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Celebrating Wellcoaches Excellence in the World

Snippets from the lives of our community members.

Thank you to the Wellcoaches alumnae who share with us how they are putting their coaching skills to work!
Karen Willis, from Minnesota, recently started
as a Registered Nurse/Health
Coach at TargetCare.


Peggy (Ovalle) Holwerda, in California, has started
as a Wellness Support Specialist at Sharp HealthCare



And three Wellcoaches alums have new positions at Hinge Health:

Scott Seagraves and Aliz Axmann as Chronic Health Coaches,






and Kerrissa Keymer as a Pelvic Health Coach.


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At the recent American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) conference, Simon Matthews, a Wellcoaches faculty member, was inducted as an ACLM Fellow.

The ACLM gives Fellow status to individuals who have made an "outstanding achievement in the field of lifestyle medicine" and who show "unwavering and exceptional dedication to advancing the College's mission."

Here is Simon with ACLM President Beth Frates (left) and ACLM Executive Director Susan Benigas (right).

Payton Gesek, a Wellcoaches certified coach, will be donating her time and coaching skills. She will be participating in a joint effort of the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and Remote Area Medical that provides provide free healthcare at pop-up clinics. UNTHSC is one of Wellcoaches' partner Universities. Let's celebrate and appreciate Payton!

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Congratulations to Bridgette Stewart!  Bridgette, a Wellcoaches certified coach who is the University of West Georgia's Chief Wellness Officer, has been chosen to be the next President of the Board of the National Wellness Institute.

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Congratulations & Appreciation to the 2023 Wellcoaches PCT Graduates!  This 9 month program begins and ends with residential sessions, which in 2023 were held in La Jolla, California.  Read on to hear about what the experience meant to some of our students.

PCT graduate Erin Nash wrote of her experience:

"To be considered a “crown jewel” by coaching science pioneer Margaret Moore, aka Coach Meg and learning under the masterful coach, Erika Jackson, has been one of my life’s most proud moments thus far. Last week, I finished my 9-month advanced Professional Coach Training (PCT) program with Wellcoaches. Completing this program with 11 other extraordinary peers over the last 9 months has been eye-opening, exciting, powerful, and transformative for me professionally and personally.

For our clients and our communities, we serve as masterful agents in behavior change, acknowledging and addressing the WHOLE person, and helping people move towards what they WANT IN LIFE. I’m unbelievably blessed and filled with gratitude to have been on this journey with this remarkable group of passionate people and can’t wait to see what the future holds for us and the lives we impact!"

And fellow PCT alum Megan Merchant shared:

"Home from La Jolla, CA, where 11 coach peers, 2 trainers and I completed the Wellcoaches PCT this week.

PCT was so powerful, I wish every university, corporation, and global organization offered this program. There are too many communication, emotional intelligence, and coaching skills and tools to name.

More importantly, life looks and feels on a higher, brighter level for everyone in this photo, and soon everyone we work with.

BEST Experience!!!"


Appreciation to Wellcoaches certified coach Erin Nash for serving her community!  She has taken a position as a Community Health Educator for the Douglas County Health Department in Colorado.

Carol Scott - physician, Wellcoaches trained coach, and Chief Medical Officer for Wellcoaches' Health Equity and Inclusion Initiatives - writes article on health disparities and advocacy.

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Jen Bruno, Wellcoaches certified coach and Director of Coaching at Zest Dermatology, appears on The James Cooley It's Your Life podcast to share about "what is a health coach?"

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Wellcoaches certified coach Beth Bookout is a new Health and Wellness Coach at the Wounded Warrior Project.  Congrats!

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Wellcoaches alum Holly Margl publishes book!

Wellcoaches alum Cherie Kroh is new Director of University of Minnesota Coaching Program

Wellcoaches alums Rita Ravenna & Jessica Dean bring their coaching skills to Marquee Health

Thank you, Dr. Mahmut Hakan Ertürk, for helping to bring the benefits of coaching to Turkey!

Wellcoaches alum Cynthia Luna has developed her own NBHWC-approved CE class.  Congrats Cynthia!

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