Each of us has our own deeply personal motivations for choosing the health and wellness field.
Those motivations, those insights into your calling to help others thrive, are your why. By tapping into your why, you can harness its power to drive you forward toward growth, success, and a meaningful and rewarding career.
For Jacalyn Brecher, MBA SEP of FMCA’s February 2018 class, her why has been driving her forward for decades. A lifelong learner (with the impressive resume to back up that title), Jacalyn has always found psychology, neuroscience, and spirituality fascinating. In raising her first daughter, born twenty-five years ago, Jacalyn’s interest in “why we’re all here and what makes us tick” took on a particularly personal meaning.
“My daughter was an exquisitely sensitive little being,” Jacalyn recalls. “She would whither under certain conditions and bloom spectacularly under others.” In searching for ways to help her daughter keep blooming, Jacalyn realized that a holistic approach, integrating things like food & herbs, circadian rhythms, kinesthetic play, and strength-based learning would serve not just her daughter, but the whole family.
She dove into the world of holistic and integrative medicine, starting down a path to what would become a passion for (and eventually a career in) health and wellness. In fact, Jacalyn was still working a full-time corporate job when she found her off-hours start to fill with peer coaching, acting as a consultant to families who were going through similar challenges. Later, upon retiring from corporate life, she decided to “follow my bliss” and go after the official coach credentials she’d been practicing informally for years.
So began her search for the right-fit coach training program. As she reviewed her options, she recalls feeling that many programs were missing something; she couldn’t put her finger on what it was. Having spent years following experts in the integrative and Functional Medicine world, including Mark Hyman, Sid Baker, Kelly Brogan, and Maya Shetreat-Klein, as well as attending James Maskell’s Functional Forums, Jacalyn was familiar with Functional Medicine. And then she found FMCA.
“As soon as I saw the curriculum,” she remembers, “I knew that FMCA’s unique connection to Functional Medicine was part of what I’d been waiting for. And when I saw how positive psychology had been incorporated into the program, I was sold!”
Like many of our eventual students, Jacalyn discovered FMCA before she was actually ready to jump in. She learned of our health coaching program while completing another training, and thought of adding FMCA to her plate seemed like too much. So while she finished that program, she started learning about FMCA. Jacalyn attended every program Q&A, every webinar, every open house session with the FMCA founders. And she liked what she heard! Once she was ready, Jacalyn applied, was accepted, and enrolled.
Having gone through many trainings before, she came into FMCA with high expectations—and was pleasantly surprised by the robust and engaging course materials she found at FMCA. It’s the “rich and thoughtful curriculum, sophisticated and passionate faculty, and diverse and committed student body” that impressed her so much.
“I am a spiritual seeker and health geek at heart,” Jacalyn says, “so I am really in heaven just studying this material.” And like many students, she cites the interactive parts of training as the most rewarding and impactful on her learning. By collaborating with fellow cohort members on assignments, asking questions of inspiring Functional Medicine lecturers, and solidifying her skills during hands-on student coaching exercises, she’s getting a lot out of her time with FMCA so far!
Always with an eye to the future, Jacalyn is starting to envision her next steps. After graduation from FMCA, she’s planning to touch even more lives in her unique niche. “My goal is to expand my practice of working with families who are struggling with a child’s acute or chronic health condition, be it physical, developmental or emotional.” She sees her FMCA training as a natural complement to her previous work in trauma resolution, attachment repair, neurodevelopment, and parenting, all with a goal of “further empowering families to take charge in their own health and wellbeing.”
That empowerment she tapped into as a mother nurturing a sensitive child, and again as a new coach sharing her knowledge with others—that’s a feeling she’s on a mission to spread. And with a clear connection to and focus on her why and a vision for how to accomplish her goals, we know there’s no standing in Jacalyn’s way!