To learn more about me and my personal journey to wellness, read my Personal Statement, which outlines the specific life circumstances that led me on my journey to where I am now. Click the link to learn more about my qualifications. To gain more insight into my professional experience, please continue reading below for more information regarding the previous experiences that have “set the table” for me to make Balanced Energies become a reality.
Many of my strengths come from life experience, both personal and professional, as well as educational. Prior to returning to school for nutrition training and health coach certification, I was an educator for nine years at the collegiate level, where I taught sociology and criminology courses. During this time, I honed my communication and presentation skills. I became an effective communicator, public speaker, and classroom manager. I effectively explained many complex concepts in simple terms that students could understand. Come to find out, I really had a knack for making things easier to understand. As a result, I excelled as an educator, being both liked and respected in the classroom. In addition, sociology gave me knowledge into the social and cultural aspects of customs, beliefs, and behavior. This knowledge has proven to be valuable in promoting wellness to diverse populations across various age, race, and socio-economic statuses. Even more than that, it provided the experience I needed to break down complex health and wellness topics to my clients.
My educational background prior to receiving my Master’s degree in sociology was in biology with a double minor in sociology and psychology. Each of these areas directly impacted my path to health and wellness coaching, as they provided a vast amount of foundational knowledge upon which I was able to add my more recent nutrition education. Through the blending all of these disciplines, I am uniquely qualified to approach wellness from all aspects of well-BEing- mind, body, spirit and emotion.
Before teaching, I worked on a federal grant project targeting at-risk youth and risky behaviors, thereby strengthening my research and evaluation skills. It also taught me firsthand that strategically designed programs can facilitate positive behavior change. Other professional experiences include working as a pharmacy technician and as a lab technician in a genetics lab. These positions provided me with an increased breadth of knowledge, which I pull from to help clients reach their wellness goals.
I also believe in the power of the community to create change. In my early 20’s, I organized a Community Watch chapter for my former neighborhood, printing and disseminating monthly newsletters and orchestrating cleanup projects. By coming together as one, the few blocks of my neighborhood that participated were able to thrive, as neighbors helped one another take ownership of our little corner of the world. What I took away from this experience is that when supported by a like-minded community, behavior change is not only possible; it is contagious!
As a result, I see my life, work, and educational experiences as strengths that have helped set my future course. Here at BE, we are a community. We support and celebrate one another. We build on individual strengths and successes and make the community stronger in the process. In this way, the individual and community work together to support change. So join the wellness journey with us. We are stronger together!
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