My experiences have made me knowledgeable of a variety of health, wellness, behavior change and learning theories to plan, coordinate and facilitate targeted activities and training for individuals, groups and the workplace. In addition to being part-time adjunct faculty in the Physical Health Education department at Richland College, I am the managing owner of Compliments and take pleasure in sharing my training and experiences with others to empower with them with the skills and knowledge to increase their level of wellness to be the best version of themselves. I believe how we live, how we move, how we think and how we eat are behaviors that integrate and set the stage for our health and well-being. I am passionate about promoting positive habits that people can incorporate into their lifestyle to achieve theiroptimal level of wellness.
I have gained an array of professional experiences that I have been able to incorporate in my business, Compliments. My career story began in 1990. After three years in healthcare and moving into management, I burned out quickly. I decided to try something different and took my love of sports and fitness to the gym, becoming a fitness instructor and personal trainer. I also became a trained make-up artist and personal services consultant, working with clothing retailers and cosmetic lines (Lancome, Chanel, Georgette Klinger Salon). I am also a food and entertaining enthusiast, appreciating the art of "presentation" and dining decorum. My leisurely pursuits have led to event planning and teaching etiquette classes too. Although I believe that individuals that exhibit social grace and body confidence experience the best success, I believe a balanced health perspective is essential - it is not better to look good than to feel good! After about 5 years, I returned to a hospital setting, rediscovering the personal satisfaction and enjoyment I once enjoyed in the healthcare industry.
I know first-hand the value of a strong, healthy body from personal and professional experiences. I have over twenty years of healthcare and fitness experience. I am a certified health coach, personal trainer, group fitness and yoga instructor that holds a graduate degree in Health Education, in addition to post-graduate study in psychology and continuing education in nutrition and special populations. I've worked with patients and their caregivers affected by metabolic health conditions, neuromuscular disorders and cardiovascular disease as well as overweight and obeseindividuals, athletes, active older adults, tweens to teens, pre/post-natal women and individuals with chronic health conditions. As a holistic health and fitness coach, I believe health is more than food & exercise, which is why our programs focus on overall wellness. I help people find the right combination of nutrition, supplements, stress reduction and physical activity to help them move toward reaching their optimal health (inside and out)!