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Professional Coach Training

Start making plans to lift your coaching mastery to a galactic orbit with our 9-month advanced Professional Coach Training & Certification Program. This advanced program is specially designed for our Certified Wellcoaches, Nationally Board Certified Coaches or ICF-PCC/MCC Coaches only.

This program is developing the future leaders of the health and well-being coaching industry. We built and continue to upgrade an innovative, science and neuroscience-based, robust coaching framework we call the "Onward & Upward Model" designed to enable Certified coaches to help clients optimize mental and physical well-being. This is a hit-the-ball-out-of-the-park opportunity for Certified coaches who want to be masterful coaches.

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Graduates of the 2022 Program

What will you gain


Training Only - does not include travel, lodging, food or materials: $4100

Open to coaches who are Certified by Wellcoaches, have earned the NBC-HWC from the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, or have the International Coach Federation PCC or MCC certifications.

1. Unique-to-Wellcoaches intellectual framework and mechanisms for peak coaching performance grounded in research from the fields of neuroscience, adult development, behavioral and positive psychology
2. Cutting-edge and advanced coaching models such as Immunity to Change, advanced mindfulness and multiplicity of the mind
3. Plenty of practice using cutting-edge tools and models in a safe, structured environment
4. Individualized mentoring feedback from experienced Wellcoaches faculty

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Class Dates

Residential #1:
Jan 15-17, 2025

Wed, 8-5
Thu, 8-5
Fri, 8-12

Residential #2:
Sep 10-12, 2025

Wed, 8-5

Thu, 8-5

Fri, 8-12

Virtual classroom:

32, 90-minute virtual classes


Teleclasses are held on Thursdays from 4-5:30pm ET each week (except major holidays) beginning Jan, 23 2025.

Class Location

The residential sessions will be held at:

The Empress Hotel
Fay Avenue

La Jolla, CA

You may stay at any hotel you wish, of course.


Early Bird registration deadline ($500 discount):

December 4, 2024


Registration deadline:

December 18, 2024

We highly recommend booking refundable travel as the course requires a minimum number of participants. Confirmation will be provided to registered participants no later than December 18, 2024.

Become a Certified Professional Wellcoach® 


The 2024 training program components delivered over nine months include:

  • Two 2.5 day residential sessions, one at the beginning and one at the end of the training program. 

  • 32 ninety-minute teleclasses with the ability to practice new tools and skills in class, including 8 group coaching sessions.

  • Teleclasses are held on Thursdays from 4-5:30pm ET each week (except major holidays) beginning Jan 2024.

  • Six private mentor coaching sessions with feedback from coaching masters regarding the application of Wellcoaches protocols and International Coach Federation Competencies.

  • A reading list of carefully chosen books written by scientists and psychologists with a strong evidence basis.

  • Full attendance is required for course completion.


Training Only - does not include travel, lodging, food or materials: $4100

Open to coaches who are Certified by Wellcoaches, have earned the NBC-HWC from the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, or have the International Coach Federation PCC or MCC certifications.

We highly recommend booking refundable travel as the course requires a minimum number of participants. Confirmation will be provided to registered participants no later than December 20, 2023.

Sample Course Topics 

Self-Determination and Motivation
Non-violent Communication
Goal-setting Theory
Relational Cultural Theory
Constructive Development
Emotional Intelligence
Subject-object Theory and Order of Consciousness
Flow and Relational Flow

Motivation and Meaning-making

Positive Psychology

Immunity to Change
Design Thinking


Four reasons to join

1. Leadership Role: Not only will our advanced program enable a giant leap in your coaching outcomes, it will help move you into a leadership role and new career opportunities within this growing industry.  
2. Wellcoaches Opportunities: Wellcoaches recruits PCT graduates first for research projects, coaching contracts with our corporate partners, and coach referrals.
3. ICF Approved: Complete an International Coach Federation approved program which supports ICF certifications and credibility in the larger coaching industry beyond health and wellness. 
4. Close Network: The PCT experience leads to a close and intimate network of your classmates that will pay dividends for years to come.

