The WholeYou Weight Wellness Team
Leisa Deutsch MD
Weight Wellness Coach
Hi! I am Leisa Deutsch and I am thrilled to be joining Wholist and have the opportunity to guide you on your journey to be the happiest, healthiest, WholeYou that you can be.
I started swimming at the age of three, ultimately competing as a Division I college athlete at Davidson College, where I was a distance freestyle record holder in the late '90s.
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I have always taken pride in myself as an endurance athlete and generally healthy person, but somewhere along the way I lost myself.
Between long hours at work as an ER doctor, being on-call for regional diving emergencies, and being a mom to a toddler with endless energy, I found myself exercising less and eating what was fast and convenient. Sound familiar?
So many excuses - no time to cook, too many diets to choose from and nothing seemed sustainable. I finally reached a point that I needed to make time for myself and take charge of my diet and daily habits. Not only to improve my health and wellness, but also so I could set a good example for my son and better educate my patients.
Through Wholist, I have learned to make healthy, lasting changes for myself and my family. The results have been amazing! In just 12 weeks, I saw pounds and inches just melt away, I have more energy and sleep better - all while eating real food that tastes delicious.
It has been empowering to regain control of my life and continue learning more about my body than what I learned during medical school. I am honored and humbled to be a part of Wholist and to help others on this amazing 12-week journey - and beyond!
Karen Mangum MS, RDN, LD
Weight Wellness Coach
With 30 years' experience as a registered dietitian, Karen has helped hundreds of clients make life-long changes in their health through sound, evidence-based weight management principles.
She has over 17 years' experience in bariatric (weight loss surgery) medicine, where she focused on individual needs as well as group coaching and bi-monthly cooking classes.
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She loves to create recipes - which came in handy while raising five active kids! In fact, she wrote for Cooking Light and Weight Watchers magazines for years and now manages her own food blog at www.insidekarenskitchen.com. Check it out for quick and easy, nourishing and delicious recipes which remind us that healthy eating means fantastic food with awesome flavors, eaten with intention and love.
She is an expert in Intuitive Eating Principles which include Mindful Eating practices - guides to making peace with food with a resolve to support ourselves with loving acceptance. Karen's professional passion and greatest joy is helping her clients seek life-changing solutions to their desired health goals.
Cathy Adolph MS, RDN, CPT
Weight Wellness Coach
With twenty years of fitness and nutrition experience, Cathy is an expert in all aspects of wellness coaching.
She not only holds a degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition, but she is also a Registered Dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer and a USA Track & Field Coach. Her passion is working with clients who not only want to get stronger or lose weight but who want to be well-rounded in all aspects of their lives.
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Cathy is an expert at combining movement therapy, nutrition counseling and personal goal setting for her clients. She is a competitive marathon runner and avid Ironman triathlete who enjoys living a very healthy lifestyle.
Known for her great listening skills, Cathy has years of experience encouraging people to become their best selves by getting adequate sleep, feeding themselves properly, exercising regularly, using proven stress reduction techniques and listening to their intuition when it comes to living well.
Her passion is to empower regular people – those with too much stress, bad food choices and not enough support – to become the best they can be!
Cathy has coached nutrition & personal training clients with the following conditions: Cancer, Diabetes, Joint Replacement, Morbid Obesity, Heart Disease, IBS, Colitis & Crohn’s Disease, Sports Nutrition, Pre- & Post-Surgery, Pregnancy, Teen Obesity, Auto-Immune Disorders, Depression, Autism and more. She also has experience with all age ranges from pre-teen to the elderly.
Cathy sees wonderful results with her clients based upon her knowledge, experience and gentle leadership.
Katie Nelson RN
Weight Wellness Coach
Katie Nelson is an emergency nurse, parent to two brilliant and busy little boys with her equally brilliant and busy husband, head of household logistics, traveler, foodie, and amateur chef.
Katie has struggled with her weight, body image, on/off dieting for nearly her whole life, so she knows how hard the struggle is to get to a body and mind that makes you feel strong, confident, and content.
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Katie was in Wholist's first Weight Wellness group and saw firsthand how powerful the right science and mindset can be in helping you reaching your goals and she is so excited to share this journey with you.
