As an Integrative Health Coach, I help inspire and motivate people who want a healthy future, especially people with chronic health concerns. I partner with you to discover how your current patterns can be transformed into healthy habits to create the lifestyle you want. Through my professional training at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC, I learned a process to assist you in reaching the goals that are most important to you. Listening to my clients, and knowing that you’re the expert in your life allows me to support your unique process of making the changes that you really want to make. By guiding you through small, meaningful steps and offering support along the way, you have a greater chance of long-term success according to research.
I’ve always been interested in natural health, especially using herbs and food as medicine. I earned a B.S. in Alternative Medicine which gave me a comprehensive education of complementary therapies and practices. The program focused on Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I also studied relaxation techniques and movement therapies. After graduation I attended an internship in Williams, OR at Herb Pharm where I continued my studies in botanical medicine.
When I completed the botanical medicine program, I moved to Santa Cruz, CA where I worked for Naturopathic Doctors in administration, medical assisting and coaching clients. I also provided cooking education and meditation instruction. During the next few years I offered health coaching and health consulting through a small private practice after moving to the east coast to be closer to my family. After a few years, I decided it was time to get back to what really matters to me. I made a choice to devote my time, talents and energy to developing a career by helping people be well.
I began the training at Duke Integrative Medicine to meet the training requirements to allow me to move forward with becoming certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. I expect to be eligible to sit for my exam within a year. This certification process is new as of 2017, and is the gold standard for health and wellness coaches. I’m also a Reiki Level 2 practitioner and an avid supporter of mindfulness and meditation.