  • Angélica Munguía, PCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact As a passionate practitioner of wellbeing, Angélica has operated her coaching practice since 2015. She is an avid learner and continually participates in training in the areas of lifestyle medicine, mindful eating and positive psychology. She completed her studies in Biology at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and has been a personal investment advisor since 1987, which gives insight into being an entrepreneur and balancing work and life. As part of the Wellcoaches Mexico team at Intersistemas, Angélica delivers Wellcoaches core training to Spanish-speaking students in Mexico, Central America and the United States. She has presented on health coaching topics at several major organizations in México, including Femsa, Oxxo, Pfizer, Bimbo, and Dicipa.
  • Barrett McBride, PhD, MCC, BCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact Barrett McBride has an international coaching practice and has been coaching professionally for more than 20 years. She is a Certified Professional Wellcoach, she is certified by the International Coach Federation at the Master Coach Certification (MCC) level and she is a Certified Coach Supervisor. Barrett has a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, a MS in Organizational Development, and a MA in Human Development. Barrett’s practice focuses on coaching and consulting with senior leaders and leadership teams, and creating professional development programs for clients in the healthcare, higher education and technology industries.
  • Charles Inniss, DPT, NBC-HWC, PCC
    Contact Charles Inniss began his career as a physical therapist, personal trainer, and teacher. He earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Boston University and has held personal training certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and Rebook International. Charles completed both the Wellcoaches Core Training and the Professional Coach Training (PCT) en route to becoming a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). He is passionate about corporate wellness, and in the 7.5 years he spent working as the onsite wellness coach for employees at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, he conducted thousands of coaching sessions, gave presentations on various health and behavior change topics, and wrote a coaching newsletter. Charles has over 25 years of teaching experience, with much of it dedicated to health and fitness professionals. In addition to spending 5 years dissecting and teaching gross anatomy labs at Boston University, he taught anatomy and physiology at a massage therapy school, and spent nearly 15 years teaching seminars for personal trainers through organizations like Towns Sports International, NASM, ACE, and Reebok International. He is thrilled to be a part of the Wellcoaches Faculty and hopes that his passion, creativity, and experiences help him to support and inspire other coaches as they strive to make their own positive impact on the world.
  • Christina Lombardo, PhD, MCC, CPC, MA, NBC-HWC
    Contact Christina's coaching experience includes partnering with executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, parents, healthcare providers, college bound students, nurses, and aspiring coaches. With her intuitive approach and 15+ years of experience, Christina's clients discover how to live resiliently in the areas of career and wellness. She received her Master's of Art in Education from The Ohio State University, focused on career, personal, and organizational development and a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine, Integrative and Functional Nutrition from Saybrook University. Christina founded Performance IMPursuit, Inc. in 1996, specializing in training and development for organizations where her corporate clients include OhioHealth, Bath & Body Works, Honda, Tween Brands, and Nationwide Insurance. Christina's passion and experience as a coach, mentor, facilitator, and instructional designer has led her to coach hundreds of individuals and teams in many industries from health care to retail.
  • Darlene Trandel, PhD, RN/FNP, MSN, CPP, PCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact With over 25 years of clinical practice, research and teaching background in the health care industry, Darlene is an experienced family nurse practitioner, professional coach, consultant, educator, and researcher. Her focus is on caring for the entire well-being of the person and partnering with them to find ways to thrive. She brings her skills to assist her clients to prevent/reduce the risk of disease and better manage chronic conditions as well as to reach higher levels of health, vitality, and well-being. Darlene received her academic training at the Universities of Virginia, Washington, North Carolina and Harvard and has many years of clinical, research and faculty appointments at these institutions. In addition to being a licensed Nurse Practitioner and a Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation), she holds numerous advanced health/clinical coaching certifications, is a well-published author and sits on several national advisory boards. Currently Darlene is faculty in multiple ICF-Approved Coaching Programs and graduate university programs, delivers workshops in evidence-based coaching strategies and provides services as a health/well-being coach and consultant to individuals and organizations. Darlene also is a guest lecturer for the Science of Coaching courses at Harvard and a contributing team member of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC). She lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
  • Debbie Gillespie, MS, RDN, LD, Dip ACLM, CHWC, NBC-HWC, ACC
    Contact Debbie was one of the first International Board of Lifestyle Medicine certified registered and licensed dietitians with over 25 years of experience across a broad spectrum of dietetics including clinical, oncology and cardiovascular research, renal, health promotion and public health education. She earned her B.S. in Dietetics from Miami University, a M.S. in Medical Dietetics from Saint Louis University, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Health Professions Education. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Lifestyle Health Sciences at the University of North Texas and served as the Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Health for the past five years. Debbie has been a leader in providing nutrition, emotional intelligence, culinary and lifestyle medicine education at UNTHSC. She enjoys traveling and learning about different countries and cultures and is passionate about nutrition education and health coaching.
