I’m one of the lucky ones whose passion, purpose and profession are perfectly intertwined with one another. Twenty years ago, I left my native community of Englewood (Chicago) as a first-generation college student. I had no money and no solid plan but I did have lofty ambitions of changing people’s lives in healthy ways.
Solely motivated by my own ambitions, I earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology and Movement Science, and simultaneously completed a Clinical Massage Therapy Sciences diploma program. I also earned professional certifications in exercise physiology and group exercise after which I launched my first health consulting company.
This was the point at which I began to design my own personalized system to support healthy living and self-care behaviors among people with various goals ranging from weight loss to chronic disease management.
My personal philosophy is simple: Self-care is medicine and an enabler of good health. This might sound a bit cliché, but, for better or for worse, by taking good care of ourselves, we can have tremendous sway over our health and longevity.
These days we are seeing the glimmerings of very sophisticated, consumer-centric and patient-focused options aimed at supporting self-care behaviors. However, their overall success and impact on health outcomes is highly contingent on whether people are willing and able use them.
My intent is to work directly with people, academic institutions, healthcare organizations and businesses to develop better quality programs, products and services that effectively improve self-care practices and, ultimately, lead to better health outcomes.
The information I provide in articles and blogs is solely for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you’re concerned about your health, contact a physician for medical advice.