A: I’ve been working in wellness and healthcare for 10 years and have been a health coach for almost 5 years. In college I studied biology and pre-medicine and worked on campus in health promotions and peer sex education. After college, I worked in the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center as a research assistant investigating psychosocial health in transplant patients and caregivers. Following this, I gained direct patient care experience working for a couple of primary care healthcare start-ups as a health coach.
Q: What made you choose to pursue health coaching?
A: For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about health and spirituality. Growing up in the woods of Wisconsin my most beloved hobbies included pretending to be a healer mixing potions in the garden, reading all my mom’s health and spirituality books, and doing handstands on repeat. I guess the seed was planted early. My “back to the lander” parents were early adopters of the wellness trends of today and taught me the connection between everyday lifestyle choices and health and vitality. My grandmother was an intuitive healer who introduced me to the power of energetic and intuitive approaches. Whenever I suffered from a cold or stomach ache she’d insist on giving me a Reiki treatment. I was endlessly fascinated by her healing hands, her mystical friends and ability to support her clients with her intuition. In college, I fell hard for science and Western medicine and decided to pursue a career as an integrative medical doctor. This led me to work at the Mayo Clinic where I researched stress and mindfulness-based approaches and eventually to work for an innovative primary care start-up as a health coach. Through my experience in clinical settings, I discovered that while Western medicine is invaluable for acute and interventional care, it was limited in its ability to help patients create greater health and overall well-being. This solidified my decision to continue as a health coach rather than pursue clinical training. As a health coach, I love being able to support clients in connecting the dots between the many areas of life that contribute to health and vitality. Working with a health coach is a wonderful way to create a truly sustainable and holistic wellness plan.
Q: What keeps you engaged in your work?
A: I truly love what I do. It’s what I would be doing even if it weren’t my “real job”.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’m in my final year of a certification program to teach Nutritious Movement™, a functional movement approach developed by bio-mechanist and movement scientist, Katy Bowman. I’m also enrolled in an advanced physiology series with my favorite herbalist and anatomy and physiology teacher, Tammi Sweet. In my free time I’m geeking out about the microbiome, sleep and chronobiology.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I’m having a moment with parsley. I’m making tons of parsley-based sauces like salsa verde and parsley oil to add extra flavor and nutrition to my meals. I’m also all about roasted cauliflower with capers.
Q: What do you look for in a healthcare practitioner?
A: I look for a practitioner who takes a holistic, collaborative and compassionate approach to the provider-patient relationship. It’s important to me to find a practitioner who honors my innate wisdom around my body while also sharing their expertise. Someone with the heart of a healer and the mind of a scientist works well for me.