Hi! I’m Amelia.
I'm so glad you’re here. ❤️
My name means “industrious”, and that drive to work hard is a good summary of what led me to the lowest and highest points in my life. The difference was in the way I was supporting my energy and treating myself. The journey between those two points is why I'm now here connecting with you.
At my lowest point, I was burnt out, exhausted, and deeply regretting my decision to become a veterinarian. 😞
At my highest point - where I am now - I’ve recovered from burn out and allowed myself to be the multi-passionate human that I am.
As an integrative health and life coach, I'm here to help you unleash your most confident, energized, healthy self in a way that feels like a breath of fresh air. 🙌🏻
My coaching and programs are effective, because I really truly get it.
I get what it’s like to feel stressed and exhausted but to assume that’s how it has to be if you want to have a successful career, the body you want, and to have everyone like you.
But I promise, it doesn’t.
I’ve been there when it feels like you keep trying to find solutions and nothing is working.
That’s why I’m really good at helping people who feel like they’ve tried everything and nothing has worked.
I’ve created a life that makes me excited to get out of bed in the morning. And I’m here to help you create that life for you in a way that adds pleasure, ENERGY, and fulfillment every step of the way.
I know what it’s like...
to keep promising yourself, “as soon as I do this then I’ll take a break”, and for that break to never actually happen because other things keep coming up and since you know you REALLY need a break, you want it to feel extra good which means you need to get everything done before you can rest. Except more things just keep coming and the rest never happens...
to finally admit that something doesn’t feel right in your body and to make the time to see a doctor for help. And I know what it’s like to keep pursuing tests and for them to come back normal and for the Dr to dismiss your signs. I know what it’s like to start wondering if it’s in your head or if you’re just going to have to live with it and to feel defeated that you can’t get help even though you want it.
I know what it’s like...
to let the number on the scale determine if it’s going to be a day where you feel good about yourself and maybe even go a little lax on the rules or a day when you need to be “super good” (ie too restrictive).
to be “healthy” but to also live with the underlying fear that if you’re not totally consistent, careful about what you eat, and working out intensely every day it will all go away overnight
I know what it’s like...
to wake up with anxiety, dreading the day, and immediately thinking about how much you can’t wait to get home from work so you have a tiny amount of free time before you have to do it all again the next day.
to get out of work and to feel both numb and totally irritated and to have the strong desire to drink so you don’t have to feel anything and can just escape.
I know what it’s like..
to try as hard as you possibly can and to fail. And to wonder if you’re never going to be able to achieve your dream no matter how hard you try.
to think “this email will only take a second” and for it to take an eternity, to reword and reread it countless times, to feel frustrated with yourself that it’s taking so long, and to finally send it and immediately think about all the reasons everything you just sent was cringe worthy.
I've been there.
And I know that it feels TRULY life changing and liberating AF when you break free from the cycles that were draining you and weighing you down. Even better, I know how to help you find that freedom one doable step at at time. It's not nearly as intimidating or impossible as you may think.
Having to experience all of those really hard things and low points in my life is why I created my coaching programs and why I’m really good at helping my clients not only achieve their original goals (like decreasing stress, taking better care of themselves, eating better, losing weight, etc.), but also helping them achieve something even better:
A new way of experiencing life in a way that feels so much gentler, kinder, empowering, fulfilling, and energizing.
I have a lot of tools in my tool box to support you because I can't stop learning...
I've spent the past 18+ years continuing to expand my understanding of how the body and mind work and learning how to problem-solve in a holistic way. When you work with me, you get all this knowledge boiled down into one simple step at at time.
- Wheaton College - BA degree in biology + pre-med (2009)
- University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (2014) - VMD
- VBMA - business certificate
- Curacore - veterinary medical acupuncture
- Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) - Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
- Ethical Coaching Collective and International Association of Counselors and Therapists - certified integrative change worker and life coach
- Center for Integrative Hypnosis - certified integrative hypnotist from the
- PQ program for coaches
- Fear free certified
- Additional courses in gut health + unshaming
- Endless books, podcasts, and research studies - every day I learn something new and I get to bring that into my coaching and programs
Integrative change work is one of the coolest tools I have in my tool box for creating sustainable change at the unconscious level.
I learned the hard way that when you think it’s normal for the journey to drain those things, even if you achieve your goals and dreams it doesn’t feel like you think it will. It feels fragile, exhausting, and hard.
When I was burnt out, I experienced first-hand the limitations of our current approach to health and wellness. Since then, I have spent years sorting through all the misguided and contradictory health recommendations out there to answer this question, “If being healthy is supposed to feel good, why is the norm to be sick, overweight, or unhappy?”.
The more I learn, the more I am both frustrated by systems that set us up to fail and comforted seeing how intimately connected everything is. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the complexities of how our bodies and minds work, yet it’s actually quite simple:
When we honor our whole selves – body, mind, and heart - and prioritize basic necessities everything starts to go back into balance.
When we put our oxygen masks on first, the relationship that we have with ourselves, those around us, and our earth becomes so much more enjoyable and sustainable.
Here are some of the rabbit holes I’ve gone down that have influenced my coaching style and programs:
- Self directed neuroplasticity (the ability to change and rewire your brain)
- Therapeutic memory reconsolidation
- Hypnosis and coaching the unconscious mind
- Gut health
- Blood sugar regulation and continuous glucose monitors
- Functional medicine
I was stuck in survival mode for YEARS without even realizing it, caused by trauma I didn’t even know had happened. Ultimately, that led me down a path to physical and mental burnout. This is why one of the first things I do when I connect with someone is provide them with tools to start to feel safe.
