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NOVICE COACHES

 

Our novice coaches offer coaching services free of charge. Please contact a coach if interested.

Patricia

Patricia Battencourt

I am a trained holistic health coach, working alongside the Whole Brain Health Initiative. My clients are referred to me when WBHI feels I can be of service to a client. I create a supportive environment that enables clients to articulate and achieve their goals. We explore basic improvements, and implement gradual changes that collectively accumulate and create a much larger impact than originally anticipated. I work on what the client wants to improve within the circumstances of their unique situation. For example, if there is a weight concern or a relationship concern be it with people or food, I briefly explain how not only food but how lifestyle affects our health. Also mentioning that our careers, our finances, our spiritual and even how much having fun, creativity or physical activity all can affect our health. 

I mentor, guide, support, and empower clients to set goals and make sustainable changes that improve health and happiness. I was professionally trained and certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2019. In the past I was a certified medical assistant for seventeen years and I was a licensed Realtor for eight years. Also for fun I taught painting and cake decorating for ten years. I just love helping others. 

 

I have been in private practice since graduating from IIN, I have volunteered my coaching to some clients along the way. and also have run a Mastermind Group for health coaches. I have been an accountability coach and I have a Facebook Group for people 50 years and older. In my group I post my positive and inspirational videos that can improve anyone’s health and wellness. I love posting pictures and recipes of healthy foods I personally eat. My website is ABCsofHealthWellness.com. Also I am an author writing about my experiences in caregiving and hospice due to diabetes. My goal is to teach groups of clients on a weekly basis via live calls.

My greatest achievement is the satisfaction of seeing the improvements in a clients health and wellness through coaching I came to work with the Whole Brain Health Initiative by being referred and introduced to Janani Dhinakaran by a colleague of mine at IIN who wanted me to share in his work at WBH. After being interviewed by Janani I have had the honor and privilege of working with WBH clients. The entire team at WBH is a pleasure to work for. Their support and positive goals in helping improve brain health is amazing. I look forward to a continued long lasting relationship with WBH in helping meet their goals in improving brain health.

Feel free to email me at: patbettencourthemet@verizon.net 

 

 

Patricia

Jessica McFarland

“Ask yourself what is really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.”  Lee Jampolsky 

Hi, I am Jessica McFarland.  I’m a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of experience.  I am also a Board- Certified Nurse Coach who currently works in a large family practice in Brunswick, Maryland.  At the practice I like to say I’m a “jack of all trades”.  I can do anything from triage calls, give shots, as well as conduct annual Medicare Annual Wellness visits.  I enjoy the Medicare visits because it gives me a chance to speak one on one with our patients and learn their stories.  These stories can include their successes and struggles.  In the years that I’ve done these Medicare visits, I’ve learned that I’m an empathetic encourager.  As a Coach I’d like to say I’m a “jack of all trades” too.  I’ve had varied experiences with Coaching.  One success story was helping a friend on her weight loss journey.  If I can help encourage or remind someone of their next step (in their wellness journey) this brings me joy.  Work has enabled me to work with Seniors but I love working with anyone who desires and is motivated to make a change to their Health and Wellness regardless of their age.  I recently came across a Volunteer opportunity with the Whole Brain Health Initiative and was very excited when they reached out to me, as I feel the Brain plays a huge part in our Health and Wellness.  I believe it starts with the “right mindset” and it all flows from here, and by having you here today reading this, hopefully you are starting this journey (it all starts with small steps.  Yes, sometimes, baby steps). 

 

What can I do for you?

Coaching sessions can be anywhere from 30 – 60 minutes over a few weeks period (however long it takes to accomplish a goal(s)).  I will help you to formulate your goals and hold you accountable to them.  I will utilize video calls, phone calls and/or email to ensure this.  I can help discern these goals as an active listener who uses lots of open-ended questions (as well as utilize Meditative practices if you are comfortable).   I’ve learned its pretty powerful to be able to verbalize what’s going on not only on your mind but your heart as well.   I have lots of resources at my disposal including a comprehensive Health/Wellness inventory that looks at several facets of your well -being including Life Balance/Satisfaction, Relationships, Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, Physical/Nutrition, Physical/Exercise, Physical/Weight, Environmental, and Health responsibility.  Other resources at my disposal includes a Network of Nurse Coach colleagues from all across the US.  Two of these colleagues and I love to do presentations on various Social Media platforms.  We are currently gearing up to do a Book Club on Atomic Habits by James Clear.  Would you like to join us?  I like to describe myself as persistent and conscientious.  I dot all my “I’s” and cross all my “T’s”.  If I don’t know the answer, I will search for it.  I know what it is like to be a “patient/client” and I do my best to adhere to the Golden rule, “Do onto others as you’d have them do onto you”. 

Why Choose Me?

I am a volunteer Coach.  As a Nurse, I have knowledge about the Human body and all its interconnected parts.  As a Nurse Coach I try to weave all those interconnected parts and help you create a Wellness plan customized to you.  Let me share that knowledge with you on your Wellness journey.  Some of my strengths are being a good (active) listener – which means listening carefully to your story, discovering your strengths, learning what you want to accomplish and setting up SMART (i.e., Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) goals.  “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain” – Steve Jobs and Jessica.

