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New Year, New You Speakers

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

by Live Day Break

New Year, New You Speakers

LiveDAYBREAK is bringing some amazing speakers to the Glass House for the upcoming New Year, New You program. Here are their bios for more information on their backgrounds. 


Laura Heck is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Salt Lake City. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Gottman Therapist (one of less than 300 in the world). Her work includes couples therapy, online counseling, workshops, speaking engagements, teaching for The Gottman Institute and co-founder of forBetter. Laura’s passion to teach has lead her to co-found forBetter, an instruction based web platform allowing couples to access powerful research based tips and tools for creating intimate relationships that are forBetter.


Anna Smyth is a mindfulness consultant and trainer. She works with companies, nonprofits, government agencies and private clients to improve health and manage stress using mindfulness. She holds a Master's degree in Health Promotion and Education and has been trained as a Qualified Instructor of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMass Medical School. Anna has been practicing mindfulness for over 10 years including several 10-day silent meditation retreats and has personally experienced its transformational power to unlock unimaginable happiness, resilience, and peace of mind.


Scott Sherman is a financial coach who teaches people how to manage their money with confidence to get more of what they want in their lives, and do it from a place of security instead of stress. He writes about personal finance, financial independence/retiring early (FIRE), and personal growth on the blog I Dream of FIRE. His articles have been seen on Money, GOBankingRates and Rockstar Finance, and last year CNN wrote a feature story about his mini-retirement at the age of 38. Scott is married, with two adult stepsons (ages 22 and 20) and a 6-year-old daughter, and lives right here in Daybreak.


Empowering. Connecting. Experiential. Inspirational. Real. Those five words show up most often when people describe hearing Jason MacKenzie teach and facilitate. Jason has a unique ability to ask the questions and create an environment that bring out the very best in people and groups. As the co-founder of Adaptive Growth Systems, Jason is helping revolutionize teamwork by training connected, transparent and inspired teams to use their collective wisdom to find answers to their biggest questions.


Sarah Kinnison earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Science with an emphasis in Public Health from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She began her career as a Health Educator at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho where she focused on the health education needs of the surrounding community. Currently, Sarah serves as the Healthy Living Health Educator for the Salt Lake County Health Department. Her position primarily focuses on diabetes management implementation in Salt Lake County and promoting physical activity through parks prescriptions to decrease the impact of chronic disease. Sarah currently is certified as a Diabetes Paraprofessional through the AADE.


Anni McKinnon is the Healthy Living Program Manager with the Salt Lake County Health Department where she oversees initiatives to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases in Salt Lake County. She and her team focus on environmental changes that are community-driven, innovative, and measurable to promote healthy behaviors and improve quality of life. Anni educates partners and the community about active transportation opportunities, healthy food access, improved chronic disease management and diagnosis in a clinical setting, and school health. She has a background as a Health Educator, Disease Investigator, Personal Trainer, and Health Coach. She received her Bachelor’s in Health Promotion and her Master’s in Communication. She spends her free time running mountain trails, rock climbing, wake surfing, and obstacle course racing. She lives in South Jordan with her husband, Todd, and their 7 children.


Jenna Kincaid graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor in Science in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. During her time at C.S.U. she was a personal trainer and spin coach, which led her to continue her education in physical therapy. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences. She graduated with honors and received the Outstanding Physical Therapy Student award. She returned to the University of Saint Augustine where she obtained her Manual Therapy Certification. Jenna practices in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine in where she specializes in the treatment of runners and pelvic floor. Additionally, she is an assistant instructor for KinetaCore where she travels the U.S. and Canada teaching Functional Dry Needling. She has always been intrigued by yoga and when she moved to Utah she started the Yoga Teacher Training program through the University of Utah. She is looking forward to integrating yoga into her patient care and the community. In her spare time Jenna enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the C.S.U Rams, cooking, running, skiing, and yoga.