My purpose is to inspire and empower individuals suffering with chronic disease and associated risks to progress toward optimal health by helping them to build toolsets they can utilize to overcome ambivalence and obstacles when making life-long sustainable changes.
My passion for helping others achieve health and wellness goals led me to earn my Masters of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health, with a focus was on integrative practices (nutrition, physical fitness, and stress management/mindfulness).
Wanting to bridge the gap in clinical work and expanding on my knowledge as a health and wellness coach, I studied integrative medicine within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University. I fulfilled my desire to transition to an integrative health coach, allowing me to play a more active role in helping to support those suffering with chronic disease and associated risks by implementing lasting behavior changes in conjunction with medical recommendations. I completed my Masters of Science in Health Science, Integrative Medicine in January 2018. Additionally, I completed certification training for An Integrative Approach to Nutrition for Diabetes Masterclass through Maryland University of Integrative Health (December 2019).
I am passionate about the role of integrative practices in treating chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), in addition to the role of the gut and nutrition in modulating our immune system and cognitive function.
Outside of the medical arena, I study, research and am an advocate of authenticity. This is what I have learned: Authentic living is not easy; it requires constant practice and making deliberate choices to honor your life values, meaning, and purpose. It means taking the highroad when you are being challenged, and honoring your boundaries. It means manifesting love, gratitude, patience, vulnerability, and above all --and one of the hardest at times-- forgiveness. We can't always live 100% authentically, but being mindful of when you aren't and learning how to grow from the experience is paramount.
The George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Master of Science in Health Sciences, Integrative Medicine, January 2018 (GPA: 4.0)
Maryland University of Integrative Health, Master of Arts Health and Wellness Coaching, April 2016 (GPA: 4.0)
With a focus in integrative health practices (Meditation/Mindfulness, Nutrition, Exercise)
Teleosis Institute, Coaching and Narrative Healing 2015-Present
Online Coaching Clinic, Designing a Client-Specific Coaching Plan, Growth Practices: Balancing Awareness and Practice
Maryland University of Integrative Health, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Health and Wellness Coaching, April 2015
Northern Virginia Community College, Multimedia Design Master Certification, 2009
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design, 1999
Minor in Art History
Northern Virginia Community College, AA Fine Arts, 1997
2019, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
2018, National Alpha Eta Honor Society Induction
2018, Outstanding Student Award Nomination, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)
APRIL 2016 – PRESENT
Emerge Anew Integrative Health Coaching
AUGUST 2018 – PRESENT
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Research and Leadership
The George Washington University
School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Integrative Medicine
OCTOBER 2019 – MAY 2020
Beacon Health Options
JUNE 2019 – AUGUST 2019
Adjunct Instructor of Narrative Health Coaching
Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts
MAY 2018 – AUGUST 2018
Virginia Center for Health and Wellness
“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values come your destiny.” ~Muhatma Ghandi