Let's first start with defining what a health coach does: "Health Coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action.”
Today, many people are calling themselves coaches, but don't necessarily have the background or training that a qualified coach should have. At Prime, our coaches are certified, and have the experience to help you develop and maintain the changes you want to achieve.
Here are some areas of focus our coaches can help you with:
Pooja is a Certified Health Coach and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner. She holds a BS from Meredith College, NC and an MS from NC State University. She earned her Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association and her Health Coach certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. She has been practicing as a health and nutrition coach and teaching wellness classes since 2013. As a Nutritional Therapist, Pooja uses Linguo Neural Testing techniques to balance nutritional and functional deficiencies. She does not subscribe to a “one-size-fits-all” philosophy and is committed to honoring the individuality of those she serves by providing customized solutions.
Suzanne is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach accredited with the ICF, and a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Suzanne has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for 20+ years and Coaching for 10. She also has a Nutrition Specialist Certificate from the American Association of Sports Dietitians & Nutritionists. Before becoming a Coach, Suzanne worked in education and research, and the EAP industry. She currently offers coaching, leads studio and community yoga classes in a variety of settings. Her mantra: "Our lifestyle practices - what we eat and how we live and work - create what we are made of, how we are being and who we become."
Marty earned her holistic health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and her HeartMath®️ coaching certification from The Institute of HeartMath®️. Marty helps busy professional women achieve a healthier, happier, more productive life by helping them discover and implement solutions to conquer their stress. Marty worked in Human Resources for over 16 years, managing and administering employee health and welfare benefits. In 2011, she co-created and launched the company's first employee wellness program. She believes that if we change our perception of stress, we can harness it’s energy and use it to work for us.
Frederique is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches School of Coaching whose training program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She holds an MA in English from Paris Diderot University. She has trained extensively in yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and biofeedback in France and in the United States. She is also a Neurofeedback Trainer and has helped clients reach emotional balance and mental wellness for almost 5 years. As a coach, she has a deep understanding of what it takes to harmonize body, mind, and soul. She loves partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process based on their individual needs and life circumstances. She provides a calm, safe, and non-judgmental space for clients to develop and maintain life-giving, health-promoting behaviors while building autonomous motivation and self-efficiency.
Shirley Michl is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach from Duke Integrative Medicine. She holds a degree from Indiana University in Respiratory Therapy and a BA in Integrative Studies from Texas University. She earned two coaching certifications, one from The Coaches Training Institute, and then from Duke University Integrative Medicine. Shirley has been coaching for 15 years, initially in large corporations coaching leaders and executives. She is now focused on healthy lifestyle coaching, with an emphasis on reducing stress to achieve better harmony and resilience. Shirley uses the latest research findings on neuroscience and cognitive psychology when working with her clients on behavior change and stress reduction. Her work includes teaching and leading breathing and meditation sessions to empower her clients to use these skills as needed in life.
All of our coaches ascribe to an integrative, holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrative health is being recognized as a strategy that can patch up holes in the current health delivery system while keeping medical costs at bay. It treats the person as a whole (mental, physical, social and emotional) and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. Whole person care takes into consideration the individual and the world in which they live. The Integrative approach is person-centered, preventive, personalized and restorative.