Our mission is to provide Cleveland Clinic patients, partners, and caregivers with evidence based wellness coaching for a better quality of life. Through lifestyle choices and behavior change we help inspire long-term, sustainable changes based on individual needs.
Our coaches have backgrounds in nutrition and dietetics, nursing, exercise science, and other clinical and healthcare professions. All coaches receive an initial 200 hours of training in coaching methodologies, behavior change and science specific to the variety of programs offered. Coaches are mentored by senior level coaches, all of whom hold a master’s degree in a related field. Additional and ongoing training is a regular part of our internal certification process.
Fun Fact: I’d rather go for a long run than fold laundry in a heartbeat
As Chief Coach with Cleveland Clinic Wellness eCoaching, Amy not only works with clients to fulfill their health & wellness goals, but manages the full coaching team and works with each to continually develop programs and expand knowledge.
With a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, a Clemson graduate, she has also served in an expert role, and worked with both the Youth Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the American Heart Association for its Cleveland Start! Heart Walk.
Amy is constantly on the run—including 5K’s, marathons (including Boston), and just enjoying the outdoors for a jog. She recognizes the importance of proper fueling for best performance and recovery, and has mastered healthy meals in a hurry. That doesn’t mean Amy doesn’t also realize the need to indulge: She has a jar of peanut butter stashed in her desk, with a steady supply of dark chocolate at the ready.
Fun Fact: I’m not a picky eater, but I’ve never met a lima bean that I like
Brittney works closely with our clients on nutrition analysis to help companies offer nourishing choices through their vending machines and cafeterias. She also works closely with the Employee Health Plan team to offer eCoaching as a Tier 1 weight loss option for eligible Cleveland Clinic employees.
Brittney certainly understands the value of balance in life, including work, school, and being a new mom. In addition to working towards a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, she also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She loves experimenting in the kitchen—and passing on those successes to her eCoaching clients. Brittney believes there is a deeper connection to food beyond the biologic need to feed. She also enjoys sharing her knowledge of running and lifting weights.
Fun Fact: I collect coffee mugs, yet, I dislike the taste of coffee!
Danielle works closely with physicians and health care providers to connect eCoaching with patients and the community. To help bring coaching beyond email, she facilitates and collaborates with Shared Medical Appointments at various Cleveland Clinic locations, as well as other group and onsite coaching efforts.
As a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelors in Health Science and a Masters in Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Danielle’s experiences range from the clinical setting to educating medical students. She enjoys helping others achieve optimal health through nutrition, movement, and lifestyle change and brings her knowledge of nutrition and love of activity to help participants do so.
At home, Danielle finds balance through cooking, yoga, meditation, and barre. Nights and weekends are all about spending time with her husband, daughter, and their dog! They love movie nights, walks, and checking out local restaurants—Town Hall in Cleveland is a family favorite.
Fun Fact: My guilty pleasure: I go see every new Mission Impossible movie in theater
Rachel works closely with our Tobacco Cessation coaches, navigating different tools available to participants interested in quitting tobacco. She also facilitates Shared Medical Appointments with an emphasis on wellness related topics with our local Cleveland participants.
Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Through various roles, Rachel has counseled clients of all ages and backgrounds on healthy eating. As a Registered Dietitian, Rachel has worked with families on the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program and is great at making nutrition work on a budget. Rachel also has a passion for yoga and is taking her practice beyond her own mat, to begin teaching others the practice as well. Yoga, self-care, and mindfulness are all important themes to her coaching style. She loves summer in Cleveland and loves walks to Lake Erie, catching some live music, gardening, and bike riding.
Fun Fact: If you are what you eat, I would be nuts ;-)
Anna considers herself first and foremost a Mindset Coach. She understands that most people generally know what healthy living looks like, but there is a gap between knowing and doing. Anna’s goal in working with participants is to help close that gap by identifying and removing barriers and then partnering with them to develop a clear action plan for achieving what they desire most.
Anna has a background in the field of personal development which gave her the foundation for understanding the power of the mind. She later expanded her studies to include the physical component of health and wellness as an ISSA Certified personal trainer before going on to study nutrition. Anna integrates these tools and experiences to transform and help make a positive impact in other’s lives.
Fun Fact: My favorite sandwich as a kid was peanut butter and Miracle Whip.
