Health Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values. This promotes health, wellness, and well-being. In the course of their work, health coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, honoring that each client is an expert in their life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and then again in 2010 which required multiple surgeries. Then in 2014, I was considered clinically obese and my doctor told me for the first time in my life I had high cholesterol, high triglycerides, was pre-diabetic, and had a fatty liver. I was also not sleeping well, started having a lot of migraines headaches, and was stressed out! I knew my diet was to blame. I was also asked in front of a group of co-workers when I was due, but I was not pregnant!
In December 2014, I started my weight loss journey and by May 2015, I had lost 42 pounds! All my blood work is now normal and I no longer suffer from migraines or feel stressed out due to lack of sleep. I take no medication. This was by far the easiest, healthiest diet I had ever done (and I've done them all)! I was not hungry and had a lot of energy.
I opened Diet Mentor to help others lose weight and teach them how to keep it off!
Current Certification Dates: December 1, 2020 - November 30, 2026
ID #: A-3249024
National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching
*****(This is the gold standard and highest achievement you can earn in health coaching)
I had to pass a 4-hour exam offered through the National Board of Medical Examiners.
I must recertify every 3 years and must complete 36 hours of continuing education related to health and wellness coaching.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York City
This is the world's largest nutrition school and licensed by the New York State Department of Education
(I was the recipient of Leadership in Health Coaching Award for outstanding work)
Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Associate in Applied Science
I have worked in healthcare my entire life starting out as a medical and insurance transcriptionist. I then moved on to become the Practice Administrator for two area medical practices for many years managing all areas of both practices. I realized I wanted to be more hands-on helping people learn to live a healthy lifestyle so I opened Diet Mentor in 2016.
My Wellness journey began in the fall of 1997 as the mother of two kids under 3. While on vacation, my 49 year loved one had a stroke while we were dining, and then another (or more) on our flight home. After the reality of balancing the care for my loved one and the needs of my growing family, I committed to a change of my health so I could change my life. My determination was (and is) to enjoy a long, healthy life with, and for, my family.
In 2015, I committed to become a Certified Health Coach and share the wealth of health with you!
"Put your oxygen mask first before helping others"
I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I was an overweight child and teen, as my family struggled with food insecurity. Into my adulthood, I grappled with disordered eating which made me chronically afraid of gaining weight. After healing emotionally, as well as physically, I now have a healthy relationship with food. It's one of my greatest joys in life to be a support to others and to be able to help others on their wellness journeys.