My name is Katherine.I am a registered nurse, health coach,
and autoimmune disease survivor.
the paralyzing fear that comes with a new diagnosis,
the frustrating realization that physicians don’t have all the answers,
and the significant financial impact of paying for medical care.
About My History with Autoimmune Disease
When I was 18 years old, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I suffered for years, tried countless medications, endured multiple hospitalizations, and surgery appeared to be the only remaining option. When I was 21 years old, I graduated from nursing school. Despite my medical training, I still suffered debilitating symptoms that interfered with my daily life. When I was 25 years old, I made some major lifestyle changes. I learned to get to the root causes of my pain, fatigue, and digestive symptoms in order to heal.
About My Career As a Nurse
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2007 and wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do as a new nurse. I spent a few years in a number of clinical settings before I discovered my true passion – health coaching!
I received certification through the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy and Health Sciences Institute, as well as the Maryland University of Integrative Health. I also had the privilege of working on a research project at the University of California, Davis, evaluating the impact of health coaching and mobile technologies on patients with chronic illnesses.
These days, you will often find me in my car. I work as a hospice nurse and visit patients in their homes. While there are many challenges to this unique specialty, I find it rewarding to be able to show compassion to and honor the dignity dignity of individuals during a very vulnerable chapter in their lives.
Hospice nursing also provides me the opportunity to practice the foundations of holistic nursing that I cherish – caring for a whole person’s body, mind, and spirit, which I am also able to use in the work I do with my private coaching clients.
About My Life in California
After spending most of my life of the East Coast, I now live in the Sacramento, California, area with my husband. I love reading anything I can get my hands on, writing about health and wellness, creating new recipes in the kitchen, and walking in nature.
I also spend time each month volunteering in the local community and have found much joy in empowering women like yourself to take back control of their own health, to stop symptoms before they spiral into a full-blown flare-up, and to live an authentic life even in the face of chronic illness.