Health and Wellness Coaching
About the WorkI include the word wellness here in order to incorporate what might be the most important aspect of working in healthcare, and that is the journey toward wellness. Wellness goes beyond physical health to include mental and emotional health. I am 100% committed to my clients’ health goals and wellbeing. Working together, my clients and I positively impact their larger life in transformative and far reaching ways, shifting what’s possible for them now and into the future.
In my coaching I use a holistic, nutrition-based approach. The foundation is integrative, which means it is multi-disciplinary and alternative. It is a philosophy as much as a system of health care. Naturopathy’s basic tenet is that human life is governed by the same self-regulating forces that care for all living things. Integrative health systems treat the whole person, focusing on wellness and health rather than on treating disease.
Treatment consists of interpreting symptoms, so as to release inhibitions on the body’s self-regulating mechanisms and provide relief from distress. Methods are natural, in that they utilize most predominantly resources such as food, water, supplements such as herbs, and lifestyle changes. Integrative and naturopathic methods are scientific, seeing every manifestation of disease as the result of an understandable cause, or several causes.
I’ve been working with people’s health concerns for over 15 years. While the foundation is naturopathy, I spent two years studying allopathic medicine, and working in internal medicine and oncology where I focused on the care of cancer patients. For over 25 years I’ve been studying and practicing meditation and other techniques like E.F.T., visualization, and Ho’ oponopono. I stay current with the latest health and scientific discoveries and herbal and nutritional studies through research, classes, conferences, and certification programs.
I am a Certified Health Coach. Since 1989 I’ve been studying health and nutrition and the ways disease manifest in the human body. I’ve been interested in holistic health care for over 20 years, and have worked with people for the last 15 in places as far away as Patagonia, Argentina, remote ranches in northern California, and in internal medicine, in oncology, as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.
I love science and anatomy. There is no part of the body and its physiology that I don’t find fascinating. In my training I’ve had the honor of examining over a dozen human cadavers. In my work with living humans I have had the privilege of researching and working with a wide variety of disorders—from many types of cancers to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, obesity to eating disorders, from food allergies and sensitivities to arthritis. On a personal level, I was given several health opportunities of my own, namely several food sensitivities, prediabetes, and low thyroid. Much of my early training and research came out of the need to manage these disorders for myself. The doctors of my youth were not helpful in that regard, so I became deeply motivated to find therapies and make lifestyle choices that would allow me to function optimally.
I received my training from a variety of sources. My education began in a one year holistic health program at San Francisco State University in 1989. The next year I met and started training with a wonderful meditation teacher, Judith Lamblion. She teaches a form of meditation called Surat Shabd Yoga, which I still practice. It was through Judith that I also learned about Dr. Hew Len’s practice of Ho’oponopono, and Gary Craig’s E.F.T. training program. As my search for information and training continued, I completed an herbology intensive with Steven Horne, under the guidance of Dhyana Rose. This work inspired me to study naturopathy, which led to a five year program and certification in Traditional Naturopathy. In 2009 I decided to renew my anatomy, physiology, biology, microbiology, and chemistry knowledge by retaking these courses, with labs, at Southern California University and College of the Redwoods. Through these studies I became interested in allopathic medicine, which led to an accelerated program and certification as a Clinical Medical Assistant and a job in oncology. I received my Health Coaching Certification from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to formal education, I’ve researched thousands of nutritional studies, dietary theories, practical lifestyle techniques, innovative coaching methods, and emotional clearing and relaxation techniques. I have attended dozens of workshops, summits, and health conferences, in addition to my work with clients.
My education and experience have equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic, integrative nutrition, health coaching, and preventative health. Drawing on my background, training, skills, and personal experiences, I support my clients and their health needs mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. My suggestions come out of my training and work with clients, and are determined through the evaluation of each client’s relationship with food and other areas of their lives and the impact on their well-being and functionality. The goal is to help them establish their own unique optimum evolving health habits.
Who I HelpWhether you have diabetes, chronic gut issues, an autoimmune condition, or you are just looking to lose those extra pounds, I can help.
I’ve worked with people with chronic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, people just coming off chemo and radiation, children with food allergies, people with thyroid disorders, IBS, colitis, and diverticulitis. All disease and inflammatory conditions stem from similar malfunctions of systems that are all connected in the body and under the suggestion of our thoughts and emotions. Diagnoses are a way of organizing a set of symptoms under a label. The best and only effective long term treatment is always global–treats the whole person. But each individual comes to their imbalance in their own unique way, disabling systems in a particular order, sustaining weaknesses that have sites of origin. The search for restorative modalities starts at the level of the symptom and invariably moves beyond to habits and lifestyle choices, work environment and relationships. The state of your health right now is a snap shot that reveals how you have lived and all the choices you have been making up to this moment and the health and habits of your parents and grandparents. (See video on Epigenetics in the What We Think section.)
“I propose that people can manage their own health safely and responsibly and attain results superior (sic) to those achieved through conventional health care–not less than, not on par with, but superior. “ - Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly and Undoctored