  • Erika Jackson, Chief Coaching Officer, MCC, MLHR, NBC-HWC
    Contact Erika received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University, which supported her work in human resources and organizational leadership in banking, government and Fortune 500 retail organizations. Erika is the Chief Coaching Officer for Wellcoaches, leading a team of 50 coaching leaders from all of the world who have trained over 14,000 coaches since 2002. She is co-author of critical health and wellness coaching texts such as The Coaching Psychology Manual, The Complete Handbook of Coaching (Chapter 23) and A Pilot Study of Health & Wellness Coaching for Fibromyalgia. Erika is also an instructional design consultant for ImprovEdge, combining neuroscience and improvisation, and volunteer instructional designer for Braver Angels, designing workshops that bring Americans together to bridge the partisan divide. She co-founded a regional organization designed to promote anti-racism in her rural community. And, for fun, Erika launched a community theatre and sings in a band with her husband and children. Listen to Erika's discussion about coaching on EmergoRadio.
  • Greg Hottinger, MPH, RD, PCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact Greg is co-author of the successful Rodale book Coach Yourself Thin, and is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He worked as a nutrition educator at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center from 1998 to 2001 and the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine from 2000 to 2006. Currently, Greg is a nutrition consultant for NBC Universal where he works as the lead nutritionist for The Biggest Loser website.
  • Kelly Davis Martin, DBH, MPH, BCC, CPWC, NBC-HWC, MCHES, PCC, LPC-A
    Contact Kelly Davis Martin is the owner and lead consultant at Achieve Wellness, LLC, where she works as an international expert in health and wellness coaching. She has a Doctorate in Behavioral Health and a Master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion and has been a Certified Professional Health and Wellness Coach since 2011. She holds her International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Coach Certification (PCC) where she does mentor coaching. Kelly is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and worked with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) as a mentor coach. She is also a Board-Certified Coach (BCC). Kelly has been on faculty at Wellcoaches School of Coaching since 2011. Kelly has been using design thinking in her own life and in her coaching for nearly a decade and became part of the first group to get certified as a Design Your Life (DYL) Coach in 2018. Kelly loves mentoring other coaches to find their authentic voice on their way to mastery. Kelly aims to innovate healthcare by bringing the art of coaching into the science of medicine by teaching providers how to integrate their expertise with the clients’ needs to engage in sustainable change. She has advised on several studies using health and wellness coaching to be integrated in wellness programming and in healthcare settings, specifically aimed at reducing cardiovascular risk factors in patients. Kelly lives and works in Sisters, Oregon and in Cooks Beach, New Zealand. Her clients and work span the globe. Kelly loves spending time with her two children above all else - seeking out adventures, fostering social engagement, spending time outdoors, traveling the world, sharing books and learning, caring for pets and laughing till their stomachs hurt.
  • Kim Poyner, RN, PN, PCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact Kim has an extensive history working with medical centres and Primary Health Networks to train medical professionals in behaviour change therapy and chronic disease management. She was awarded the 2015 Australian Best Practice Nurse award in Chronic Disease Management. She is accredited with the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches as a Health Coach and has executive coaching endorsement through the International Coaching Federation at the PCC level. She is currently training Health Professionals across Australia in chronic disease management, prevention screening, and Quality Improvement strategies. She regularly presents at national conferences as a keynote speaker on Change Management, Teaming, Coaching, Chronic Disease Management, Creating Efficiency in General Practice and Care Co-ordination. Through her business MediCoach Kim mentors nurses and organizations to achieve their best, ensuring they are resilient in the changing health landscape. She is currently a Director of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the Practice Excellence Institute.
  • Margaret Moore, CEO, MBA, NBC-HWC
    Contact Margaret, aka Coach Meg, is Founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation, following 17 years in the biotechnology industry in the US, UK, Canada, and France. Read more!
  • Michael Scholtz, MA, PCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact Michael is co-author of the successful Rodale book Coach Yourself Thin, and is certified by the American Council on Exercise, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and USA Track and Field. He worked at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center from 1991 to 2001, including 3 years as fitness director. Michael co-founded NOVO Wellness in 2001 and has since helped thousands lose weight and keep it off through NOVO programs and consulting services.
  • Noah Gentner, Ph.D., NBC-HWC, PCC, CPHWC, RHC
