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operations manager & Certified Profile Coach

Health and wellness always means something slightly different to everyone. My great passion is helping others achieve their goals and building lasting relationships with people. I first started helping people in the fitness industry by running boot camps during my summers in college. That eventually drew me into multiple years of personal training and group fitness. I loved getting to know everyone’s story and their reason why. I eventually found myself on the management side. I love reaching out to our local community to help businesses and people learn more about us and seeing Profile help so many of our members lives change. My educational background includes a B.S. in Exercise Science, ACE certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition counselor. You’ll either catch me biking on the trails or kayaking the nearby lakes.

Certified Profile Coach

While at the University of Iowa I was actively involved in co-developing and facilitating programs and events that promoted higher education as well as health and wellness among diverse individuals. I have also worked as a behavioral support professional, assisting individuals create healthy living behaviors. While in school and through work I have had the opportunity to replay this information in English, Spanish, and Sign Language. My passions include reading, journaling, going on walks, and traveling.

Certified Profile Coach

Derek Tallman was born and raised in the great state of Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Promotion and is living out his dream of improving the health of everyone he can. Loves everything sports and the great outdoors. Also not opposed to reading a good book and long walks on the beach. “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Certified Profile Coach

My name is Josh Dakken. I was raised in Forest City, Iowa where I participated in football, track, and baseball. I attended the University of Iowa and received my Bachelor’s degree in Health & Human Physiology – Health Promotion Emphasis and a Certificate in Public Health in Spring of 2017. I am also a Certified Health Education Specialist. I’ve always had a passion for health and the physiology of the human body. I’ve had great experiences working in hospital and college wellness settings. I love the opportunity to work with members every day to help them reach their goals to live healthier and happier lives. Some activities I participate in are weightlifting, running, biking, kayaking, and hiking in the outdoors. I’m also a huge Hawkeye fan, Go Hawks! You can expect to see me at every home football game and wrestling meet. Reading is something I enjoy so if you have any good books feel free to let me know! I love to travel as well, some countries I want to visit are Norway, Ireland, France, Germany, and Italy. My favorite TV shows are Parks & Recreation, The Office, and Game of Thrones.

shannon Gage-thigpen
Certified Profile Coach

Shannon comes to Profile Sanford after a long career as a mentor, leader and winner in collegiate athletics. Her background consist of helping young women develop and enhance their physical and mental skill set to achieve their goals on the court and in the classroom. Shannon has spent the past decade coaching young women in the sport of college basketball and the cultivating the importance of diet and nutrition as it relates to performance. She has helped develop some of the finest female leaders in the sport of basketball, who are now emerging as pioneers in their careers and communities. Shannon was a student-athlete and 1999 graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelors degree in Health Science and Recreation. Shannon has spent twelve years as a division I women’s basketball coach, with coaching stops at Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma State University. Her hobbies are spending time with family,traveling adventures, connecting with people and craving the unknown.