My interest in health and wellness began in my childhood years when I made this connection very early on that how we fuel our minds and bodies is the key to our health and longevity.
I love educating people on the health benefits of regular physical activity and how to do it safely, therefore bringing me into my current career as a personal trainer. I felt like I was missing something more, knowing that a healthy lifestyle isn’t just exercising and eating healthy. I wanted to help people create balance in every aspect of their lives, on and off their dinner plate, so I became a certified integrative nutrition health coach.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL) in exercise science, with a minor in nutrition. After college, I moved back home, held a variety of fitness jobs over the years, getting certifications as a certified personal trainer, Girls Gone Strong prenatal & postpartum fitness coach, and finally as an integrative nutrition health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
I grew up in the Quad City area, coming from a very musical family, beginning on trombone in 5th grade and starting piano lessons with my mom in 1st grade. My love of music continues through my hobby of playing trombone in the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and local music gigs around the Quad Cities. When I’m not coaching or performing, I love being active outdoors.
My Primary Areas of Focus:
- Integrative and holistic approach to health
- Looking beyond food to consider other areas of life that need nourishment, like career, physical activity, and relationships—often referred to as primary foods.
- I empower clients to better their health by providing a safe space to explore all aspects of their well-being,
- As a certified personal trainer, you have an excellent go-to source for exercise recommendations and nutritional guidance as well! Mama Bear Wellness Website