Katie has bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and nursing, has worked as a paramedic and an athletic trainer, and has always pursued self-enrichment through learning about nutrition, exercise, and wellness.
Heather Hammerstedt MD MPH
Weight Wellness Coach
I’ve watched my friends, and myself, struggle to figure out what the “right” thing to do is with nutrition and weight management.
We are all bright, successful, educated and powerful mommas, many of us with medical or other higher-level degrees and great jobs. But the amount of noise and conflicting advice was overwhelming and we all felt confused and shamed by our “willpower” issues around food.
So, I deep dived (because I’m a biochemist and a doctor, with training in integrative nutrition, and naturally persistent and stubborn).
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I started sleeping better, focused better at work, lost the last bit of my weight and at 40 found my best body and my best fitness.
I love talking to clients and sharing what I know. I’m told I am kind and supportive as a coach and that I help people make decisions within their own life with no judgement.
I’m also an emergency physician, a mom, a wife, a global health educator, and a believer in the capacity of people to work together to create impactful solutions. I’m happy to be on your team!
PREMIUM MINDSET TEAM
Shola Ezeokoli MD
Wholist Premium Mindset Coach, Balance with Dr Shola Life Coach
I am Dr. Shola Ezeokoli, the vibrant and innovative CEO and founder of Balance With Dr. Shola LLC. I am an ICF certified professional life coach, corporate and conference speaker, #1 Amazon Best-selling Author, and triple licensed internal medicine physician.
I started my career as a medical doctor, but my passion for helping people go to the next level of their lives lead me into public speaking, writing, and professional coaching.
I help professional women live burnout and stress free lives by teaching them to create lives of balance and total life harmony through my coaching programs.
In the weight wellness space, I help clients uncover and change limiting mindsets that prevent you from stepping up to your healthiest self. I also help strategize the best plans, working with your busy schedule to keep you on track with your goals for a healthy weight and self image..
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Dr. Shola is a board certified internist and an ICF certified life coach. Over four sessions over the next 12 weeks, she will help you uncover and change limiting mindsets that prevent you from stepping up to your healthiest self. Through motivational interviewing as well as traditional coaching methods, together you will strategize the best plans, work within your busy schedule to keep you on track with your goals for a healthy weight and self image. Having struggled with weight and body image issues herself, and having done the inner work required for her change and growth, she will be with you every step of the way, offering support, empathy, understanding and motivation. By the end of your sessions you will have the correct mindset, more confidence and a “can do” attitude. This will keep you on track by not only inspiring you not only to lose weight, but to maintain your weight loss over the long term, and tackle the rest of life as it comes.
Wendy Lau MD
Wholist Mindset Coach, Living Meditation Teacher
While training and working as an emergency medicine physician at some of New York’s busiest hospitals, Dr. Wendy Lau began recognizing the challenge that working in the ER was having on her mind and body.
She turned to yoga and meditation, first as a coping strategy, but it soon opened up a much deeper path of consciousness and spiritual growth.
She brought her awakening to the ER, completely transforming the way she practiced medicine. It enabled her to be calm, focused and present with every patient, whatever the challenges she faced.
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Wendy is a Living Meditation Teacher and did her yoga teacher training at Abhaya Yoga, New York. She undertook numerous intense, spiritual pilgrimages to India, deepening her own journey and constantly growing her daily practice.
She began sharing her unique approach - which is a combination of her medical training and her own journey - with other doctors and soon realized that her path was in teaching.
Today she shares her unique skill set not only with medical practitioners, but also with seekers from all walks of life.
Dr. Lau is a co-director of the Upaya Zen Center’s Nomads Clinic, where she leads a group of medical volunteer on a seva pilgrimage to the far reaches of high-altitude Nepal each year, to share medicine with those who would not otherwise receive it.
Whether Dr. Lau is sharing her skills in a voluntary capacity or is working with individuals or groups, she is practical, approachable and works with a lot of heart. She is deeply motivated to the service of others.
"During your weight wellness program, we will meet online to create the right speech, right path, right mind to get you to your goals.
Meditation is a very beneficial addition to a wholistic weight loss program because for a lot of people, the motivation to weight loss is body-shame with a root cause of deep wounds from our past resulting in a deficiency in self-love.
Weight loss programs that don't address self-love or teach us to love our bodies however it looks may temporarily change our weight, but they will not change our relationship to our bodies that lets us naturally care for our bodies in a healthy way.
