I am an RN who left patient care and become a certified wellness coach to help people stop treating symptoms and address the root of the problem. By adding self-care to their healthcare my clients can recapture their enthusiasm, fitness, and energy.
I believe that your wellness is determined by your mindset, sleep, happiness, stress management, energy, eating, exercise, values, and time management. Self-care is not an indulgence but at the core of your wellness.
My nursing background enables me to sort through the abundance of confusing health related information and current research available. My adult education experience lets me condense and present the information in a way that makes it relevant and easy to understand. My coach training enhances my ability to help you actually use the information no matter where your starting point is.
about my education
My education includes a BSN from the University of Michigan, an MEd from Penn State University, training and certification as a wellness coach from Wellcoaches, and I am a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education with a designated wellness coaching specialty.
My published articles can be found in medical and corrections journals. My book is Wellness Made Simple but I have also contributed chapters to nursing and entrepreneur books.
My Wellness Philosophy
Wellness is more than being physically healthy or free from disease. Wellness is the dynamic interplay between body, mind, and spirit. By proactively making better choices we create wellness. Being well means something different to each of us and we use different strategies to achieve it.
My process is about putting you in control and having you re-learn how to listen to your body. There is no one right way to eat, sleep, manage stress, or be well. I do not make an eating or exercise plan for you because that would put me in control. I will, however, guide you in making better food, exercise, and relaxation choices then support you while you begin putting your knowledge into action.
Self-care is an important part of wellness and an important part of my coaching. Self-care is intentionally boosting and replenishing ourselves – body, mind, and spirit. Our bodies needs nutritious food, sleep, and movement.
We also need mental stimulation, mental relaxation, happiness, companionship, hobbies, and a sense of purpose and contribution to flourish. Practicing self-care is a neglected but critical skill; self-care is not an indulgence.
Our sense of wellness is a fluid relationship between interrelated factors such as happiness, sleep, stress management, exercise, eating, mindset, and time management. These are all things we instinctively knew at one point and maybe no longer practice.
As tiny children we slept when we were tired, stopped eating when we were full, screamed or cried when we were stressed, and played as often as we could. Then we learned how to override our internal cues. We stayed up late despite being tired, we ate too much or too little, we stuffed our emotions, and we stopped making time for fun. As adults we may no longer know the sensation of hunger, what it feels like to be rested, how to play or feel peaceful.