Macy Mitchell

I’m a husband, dad of 3, competitive athlete, gym owner, and sponsored athlete.  While my athletic and competitive background is extensive, I’m the first to tell you that this life is all about balance, in all areas.  Without this, it’s hard to live a life that feels complete.  This goes hand-in-hand with fitness and nutrition.

As a past National Champion in Track and Field, CrossFit Games Athlete, now multiple business owner (one of those a CrossFit gym), I have ran into the fight of how to adapt with good nutrition on a daily basis.  The road isn’t always easy, but you have to be realistic based on your season in life.  This typically means all things in moderation, patting yourself on the back, and always trying your best, realizing things don’t always go smooth. The person that learns how to bounce back from adversity with a positive attitude, this is the person that wins.  It’s your own race, your own journey, so stay focused on you and cheer yourself on.

As a dad of 3 and business owner, life can get “interesting”, but my desire is to help people find balance and coach them to a life filled with confidence and contentment in who they are, helping them deliver the best version of themselves, in every capacity.


Marie & Jamie Burks

Marie and Jamie Burks, co-founders of Form and Fuel Nutrition, passionate about helping you find fitness, health, and happiness one goal at a time. 

Both having worked/working in professions (law enforcement and healthcare) that allowed us a to fulfill our life’s purpose of helping others we soon realized that we were taking our own health for granted.  We needed a change and we wanted that need for a change to become contagious. 

About Marie: 

Like many of you, I have embarked on countless diets, exercise plans, and challenges in an effort to find that one thing that would magically transform me into that illusion of a fit person that I had idolized in my head for so many years.

I am a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree and spent my days educating patients on how to take care of themselves, all while toting around 290 pounds.  That’s right; I said it, 290 POUNDS!  Boy did I feel like a hypocrite. 

What was I missing?  Accountability!   I was accountable to my family, my work and my friends, but could never follow through with being accountable to myself.  When I am accountable to someone else, that comes with a level of expectation to get stuff done.   However, when it came to me being accountable to myself, it was much easier to push that snooze button just one more time.  It was easy to say, “I’ll do better tomorrow.”  I was stuck. 

What changed?  I finally realized that there are no quick fixes to getting and staying healthy.  It is a lifelong process that starts with lifestyle changes that must be realistic and sustainable.  I couldn’t compare my goals to someone else’s and I definitely had to change my relationship with food.

With my background in nursing and my passion for CrossFit, I realized I was missing a key component and that was how to fuel my body to stay healthy.  Not just in the gym but in my everyday life.  Don’t get me wrong, I had eating down to a fine art.  I didn’t get to 290 pounds by happenstance.  I started researching how best to do that and since then have earned my coaching certification through Eat to Perform, and then became certified as an ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and Precision Nutrition Level 1.  I have gained the knowledge and experience to work with anyone that is ready to make a change.  Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, become a better athlete, or become the healthiest version of you, we can help.

I have two beautiful daughters and just recently earned the privileged title of grandma.  I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 and its unpredictability forced me to reevaluate my direction in life.  I will always be a nurse at heart but now have a sense of urgency to help people identify their health goals and reach them.  I am blessed to have my husband to share this journey with.

About Jamie: 

I was born and raised in Willard, Missouri until I met and married my best friend, Marie, and we planted our roots in Republic where she was raised. We have raised two beautiful daughters, Holly and Lauren. I spend as much time outdoors as I can get away with, doing anything from kayaking, fishing, hunting, backpacking, riding motorcycles (Marie says I have too many hobbies). I played pretty much any sport I could find as a kid but eventually found Martial Arts where I spent several years travelling the country competing.

After having our first daughter, I stepped away from that and was introduced to bodybuilding where I found a love of lifting that has never gone away. In 2006 I became a certified personal trainer for Law Enforcement Officers through the Cooper Fitness Institute in Dallas, TX where unbeknownst to me I did my first CrossFit workout. No one ever said the word “CrossFit” then, and it wasn’t until a couple of years later I learned the workout was called Randy (named for a fallen police officer). In the winter of 2008 a friend told Marie and I about “a new place” in Springfield called CrossFit. The very next week we did our first official WOD (Cindy) and as they say, the rest is history. We have been hooked ever since.

I find it very rewarding helping people have breakthrough moments, accomplishing things they didn’t realize they could do. It is truly a privilege to get to be a small part of that journey.  I completed my Crossfit level 1 certification, Crossfit Mobility certification, and ETP nutrition coaching certification level 1 and 2.

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Chance Martin

Hey there! My name is Dr. Chance Martin, DPT. I am a husband, a father, and a practicing physical therapist in the outpatient orthopedic world. My wife and daughter my world. The whole reason I focus on health is because of them. I want to be able to feel good and move well so I can keep up with them. I want to be there for them so we can experience the world together.

As a physical therapist, I get the pleasure of helping people who are struggling with pain and injury recover back to their baseline. But I always knew there was something missing. Something more I could bring to the table. I wanted my patients to achieve more than just back to their baseline. I wanted them to THRIVE!

First off, thank you for making the decision to change your life! It’s a big decision but you are worth it and deserve to feel better. My passion for helping others has been very limited before I became a nutrition coach because overall wellness is more than just about moving more or being in less pain. Feeling better requires proper fueling as well. Fuel is typically seen as food. But I like to think of fuel a bit deeper than that.

Fuel is what drives you. It’s the positive thoughts you deserve to have about yourself. It’s the energy and drive you have to get to your goals. It’s finding your meaning in life. My goal as a coach is to not only help you lose weight or perform better. I want to help you become that happy person that you have hiding deep down inside. I want you to become that person you want to be.

