EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
Penn State University - B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science
Graduated with High Distinction & Student Marshal for Exercise Science Department
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC & ICHWC)
Functional Medicine Certified Heath Coach
NASM Certified Personal Trainer since 1994
NASM Weight Loss Specialist: All Ages
NASM Senior Fitness Specialist
NASM Women's Fitness Specialist: All Phases of a Woman's Life from Teen thru Menopause
Fundamentals of Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi Certified
FMS Level 1 Certified
Balance Training Specialist - Former Competitive Gymnastics Coach & Choreographer
Attended Domestic Violence Symposium
"Caught in the Crossfire: Meeting the Needs of Children Exposed to Domestic Violence"
IL Dept. of DCFS Children & Family Services Children's Justice Task Force Training Child Abuse & Neglect Training
NC Prevent Child Abuse Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Adults Working with Children
In addition to my specialized certifications, my own experiences have equipped me with expertise as a health & wellness coach to help individuals and families dealing with stress, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, food & environmental allergies, asthma, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue,
chronic pain, fibromyalgia, acid reflux, Parkinson's Disease, and domestic abuse as well as
recovery from surgery, frequent illnesses, and post-rehabilitation of injuries.
Health Coaching is my calling in this life, second only to being the best mom I can for my children. I absolutely love supporting and guiding people of all ages and families on their journeys to live a fulfilling, joyful and healthy life! I will support you with empathy while sharing with you the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your goals for yourself and your children. Everything is tailored to you and your children's needs with a focus on your strengths and what matters most to you in life! I will help you transform your struggles into TRIUMPHS.
My children and I are alive today by the grace of God and the innate passion he instilled in me for health and well-being! I was born with some serious health issues, but so blessed to have parents that instilled in me the values of perseverance, learning from my mistakes, finding joy and gratitude in the simple things, a love of learning, open-mindedness, unconditional love and kindness to all, teamwork, integrity, and Faith in God. I have always had an innate love of health and fitness and helping others. I am so grateful that I grew up on a farm in Illinois, participated in 4-H, and enjoyed sports (gymnastics, basketball, track, and football cheerleading) through my freshman year of college.
I coached gymnastics for many years then at age 27 (Spring 1992) a surgical mistake with gall bladder surgery almost took my life. I lost my health, my body, and my life. My first goal was being able to walk around the block. When doctors could no longer help with my excruciating abdominal pain and after seeing numerous specialists even at Mayo Clinic, I turned to qigong and holistic healing experts like Dr. Bernie Siegel and Marianne Williamson. It took me about a year to heal, and ever since, I devoted my life to helping others improve their health and well-being. Then I was blessed with 2 children I absolutely adore! During my 2nd pregnancy, I began to have additional health issues again, and things kept spiraling downward for about 10 years, until I finally found 2 doctors, and a combination of things instrumental in getting my health back: a holistic nutritionist, herbalists along with years of delving into research to find answers to my health and my children's health issues when the doctors could do no more for us. Everything in my life has been integral in my preparation to become a health and wellness coach. Helping people get their health and life back is what God created me to do.
Based on each of my children's unique needs for their health, well-being, and education, we did a combination of public, private, and homeschooling. They both were twice exceptional with extraordinary gifts/strengths in certain academic subjects along with some learning struggles in other areas such as dyslexia, handwriting difficulties, auditory processing difficulties, ADD, ADHD, TBI, and executive functioning struggles... Some of the health and well-being struggles my children and I faced and overcame are: multiple surgeries; my children's surgeries that came with complications, chronic uncontrollable adult onset asthma; chronic life threatening viruses and respiratory infections including pneumonia; chronic severe joint pain; fibromyalgia; rheumatoid arthritis symptoms due to a virus and vaccine reaction; celiac disease; several oral surgeries to restore idiopathic loss of gum tissue; dental decay even with superb oral care; domestic abuse and violence, homelessness, job loss due to lay off, the 3 of us have dealt with severe allergies and sensitivities to foods, chemicals, and the environment; my daughter has an anaphylactic tree nut allergy and experienced severe migraines as a young child, idiopathic liver problems, and a traumatic brain injury in her late teens.
Through all my children's and my own struggles and triumphs, I am blessed with the gift of sharing the knowledge and wisdom I’ve learned to help you transform struggles & traumas into learning opportunities to help you get your health and life back, live a life true to you, and live your best life.
Each person’s health journey is unique, so I tailor health coaching to you! I provide you with exceptional support and resources helping you develop new skills and lifestyle habits that resonate with you and align with your goals and what matters most to you in life! Wherever you are on your journey, it is my honor & privilege to join you, walk with you, as your guide supporting you every step of the way.
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES THROUGH THE YEARS
Special Olympics Gymnastics Competition Site Coordinator 1989 in State College, PA
Holy Family Catholic Church: Co-Led Middle School Faith Group, Inverness, IL
St. Joseph's Catholic Church: Taught Children's Liturgy of the Word and Co-Led Grief Support Group, Marion, IL
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church: Family Based Religious Education, Burlington, NC
My Children's Grade Schools: Reading, Science, Math, History, and Art Enhanced Curriculum & Learning Activities (IL)
My Children's Grade Schools: Cafeteria and Lunch Room Supervision (IL)
BASA Rec Soccer Coach for My Son's Team in Barrington, IL
Team Smile at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL:
Helping provide children in need with free dental care and education in a fun atmosphere.
Home of the Sparrow Women and Children's Shelter: Health & Well-Being Workshops for Women Living at the Shelter (IL)