Wasatch Women in Business

Cracking the Code to Real Change

When Ida Sapp was a new mother, her daughter became very sick. She was underweight, experienced severe allergies, and her skin was raw from eczema. Ida took her to numerous doctors, naturopaths, and homeopaths, begging each to determine what was wrong with her child. “She just got sicker and sicker,” Ida explains. “At one point, she couldn’t walk because she didn’t have skin on her legs. When she was seven, she started showing memory problems, which was really concerning.” Discouraged and desperate, Ida took her daughter to a chiropractor who also worked with energy healing. The chiropractor pushed on her daughter’s belly and rubbed his hands over her head — then he sent them on their way. What happened next felt miraculous. Almost immediately, Ida’s daughter could walk again, and within ten days, her skin was completely clear. Her digestion improved, and Ida’s seven-year struggle was finally over as her daughter’s health began to improve consistently.

Whatever this was that healed her child, Ida had to find out more about it. What she discovered was the deep and fascinating world of energy work. After delving into her research and exploration, Ida felt called to work in the field, helping others who were struggling, just like her family had been for so long. She researched several modalities, ultimately finding that what resonated with her the most was The Body Code technique.

The Body Code is a particular form of energy work that relies on the principle that everything is energy. We are supposed to experience emotions, learn from them, and then let them go. Sometimes, these emotions become “stuck,” and these unprocessed emotional energies manifest in real problems with our health, relationships, and careers. Anyone who has ever experienced stress headaches or gotten an upset stomach from nervousness knows how emotions can appear as physical problems in the body. The Body Code focuses on correcting imbalances in our subconscious that create barriers to moving forward in our lives. Ida found her passion in helping people break through those barriers to become the best version of themselves. After a few years of studying and practicing, Ida became a certified Body Code Coach.

We have all wanted to make significant strides in life. We yearn for better health, more enriching relationships, and a stronger sense of balance in our lives. Yet, for many of us, these goals frequently feel like dreams on the horizon, just out of reach, and we don’t know how to make them a reality. If you’ve ever felt like you’ve had unmet expectations (oooooh, me!) or like you’re a bit stuck where you are (also me!!), you may be struggling with breaking past blocks in your subconscious that are holding you back from reaching your potential. If given the opportunity to have someone step in and give you the boost you need to correct your energy imbalances and live a more empowered life, would you take it?

Well, I did! Despite my skepticism for anything that falls heavily into what I call the “woo-woo, New Agey stuff,” I agreed to let Ida work on me — and you know what — it works! In the year since I began doing Ida’s Body Code sessions, I have made some pretty significant changes. Here are just a few; I was able to unload a project taking a great deal of energy and causing a large amount of stress in my life. I broke through some financial barriers that I couldn’t have imagined a short time ago — I bought a bigger house, doubled my income, and got out of debt. And I found more clarity about what I want — and what I don’t want — in my life.

I’m not the only client of Ida’s who has had success; another client of Ida’s had been suffering for almost twenty years from back pain and severe arthritis due to two broken vertebrae that hadn’t healed properly. She worked with Ida for two months, and, in that time, her back pain decreased tremendously. Her mobility increased to a point where she finally felt like she had her quality of life back.

When another client’s marriage was affected by her chronic headaches, insomnia, heavy feelings of despair, and deep emotional anguish, she began taking the Body Code sessions. After working with Ida, she finally started sleeping again, her headaches subsided, her marriage improved, she found a new job, and has a newfound joy for life. Now her husband is working with Ida, too! These are the stories that inspire Ida every day and make her excited about her work.

One of the reasons why I believe Ida is so good at what she does is because, as fulfilling as her job is, balancing her work with raising a family is something that she struggles with too. She gets her clients. She understands them. Ida works out of a shed in their yard that her husband converted into an office, and she tries to fit all her hours in while the children are at school. “There are also the normal daily requirements of cooking, cleaning, shopping, and running the kids around,” she says. “Some days, I feel like a taskmaster instead of an ally and champion to my children. I have had to work hard to build intentional, relaxed time with my children into my day.”

Seeing her clients make radical transformations is what keeps Ida going. She loves being able to watch people make positive changes in their lives due to her work. Knowing how hard it is to look for answers and come up empty-handed, she is excited to offer people an opportunity to affect real change in their lives. Ida has expanded her business to include coaching, which allows her to increase her Body Code sessions and use her breadth of knowledge to support clients in moving forward and achieving significant growth. “I love seeing people empowered,” Ida says. “Lately, I have been working with several women who are at a crossroads in their lives. The transformation that takes place and the sense of empowerment that they gain over a short period of time has been very rewarding.”

To learn more about Ida Sapp and her work, visit idasapp.com.

