Setting out to achieve optimal health can feel like an overwhelming process, especially if you don’t feel great to begin with. I know firsthand that it takes time and patience, and a true commitment to yourself to gain control of your health.
My story began in my early teens when I was challenged by chronic fatigue, severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and anxiety. As I moved into my early adulthood, my list of symptoms only grew to include insomnia, migraines and fibromyalgia, despite my best efforts to be healthy. Upon graduating from college, I entered the corporate world and was faced with the unhealthy realities of office life – from morning coffee runs to lunches at my desk – and there was little time for activity.
After too many years, I decided I was TIRED of not feeling well. I decided to take control of my health in order to regain my energy, health and happiness. My own process led me to make a career shift to health coaching, and in my practice, I support others in health behavior change. As an Integrative Health Coach, I work in partnership with my clients to help them enhance personal accountability, set goals and take action to achieve and sustain health-supporting behaviors. You can learn more about the health coaching process on my “What’s a Health Coach?” page.
I am a Duke IM Trained Integrative Health Coach and utilize Duke IM coaching model, which in clinical research has demonstrated positive health outcomes in various populations including patients with diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. I have also completed health coach training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I hold a Master of Arts in Communication from DePaul University’s School of Communication (Chicago, IL) and a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN). I have completed Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, and I’ve been featured as a guest author for various organizations including Celiac Central, k.o. Kidz, Bountiful Eatery and Centered Therapy Chicago.
I reside in Chicago with my husband Fred (and our labradoodle Avett!) and we are looking forward to the birth of our first child in November of 2015. I enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking and all things wellness.