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
Brynn Beck, Chief Executive Officer
Brynn brings her enthusiasm and passion for medicine to the leadership and management of Utah Valley Specialty Hospital.
She became interested in healthcare when a family member suffered a serious illness. Navigating the health care system in that situation has fueled her focus on the patient experience and patient outcomes.
Brynn possesses more than 18 years of healthcare experience. Prior to joining Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, she served as administrator over multiple primary care and specialty clinics in Utah ranging from Springville to Layton. One of Brynn’s strengths is promoting efficiency through process improvement. She has been recognized for her accomplishments by being given the “Leader of Distinction” award during her tenure with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. She also was selected as a “Health Care Hero” while with Steward Health Care in Utah.
She has worked in all aspects of healthcare operations, including budget & finance, process improvement, facility management, human resources, physician recruiting compliance health care law, and physician leadership.
Brynn earned a bachelor’s degree in business management by attending Brigham Young University-Hawaii and the University of Phoenix.
In her spare time, Brynn enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and paddleboarding. She and her family are active in coaching and supporting youth sports.
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.
Melissa Robertson, Director of Human Resources
Melissa Robertson is our Human Resources manager with over a decade of successful hiring and employee management. She is a strong believer in helping employees reach their greatest potential. Her greatest accomplishment is watching employees succeed in doing just that!
Outside of the office Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching a good movie.
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.
Lisa Sladyk, Director of Compliance
Lisa has been a nurse for over 33 years having worked in the ICU, Long Term Care, State survey agency and hospice. She has previously worked as a Director of Nursing at two facilities and as the Director of Quality for the past 4 years.
Lisa obtained her nursing degree from Excelsior College in Albany New York and her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Brigham Young University. She is certified in infection control from APIC.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling, raising chickens and canning.
Cody Fitzwater, Director of Marketing and Business Development
Cody earned a bachelors degree in nursing from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. After gaining experience as an RN in both med surge and the emergency department he finally found his calling as an RN marketer and loves serving as the Director of Marketing and Business Development.
He loves healthcare marketing and the camaraderie that comes from developing relationships and creating partnerships that benefit the community that he serves.
When not at work Cody enjoys spending time with his family hiking and four-wheeling.