Wholistic Health Coordinator
As a young nursing student, I left home in rural Wisconsin to work in private and university hospitals and public health. Nursing took me to incredible experiences abroad and I loved my work, but I began experiencing fatigue and insomnia. It grew so unmanageable that I returned to the U.S. where doctors diagnosed me with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and eventually Fibromyalgia—and I was told simply to go home and rest, with no offered treatment.
My battle with chronic illness became a journey of discovery in naturopathic and wholistic healing. Doctors, nutritionists, counselors, chiropractic and massage therapists became my “health coaches” and I received spiritual support through prayer at my church. I was finally getting well—but a major health setback came suddenly, and in that difficult season my vision for Thrive! began to form.
I wanted to serve people of all ages and health issues by facilitating their journey to wellness. My compassion ignited for those who, like me had fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system.
Approach to Care
I have learned the importance of combining alternative health care with traditional medicine for my own health (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, food sensitivities, insomnia, migraines, joint pain, digestive issues, etc.) and in the lives of those with similar challenges. In addition, I am part of ministries that offer prayer, including extended sessions for those in need of any type of spiritual and emotional healing. I have a passion to see people healed physically, emotionally and spiritually and to live balanced and thriving lives!
After 30 years of dealing with my chronic health struggles, I have learned what it means to overcome health issues and get well in body, soul and spirit. I can empathize with others who sense their lives are out of balance, but even more I know first-hand the value of having someone care and walk alongside you. I care deeply for others to experience this healing and to become the whole and flourishing person they were made to be.
My purpose is to help each person in my care to evaluate health concerns, and where to start on a path to healing for individuals facing chronic health issues and illness, health crisis, or seeking to establish healthy boundaries, reduce stress and live a healthier lifestyle. I complete a thorough Nursing Assessment to gather information about my patient's health across all areas. With my findings, I help my clients organize a care plan with realistic goals and objectives for the client to achieve a thriving life one step at a time.
Ultimately, I believe you are responsible for your health and the choices you make to improve and maintain it. My role as Wholistic Health Coordinator is to provide insight, resources and support as we address areas of your health that often fall through the cracks in the health care system. Once we've completed your health plan together, I offer my ongoing health counseling for implementation, continued support and evaluation.
Along with walking through her own health challenges, Kathy has her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Arts degree in Transcultural Community Nursing from Augsburg University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is certified as a Public Health Nurse and a Licensed School Nurse, and currently obtaining her credentials as a certified Health and Life Coach through the Health Coach Institute (part of the International Coaching Federation).
If you or anyone you know, desire to improve your health in any area, or are struggling with health issues and have not found answers in health care you have pursued, make an appointment with Kathy!