The spiritual coaching and meditation that I teach focuses on love and our relationship with ourselves and how we can heal our deep emotional wounds in order to show up in the world and give our unique gifts fearlessly."
Jenny Harps MA, CCHT
Wholist Mindset Coach, Awake and Aware Hypnotherapy
Jenny Harps holds a BA from Gonzaga University and an MA from Stanford University. She is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, and a Diplomat of Visionary Craniosacral Work.
She has completed in-depth studies in Effective Communication, Relationship Building Skills and Awareness Meditation Practices. She brings these therapeutic approaches to her private integrative therapy practice, Awake & Aware (JennyHarps.com).
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In practice since 1992, Jenny teaches and facilitates Effective Communication and works with children, adults, families, and couples to free themselves from physical and emotional pain and meet the present moment with clarity.
To effectively invite your body to arrive at and sustain a comfortable weight you must clear the memories, habits, emotions, life situations, and understandings that lie at its root.
Using Alchemical Hypnotherapy you and I will respectfully and powerfully explore all that is involved in your current weight and empower you to shift it.
And we’ll have fun doing it.
Alchemical Hypnotherapy uses a medium trance in which you are consciously aware, participating and communicating with me, and at the same time, accessing the emotions and information that have previously blocked you from enjoying your slimmer self. You are always in command of the material we access and can tell me when you want to go deeper and when you feel ready to stop.
Throughout your weight wellness program, we will meet virtually to complete your mindset transformation. Each session begins with a thorough review of where you are now, where you want to be, and what you feel is most important today.
With your permission, I access not only my (over two decades of) experience as a hypnotherapist but also my extensive intuitive training to guide us as directly as possible to the center of the issue. I then gently invite you into hypnosis through guided visualization and relaxation.
Each session follows your natural flow - we work and play with what offers itself for healing that day. We may revisit and clear old memories, discover more satisfying ways to meet the emotional needs that food has been meeting, and create positive changes in your life in general to support your new self.
We will always access your own powerful inner guidance so that, in the long run, you become your own therapist for your weight and for your whole life.
Dr. Sean Orr
Board Certified Neurologist and NeuroCoach
Dr. Orr is a board certified neurologist who, throughout his career has been passionately devoted to improving the neurological health of the world, and as a NeuroCoach, he believes that individual cognitive capability is a direct determinant of one’s well-being and longevity.
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Most change initiatives or coaching programs focus on quick fixes that really don’t sustain or endure, leading to frustration and a sense of helplessness. In contrast, NeuroCoaching is an approach to helping you make transformative changes by teaching and guiding you through a process of greater self-awareness and sustained mindfulness. It relies upon the notion of embodied consciousness to accelerate the process of sustained self-transformation.
Your body and your brain are part of one system, and the two influence each other in a bidirectional way. Being overweight results in a series of damaging changes to the brain that degrade cognitive function and reduce your quality of life.
Spontaneous weight loss is possible when you make positive changes that improve the structure and function of your brain. NeuroCoaching deals with certain topics in a way that is very understandable so that you feel engaged, drawn in, and excited to apply your new knowledge. It also uses processes that make your self-transformation easier and more enjoyable.
A few topics that Dr Orr, as your mindset NeuroCoach, can work with you on include:
- Why the brain is the master control center for your weight and body composition.
- Brain structures and hormones that regulate your appetite.
- How to reverse the damage that impairs brain function and metabolic regulation.
- The impact of emotional stress and trauma on brain and nerve function.
- Food choices, inflammation, and the neurochemical changes that make weight loss difficult.
- Burnout and the frontal lobes: How mental fatigue reduces our insight and ability to make healthy choices.
- The effect of sleep patterns and growth hormone secretion on your weight.
- How sleep deprivation sabotages your metabolism.
- The Glymphatic System, brain debris, neuroinflammation, and your body composition.
- The three dominant theories of aging and how they impact your brain function and weight.
- Weight, insulin resistance, leptin resistance, and the anti-aging proteins.
- Neurotransmitters and their role in driving your appetite.
- Neuroplasticity: The ability of the brain to change in response to environmental demands.
- Epigenetics: How our thoughts, attitudes, and environment alter our genes and body composition.