Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Colorado Springs Staff
Kristen Kells, DC, BSc
Founder and Developer
Dr. Kristen Kells is a proud wife and mother of 3 as well as a success story herself of transforming her life.
Rebecca Archey, RN, CHC
Neurotransmitter and Hormone Specialist
Rebecca Archey worked in the healthcare field for over 15 years, serving everyone from infants to the elderly. She witnessed many patients who lived long lives, but in progressively declining health. Moved by this observation, she set out to find a sustainable quality of life, starting with her own personal health. Rebecca comes from a family who struggles with weight, and overcame many unhealthy habits, including binge and emotional eating, in order to transform her life.
Rebecca earned her BSN from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She worked as a charge nurse and staff nurse in inpatient and outpatient settings, and was highly praised by both doctors and patients. Rebecca earned her certification in health coaching (from ACE) and provided private and group coaching to empower clients to live whole and healthy lives. Rebecca has extensive training in functional medicine with a special focus on hormone optimization, adrenal dysfunction, brain chemistry optimization, and detoxification. She is passionate about helping people transform their health through preventative care, and feels that her position at VIVE Health & Wellness is the perfect blend of her skills and passions.
In her free time, Rebecca loves to hike and camp in the Colorado mountains with her husband Joe, vacation at the beach, and curl up with a good book.
Ami Bess, BSN, RNC, CEN, CFRN
Director of Clinical Quality and Physician Outreach
Ami Bess has worked in the healthcare field for over 27 years. She was inspired by her grandmother who took her along on home health visits as a child, and she knew from an early age a passion for caring for the critically ill. This led Ami to a career as a flight nurse, where she responded to emergency scenes or to transport patients to specialty centers by helicopter. It was the intensity and stress of this career that led Ami to enter the VIVE program herself. She realized that even with her extensive medical knowledge, she needed help, support, and a comprehensive program to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Ami earned her BSN from Bethel College of Nursing at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and her MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. She is certified in Obstetrics, Emergency Nursing, and Flight Nursing. Her career as a flight nurse pushed her to help individuals improve their health and quality of life long before they need the assistance of a flight team. She is passionate about her position in the VIVE family and is committed to helping patients through their own health journeys.
Ami is married to the love of her life (John) and has four children that keep her very busy. She enjoys traveling, going to concerts, reading, skiing, camping and fly fishing.
Regional Director of Operations
Brandi is one of those friendly mid-westerner types. She is originally from Iowa, but after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelors in Marketing she moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 2011. Soon after moving to Colorado, she became a patient at Dr. Kells chiropractic clinic where she found her passion for health and wellness. Growing up with the idea that Hamburger Helper was a balanced meal, Brandi had a lot to learn. Through years of working with Dr. Kells and her team, Brandi has been a sponge to soak up whatever Dr. Kells had to instill in her. With a 20 pound weight loss, and leaps and bounds in her health, she believes that she avoided the obesity that multiple of her family members struggle with.
In 2016 Brandi partnered with Dr. Kells as her Director of Operations to kick open the doors on Dr. Kells’ first weight loss clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. It has been a whirl wind growing Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss to a wildly successful weight loss program. Brandi finds her sweet spot in loving on clients—meeting them where they’re at in their health journey, creating systems and procedures for the company growth to share the best program out there with more people, and building amazing teams to serve and love our clients well.
Brandi is the mom of two adorable kiddos ages 4 and 1 and wife to a handsome and supportive husband. In her downtime, which is limited with young kids, she likes to go on coffee dates, go on walks with her family, and stay up late to watch Grey’s Anatomy.
Executive Assistant to the Regional Director of Operations
Lori has many talents that make her a great Executive Assistant to the Regional Director of Operations and to each of Dr. Kells’ clinics. Strengths to be admired about Lori are her skill for organization, attention to detail, and tenacity to get things done. She has completed her Associates of Applied Sciences in Medical Assisting, and has always loved the aspect of serving patients.
Lori’s passion for health, however, comes from her own journey. Ten years ago, Lori’s health started to decline. After hearing the dreaded, “nothing is wrong with you”, she decided she was not going to accept that answer any longer. She sought out other options and avenues to help get her life back. She found this help through natural remedies and nonconventional healthcare. It definitely has been a long road but one that she has overcome so much. Since starting at Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss, she has lost 20 pounds to a healthy weight. Lori has a complex health situation, but she has done what Dr. Kells hopes to instill in everyone—taken her health into her own hands! With everything she has learned, her passion is to help others get their life back as well.
Last year, Lori married the love of her life. She enjoys spending time with her husband, mom and two dogs. And as she continues to feel better, she likes to be active doing Zumba, hiking, line dancing, and doing crafty things like cross stitch and book folding.
Lindsay Doyle, NC
Director of Operations
Lindsay Doyle has been a health enthusiast for over 15 years. At a young age she was taught the beauty of real food by her grandmother. She always had a passion for health and wellness but decided to take a step further. After multiple family members became ill with no support from conventional medicine, she took her innate passion for health and wellness and became a certified holistic nutrition counselor.
Lindsay completed her certificate with honors in Nutrition Consulting at Bauman College in Boulder, Colorado. She uses her knowledge of whole foods-based nutrition as it contributes to the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health to help those around her achieve a higher quality of life.
