POLARIS HOLISTIC HEALTH, LLC was created from a desire to combine my interest in natural and lasting health, love of life and people, and experience as a Registered Nurse to serve those in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Working as a nurse in home health, I kept coming across patients who were told to improve their diet and exercise habits – maybe even being discharged from the hospital with piles of instructional paperwork – but had no idea how to really implement these changes in a fun and delicious manner.
This is where I want to help! As your mobile health coach!
My education includes the following:
Associates Degree in Nursing (currently practicing Hospice RN)
Health Touch School of Massage Graduate
Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health
Primal Blueprint Certified Health Coach
National Council on Strength and Fitness Certified Personal Trainer
I hold professional licensure in the state of Wisconsin:
Registered Nurse #194973-30
Licensed Massage Therapist #14354-146
My continuing education in massage includes:
Barefoot Masters Ashiatsu Basic & Advanced
Introduction to the History and Practice of Thai Massage
Thai Table Practice Fundamentals, Part 1
The Fundamentals of Massage Cupping
I am either a member of or actively involved in the following organizations:
American Holistic Nurses Association (Member)
Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (Secretary)
American Massage Therapy Association (Member)
My health journey has filled me with an appreciation of the challenges that will be experienced along the way, as well as an understanding of the support needed.
In 2000, I was a miserable 170 pounds at 5’1″. I had my third baby. Shortly thereafter, my health took a downward spiral. I recall waking up one morning with the sensation of my feet being asleep, which over the course of a few days spread up to my waist. After a battery of tests and weeks of visions of myself wheelchair-bound by the age of 30, I was diagnosed with probable multiple sclerosis and started on daily injectable medications.
It didn’t take long before I was fed up. I joined a friend for a weight loss challenge and utilized Atkins as well as Tae Bo DVDs to drop 40# in very little time. My MS symptoms disappeared. I quit taking medications.
While my journey has been one of ups and downs, including years of racing bikes and years of chronic pain, here I am in 2017. Healthy, vibrant, energetic and *happy*. I am 42 and feel better than ever. And I want to help you experience this vibrant and full life!
My approach is, in a nutshell, the following:
- Plant-based nutrition
- Appropriate exercise/movement
- Stress management (including massage!)
- Sleep optimization
Check out my services if you are ready to get started!