For Heber City Police Chief, Dave Booth, life has always been fueled by an internal drive to serve. When it comes to serving his community, it’s always been about leading with heart.

Heber City Police Chief, Dave Booth, has called Wasatch County his backyard since childhood. He spent many summers on a boat cruising Strawberry Lake. But one cruise in particular would change everything. A mentor of his, who worked for the Orem Police Department, invited Booth to go on a different type of ride — a ride along in a police car as an observer of a day in the life of a police officer. Booth was hooked!

When it came time to choose a career Dave Booth chose law enforcement. Since that day he’s had “a lot of mentors along the way; from the academy to field training.” Chief Booth loves his job and the people he serves. “I enjoy that it’s different every day, the camaraderie, as well as interacting with people and providing solutions to difficult situations.” Booth credits part of his ‘job training’ to his two years as a missionary for his church in Chicago. This experience provided him with a better understanding of people and broadened his perspective.

Booth has had many roles during his time on the force, but always in rural law enforcement. Rural areas tend to be a bit more exciting and diverse; receiving calls about anything from traffic to gang-related activity to moose on the move. Booth feels rural officers have the opportunity to handle a variety of concerns as opposed to law enforcement in more populated areas who may have dedicated task forces for each specific issue.

Chief Booth has had a lot of experience throughout his years on the force. He’s worked in narcotics, gang prevention, SWAT, and as a School Resource Officer, front line supervisor, Patrol Officer, and Deputy Chief of Summit County Sheriff’s office before becoming Chief of Police for Heber City eight years ago. His favorite roles have been working with youth in the community, which is reflected in the multiple programs Booth has established in Wasatch County.

Two of his youth-centric programs are VIPS (Volunteers in Police Services) and Peer Court; Booth established both in 2015. VIPS serves as a way for teens who are interested in careers in law enforcement to become familiar with the police department. Booth is proud to say that several of his current full-time officers started in the VIPS program, which serves as a preparatory step and a gateway to the police academy.

Peer Court is an alternative to juvenile court, giving first-time minor offenders a second chance. After completing Peer Court and the assigned consequences, charges against the offender are dropped, so the offender’s permanent record is not affected. Peer Court offers a different route rather than the school to prison pipeline for troubled youths.

Peer court is made up of five local youths: three judges, a bailiff, and a clerk. The court also has as an adult advisor; however, the peer court makes the final decisions. Members are selected by invitation only. Schools select nominees, and the police department chooses which of those nominees will serve on the court. Currently, there are forty members of Peer Court. Judges are the same age as those appearing in court, ensuring that it truly is a court made up of peers.

“Being heard by other youth, rather than an adult judge looking down their glasses at you, provides a better outcome, and we have very very few repeat offenders,” says Booth. He also reports many success stories, where former offenders have become judges or have served on the court. All ‘sentences’ given by the peer court include community service time along with courses to help prevent repeat offenses. There are a number of corresponding courses, like cessation courses for substance abuse offenses or anger management classes for violent acts. Peer Court has partnered with the Health Department, which offers these programs at no cost.

Perhaps one of the most integral benefits of the Peer Court program is the friendships created. Those in the program are exposed to, and form relationships with the court members, which leads, potentially, to a new friend group and better influences. Peer Court is modeled after a program Booth administered as a School Resource Officer, the Diversion Program, with one significant difference — it was run entirely by adults. When Booth decided to revive the program here, the idea of Peer Court was suggested by a current Resource Officer and put into action. Currently the program is only in a few states, but Booth hopes that its positive results encourage other police departments around the nation to participate.

While he may not be able to choose what goes on nationwide, Chief Booth works hard and gives his heart and soul to serving our valley. He shares, “Heber Police Department really cares about our community. We love our community, and its citizens. I require all of our officers to live within Heber; because when you live in the community, you serve, you find better solutions to problems. We want to help. We have always strived to help and serve this community. My goal is to maintain and to continue to grow that relationship.”

With that goal in mind, Booth has added two new programs to help improve the wellbeing of Wasatch County; the Think Crime Prevention Program (TCP) and Watching Our Neighborhoods program (WON). TCP offers citizens the opportunity to have members of the police department come to their home or property to check for potential weak spots in their property’s security. Booth gave examples of putting thorny bushes beneath ground floor bathroom windows or ensuring garage doors seal properly. The WON program allows officers to communicate, via WON cards, with the community about potential problems, like bikes left out overnight, possibly being stolen. Regarding these programs, the chief remarks, “We try to go out of our way to be proactive when it comes to protecting our neighbors.”

For Chief Booth, everything he does is all about leading with heart and protecting Wasatch County — the backyard that he loves.