About

What’s up with the nose? Good health is serious business, right? But, nothing will get in the way of getting healthy like worrying and stressing out about it … So, let’s have just a little fun while we go about the business of making healthy lifestyle changes. I’ve been known to toss a few noses to the participants during a presentation! PS: It’s also for Oglesby

A bit about me: I am a cat with many lives! My motto? Never get bored! I’ve been a Graphic Designer at a Chicago Metro studio, Special Projects Manager at G.D. Searle Pharmaceuticals, Ground Operations Manager
at FedEx Express and a self-employed Marketing Consultant. I’ve written feature articles and corporate
newsletters as well.

In 2009 I found myself without health insurance for the first time in my life! Instead of being completely
stressed, (Okay, I was pretty stressed!) I decided to get healthy and that was when I found my passion
for a living a healthy lifestyle including healthy food, movement, building community, and self esteem:
basically, building a life that promotes wellness and life satisfaction.

I had good reason to be paying attention. I watched my mother wither away with Congestive Heart
Failure (Coronary Heart Disease) and had a grandfather and uncle who both died of heart attacks before their 57th birthday. I was already past that! In 2006 I lost my husband to a major stroke. He was 63 … I wasn’t that far away from that. It was critical that I change my lifestyle!

I got healthy and learned some of the keys to that lifestyle and realized I wanted to guide and support others on their journey to a happy and healthy life. I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010 and earned certification as a Holistic Health Coach in 2011. Let me tell you that I learned so much more there! It’s not just about food and exercise; It’s about balance. I have never looked back!

It is life experience and education that I bring to the each class and each client! When I teach a class my favorite time is after it’s over and people ask questions or come up and talk to me about their situation. I love it!

I offer group and individual coaching, several Workplace Wellness presentations throughout the Metro, and am the author of a blog, The Practical Health Coach. My first book, 52 Healthy Eating Habits is due out in December, 2016. I currently teach classes through Mid-Continent Public Libraries, have served as a health coach at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission and offered several classes through Johnson County Parks and Recreation.

I am a Juice Plus+ representative because so many good things happen when people add high-density, high-variety whole-food nutrition to their bodies.

Throughout the years I have been active in a variety of organizations. Currently I am the VP of Programming for the ABWA – KC Express Chapter and am the Vice President of BNI Overland Park #1. As an avid animal advocate, I volunteer at Great Plains SPCA, and am currently supporting the Intake Department.