My Training

While working toward a more health-savvy lifestyle for my family, I jumped into health coach training and enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

During my comprehensive training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included:

 

Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Dr. Deepak Chopra, Leader in the field of mind-body medicine

Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center

Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University

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My education equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills as well as my knowledge of dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce personal, real, lasting results. To stay on top of current research and increase my knowledge, I continue to attend classes and webinars.

I don’t believe health coaching should be confined to a box; each person has different needs, goals, and challenges. I offer client-centered coaching that teaches each person skills to help improve his/her health. (I love to see people arrive at the point where they’re confident and equipped—and don’t need to meet with me regularly.)

Before entering coaching, I worked in fields that required data analysis, memorization, and number crunching, which helps me today as I sift through data for clients.

I graduated from Portland Community College with an associate degree in business and worked at a bank for more than 11 years. I had always wanted to be a nurse. But later, when I started taking prerequisite classes, I realized I wanted something more. I pursued a biology degree at Portland State University (PSU), where my chemistry professor suggested a chemistry degree instead. I settled on biochemistry and graduated on the Dean’s List with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in biology.

While at PSU, I worked part time at an internal medicine office at St. Vincent Hospital, where I received training as a medical assistant. I measured blood pressure, gave injections, assisted with EKGs, set appointments, and more. I continued to work in internal medicine for 17-plus years until I changed my focus to health coaching.

While working at the doctors’ office, I began to see a pattern in patients’ lives that mirrored my family’s experience. Many diseases could/can be worsened … reversed … prevented with diet alone.

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I really started to see the power of diet.

Using what I learned, I changed our family diet and subsequently lowered my genetically high cholesterol from 250 to 150 as well as helping my husband lower his cholesterol. My son’s health also improved. I continued to devour nutrition and health reading, and soon I was on my way to health coach training.

Friends and family also started asking health-related questions, and I found myself immersed in researching practical solutions. I also had the privilege of supporting a close friend, as she reinvented her diet and eliminated her almost-constant hives and swelling. Today, she’s living nearly symptom free by choosing foods that agree with her body.

Finding practical solutions that helped people, including my family, triggered my passion for health coaching. I absolutely believe that eating whole foods and avoiding highly refined and processed foods can help you take control of your health. I’d love to work with you. Let’s talk!

 

The information in this website is not intended as medical advice or to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge.  I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.  Always work directly with a qualified medical professional before attempting to treat any illness or medical condition with diet and lifestyle, or when changing or discontinuing any prescription medications. Always be sure you talk with your doctor before making any changes in diet when you have an existing medical condition and check with your doctor before starting any new diet or fitness program.