Anne’s varied professional background brings a well-rounded approach to coaching. She attained her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and her Master’s degree in Nutrition, as well as her Culinary Arts degree. Her approach to living healthfully is all about finding balance—which is often not the easiest to do as a mom of two. She truly enjoys cooking and can help you find that perfect mix of flavor and health. She is a localvore (a fancy word for finding and eating food grown locally) and faithfully subscribes to a local CSA. She believes that the quality of our food is of the utmost importance, definitely quality over quantity.
Her career as the Nutritionist for Vitamix Corporation, gave her a blended set of talents (get it?). One is to be a master at blending and creating healthy recipes. The other is to effectively teach others how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet. With two finicky eaters at home, she delights in finding creative ways to nourish her family. Her favorite way to stay on track with eating healthy is through blending vegetables into smoothies. A smoothie is not served in her home unless it contains green veggies… and maybe the occasional scoop of ice cream.
Fun Fact: My secret talent includes burning it up at the roller rink, roller blades only!
Erin graduated from The University of Akron with a double major in Nutrition & Dietetics and Environmental Nutrition. She understands that in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance you must show up and being present.
At the forefront, she is a mother to her daughter and leads by example while creating healthy habits at a young age. She instructs yoga for both adults and children, believing strongly in the importance of teaching children mindfulness and how to connect with their breathing. Erin believes that just as nutrition is the foundation for overall health and wellness, yoga is medicine for the mind and body.
Fun Fact: I am a pro at picking avocados—I always pick them when they are perfect to eat!
As a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s in Dietetics and an ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, Erin brings a wealth of experience to her role. She previously worked as a dietitian for the Lake County Health Department where she developed their ‘Health Works Program;' as well as a WIC Nutritionist for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, and a Clinical Dietitian with the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Systems.
Erin has become a master at building a plan to ensure proper nutrition alongside a beneficial exercise regime for each of her participants. When she’s not working or teaching fitness classes Erin stays busy caring for her young daughter. She also loves to cook healthy meals, including vegan chili, homemade pizza, and roasted veggie combos.
Fun Fact: Pickled onions are my favorite topping for a sandwich
Karlo is a Registered Dietitian with his advanced nutrition training completed at Cleveland Clinic. Prior to his training with Cleveland Clinic he completed his degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Hawai'i. While at the University of Hawai'i he researched the nutritional value of locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Karlo is enthusiastic about cooking and using creative methods to make food healthy, simple, and delicious. Karlo has a passion for weight lifting and believes physical activity should be empowering and fun.
Fun Fact: My dog jumps like a baby goat.
As a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s in Dietetics, Megan strives to makes nutritious food choices every day by planning her meals and snacks to include plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. As she finds new and creative ways to navigate the kitchen, she passes on her experiences with her participants, encouraging them to get outside their comfort zone and explore new ways to integrate health into their own lives.
Megan enjoys living a healthy lifestyle by trying new recipes, new foods, and exercising. Her favorite exercises are walking (usually with her dog), yoga, Pilates and cardio. Megan has two daughters and loves teaching them how to cook, getting them to try new foods and finding ways to sneak vegetables into their favorite meals. In her spare time she loves to read, spend time with her daughters, exercise, and be crafty!
Fun Fact: I stress bake instead of stress eat and then give it away to my family and friends.
Ruth has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She has worked with individuals in employment and school settings, educating them on the role of food choices on mood and performance and looking at holistic ways of managing emotional issues through healthy lifestyle, positive self-talk and diet.
Ruth strives to empower individuals in finding their own wellness through healthy food choices, physical activity and positive thinking. Through her own journey of tweaking her wellness behaviors and lifestyle over the year to accommodate the varying work demands and life span challenges, she is able to relate to participants on various levels. Her motto: “To nourish is to flourish”…She believes strongly in the practice of nourishing your life through positive choices.
Fun Fact: Sometimes I blast music at home, dance around and count it as my workout for the day
Teresa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education with studies in Nutrition, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hill University. As a former teacher who has always known that she wanted to help people, Teresa previously worked at Young Rembrandts SWPA, where she developed & taught Art to children ages 2 through 13. She also served as an Art Teacher at Serra Catholic High School for grades 9-12, and as an Instructor with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
As a coach, Teresa prides herself on finding creative ways to make fitness accessible to all at different stages in life. Teresa wants activities for her clients be creative, fun and as simple as possible. As a mom and wife, Teresa has also mastered the art of eating nutritiously on a budget and will share her finds with anyone who will listen.
