Because I am trained in both conventional and complementary medicine, I appreciate that our path to wellness requires the best of both approaches. I have explored the medicinal uses of plants since I was 16 years old. In my mid-20s, I taught yoga and was the coordinator of a holistic health clinic. I entered medical school at the age of 32 after completing a B.S. degree in nutrition. Because family medicine is consistent with a holistic approach, I chose to become a family doctor. For more details on my background, click here.
Most diseases today are chronic — often the result of choices we make every day. But practitioners of Western medicine frequently diagnose and treat illness by prescribing medications. This approach can be lifesaving, but it fails in some important ways. It often covers up symptoms without addressing the underlying cause. And it rarely empowers people to take an active role in their health. People living with chronic illness need more than medication to achieve their best possible health.
Medications do not address the underlying causes of chronic diseases; lifestyle choices do. Every aspect of our life affects our level of wellness: relationships, exercise, nutrition, spirituality, environment, occupation, and physical and emotional health. Coaching supports all of these.
I have faced my share of accomplishments, joys, challenges, and tragedies. I know how difficult it is to make healthy choices. For me, feeling well is worth the daily effort it takes. It is an ongoing process, one that requires support and encouragement.
As a coach I am a curious, non-judgmental observer. I listen and reflect what I hear you say. I ask questions that encourage you to dig deep and discover what is true for you. I also believe in your ability to succeed, and I hold you accountable to your goals.
The path to wellness and health is one of self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-motivation. I enjoy watching these qualities grow in my coaching clients.
If you are motivated, health and wellness coaching can help you create lasting, positive changes in any aspect of your life.
You may be wondering why a doctor became a coach. I believe our health is affected by the choices we make every day. As a family physician I was trained to help people make healthy choices by sharing information and telling them what they “should” do. But I found that approach doesn’t work very well.
So I searched for more effective ways to help people make lasting lifestyle changes and discovered coaching. As a coach, I do not tell you what to do. I know there isn’t just one “right” approach to health. Your unique personality, needs and life challenges guide the coaching process. You set your own goals. As your coach, I listen and support you in discovering our own answers. Together we create an approach that is right for you.
“When my husband was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, we were overwhelmed by the decisions facing us and turned to Wendy for help. I remember our first conversation when she told us she would walk through this together with us — and she did.” E.G., Pawlet, Vermont
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be"
– Lao Tzu
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
– Dr. Howard Thurman