    Contact Noah received a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Upon completing his degrees he served as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair in Exercise and Sport Sciences at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He later accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca College. During his four years at IC he helped coordinate the undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Psychology. In 2009 he took a position at Georgia Southern University where he coordinated the Master’s program in Sport Psychology and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Sport Psychology and Coaching Education. He joined the Humber faculty in 2011 and teaches in the Fitness and Health Promotion program and the Kinesiology program at the University of Guelph-Humber. Dr. Gentner helped develop the Humber Centre for Healthy Living which provides holistic health and wellness services to Humber faculty and staff. Dr. Gentner has published research in several journals and has given presentations on Sport and Exercise Psychology at worldwide and regional Sport Psychology, Coaching, and Athletic Training Conferences. He is a Sport Psychology Consultant and since 2000 he has worked with individual athletes, teams, and coaches ranging from youth sport to professional levels. Dr. Gentner became certified as a Basic Mental Health First Aid instructor in 2014 and since then has provided numerous training sessions for students and professionals.
  • Sheryl Richard, PhD, MAOM, PMP, PCC, CPHWC, NBC-HWC
    Contact Sheryl Richard is a health and well-being professional who empathetically works with people from various walks of life. Her diverse background includes in-depth experience with private, corporate, and community coaching, facilitation, training, teaching, mentoring, fitness, IT project management, and research with qualitative expertise. Among her research interests are evidence-based sustainable behavior/lifestyle change, coaching and education; social ecological health model; determinants of health; health disparities and inequities; vulnerable populations, and preventable chronic disease. Sheryl completed her undergraduate education in Business Administration & Management Information Systems at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; a Master’s in Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix; and a PhD in Community Health with Walden University. She currently holds certifications including Wellcoaches Professional Health/Wellness Coach (CPHWC), National Board Health & Wellness Coach (NBHWC), and Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute. Sheryl has worked with Wellcoaches for more than a decade and is currently a Wellcoaches Training Faculty team member. Academically, Sheryl serves as Walden University Contributing Faculty and Dissertation Chair/Mentor for online doctoral Health Professions and Healthcare Administration programs. Likewise, she fulfills the role of Adjunct Faculty for Herzing University and Franklin University undergraduate healthcare programs. Through her Magnificent Messmaker® course, Sheryl passionately pursues helping people to be, do, live, and give their best while authentically growing in the fullness of who they are.
  • Simon Matthews, FASLM, MHlthSc, DipIBLM, MAPS, PCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact Simon is a Psychologist, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional and Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He supports individuals to achieve their goals of living healthier, more purposeful lives and works with government, corporate, banking and not-for-profit organisations to help their staff to understand the value of healthy lifestyle and to practice the principles of living well. In addition to being the CEO Of Wellcoaches® Australia, Simon writes and presents on lifestyle medicine approaches to great mental health and the role of health coaching in sustained behaviour change. Simon is deeply committed to, and involved with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and writes frequently for the Society. When not working, Simon also loves talking about his other passions as a Pilot, Barista and self-taught cook.
  • Susan O'Donnell, MS, PCC, NBC-HWC
    Contact After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master’s degree from the University of North Florida, Susan enjoyed health care administration work for many years. In 2010, she decided to create a new career and found her love of coaching. She has numerous coaching certifications including NBC-HWC, International Coaching Federation-PCC, Wellcoaches Professional Health & Wellness Coach, Chronic Pain Coaching, etc., and is also a Certified Diabetes Prevention Program facilitator and ACE Certified personal trainer. Susan has served as a volunteer facilitator for The Medical College of Wisconsin Bioethics Program and as an adjunct instructor for several university health care programs. Currently she enjoys coaching with a large Health System, a private wellness company, as well as her Wellcoaches work as a Mentor Coaching & Practical Examiner. Special Wellcoaches projects have included research studies with The Ohio State University (Fibromyalgia Coaching), Ithaca College, and Columbia University/PCORI. An avid Green Bay Packers fan and volunteer literacy tutor, Susan loves to find joy and adventure with her husband Michael while they travel, hike, and kayak.


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I had wanted to attend PCT for 7 years and when I finally did, it exceeded my expectations! I took the class hoping for 3 things: first, that my coaching skill would be elevated to a higher level; second, that I would be personally transformed; and third, that I would establish new meaningful relationships with other coaches. All these things took place – and not just as an event occurring at a particular moment in time, but as a seed that was planted and continues to grow and bear fruit. The initial residential experience established us as a deeply connected group. It laid a foundation of trust and openness that facilitated a deepening connection throughout our classes and practice together during the months to come. The reading and related classes were incredibly enriching. The faculty was outstanding. The weekly online classes became a moment in the week we all looked forward to.  The closing residential session was a reunion of dearest friends that took us to new depths of awareness and new vistas of personal vision.  Like the ripples from a stone thrown in a pond, I will be feeling the effects of my PCT class for quite some time as I continue to learn and grow. I am incredibly grateful to have taken this class.   

Joanna Thomas, NBC-HWC

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