Fun Fact: Africa by Toto is my favorite song EVER.
As a certified Exercise Physiologist, Zach has worked in the health and wellness field in several roles including personal training and physical therapy. He has helped clients with a variety of needs ranging from top performing athletes to individuals with degenerative diseases. He considers the individual as a whole and tailors services to their specific needs and abilities. Zach earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University where he focused on lifestyle modification, nutrition, and sports performance. He utilizes his educational background and his own experiences with weight loss and stress management to help motivate.
Zach believes that one of the biggest factors preventing people from attaining their goals is knowledge. He arms his participant with all the information they need to succeed.
Fun Fact: While at Penn State University, I joined the Powerlifting team which occasionally held tournaments with inmates at the local correctional facility. My top lift is a 3x bodyweight deadlift at 465 lbs.
Henry draws from his knowledge and experience in the Exercise Science when partnering with his clients. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a certified Pilates instructor and is working toward a Health Coach certification through Duke University’s Integrative Medicine program. Prior to health coaching, Henry worked as a Division I sports performance coach at the University of New York at Buffalo, Austin Peay State University and Longwood University in Virginia. He also instructed individuals and led group classes at several Club Pilates locations in northeast Ohio. Henry earned a BS in Kinesiology from Penn State University and a MS in Health and Human Performance from Austin Peay State University.
Henry takes a personalized approach with his clients, helping them create lasting habits and behaviors that improve their overall health and quality of life. He likes getting creative with people to find movement related activities and foods they enjoy.
Embracing a healthy lifestyle, Henry likes experimenting with new recipes, going for hikes in the Cleveland Metroparks, and practicing elements from the strength sports of strongman and powerlifting. In his free time he enjoys puzzles, and axe throwing.
Fun Fact: The more I practice yoga, the lower my husband's golf handicap.
Therese graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She received her Health and Wellness Coach training and certification at Duke, and is certified by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching. Her Yoga Teacher training was with the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga. Her background has focused on building programs for people with disabilities and older people.
As a Health Coach/Navigator with Cleveland Clinic eCoaching, Therese empowers people to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Gratitude with the mantra, "I GET TO..." is what motivates her every day to reach out and meet people where they are. She works with people in the areas of Tobacco Cessation, Weight Management and Emotional Well-Being. She also teaches yoga for the Cleveland Clinic.
Giving back to the Cleveland Clinic is a small token of the appreciation Therese has for all they have done to help so many people in her life. She is most grateful for her husband and children who have taught her invaluable life lessons. Whenever she can she heads west to visit her children in Colorado and California.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Marriage in Family Counseling and having background experience in clinical counseling, Ashley has worked with individuals, families, and children in creating beneficial change for a more enjoyable lifestyle. Counseling through these fast-paced, stressful environments, Ashley knows just what to do to make healthy choices stick.
Ashley is all about easy, quick snacks and meals that will pass the test of a picky toddler while still satisfying her Momma and Daddy’s taste buds. Her strong suit: Organization! She knows that prepping and planning ahead are keys to staying on track in a fast-paced life.
Data analysis & bug fixing
Tiffany obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration specializing in Management Information Systems from The Ohio State University. Whenever someone has a problem with their computer her favorite first question is “did you turn it off and turn it back on?”. Tiffany is avid 5K runner and has competed in some of the toughest Tough Mudder races across the country in support of the Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation – something that is near and dear to her heart.
Creative designer of online, print and video content
Creativity has always been a big part of Darryl’s life, whether it’s on the computer or behind the turntables. As a former DJ, he uses music to inspire his deigns, if you sneak up on him you’ll catch a glimpse of him singing and bobbing to music while he’s designing one of our many pieces.
Assists groups in assessing their Wellness culture and connecting them with the resources, such as eCoaching, needed to continue working towards their well-being goals
Health and well-being is an area of personal and professional passion for Ashley. She believes that all people are capable of living a fulfilling life and they just need the appropriate support to do so. Between working and managing her household of three young children and one dog and a husband, she finds that a good sense of humor, strong cup(s) of coffee, practicing gratitude, and daily exercise (even if it is just a few minutes alone on a treadmill or making a game out of planking and downward dog with the kids) helps keep her pitcher full so she can fill the cups of those around her.
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