Health Coach + Diabetes Educator + Speaker + Eternal Optimist
Hopeful Wellness was created because I believe that each of us has the capacity to live uniquely well
Healthcare to Health Coach…
As a clinical pharmacist, I spent over 16 years in healthcare and met a whole lot of people living with a health condition who wanted to make a change to feel better. They had a deep desire to be free from disease, feel healthy, be stronger and just simply BE WELL. However, many of them struggled to clearly define what they wanted and what they were willing to do to get it. They also felt outside pressure to meet the expectations of someone else’s wellness agenda. Well-meaning, loving, caring doctors and family members defined their success for them. They tried time and time again to balance life responsibilities (work, family, relationships, finances) and health management but often felt overwhelmed, alone, and exhausted. Many people sadly just lost hope that life could be any different. However, that is when I discovered the power of health coaching.
I noticed something amazing. When I started listening to their stories, asking compassionate questions, and holding judgment-free space to believe in their strength and resilience their hope returned. Once they tapped into their own belief in their capacity they started to thrive! Patiently coaching them on their wellness journey was a far greater gift to give than any clinical problem solving, medical advice I had been trained to provide.
I saw that there was an opportunity for my clients to have more meaningful, sustainable success being healthly and living well. They needed health coaching and more than what I could provide during the traditional healthcare 15-minute appointment structure. It was time to make a brave leap. Step back from my healthcare roots and step forward as a health coach into wellness care. I chose to create Hopeful Wellness as a health coaching and wellness resource service. It is for people that want to define their wellness, design their health strategy, successfully reach their goals, and simply BE WELL.
A Health Coach as unique as YOU are…
I serve clients who long to live more fully in wellness of mind, body, and spirit. My clients are ready to take action, improve their health, and design THEIR wellness THEIR way. However, I am uniquely skilled at supporting those of you who are coping with a chronic health condition. Whether you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, COPD, or osteoporosis I’m here to help you thrive. I’ve helped thousands of people manage their health conditions by assesing their disease and consulting on possible treatment options. I offer specific, practical advice in the areas of nutrition, exercise, and medication use to improve health, prevent disease, and promote wellness. I combine this clinical expertise with effective health coaching to help you integrate your medical advice with your values, beliefs, and culture in a way that works for your lifestyle. My unique approach helps you realize sustainable results because it is customized to your unique life. It has to fit with your life or you won’t do it and it won’t work. Yes, even though I am a pharmacist, I know that you want more POSSIBILITIES and less prescriptions! I love, love, love watching you decrease or stop medications as you reach your health goals and live well.
I firmly believe being diagnosed with a disease does not define you. YOU define you. I’ve seen what is possible for living well and even reversing disease through the power of health coaching. If you are ready to make a change, define your wellness, and take control of your health book a coaching session with me. I believe in you and I’m here to serve.
Thank you for visiting Hopeful Wellness, learning about our services, and my story. I’m grateful to be a part of your wellness success stories and I am inspired by your capacity to live uniquely well.
BELIEVE in your power to BE WELL. You got this!
Credentials / Training / Skills to Pay the Bills
Health and Wellness Coach
Wellcoaches School of Health & Wellness Coaching, endorsed by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine & the American College of Sports Medicine, 2017
Certified Diabetes Educator
National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators, 2014
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, 2001
Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, 2002
15+ years experience in clinical medication and disease management. Providing patient care services in Diabetes, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Asthma, Chronic lung disease (COPD), Blood thinner (anticoagulant) therapy, Smoking cessation, Geriatric medication support, and Medication Therapy Management (multi-medication review for safety, accuracy, efficacy)
Read more about how I decided to be a coach, values I honor, and my personal wellness essential ingredients in the Hopeful Wellness blog.