Meet Our Leaders

Utah Valley Specialty Hospital is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet our Leaders


Cheryl Freeman, Chief Financial Officer
Cheryl is well-prepared to handle the hospital’s finance and accounting operations with more than 11 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has previously worked for three hospitals in accounting and as a budget supervisor for more than 50 different hospital departments at an integrated healthcare system in Utah.

Cheryl earned a bachelor’s degree n business management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.


Brad Gardner, Director of Pharmacy
Brad is an experienced pharmacist with more than 30 years of successful pharmacy practice. He is a strong leader in clinical pharmacy interventions and drug utilization review for the hospital. His areas of clinical pharmacy expertise include antibiotic stewardship, formulary management, and total parenteral nutrition.

Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He currently is a preceptor of pharmacy for Roseman University in Henderson Nev. He has served as president of the Utah Society of Health System Pharmacists and a state delegate to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.


Matt Harmer, Director of Therapy Operations
Matt is passionate about using therapy to help patients recover to their fullest. With more than 14 years of experience as a physical therapist, Matt has worked in long-term acute, rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health settings.

Matt received a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a master’s degree in physical therapy. He is a certified lymphedema therapist and has been providing complete decongestive therapy to patients since 2005.

Matt also has an advanced certification in treatment of stroke and traumatic brain injury. He is an advanced credentialed clinical instructor for physical therapy students. He currently teaches education classes on lymphedema and edema management via compression therapy.

Matt’s personal interests include spending time with his wife and four active children, running, hiking, canyoneering, and traveling.


Natalie Kellett, Director of Human Resources 
Natalie enjoys working with employees to ensure that their career expectations are met. She brings nine years of experience in human resources management to her role at the hospital.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.


Zackree Kinder, Director of Nursing Operations
Zackree is passionate about providing high quality nursing care, and it shows in his actions every day.

A registered nurse, Zackree possesses more than six years of experience, having previously served in cardiovascular intensive care, telemetry, and medical/surgical settings.

Zackree participated in nursing prerequisite classes from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, before earning an associate’s degree in nursing from AmeriTech College in Draper, Utah. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Ill.

Zackree is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Basic Life Support. He is a member of the American Fork Hospital Ethics Committee, Critical Care Nurse Practice Council and the System ICU Electronic Medical Record Committee.

When not working, Zackree can be found enjoying sports and outdoor activities with his family.


Jenny Opfar, Director of Case Management
Jenny is dedicated to ensuring our patients have the best experiences from the time of admission through their discharge. As a registered nurse, she knows how to help a patient through the healthcare process.

Jenny has 15 years of experience in the nursing field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She also served as president of the university’s student nurses association.