Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Salt Lake City Staff

Kristen Kells

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.

Read more on the Meet Dr. Kells, DC page.

Mark Kells

Mark Kells

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Kells has been the face behind the scenes of Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss since its inception. His vision has always been to create a place of healing and health restoration.

Mark came from a family that did not focus on health and lost his father 15 years ago due to obesity. As a result, he has learned along with Dr. Kells how to transform his health, lifestyle, and mindset. After a crippling autoimmune illness in 2006, Dr. Kells and Mark flew all over the world to learn and understand the principles and natural health techniques to restore not only his own health but then take that to others. He is self-taught in nutrition, coaching, lifestyle changes, and is a healthy, fit, amazing 57-year-old.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking 14ers, riding his motorcycle, skiing with his friends, camping in his RV, and spending time in his 2 favorite places, Costa Rica, and South Dakota.

While he is the quiet voice behind the scenes, he is involved in all aspects of improving our ability to serve you.

Matt White

Matt White

Chief Operations Officer

Matt White is not only the COO of the company, but he is also a successful client and a part of our 100+ pounds lost club.

Matt was the typical workaholic and stress eater throughout his entire career in the military and business. This unhealthy lifestyle culminated with him gaining 90 pounds to a total weight of 325 pounds! Facing the mental, physical, and especially health pressures of being obese, Matt seized the opportunity for change with Dr. Kells’ help. After ten months of self-discipline and sticking to his prescribed nutrition plan, he has lost over 126 pounds! Matt is now back to his weight in high school and feels like he is 18 again.

Today, Matt supports Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss to grow their business to new markets with the mission to help people fight obesity the right way. He is very passionate about helping people, especially veterans, tackle food addiction’s mental and physical struggles. Matt’s journey has reshaped his relationship with food. It has improved his overall health and relationships in every aspect of his life. In almost every conversation you will have with Matt, he will tell you that Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss saved his life.

Mickell Cottle

Mickell Cottle

Chief Of Human Resources

Mickell has worked for over 11 years as a caregiver with a strong passion for helping others. She has worked with many people, including teenagers with cancer, the elderly, and addiction and mental health patients. She has extensive training and knowledge in pharmaceuticals, medication administration, and nutrition. She is currently working towards her degree as a Registered Nurse.

Growing up in a family with autoimmune disorders, Mickell saw firsthand the effects these had on the human body. Mickell started to develop her own autoimmune symptoms in 2010. With doctors that could not give her a definitive diagnosis, she was forced to search for her own answers. Despite her previous medical and autoimmune knowledge, she hadn’t correlated her own issues with food until 2015, which quickly changed her focus and gave her positive direction. Due to the medications, steroids, and unhealthy binge eating during those previous years, she found herself 60 pounds overweight. She fully committed to changing her lifestyle, and so far, has lost 45 pounds. Her newfound passion is to help others who are having the same struggles with their weight and help change their relationship with food.

Mickell was born and raised in Utah and came to Colorado in 2017 for new opportunities. She is a mother to children who keep her life exciting. In her free time, she is off traveling, hiking, snowboarding, and being active in anyway that she can.

Emily Stephenson

Emily Stephenson

Project Manager

Emily is a Michigan native but moved to Colorado in 2018 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 and the planet. 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 kayaking, hiking, and hanging out with her cat, Toes.

She loves to be a part of the celebration with our patients here and watching them change their lives.

Breanne Hartley

Breanne Harley

Clinic Leader

Breanne earned her certification as a Nutritional Herbalist through Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural healing while continuing her education to receive her master’s in Herbology.

From an early age, she has had a strong passion for health care and love for others. After working as a CNA caregiver for four years, becoming an EMT, and then moving on to practice as a health coach, she cultivated a new understanding of nutrition and holistic health. Watching others stand in their power with newfound knowledge is what brings her joy and what inspired her to join Dr. Kells Salt Lake City team.

Catch her out in nature hiking the mountains, camping, or sitting under a tree reading and studying.

Abby Bassett

Abby Bassett

Nutrition And Wellness Coach

Abby is a California Native who moved to Utah in October. She found her passion in nutrition, health, and wellness early on in High School where she struggled with digestive issues that were poorly treated by her doctors. After ending up in the hospital multiple times, and never finding answers, Abby took her health into her own hands and vowed to heal her body.

She received a BS from Chico State University with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition, while also being a collegiate athlete. She furthered her education at Stanford getting Certified in Nutrition Science with an emphasis on Counseling.

In her free time, Abby loves to work out, read, cook, and be outside with her dog. Don’t ask her to swim though, she’s not very strong in that area and sinks fairly well.

Jessica Leighton

Jessica Leighton

Patient Care Coordinator

Jessica is a proud Alberta native who moved to Idaho back in 2016 to attend BYU-Idaho for a bachelor’s degree. After jumping from major to major, she discovered a love for Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in nutrition. Her education along with lifelong digestive struggles has led to a passion for understanding health, fitness, and nutrition after failing to find solutions through traditional medicine.

She loves spending her free time outdoors with hopes of finding hikes to compete with the great Canadian Rockies. She also enjoys cooking, hitting the gym, and dabbling in art.

Jessica is currently working towards becoming a certified NASM personal trainer and plans to pursue a master’s degree in either nutrition or exercise science. She is excited and grateful to be a part of each patient’s journey towards improved health and wellness.