As an all American athlete in high school and a professional triathlete throughout much of her college career, Dr. Leslie Cooper became extremely familiar with the world of medicine. Her status as a professional triathlete positioned her in and out of various doctor’s office, without receiving any actual answers.
Upon receiving her medical degree at Duke University in 1998, Dr. Cooper interned in general surgery at Northwestern University. In 2001, Dr. Cooper started practicing Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, and eventually found herself at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, completing her fellowship in sport medicine. While completing her fellowship, Dr. Cooper was asked to continue at the University of Utah and offered a position as the Fellowship Director for Sports Medicine rotation in Family Medicine, in which she ultimately was honored as the best teacher in 2009. During this time, Dr. Cooper developed a love for everything that Utah had to offer such as hiking the mountains, biking the trails and eventually settled in, considering Salt Lake City home.
After years of practicing Family and Sport Medicine, Dr. Cooper had an eye opening moment while trying to seek personal help for the injuries that plagued her as an athlete. Dr. Cooper sought expert advice from conventional physicians, yet received little to no answers. At this time, Dr. Cooper took it upon herself to become her own health advocate. This is when she discovered Functional Medicine, where the focus is on the patient and optimizing their health and wellness, instead of looking for disease and treating with a “Band-Aid” fix.
Dr. Cooper is fellowship trained in Functional and Regenerative Medicine, as well as certified in advanced endocrinology practices through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, where she is currently an active member. Dr. Cooper joined the BodyLogicMD network of physicians to start a new practice, as well as opening Salt Lake Health and Vitality, which is entirely focused on treating patients by creating an individualized treatment plan to combat symptoms of hormone imbalance, and other unbearable symptoms. Dr. Cooper enjoys making people well, getting to the root cause of the problem, and educating patients in the fundamentals of why, what, and how of their symptoms to help promote positive development in life, and not be defined by chronic disease. She encourages whole body health solutions through the use of integrative therapies, such as customized nutrition and fitness regimens, pharmaceutical-grape supplementation, stress reduction techniques, and bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT). Dr. Cooper’s motto is simple, “Get the body back to its basics. Treat the body with nourishment, and the body will nourish itself back to health.”
Outside of the office, Dr. Cooper can be found enjoying the wilderness and fresh air. Although Dr. Cooper does not have the time to devote to triathlons as she previously did, she is still an avid cyclist and swimmer. She also enjoys discovering new trails, and hiking to the peak.
As office manager of Salt Lake Health and Vitality & BodyLogicMD of Salt Lake City, Talya oversees the overall functions of the office, while providing patient education and assistance. Talya is a hardworking mother of two children, with a background in medical data entry. Talya previously worked in the claim’s submission department of a large insurance company, which is where she realized that insurance based medicine is not necessarily in the patients’ best interest. With her own curiosities and allergies ramping up, Talya looked for an alternative to prescription medication. She researched and learned many natural remedies, and is now an avid beekeeper for the natural raw honey to help combat her own symptoms, as well as a master gardener. In 2013, Talya joined Dr. Leslie Cooper and Salt Lake Health and Vitality. She is dedicated to ensuring a wonderful patient experience as well as furthering her own knowledge and career, and recently went back to school to become a medical assistant.
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