. Soon after her return home, she married her wonderful husband. She is a certified Zumba instructor and loves being active. On the side, she works as a Disney princess for kid birthday parties and events. She also loves crafts, cooking, visiting with friends and family, laughing, and having a good time. Heather has made many healthy lifestyle changes herself and is passionate about sharing that excitement with others!

 Health Coach

Lisa Keovongsa
   Lisa was born and raised in eastern South Dakota. She is finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics in April 2017 and plans to pursue a master’s degree on the East Coast. She loves to run, hike, and rock climb, and has a palate for any delicious food, especially sushi. Lisa believes that healthy living is grounded in self-care. She loves to help people reach their nutrition and exercise goals in ways that they thoroughly enjoy so they are not only living, but also thriving in life.
Health Coach

Matt Schneider

Matt  hails from Mulberry, Arkansas. He grew up living in the country, so a love for the outdoors was inherent. Hunting, fishing and kayaking are some of his favorite outdoor activities back home. He has adapted his love for the outdoors to the mountains of Utah, so hiking has become a new favorite, and he has hiked  all seven peaks of Utah County. Matt will graduate in April with a degree in Exercise and Wellness. He is passionate about promoting good health and particularly loves helping people find physical activities they enjoy. Some of his specialties include weight training and functional fitness. 

Health Coach

Megan Austin

Megan is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Growing up with four siblings, she learned to love watching and playing many different sports. She plans on graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness in April and then pursuing a career in occupational therapy. She loves learning about the body and how to take care of it. She believes that wellness includes many different aspects of life and that one of the most important things in healthy living is staying positive. She believes that life is full of memories waiting to be made, and a healthy lifestyle can help us to enjoy them.

 Health Coach

Melissa Hartley
 

Melissa  is from Cardston, Alberta. She is in the dietetics program and will graduate in April of 2018. When she is not convincing the world to eat healthier and exercise more, she can be found running, hiking, cooking or reading. Passionate about the amazement and wonder of the human body, she loves activities that can be done with family and friends while still promoting a healthy lifestyle. Melissa believes that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" and desires to empower individuals to make small and simple changes. Life is full of wonderful moments and unimaginable opportunities. A healthy lifestyle is key to relishing each one.

Health Coach

Nicole Denney

Nicole is a Salt Lake City native majoring in Exercise and Wellness. She is an avid distance runner and has run several half marathons over the last few years. She also enjoys cycling and weight lifting. Nicole and her husband like to exercise together, and they challenge each other to eat healthier. They are working on ways to incorporate veggies in almost everything they eat. When Nicole is not studying or on a run, she loves to relax with a good novel or a crime show. She will graduate in April 2017 and then complete a master's degree in Exercise Science.

 

Health Coach

Sara Pettitt

Sara grew up in Iowa loving sports, fitness, and competition. She is one of 12 children, which keeps life interesting and busy to say the least. She is majoring in Exercise and Wellness and will graduate in December of 2017. Sara is passionate about health and helping others change behaviors and reach their life goals. She is absolutely thrilled to be a health coach this semester. If she isn't studying or working, you can find her on the golf course, in an intramural game, playing cards, or planning her wedding.

 Secretary

Rebekah Glew
   Rebekah is from Wilmington, North Carolina and is the oldest of four girls in her family. She is majoring in Exercise and Wellness and minoring in World Dance, and  she loves being a part of one of the BYU Folk Dance teams. She loves Zumba and exercising, but also enjoys movies and cooking with her husband. Rebekah fell in love with nutrition and fitness after meeting a personal trainer while on her mission in Colorado, and hopes to develop her own fitness program someday.