My career as a registered nurse provided me the opportunity to work in a trauma center, as a case manager and as a nurse manager. I loved caring for patients, seeing them heal from their wounds, injuries and illnesses. My favorite part of the job was the positive impact I had on each patient’s health by teaching and guidance. Providing care for patients in their 40’s and 50’s who had suffered devastating effects of a heart attack, stroke or diabetes convinced me to focus my efforts on helping to prevent these debilitating diseases.
This led me to a path of health coaching through the Circle of Life, a Mind/Body Health and Wellness Coaching System, and then advanced coach training, through CoachVille, the Center for Coaching Mastery. It was a natural progression since I had been studying health and nutrition for many years and had practiced a healthy lifestyle personally. I continue to advance my practice as a member of The Center for Mindful Eating.
In my early 20’s when my children were small, I fed them natural, whole foods, ran 3 miles a day and practiced relaxation techniques. As I moved into my 50’s, my pursuit of health continued to expand as I enjoy the practices of meditation, massage, shiatsu, yoga, acupuncture, breath work and eating organic and whole foods.
But, I, too, know the struggle of weight, despite my healthy lifestyle. In my earlier years, I was an emotional eater, eating when upset, anxious or sad. Until I understood the process and how to manage it, my weight went up and down, even while running and eating mostly healthy food.
I now combine my traditional medical knowledge with integrative medicine and my clients’ own inner strengths. This led to the development of programs for healthy eating/weight management and stress management.