She is an Outstanding Healthcare Provider (as awarded by the
Campbell County Healthcare Foundation), a coach of sports and health, a mentor to many of her colleagues at
Campbell County Health
Wellness, a passionate prevention expert, and so much more. And today, we’re
proud to announce that she—Tanya Allee, RD, LD—is a CCH Legend.
For those who don't know, CCH defined a Legend as, “those people
who have left a permanent impression on our minds because of their deeds
and actions. Ongoing demonstration of hard work, compassion, and a reputation
for greatness make someone a legend.”
Born and raised in Gillette, Wyoming, Tanya went to college at the
University of Northern Colorado and earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics; she later became
a Registered Dietitian with
Penrose St. Francis. She said she decided on a career in healthcare because she has always
had a desire to help people.
Tanya spent seven years in several Colorado communities before she decided
it was time to return home to Gillette to be closer to family. She also
felt that Campbell County had a lot more to offer her family than where
she was living.
Thirteen years ago, Tanya took a job at CCH in Wellness, and she hasn’t
looked back. And we’d say she found quite a niche in her role at
Wellness as she not only helps people, she helps people feel better, live
better and have a higher quality of life.
CCH’s Wellness Department works to reduce health risks and promote
overall wellness among employee groups and individuals across the northeastern
Wyoming region. More than 20 organizations use Wellness for their
Corporate Wellness Program, which helped companies and their employees prevent illness, decrease
medical dollars spent, as well as increase employee morale and productivity.
The department also offers
a screening program that is targeted at individuals, and makes it easy and affordable for
all residents to have their blood checked, or get other health screenings,
on a regular basis. A program we are very fortunate to have here in Gillette.
“In Wellness, we focus on the preventative side of things,”
says Tanya. “Essentially, we want to make a healthy community.”
Tanya says that she believes excellence every day is lifting others up
and giving them the motivation, encouragement and accountability to follow
through with the goals they set forth, which is why she is so passionate
about prevention work. “I genuinely believe people can make changes,
better their health and improve their lives. And when they know that someone
believes in them, it is much easier to believe in themselves.”
Many of the staff at Wellness will tell you that Tanya is their mentor.
In her nomination form, completed by Wellness employees Jessica Arland
and Jessica Niziolek, it reads that Tanya “is a continual caregiver
to each client, patient, and employee. Her priorities are clear: each
patient’s experience and satisfaction is a top priority, and every
Wellness employee is to be as compassionate and respectful as they can
“Tanya is by far a true Legend and an amazing role model,”
Theresa Kautz, who has worked with Tanya in Wellness for the last six years. “She
has helped shape the Wellness department from a staff of four with limited
screenings to a staff of nearly 20 with more than 20 screenings and numerous
other programs—and she continues to look toward the future. I have
no doubt that Tanya will continue to not only impact the lives of her
patients for years to come but have a huge impact on the health of our
Theresa went on to say that there have been countless occasions when Tanya
has come in early or stayed late to coach patients. “Every single
one of her clients would say she has helped them to become healthier,” she says.
Another Wellness colleague, Rachel Wilde, who has known Tanya for nearly
five years, agrees with Theresa. “Every patient Tanya health coaches
walks away feeling energized and better able to tackle their challenges.
She truly loves what she does and because of this Wellness can better
serve our clients and our community,” she says.
Rachel went on to say that she finds it very rewarding when clients let
her know that the screenings available to them at Wellness helped find
cancer, lung problems or other health issues—potentially saving
lives. “In my opinion, Tanya’s vision for the Wellness department
has helped this happen, and has shaped what we do as a team,” she
said. “It’s nice to see someone be a leader because they want
good things for themselves and others too!”
Tanya has also found time to be a part of other prevention focused groups
in the community—most notably suicide prevention.
“My passion for prevention, along with my own personal losses to
suicide, spurred me to do whatever I can in the community to increase
awareness of suicide. We can’t fix what we don't acknowledge,
so I feel it is very important to share information, talk about the subject
and offer support and resources on as many levels as possible,” she says.
Tanya serves on the
Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition as well as the Collective Impact Suicide Prevention Coalition. She is
also a co-facilitator of Survivors of Suicide Loss, a
support group that helps those who have lost a loved one to suicide work through the
complicated grief process.
Despite a hectic work schedule, she makes sure to find time for what matters
most: her family. As a former high school and college athlete, Tanya now
takes the court or field as a coach to her children and their teammates.
Much like her health coaching, she finds this endeavor rewarding because
she gets to be a part of initiating growth and change brought on by hard
work and determination.
Tanya and her husband, Mark, have four children between the ages of 10
and 16. When she’s not coaching her children, they are likely being
active with sports or some kind of an outdoor activity. Tanya also enjoys
competing in half marathons, triathlons or other sporting events.
“We are a very active family who likes to be outside and moving,” she says.
When asked what receiving the Legend Award means to her, she said, “I
feel blessed every day to be surrounded by the Wellness team and all the
people that I have the privilege to work beside. I am humbled daily by
the support, encouragement and general appreciation that I receive from
co-workers, clients and CCH.”
Congratulations, Tanya. CCH is excited to what the future holds for CCH Wellness!