Meet the Coach

Credentials

BSN Emory University, Atlanta, GA
MS Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
Certified Integrative Health Coach, Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC
 

Were you always interested in wellness and health?

As a little girl, I went through some phases.  I wanted to be an astronaut for a while.  I wanted to be a doctor.  I was always curious about nature and how things worked.  I was lucky to live in on 52 acres of beautiful woodland, eat from my mother’s garden and have homemade bread.  In my teens, my interest lay in biology and especially human systems.  I began to have a strong desire to help other people that continued to grow into young adulthood.  I decided to become a nurse as a way to be a part of the “whole person” healing process.

What has influenced you in your current wellness habits?

I’ve always felt that if I’m going to have a career in health and wellness, I need to walk the talk.  Many of the habits I have were born of wanting to try new ways of being healthy and then model them in the world.  I’ve also felt that as far as I know, this is the only life I’m getting, and I want it to be the best it can be.  Making healthy choices keeps me going and able to use my potential.

What personal experience do you bring to your coaching practice?

Like everyone else in the world, my life has been a mixture of ups and downs.  Along the way, I met various people who have helped me to gain insight and solve challenges. I think of them as my teachers.  I can’t imagine getting through it all without help, and I want to be a help for someone else.  I also had a tennis coach who embodied many of the skills I’ve learned in coaching health.  She encouraged me to do my best, and she was an excellent resource for me in learning tennis and sometimes about life.

I have worked as a nurse, then a family nurse practitioner for over 30 years.  I have always used a “whole person” approach to patient care. Working with thousands of patients over the years, and watching their successes and struggles, has given me a deep respect for the journey toward wellness.

What do you want people to know?

We’re very fortunate to have a brain that is capable of re-wiring.  We can make intentional choices around how we think and view the world.  We have the ability to create new ways of being even if our life situation doesn’t change.

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