If my background sounds like it would be a good fit for you, please reach out.  My email is jessmrnnc@gmail.comIt would be my pleasure being your partner in your Wellness journey!

 

 

Kylie Hasenauer

Hello! My name is Kylie and I’m a board certified and internationally certified integrative health coach from Pennsylvania. I’m here to help you find your energy—cut through the overwhelm—and move towards your best life of passion and purpose. I’m dedicated to helping people of all ages create healthy habits as young as possible so they can live (and THRIVE) as long as possible! I’m delighted to be partnered with Whole Brain Health who shares my passion and values. I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and also completed their Gut Health training course. I’m also a graduate of Martha Beck’s Wayfinder Life Coach Training program. All of my experience and studies prompted me to take a deeper dive into brain health and I’m the process of becoming RECODE 2.0 certified—this is a program that helps clients reverse Alzheimer’s in its early stages.

What Can I Do for You? 

You are a unique gift and the world needs more of YOU. I’ve studied mind body techniques, lifestyle management and over 100 dietary theories (from Ayurveda to Paleo to Vegan) and have taken a deep dive into the microbiome (gut health). Somewhere in all of this is what works for you. I’ve had my own health challenges and had to do just that—find what works for me. Fortunately, I didn’t always do it alone and you shouldn’t have to either! My approach is intuitive and warm. And, my program is customized to your needs—one size does not fit all! This is a safe space and I’m here to walk (or run) with you on this journey! I offer coaching via telephone and Zoom in 45 minute sessions. My clients tell me I have a calming, supportive presence and they feel understood.

Why Choose Me? 

Choose me if you’re concerned about:

  • Brain fog
  • Stress levels
  • Gut health
  • Autoimmunity
  • Creating sustainable change—from what you eat to how you sleep
  • Surviving and thriving through a life change

I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your journey to your best self! Please feel free to email me your questions or to schedule at: kyliehasenauer@mac.com.

Patrick Harkey

Hello, my name is Patrick. I am located in San Jose, CA. I enrolled in IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) in 2019 with the intention of health coaching. My journey into health and wellness began shortly after I graduated with a business degree from Seattle University in 2014. I started practicing yoga every day and became fascinated with the power of nutrition and how it enhanced my own life by becoming more conscious of what I was consuming.  I have completed a couple of yoga teacher training programs. I got my 200 hr teacher training from Almaden Yoga in San Jose, CA and also a 60 hr with Bryan Kest. I have taught regular classes at a couple of gyms. I  also enjoy sharing the practice with my friends and family. Many of the yoga classes I’ve taught are small, which has allowed me to tailor my classes to suit the needs of the practitioners because everyone has different needs.  I believe that health coaching is no different. I love learning about people’s stories because everyone’s story is so unique. I am grateful to be in communion with Whole Brain Health to help make the world a healthier place.

My health coaching sessions are an opportunity to learn about you, so that I can offer the help that supports your specific goals. My coaching sessions are about 50 minutes long. They are relaxed and open ended, so you are free to discuss whatever you’d like. We start with a brief moment of sitting in silence to set the tone. We discuss your aspirations, challenges, and literally anything that you feel comfortable sharing. Health is multi-faced, so there are many things going on in life that could be affecting you, even stuff that you may not be aware of. Talking and having someone who is genuinely listening provides much clarity. Based on the session, I will make a couple of simple recommendations to follow, and we will discuss that in the following session.  We will discuss progress you’ve made and celebrate any accomplishments no matter how perceivably small because every accomplishment should be cherished. I have a lot of experience with cooking and making quick, nutritious, and satisfying meals for family and friends. I believe that home cooking or food preparation is an important aspect to overall health. Learning simple tricks can truly be life transforming as I have witnessed in my own life when I started to eat healthier. Given my experience teaching yoga, I can also help provide healing yoga postures based on whatever it is you would like to promote whether it be strength, flexibility, or overall wellness. I believe that there is no one size approach, so diet and exercise must be customized individually.

If you are interested in working with me, seeking more energy, would like to improve your diet or exercise, would like more peace in your life, or if you simply need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact me at patrickmharkey@gmail.com. From there we can set up a health history consultation to see if we would be the right fit for each other.

PREMIUM COACHES

 

Our experienced coaches offer paid coaching services. Please contact a coach for pricing. 

Charles Hall

Charles Hall

 

I am a co-founder of Whole Brain Health Initiative and I love wellness and the intelligence of the body and brain. I am a joyful, enthusiastic, caring person with a lot of initiative. I am a certified professional health and wellness coach, licensed vocational nurse in California and licensed practical nurse in Washington state, I have 7 years of public speaking and communication and leadership development, I have taught and facilitated over 500 hours of brain health classes and have reached and coached 100s of unique people to greater awareness of brain healthy lifestyles in audiences as big as 150 to as little as one on one personal coaching. I have many clients who are left with knowing that I cared and with a renewed sense of motivation to create a better lifestyle for their brain. They’ve started regular brain games, increased water intake, started healthy breath work practices, and seen the lower stress, better focus and improved memory. I work mainly with those between 45 and 75 who have frustration and confusion over what to do and how to do it as far as their memory improvement, brain nutrition and attitude. I am working with Whole Brain Health because they are leading the way to show improving the brain can be fun and sustainable. I hope to help my clients who find me as a part of this organization to create the best goal ever with the clearest next steps and progress tracking and it will be the easiest and most fun thing you do. 

