Our Mission & Staff

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Our Mission is to:

  • Empower each individual to realize their optimal health
  • Improve each individual's health in body and mind, working on a personalized basis
  • Educate patients regarding non-drug treatments for common disorders
  • Emphasize the natural, complete reduction of unrecognized inflammation to prevent common diseases like heart attacks, strokes, type II diabetes, osteoarthritis, and to reduce cancer rates

Our Staff

Vanessa Brown Laurella Ph.D., RN, Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the LiVe Well Center at Park City Medical Center, Vanessa works with patients to help them reach their optimal health. While she oversees the nutritional counseling and fitness coaching, the LiVe Well Center program is more than diet and exercise. It's about living well and being healthy. It's about preventing diseases, helping clients get off costly prescriptions and taking a more proactive, preventive approach to their wellness.
Some of her accomplishments include starting one of the first National Nurse Residency Programs in the State of Utah; develop and administrate the first online nursing program for associate degree nurses at the University of Utah College of Nursing; Director of the College of Nursing¹s Graduate Nurse Administration program and development of clinical programs at University Hospital.  Her research and scholarly activities have been centered around leadership and administrative/management processes to enhance service efficiency and reducing waste. Vanessa is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, College of Nursing and faculty member for 26 years. Vanessa's focus in clinical service and as a consultant health advocate for independent clients has always centered on holistic care and health prevention.



Dr. Scott F. Hansen

Dr. Scott F. Hansen is the new Medical Director for the LiVe Well Center and has been the Medical Director at Intermountain Health and Fitness Institute, Salt Lake City since 1999. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine. His medical practice is focused to manage patients needing physician support with health and wellness, disease prevention, medical risk factor reduction and care of conditions related to internal medicine and musculoskeletal medicine. Primary Care Sports Medicine has been a professional interest of Dr. Hansen since 1993. Having spent prior years in general Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Hansen wanted to direct his skill towards keeping patients fit, healthy and free of the problems that often come from an active and athletic lifestyle. He has worked with Salt Lake Athletic Medicine, The Orthopedic Specialty Clinic, Olympic Venue Medical Officer, and as a team and event physician for the U.S. Speed skating team. Dr. Hansen maintains a consultative practice to assist other physicians with their patients and their needs in risk factor prevention and management, and sports performance and injury care. He has a limited group of executive and active adult patients in his primary care practice.
Dr. Hansen's education and training:
University Of Utah School Of Medicine - Salt Lake City, UT in Doctor of Medicine, 1976
Residency: University of Utah Medical Center - Salt Lake City, UT in Internal Medicine, 1976-1979
Board Certifications: AM BD INTERNAL MEDICINE - Certification does not expire
Professional Memberships: American Board of Internal Medicine



Dr. Massimo Testa

Dr. Testa specializes in sport and exercise medicine from prevention to diagnosis to treatment.  Dr. Testa's practice focuses on sport-related musculoskeletal injuries, cardiopulmonary and other medical issues related to exercise including; exercise-induced asthma, cramps, fainting, unusual fatigue, and loss of performance. Dr. Testa also focuses on exercise prescription for the prevention and treatment of disease, and physiological evaluation of athletes including; VO2 max, lactate threshold, body composition, and strength evaluation. Additionally, Dr. Testa specializes in training programs to optimize athletic performance as well as bike fitting and bike biomechanics. 
Dr. Testa currently coaches professional cyclists including Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie.  Previously, he coached Andy Hampsten and triathletes Chris Lieto and Steve Larsen.
When not practicing medicine, Dr. Testa is developing and coaching professional and amateur athletes, attending to cyclists on the pro tour, or writing books about sports performance.  He loves to cycle and ski.



Heather Darling, MSN-FNP

Heather attended Westminster College where she received her Master's as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. Heather has worked in all areas of healthcare starting with geriatric medicine, oncology, orthopedic rehabilitation, general medicine, cardiology, cardiology research, intensive care medicine, and now health and wellness.