Just a fair warning: I don’t like to take life too seriously. We will have fun on this journey together! We will share laughs during the successes and the struggles of this process. I look forward to getting to know you and help you thrive

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Denise Vaughn

I haven't always been healthy, grew up around all the comfort foods. Thought I was doing okay with just getting enough exercise.  I was wrong. I was headed down a path that would lead me to be overweight and unhealthy.  I knew I needed to change and I knew I would need help doing it.  Since starting the nutrition program it has opened me up to be the happiest and healthiest person I could be. I decided I wanted to help others achieve their very best also, so I obtained my Specialist in Fitness Nutrition in February of 2018. I love working with people and watching them succeed.

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Jennifer Jackson

My name is Jennifer!  I am a stay at home mom and wife who spends her days homeschooling our 5 year old.  I love gardening and hanging out on our boat at the lake.

In March of 2017 my life changed forever when I signed up for the Nutrition program at my local gym.  To date I have lost 50lbs and 42 inches off my body.  Once I hit my initial goal to lose 50lbs, I made some new goals!   So as a coach I am walking out this journey with you too!  Everything I will teach you, I do daily, it is how I live and reach my goals!

I am passionate about health and fitness!  I want to help others reach their health and fitness goals!  

I believe that anyone, regardless of age or background can live life abundantly by being fit and healthy!

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Hannah Laxton

As an athlete from Kindergarten through college, fitness has always been a part of my journey.  After college basketball and softball ended I realized that eating whatever I wanted and doing CrossFit was not going to work.  I actually started gaining weight when I joined CrossFit because my nutrition was out of control.  After I shifted my focus to my nutrition habits I started seeing major changes in my body and ability to train. 

Here's a little background on me; I was born and raised right here in Republic, Missouri but have ventured out to other states over the years.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science at the Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma and my Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. I am currently a K-2 Counselor at Sweeny Elementary here in Republic and I love what I get to do every day!  I am married to my wonderful husband, Chatman Laxton who has played a huge role in my fitness journey.  Having a support system that will join you in your healthy adventure and help you stay accountable is a key element to being successful. A few of my passions include; loving Jesus with my whole heart and enjoying fellowship with my church family, hanging out with my family in Missouri and my husband’s family in Oklahoma, doing CrossFit, going to the lake with friends, and hanging out at Silver Dollar City! 

My goal as a nutrition coach is to help people realize that living a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit you but your whole family! Teaching mom's and dad's to be healthy, carries over into having healthy kids! My desire is to see whole families impacted by this incredible program

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Landon Sullins

I am Landon! Briefly a few things about me; I am a lifelong athlete, basketball and baseball through high school and baseball all the way through college. After college I no longer had that competitive aspect to keep me active. I gained weight working a desk job. I eventually got tired of being tired and feeling self-conscious, so I discovered an online coach and lost 40 pounds. I then discovered CrossFit, it brought that competitive edge back into my life and also gave me community during the hardest personal struggle in my life. My wife, Amy and I have been married for 5+years and we enjoy traveling, hiking, and all things outdoors; especially when we can combine them altogether. I am passionate about health and wellness, so much so that I quit my day job to solely focus on changing lives inside the CrossFit box as a coach of movement and outside the box as a coach of nutrition. I look forward to working with you real soon!

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Phil Cook

My name is Phil, and my story starts in 2005, when I was finishing up my degree in Business Finance. I had interned at a well-known financial advising firm and aspired within that world. For a few years, I chased those dreams, until in 2009, the financial world came crashing down and I was left penniless and bankrupt.

Amid that experience, I was forced to reevaluate my life and figure out for myself what would make me truly happy – FOOD! I hung up my 3-piece suit and traded it out for an apron at a local coffee shop. As I gained experience and built a new network, one of my regulars, Gary, kept introducing me to new flavors and encouraging me to seriously consider culinary school. Eventually, I gave in and enrolled. I would never have imagined how big a turning-point that one little decision would end up making!

Now, it was a humbling process to go from finance to dishwasher. I also caught plenty of flak from my family, but I didn’t care; I was the happiest and most fulfilled that I’d been in a long time and I absolutely loved my work!

After a couple years of attending culinary school part-time, I had just enough experience to land a job working for a James Beard nominated chef at a farm-to-table restaurant. This was an opportunity I’d been hoping for; so, I dropped out of culinary school and dove head-first into my two passions: coffee and restaurants.

I learned an incredible amount about cooking from Chef Wes. He is a BIG thinker, an artist, a creator, a risk-taker, and he pushes people to become better, to grow, and to move forward in life. In my case, he saw how much I loved cooking, the science behind cooking, and helping people understand and experience food differently on a higher level. Chef encouraged me to continue searching for purpose beyond his restaurant; ultimately, guiding me toward enrolling in college again, but this time for Nutrition and Dietetics.

Along the way I met my wife, Katie, while slinging espresso at a café. I still – and probably will, always – work in coffee. Currently, I work at a local café and roastery, moonlight cooking gigs around the Springfield, Missouri, area, attend classes at Missouri State University, and am one of the nutrition coaches for Form and Fuel. With such a tight schedule, my destressers are fishing, CrossFit, and, oddly enough, mowing lawns.

Through Form and Fuel, I have found a team of people with heart and a passion for helping you integrate a health-conscious lifestyle into your daily routine. We know that as your life improves your success will also change your family and friends for the better! Just like how Chef Wes helped me enlarge how I live my life, we are excited to see you do the same in your life too!!