 

The coaching sessions will involve:

  1. How are you doing today?
  2. Check in on previous action items.
  3. Checking progress via metrics agreed on (i.e. water intake, time of exercise, time doing brain exercises, blood sugar levels etc.)
  4. Open-ended conversation for growth and learning around brain lifestyle and attitude,
  5. Actions items.

My sessions are 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the needs of the client. What is special about my sessions is that I lead with emotional intelligence and caring alongside left brained logic and personal progress tracking. If these are what you like then I am confident we are a match! I make spreadsheets with color coding, keys and planning that you will be surprised you actually enjoy using! My speciality is brain nutrition and I can go very in depth with respect to that aspect of our planning. My price is $100 per hour one-on-one. 

I can provide guidance in the best behavioral change strategies that work for long term results, brain nutrition and brain exercises. I can help with poor focus, poor short term memory, and sadness around poor brain health or lack of motivation.

My work in a nutshell is this: work with me and have the best time ever making the best of your brain!

Feel free to email me at: chall@wholebrainhealth.org

Dr. Janani Dhinakaran

Janani Dhinakaran

Hi, I’m Janani Dhinakaran. I’m a Health Coach with a Lifestyle Coaching Certificate (YMCA) and a PhD in Neuropsychology. I am well trained in mind body health and often use Qigong, Yoga, breathwork and mental exercises along with nutrition and lifestyle changes to help improve my clients’ health. Since 2016 I have helped around a hundred people in one-on-one coaching or in the context of preventive health classes. I help those with chronic illnesses improve their quality of life using positive lifestyle changes. I specialise in autoimmunity but have a wide range of experience with prediabetes, anxiety, stress reduction, acidity, weight loss etc. I have helped people from the age of 15-86. I’ve worked with WBH since 2018 in various capacities; as a Brain Club facilitator, Program Director, Health Coach Lead and as a Health Coach. I look forward to being able to help you work towards your health goals!

The coaching sessions happen using video calls that last from 45-60 minutes in which I would review your progress based on previous recommendations and introduce new exercises, suggestions etc. accompanied by explanations of how they work when it will aid you to adopt the change. Since each client comes with different goals and needs.

I use a customised combination of the following to help you:

  • Nutrition and dietary guidance
  • Mind Body Practices: Qigong, Yoga, Meditation, Breathing exercises
  • Lifestyle habits: Sleep, Physical activity, Cognitive challenge
  • Mental techniques: Self hypnosis, Visualisations
  • Expression arts therapy: Writing, Art, Drama, Music
  • Support and accountability to reinforce positive health habits.
  • Resources and information which empower your health journey.

After each session I write a summary to help you recall the new steps to take in the next week. I would work with you until you have achieved your goals and feel empowered to continue without me. Getting you to feel confident and largely self reliant about your health is the objective. This can take anywhere between six weeks to several months. 

What makes working with me unique?

  • My academic and research background helps me access scientific information more critically and discern what could potentially be useful to my clients.
  • I have overcome a chronic illness myself so I deeply empathise with the suffering many of my clients have experienced.
  • My clients find me compassionate, understanding and highly resourceful. They feel supported because I customise their steps to their individual needs.
  • I have experience with various health conditions in the people I have coached as well as the participants in my classes. I have experience teaching adults (Brain Fitness, StressLess, Qigong etc) and eliciting behaviour change 
  • Please see these testimonials to hear from my previous clients: https://riselife.org/testimonials/

Choose me if:

  • You are suffering from a chronic illness e.g. autoimmunity, prediabetes, acidity, anxiety, stress related illnesses or if you’d like to lose weight.
  • You would like to be empowered to take on a more proactive role in your health.

If my background sounds like it would be a good fit for you, please reach out. My email is jdhinakaran@wholebrainhealth.org or you can sign up in the form below. It would be my pleasure being your partner in your health journey!

Take charge of your lifestyle, take charge of your health.

Ana María

Hi, I’m Ana María, current in maternity leave and passionate about health coach. I’m living in New York with my husband and a baby girl. My lifelong love for wellness led me to graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in 2017.

I take a holistic approach to health and wellness. I believe that all areas of our lives affect our wellbeing. Lack of sleep could be making you feel irritable and moody; work and relationship stress could elevate your food cravings and cause you to overeat. When we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life could disturb your health and we will craft a plan to reach YOUR specific goals.

My main goal is to help you create long lasting lifestyle changes. During our time together, I’ll guide you to establish healthy stress management techniques and a nutrition and exercise plan that works for your body and specific needs.

Feel free to email me at: maria1227@gmail.com