Nutritionist and Health Coach
Dawn Westrum is a health enthusiast and has been studying nutrition since 2004. Incidentally that's also the year she ran her first marathon, and came to realize just how important nutrients were to optimize performance. Those first 26 miles were completed on a dare, with only 3 days notice!
Dawn is currently back in school in 2023, at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) studying to be a Health Coach, where she is learning that supplements are just part of the whole picture of health. Expect VIGEO Health to grow and change as she learns more about the different facets of health, including relationships, communication, exercise, fresh air and nature, faith, finances, and joy.
Dawn has now run over one hundred ultramarathons, as well as 100-mile runs, 5-day adventure races, Spartan Obstacle course races, and Ironman Triathlons. She races her paraglider, too, and was the top woman over twelve days in the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps, completing 300 miles on foot and 500 in the air. Check out her book Racing to the Sky on Amazon.
Dawn spent ten years in the United States Army, and worked in Satellite Communications. She was stationed in Washington D.C., Germany, and England. It was partly due to her military training that she learned to have confidence in her choices and decision making process. Dawn won Soldier of the Year several times, at multiple levels of the Army command structure. She also spent a year living in a small village in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, learning how the indigenous Mayan people live such simple yet apparently happy lives. In 2009, she spent a year traveling around the world, visiting all corners of the globe, and traveling to 43 countries. The perspective she gained from her travels abroad have given her additional feedback on how there are multiple ways to accomplish goals, but that hard work and focus are always part of success.
Dawn has optimized her nutrition for athletic competitions, and is now faster in her 40s than she was in her 20s. She credits this to knowing what and when to take, both before and during her races. Just as importantly, she knows how to recover quickly afterward from soreness and injuries. In 2022, Dawn ran her fastest 100 miler, completing a coveted goal of finishing in less than 24 hours. Dawn is also the reigning Age Group Champion at the Spartan Ultra Worlds! In 24 hours, she completed 62 miles and 15,000 feet of elevation gain, while failing only one obstacle the entire race.
Dawn and her husband Jim love to throw pool parties in their backyard, and hang out with their Cattle Dog named Spot. They have 15 friendly chickens and love eating eggs. If you don't hear from Dawn much in October, it's because she is back on her family farm in Iowa, driving the corn combine, getting back to her roots, and enjoying a change of scenery.
Follow Dawn's races on her blog at https://hikerdawn.blogspot.com/
Nutritionist and Personal Trainer
Addie’s journey to becoming a nutrition coach started in her twenties when she dealt with hypoglycemia, weight gain and low energy. At the time, she felt lost and overwhelmed, unsure of how to manage her symptoms and maintain her health. Over the next eight years, Addie experimented with several diets but remained frustrated at the lack of results. Eventually, Addie was able to overhaul her diet, reverse her symptoms, and create a sustainable lifestyle that permanently changed the way she looked at her health. These experiences inspired Addie to become a certified coach. She has now helped hundreds of clients overcome challenges associated with weight loss, cardiovascular disease, low energy and poor nutrition.
Addie is an avid long-distance runner. She ran her first marathon at 40 and qualified for the Boston Marathon. A healthy lifestyle and dedication to the sport enabled her to push herself in ways she never knew possible. Her enthusiasm for running and fitness has grown over the years. She has now completed 35 half-marathons and 14 marathons, including three Boston Marathons and five of the six Abbott World Majors, which include Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin and Tokyo.
As an endurance athlete, Addie knows the importance of fueling your body the right way to optimize performance. She enjoys working with other athletes to help them reach their personal fitness goals. Whether you are looking to improve your diet, increase your fitness, or simply live a more balanced life, Addie can help you get there.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
RRCA Certified Run Coach
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Certified Nutrition Coach
Yoga 200HR YTT
Life Time Run Club Coordinator, with two-time Olympic qualifier Sylvia Bedford
In her spare time, Addie loves trail running, yoga, being outside in nature and spending time with her three daughters.
Addie’s Philosophy: Your DNA has a large impact on your body composition and your risk of chronic illness. We each have different needs and the same food can impact people in different ways. Learning how to eat in a way that is right for you can best optimize your overall health.
Your daily choices will impact your health and the quality of life you will have in the future. If you take care of your engine, it will run smoother and last longer. Incorporating good habits can help you create permanent lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime.
Tara Pipia, Ph.D.
Personal Trainer (Army Master Fitness Trainer) and ICF Certified Life Coach
Tara Pipia has played sports since age 4 and taught physical education before joining the Army in 2010. There she was certified as an Army Master Fitness Trainer, Resiliency Trainer, Equal Opportunity Leader, and Combat Life Saver.
She deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and resigned from her commission in 2019 to commit full-time to her Pipia Power Personal Training business. She has been coaching all age groups and demographics since 2018 and gained certifications in TRX Suspension Training, Cross Fit Level 1, Spartan SGX Group Training, DEKA Training, and Parkinson’s Regeneration.
In 2020, when business slowed down due to the COVID Pandemic, Tara enrolled in the Transformational Psychology Ph.D. program at Sofia University and graduated 2 years later. Her research was on how Spartan Racing, nature, and intense exercise can aid addiction recovery and overall personal transformation. To complement this degree, Tara went on to receive certifications from Sofia in Life Coaching, Eco-Spirituality, and Dream Studies.
Tara’s main goal is to help people transform their lives and find the highest versions of themselves through movement and conversation. Her services have helped others find everything from their best career, relationship, body, and lifestyle. She offers separate personal training and life coaching services in person and virtually, as well as a combination of the two where coaching and fitness go hand in hand.
For more information on Tara’s athletic and academic accomplishments, visit
Carolyn has loved rock climbing since she was young. When she was 20 she got married and started a family. With two young children to care for, she lost sight of her health and fitness goals. After her kids got older, she looked at herself and realized that she couldn't recognize who she was anymore. At 190 pounds, she was no longer able to participate in the sports she loved at the level she desired.
Carolyn has now been focusing on sport and fitness since 2015. She lost 60 pounds and looks back at old photos and asks, "Who is that woman?!?". She had been going through the motions to make everyone around her happy, but forgot to take the time to care for herself as well.
In 2019, Carolyn tragically lost Dan, her husband of two years, in a climbing accident. Carolyn now sees the importance of doing what is needed to keep herself happy, as well as content in life. She is focused on doing the hard things to be mentally and physically strong. She has a better understanding of life and the importance of having balance with friends, family, sports and relationships.
Peptides have helped Carolyn with her tendonitis, which was limiting her ability to pull on pocket holes while climbing difficult routes. Her doctor said she would suffer from it the rest of her life, but after two courses of peptides she was back climbing again better than ever.
Carolyn loves hanging out with her friends at the local climbing gyms and at the outdoor crags all around Utah. If she isn't climbing, she is out mountain biking. She is excited to be part of VIGEO Health and to help others with their health journey!