What is the purpose of health coaching? Health coaches provide support, solutions, and encouragement to patients, while helping them devise behavior changes necessary for achieving optimum health, such as weight loss and smoking cessation. I don’t make medical diagnoses or write prescriptions, but I’m always eager to work in partnership with clients’ doctors. Health coaches aren’t meant to replace physicians: they complement and enhance what doctors do, in a way that most benefits the patient.
What are your credentials? I hold multiple health coaching certifications and earned the highest designation in the field, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaching. I maintain my certification through rigorous continuing education with a variety of programs, including the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Harvard Medical School of Continuing Medical Education, and the Rutgers University Tobacco Dependence Program.
I have a bachelor’s degree in biology, cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree in Adult Education from Rutgers University.
Can you tell me more about your experience? I’m a coach and educator, supporting and guiding clients on the lifestyle changes recommended by their healthcare team. My approach is anchored in science and framed by exceptional listening skills, positive energy, and a judgment-free attitude.
- I see clients one-on-one in my private practice, usually after they’re referred by their personal doctor.
- I’m employed as the health coach for the Princeton Longevity Center, working alongside a team of doctors, nurses, dieticians, and exercise physiologists.
- I serve as a consultant for Princeton University on the topic of health promotion for undergraduates.
- I’m a writer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) on health coaching topics. Recent articles include:
I’m grounded in evidenced-based strategies while also offering expert, compassionate, non-judgmental communication skills that emphasize active listening and building a strong rapport with clients.
I’m not sure health coaching is right for me. How do I decide? If you want to receive support, guidance, and motivation as you achieve your health goals, then you can benefit from customized health coaching.
Can I do health coaching by phone? Yes, my clients have achieved very positive outcomes from phone coaching.
Do you accept insurance? I don’t participate in any health insurance plans. However, depending on your plan, you may be eligible for reimbursement.