Coaches, Entrepreneurs, Business Partners | Student Spotlight: Joan Dickason and Joanne Pappas Nottage

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Graduating from FMCA is a proud accomplishment full of excitement, commitment, and inspiration! And even with the nurturing support of the FMCA community, starting your own coaching practice—being a “solo-preneur”—might seem daunting. FMCA alumni and entrepreneur coaches Joan Dickason and Joanne Pappas Nottage know this well. With backgrounds in coaching and marketing respectively, Joan and…
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“Functional Medicine saved my life” | Student Spotlight: Shelley Bitzer

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“When you’re trying to get to a diagnosis for proper treatment, you need empathy, direction, guidance and education…and I get it, because I lived that nightmare.” How has your own health journey impacted your approach to healing? For FMCA alumna Shelley Bitzer, living through a chronic illness nightmare exposed the pain and dysfunction of the…
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Why the Hands-On Coaching Skills I Learned at FMCA are ‘Good for Business’ | Student Spotlight: Donovan Maycock

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Every coach training program should teach both theory AND practice, but many focus on theory alone—they don’t show you how to effectively apply what they’re teaching you. Coaches who know all the answers but don’t have the skills to get through to their clients are unintentionally missing the opportunity to make a real impact. They’re…
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Putting the Pieces Together to Ignite Behavior Change | Student Spotlight: Ashley Howell

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Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches are transforming the healthcare landscape. They’re bringing together diverse approaches to wellness and making them actionable and accessible through positive psychology coaching. This translation—taking health and wellness concepts and implementing them via action plans for sustainable behavior change—is why a Health Coach is a critical part of any practice’s collaborative…
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When Conventional Healthcare Lets You Down | Student Spotlight: Julie Kenney

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The Functional Medicine movement continues to grow. And as The Institute for Functional Medicine trains more and more practitioners in this groundbreaking model, we at The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy will continue to train Health Coaches to partner with them. Across the spectrum—practitioners, coaches, patients—so many people find their way to Functional Medicine when the…
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Setting Comparisons Aside to Find the Root of Your Well Being | Student Spotlight: Heather Aardema

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A defining feature of the Functional Medicine approach is the recognition of individuals as unique, and of each person’s health and wellness needs as unique, too. But it’s easy to find yourself making comparisons to others (and applying judgments about who’s “doing better” at being healthy). Overcoming this drive to compare and instead embracing our…
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