Clinicians

View the credentials of our exercise physiologists, physical therapist, dietitians, and health and fitness clinicians:

 

Ted D. Adams, PhD, MPH

Program Director / Exercise Physiologist

Focus
As a member of the LiVe Well Center, I have particular interest in guidelines related to clinical preventive services and the role they play in preventing disease. I am also interested in lifestyle-related behaviors that are associated with chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Other areas of focus include:

  • Effects of bariatric (weight loss) surgery on long-term health
  • Exercise prescription for the prevention and treatment of disease
  • Educational opportunities to promote healthy lifestyle programs
  • Research related to the genetics of obesity

Degree

  • Brigham Young University - Doctor of Exercise Physiology
  • University of Utah School of Medicine - Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology
  • University of Utah School of Medicine - Masters of Public Health

Credentials

  • Honors BS - Mathematics - University of Utah
  • MS - Biomedical engineering - University of Utah
  • PhD - Exercise physiology - Brigham Young University
  • Postdoctoral fellowship - University of Utah School of Medicine
  • MPH - University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Fellowship - Cardiovascular Health Forum

Professional Positions
I am the program and research director at the LiVe Well Center. I am also a principal research investigator at the Division of Cardiovascular Genetics, University of Utah School of Medicine. My faculty appointments include adjunct associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine; adjunct associate professor, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine; and adjunct associate professor, Department of Foods Science and Nutrition – all at the University of Utah.

Current Positions

  • Program director and exercise physiologist – Health & Fitness Institute, LDS Hospital
  • Co-principle investigator, research in the genetics of obesity and health outcomes following gastric bypass surgery – Division of Cardiovascular Genetics, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Adjunct associate professor – Departments of Family and Preventive Medicine, Physical Therapy, Exercise and Sports Science, Food Science and Nutrition – University of Utah
  • Consultant, fitness testing and health promotion education – National Football League officials
  • Funded for research activities by National Institutes of Health

Personal Bio & Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family in the summer in the great outdoors. I enjoy participating in community-related and service-oriented activities. My favorite food is a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread (using Adams peanut butter). When I am not helping patients at the Health & Fitness Institute or lecturing at the University of Utah, I enjoy hiking.

Intermountain Hospital Affiliations
LDS Hospital  

 

Rina Lister, RN CDE, MS HM

Primary Specialty
Registered Nurse experienced in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, with an emphasis in health and wellness, disease prevention, weight management, and risk factor reduction. My expertise lies in the counseling and education of patients with diabetes and heart disease utilizing exercise, nutrition, and stress management to improve outcomes.

Degrees

  • University of Nevada Reno - Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 1992
  • A.T. Still University - AZ Masters of Science in Human Movement, 2010

Professional Positions

  • Board Certified Diabetes Educator, 2000
  • Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management, Master Trainer, 2010

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • Association of Diabetes Educators of Utah
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Bio & Interests
Originally from Salt Lake City, I have resided in Southern Utah for the last 17 years and have been counseling patients about chronic disease and management of health through exercise, nutrition modification, and stress management. I recently have had the opportunity to move back to Salt Lake City to pursue my passion in the promotion of health and wellness. I have two beautiful, intelligent children who keep me busy in my off hours during which I enjoy hiking and cooking. Last year, we hiked the Rim2Rim and this year’s goal is the Rim to Rim to Rim, a 48 mile hike across the Grand Canyon.

Intermountain Hospital Affiliations
LDS Hospital  

 

Libba Shannonhouse, MS, CSCS

Exercise Physiology

Primary Specialty
I have expertise in exercise testing and prescription for health, wellness, weight loss, injury prevention and performance. The performance and health evaluations include: VO2max, body composition, and strength evaluation. In addition to these services, I focus on exercise programs to optimize weight loss, cardiovascular fitness, performance, core stability, and overall health and wellness.

Professional Positions
I am an exercise physiologist at the LiVe Well Center and a personal trainer for many local athletes.

Degrees

  • Appalachian State University - Exercise Science MS, 1998

Professional Memberships

  • American College for Sports Medicine
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association

Credentials

  • MS, Exercise science - Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialist - National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Emergency medical technician

Current Positions

  • Exercise physiologist: LiVe Well Center 
  • Health coach for online fitness consultant group: Fitness First, Inc.
  • Personal trainer: I.J. & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center

Bio & Interests
Having spent eight years as a scholarship high school and college athlete, I know the value of health, fitness and the importance of a strong body. As a result, my fifteen years as a professional in the sports performance industry has centered on strength training with a focus on core strength and balance, and injury rehabilitation and prevention. My clients have included college athletes, Paralympic and Olympic athletes, and numerous outdoor and sports enthusiasts. When not working, I take my camera and hop on a bike, trail or a river, or if the snow is falling, strap on the snowshoes, telemark skis or skate skis.

Intermountain Hospital Affiliations
LDS Hospital

 

Nate Thomas, BS

Assistant Exercise Physiologist

Credentials

  • BS, Exercise and sport science - Brigham Young University
  • MS, Exercise and sport science - University of Utah

Current Positions

  • Assistant exercise physiologist: LiVe Well Center 
  • Personal trainer
  • Certified U.S.A. cycling and triathlete

 

Karin Westlen-Boyer, RPT, MPH

Primary Specialty: Physical Therapist

Focus
Prevention to treatment of all orthopedic issues, with an emphasis in spine, women's health and the treatment of seniors. Incorporating a "whole body" approach into the treatment plans, using joint-mobilization, biofeedback relaxation and therapeutic exercises to improve therapy outcomes. Training programs for seniors to increase strength and function to enhance their independence.

Other Office Locations
Intermountain Orthopedic Specialty Group - TOSH

Degrees

  • Rehabilitations Zentrum, West-Berlin, Germany - Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy, 1987
  • University of Utah - Master of Public Health, 2002
  • University of Utah - Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2010

Credentials

  • BS, Physical therapy - Rehabilitations-Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
  • MS, Manual and orthopedic physical therapy - Ola Grimsby Institute, CA
  • MPH, Health services administration - Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah

Training
Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, 1993

Current Positions

  • Physical therapist: LiVe Well Center 
  • Physical therapist, balance, incontinence and pelvic pain: LiVe Well Center 

Professional Memberships
American Physical Therapy Association

Languages Spoken

  • Swedish
  • German

Bio & Interests
I was born in Stockholm, Sweden and came to Salt Lake City in 1990. According to my husband, I came, "only for a year." Now, 3 children and 20 years later, I have fallen in love with Utah winters and the beautiful desert landscape. Winter is my favorite season here and I usually take a trip back to Sweden in the summer time. When I am not busy helping patients, I enjoy cross country skiing with my family.

Intermountain Hospital Affiliations
LDS Hospital
TOSH - The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital

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