Ever since I was little, I’ve seemed like the responsible one who has my act together. For about 30 years, I thought I knew exactly who I was and what I wanted. So it was a real curveball when I realized neither of those things were true.
Being the nice, quiet, driven, high-achieving, level-headed, peacemaker who could do it all led me straight to the lowest point in my life. Not exactly what I had planned. Which sucked because my whole life and identity had been centered around that plan.
When I was 6, I declared that I wanted to become a veterinarian and that was that. I followed the rules, worked hard, and turned my dream into a reality. Except my dream felt more like a nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from.
From the outside, I had it all: dream job, beautiful home, wonderful husband, cute dogs, nice vacations, a “healthy” body, and a smile on my face. On the inside, it was a very different story. I was miserable, filled with regret, uncomfortable in my body, and exhausted. I was burnt out physically and mentally.
My body and heart gave me plenty of clear warning signs leading up to burn out, but my brain was running the show telling me everything was normal and I trusted it. The messages from society and even doctors further reassured me that everything was fine which is why I felt stuck and confused for a long time. I didn’t feel good, but I was doing everything I was supposed to do and everything was “normal”.
At that point, I was experiencing random crippling stomach aches, bloating by the end of the day, brain fog every afternoon, and I felt exhausted despite eating healthy and working out. Every morning, my first thought was “I can’t wait for work to be over”. On my days off, I dreaded having to go back. I couldn’t wait for retirement. I was literally wishing away decades of my life.
It would be easy for me to blame external factors about my job and profession that led me to the lowest point in my life, but that wouldn’t be the full truth.
It wasn’t my circumstances that led me to burnout, it was my trauma response.
I didn’t know that at the time, because 1) I didn’t think I was THAT stressed, and 2) I had zero clue I had encountered a trauma. Without me realizing it, my body had permanently shifted into survival mode in an effort to keep me safe and loved. It’s really hard to recover from something you don’t even know is happening.
The trauma response that originated to protect me led me to the lowest point in my life. My identity was tied to my trauma response (like people-pleasing, perfectionism, and never being able to slow down), and yet it disconnected me from who I was and what I truly needed to feel alive. My brain had taken over causing me to ignore my body and heart when those were the parts of me that were trying to tell me what I needed to feel whole.
My heart was telling me that something was missing in my life. That this wasn’t “it”. But my brain used a toxic combination of gratitude and judgment to gaslight me. “You have so much to be grateful for! I know you’re stressed, but you’re not THAT stressed. Also, maybe if you were just better at your job you wouldn’t be so stressed. Regardless, this is the job you’ve always dreamed about and you LOVE it…remember? You’re totally fine. Also, you spent your entire life working towards this and you have massive student loans so there’s no turning back now. P.s. Don’t even think about splurging on the extra guac at Chipotle until you’ve paid off your student loans.”
My body was trying to tell me it was stuck in a trauma response, but my brain dismissed the warning signs and led me to do the exact opposite of what I needed. “Those crippling stomach aches you get are weird but doctors said everything is normal, so it must just be one of your weird quirks. And it does kind of seem like you get spacey in the afternoons, but everyone probably does. Also, those things can’t be related to stress, because you’re SO good at stress management! Even though you’re crazy busy, you always make time for a super intense workout. And I know you’re feeling kind of ready for a break, but you know what would make that break feel even BETTER? Cleaning and re-organizing the entire house! Yeah! Then, when you rest for like an hour it will feel so good because you won’t have that nagging feeling that you still need to do that. Althouuugh, now that I think of it, have you scheduled that appointment? You know what, scratch the break. The things on your to-do list are what’s causing stress, so let’s just power through and get it ALL done. That is going to feel SO good and then you won’t be stressed!”
Notice how good my brain was at dismissing all the red flags that something wasn’t right because it thought it knew what was best for me. You cannot let one part of you – body, mind, or heart – take over or you will lose an important part of yourself.
How do you reconnect with yourself? By listening, ditching judgment, and getting curious.
The moment that I started to recover from burnout and reconnect with myself was the moment I stopped judging myself and my circumstances long enough to get curious and to question the beliefs that were keeping me stuck. Curiosity leads to awareness which is the key to change.
The question that started a ripple effect of change was “If your student loans, all the years you invested in becoming a vet, and what others expected of you didn’t matter, what would you do?” That was the moment I started to free myself from the unconscious chains that had been holding me back from seeing what was possible. I started to reconnect with my body and heart so I could heal and feel whole again. It’s what led me down the path of becoming a health and life coach, and it’s why the most important thing I can teach you is how to listen to and respect your body.
Every time you ditch judgment and embrace curiosity about what your body, mind, or heart are telling you, you will become more connected with and aware of who you truly are and what you need. When you do this, you will be unstoppable.
I spent way too many years feeling stuck, confused, and miserable as I exhausted myself doing all the wrong things. Looking back, I’m grateful for the challenges I experienced because it led me to where I am now – feeling at home in my body even when things feel hard or scary and ready to create positive change in this world in a big way.
I’m not just words on a screen – I’m a human and I’m here for you. Please feel free to reach out – I’d love to hear your story and to connect you the resource that helps you to feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.