I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Northern Arizona University in May of 2006 and obtained a certificate in holistic health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in July of 2019. Currently, I am working to obtain my board certification from the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches, and plan to take the qualifying exam in October of 2021.
Prior to obtaining my health coaching certificate and starting Spirit-Led Wellness, I spent a decade in science education. I worked as a high school teacher for a few years and spent over 6 years as a science curriculum developer. And a few years before I entered the education field, I worked in various laboratories– a crime lab, a pathology lab, and a research lab.
After being raised without any religion, at the age of 21, I chose a God of my understanding. I believe in a power greater than myself, whom I know as Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit– three manifestations of one God.
I believe that Jesus’ death was a gift, an act of pure love available to all. When I choose to believe in and receive that love, it frees and empowers me to love myself and love others well. I believe in the unity of the Spirit throughout humanity– among me and you– regardless of our particular religion, spirituality, or faith walk.
I choose to focus on the similarities that I have with others rather than the differences. I choose to have an open mind about all spiritual matters and to always seek Truth. I believe that the Spirit moves and speaks to all people regardless of their beliefs.
I believe that true wellness depends on two aspects: primary food and secondary food. Primary food consists of four key areas: spirituality, relationships, career, and physical activity. Secondary food is all the stuff that people eat. I believe (and there is science to show) that primary food is what truly nourishes a person. When primary food is in balance, then the stuff a person eats can fuel the body well and maintain physical health. However, when primary food is unmanageable in some way, then it doesn’t matter how clean or nutritious secondary food is– the food that is eaten will fail to be a fuel that supports wellness.
My approach to health is holistic. I focus on the whole person: mind, body, and spirit and I find I have the greatest wellness when my life is led by the Spirit. This is why I named my website Spirit-Led Wellness.