Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Salt Lake City Staff
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
Mickell Cottle, CNA, QMAP
Director of Operations
Mickell has worked for over 11 years as a caregiver with a strong passion for helping others. She has worked with a multitude of 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 a family with autoimmune disorders, Mickell saw the effects these had on the human body firsthand. Mickell started to develop her own autoimmune symptoms in 2010. With doctors that couldn’t give her a definitive diagnosis, she was forced to search for her own answers. Despite all of 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 a son and daughter who keep her life exciting. In her free time she is off traveling, hiking, snowboarding, and being active anyway that she can.