Nancy Laurenson, MSc., NBC-HWC is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) with more than 25 years of experience in health care. Her focus has centered on programs that promote wellness and improve the physical well-being and emotional health of participants. Nancy received her master’s degree in Human and Applied Physiology from Kings College, London UK and trained as a Certified Integrative Health Coach at Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coaching Program. She took the National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaching in 2017 and re-certified in 2020. In addition to focusing on individual and group coaching, Nancy has designed, facilitated, and managed programs and workshops that address chronic disease, rehabilitation and physical injury, and cognitive and mental health disease, with a focus on lifestyle management and behavior change using an integrative model of care. Recently, Nancy developed and implemented from start to full execution the Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching programs at Barton Health’s Wellness Department and for VA Palo Alto, Polytrauma Department. Her health coaching experience was informed in part by her foundational work in integrative medicine with the Total Atherosclerosis Management Program (TAM) at Cardiology Associates of Marin and San Francisco. This experience was furthered during her work in cancer, heart disease and intensive cardiac rehab at Ornish Lifestyle Medicine and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI). These positions were pivotal turning points in her career direction. Nancy is committed to the value and benefits of an integrative approach to behavioral health and chronic disease management: an approach that bridges the gap between an allopathic outlook using a western view of drug therapy and surgery with a complementary approach that helps heal and support patients. In her work, she has experienced first-hand the transformation that comes from health and wellness coaching and bringing physical activity/exercise, balanced nutrition, social/group support, stress management therapies and healing elements together as part of an overall treatment program for all individuals with any form of health-care need. Nancy’s goal is to help clients thrive in a partnership that targets a whole health approach to wellness. This is achieved by empowering individuals in their decisions to improve their health and make changes in their behavior and lifestyle.
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