Heather has been a nurse at Park City Medical Center, and was recently promoted to her new role as a Nurse Practitioner at the LiVe Well Center.  She currently lives with her daughter in Park City and enjoys every day to its fullest potential.




Julienne McCulloch, MS, RCEP

Julienne is an Exercise Physiologist with a Masters of Health and Human Movement degree from Utah State University in Logan, UT, and the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification. Upon graduating with her undergraduate degree, she served as an Exercise Therapist in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation as well as in the Behavioral Health Unit. Julienne has been with Intermountain Healthcare for a number of years working in a variety roles including; Exercise Therapist, Education Coordinator, CPR Instructor, Healthy Balance Coordinator, and Fitness Tester.

In addition to her clinical work, Julienne has been teaching group fitness classes since 2006 and thoroughly enjoys the ability to teach others and to develop relationships attained through group fitness. Julienne has extensive knowledge and experience in cardiovascular disease and management, patient education, and is passionate about exercise. Julienne is an endurance runner and she enjoys road cycling as well.   


Liz Bynan, MS, RD, CD

Liz attended undergraduate school at Texas Tech University where she received a BS in Dietetics and Nutrition. She then earned her MS in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Currently, Liz is the Clinical Dietitian at Park City Medical Center and recently received her certification in weight management. She has worked with diverse clientele in managing issues such as weight management, sports nutrition, kidney disease, and parenteral and enteral nutrition. Liz is an endurance runner who has qualified for the Boston Marathon and she enjoys mountain biking and road cycling.

Dee Hill-Mey, PhD, Certified WellCoach

Dee earned her PhD in Health Promotion from the University of Utah.  A pioneer in worksite health promotion, Dee managed successful health promotion programs for Levi Strauss & Co and Gannett Co Inc., and has won numerous awards for her work. 

Dee is also credited with helping create the Center for Integrative Health Education, Research and Technology (CIHERT), where her mission was to educate other health professionals on the benefits of evidence-based intergrative strategies that can help individuals achieve and maintain optimal health.

Dee serves on the Board of Advisors for the Insitute of Coaching Center for Coaching in Healthcare at Harvard based McLean Hospital, is vice president of the Integrative Health Network (HIN) and a board member of the Wellbeing Collaborative in Park City, Utah. 

In her free time she enjoys skiing, golf and spending time with her family.  ​

David Allen, Laboratory Manager
David Allen is the Laboratory Manager at Park City Medical Center.  He graduated in 2004 with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Weber State University and is an ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Scientist.
The Park City Medical Center laboratory is a full-service lab.  Many tests are performed onsite and additional testing is sent to various reference laboratories.  Each member of the laboratory staff is a certified Scientist and takes pride in performing tests accurately and efficiently to serve the community.


Chef Jason Kieffer

From coast to coast, Chef Jason Kieffer has pleased the palates from super models to athletic legends. His resume includes Executive Chef at Google, Vegetarian Executive Chef at Microsoft World Headquarters, and Private Chef to a billionaire. He wasn't too far into his career when Chef Kieffer realized that there was so much more to food and health and soon began a journey towards a naturopathic approach to cooking. Chef Jason is a student of the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America and disciple of Ayurveda and naturopathic traditions and enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of food with the LiVe Well Center clients.

 Scott Walton, Imaging Manager

Scott is the Imaging Manager at Park City Medical Center.  He grew up just down the hill in Wasatch County and currently lives in Midway with his family.  Scott graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor's in Radiologic Sciences, emphasis in studies of advanced radiologic sciences of MRI and CT. He has been with Intermountain Healthcare since 2006 and Park City Medical Center since opening.  Scott thinks we are privileged to be able to be able to work with an elite group of healthcare providers that strive for excellence in providing resources to live full and healthy lives. The imaging department provides a variety of diagnostic exams to help fulfill this goal including body composisition analysis.