Lindsay is the mother of two children who she has also helped overcome health conditions. She enjoys gathering together with family, friends, and good food. Originally from Arizona, she enjoys the warm weather, sun, and being outdoors.
Weight Loss Specialist and Coach
Carol is one of our experienced Weight Loss Specialists. Her valuable perspective as a coach comes from being a patient herself. Carol lost an amazing 65 pounds on Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss. She knows all to well the ups and downs and darn right battles of losing weight. Before coming to Dr. Kells, she tried program after program with many failed attempts. The best person to cheer you on and encourage you through the struggles of weight loss is someone who has overcome the challenges themselves. That’s why Carol is such a valuable resource as a coach. Not only did she overcome her weight, but she has had a transformation in her self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image. What helped her most was Dr. Kells’ unique approach of teaching a healthy lifestyle coupled with ongoing support. Naturally, Carol’s heart is to pay it forward and utilize her huge passion to help others accomplish their goals as well.
Carol has had a successful career with 6 years’ experience in the dental/medical field, owned a very successful business that she eventually chose to sell to move closer to family, led a large team for an international company for 8 years, and raised a family to boot!
Carol currently calls the quaint mountain town of Florissant, CO home. She is very happily married and has been for 38 years. She is a mom to 6 loving and caring children, and a “Grammy” to 6 wonderful grandchildren. She loves horses, hunting, spending time with her family, and baking!
Director of First Impressions
Emily recently moved to Colorado Springs from Michigan to be closer to nature. With a strong interest in healthy eating and sustainability, fueled by her family’s experience with obesity and health issues, she has become very conscious of the impact food has on the health of the body. Being a part of the Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss team, she hopes to be able to be a part of the change the world needs to live a happier, healthier life.
Emily lives an eco-friendly lifestyle and loves encouraging others to do the same. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, being outside, and taking care of her chickens. She loves to be a part of the celebration with our patients here and plans on furthering her education in the future to continue to change lives.
Assistant Director of First Impressions
Teresa was born and raised on the tropical island of Oahu, Hawaii. As a military wife, she traveled all over the United States, but in 2007 Teresa and her family moved to the gorgeous state of Colorado and never left! Everyday she’s reminded of how much she still loves living here!
When you first meet Teresa, you will immediately notice her kindness and friendly smile. You can tell she has a passion and drive to serve others. Prior to joining us at Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss, she spent 10 years working in the health care industry. More recently, in the last 5 years, she found her passion for natural and holistic health care. She not only has taken on the principle of your body being a ‘self-healing machine’ professionally, but for her family as well.
When Teresa isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her family and her wonderful daughter. One of her side passions (or hobbies) is to plan and organize weddings and events for family members and friends. She also has an affinity for organizing homes and offices (which we’re excited for!). Her mission is to help create a better flowing environment to allow everyone to focus on what matters most: creating more wonderful memories filled with adventure.
Orientation Specialist and Weight Loss Coach
Denise lived in the mountains of Colorado and graduated from the Colorado University system, has worked in a number of roles in Colorado, Alaska, and on the East Coast. Her passion for helping and educating people is seen in her seven kids and many other areas of her life.
Always active, from skiing as a family and coaching kids soccer, to guiding and shuttling the kids through national, international, and college athletic events. Denise spent decades focused on athletics and working out to maintain health, however there was a constant battle with weight which wasn’t solved by time in the gym with trainers and a lot of other programs.
After surviving cancer ten years ago and focusing more on food choices and overall health, still struggling with weight for years she stumbled onto Dr. Kell’s program and for the first time in decades lost 45 pounds with huge improvements in energy and has kept it off with the help of the staff and program.
She loves being a part of something that changed her life, sharing the program and aiding others in finding their way to better health and a healthy long term lifestyle.
Holistic Nutrition Consultant – Contributor and Client
Tiffany has joined our team as a nutrition expert and contributor to the Dr. Kells program. Tiffany is a 2013 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Holistic Health and a Member of American Drugless Practitioners. She has a deep passion for helping others gain their health through nutrition and taking an all-natural approach.
At 47 years old, Tiffany came to Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss looking for answers to her life-long struggle with managing a healthy weight. She was fed up and looking for something that aligned with her principles, and looking for something that worked! By following Dr. Kells’ 3-phase plan exactly as it is laid out, Tiffany lost 42 pounds in 4 months. Now her anxiety about gaining the weight back is gone. She not only has the tools she needs to keep the weight off, but she knows that if the weight were to creep back on, she’s got Dr. Kells’ team right there to support and get her back on track. The key to Tiffany’s success was that Dr. Kells’ plan addressed not the only the food she was eating, but also the physiological and psychological factors. Like giving her body the building blocks for optimal hormone levels and giving her the tools to manage emotional and addictive food behaviors.
After sharing her transformation with Dr. Kells, we brought her on our team to help us continue to improve the Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss program. Tiffany is excited to be a part of our team and work towards the betterment of a program that changed her life. She says, “Not only has Dr. Kells formulated a successful path for weight loss, but she created a plan for managing healthy habits and sustainable weight loss. Sustainable weight loss is so much more than how many pounds we lose. Our bodies have the ability to restore and heal themselves if only we will get out of the way.”
Tiffany’s hobbies are traveling, hiking, spending time with my wife and adult children, and reading the latest research on Holistic Nutrition.