1/3/2010 - 9/16/2023
Our Legacy & The Heart of Our Brand
I rescued Buddy when he was 10 months old after I had stalked his profile on PetFinder.com while I finished an internship across the country - rescuing him will forever be one of the BEST days of my life!
After sharing almost 13 years of my life with sweet Buds, he supported me through so many difficult life transitions and challenging times over the years - he could make me laugh at his goofy ways, he could comfort me with his soothing energy, and he could help me get out of bed on days when it felt the hardest.
I wanted to capture Buddy's personality and energy in our brand, because he is the inspiration for WHY we do what we do! I've relied heavily on veterinary teams throughout Buddy's lifetime to provide the highest quality care - from the time he broke his canine in half trying to escape his crate as a puppy, to recent discussions about his quality of life as a senior dog.
We are forever grateful to the teams that have cared for Buddy throughout his lifetime, and that's why we've dedicated our business and brand to supporting YOU.
As a double board-certified lifestyle medicine professional and health and wellness coach, I am trained to use therapeutic lifestyle interventions to coach veterinary professionals on adopting health promoting habits that support physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
I have firsthand experience witnessing the dedication of veterinary professionals in their careers while I worked as an animal trainer. After transitioning to a role coaching human healthcare professionals during COVID, I recognized the need for more support resources for veterinary medicine given the unique occupational challenges faced within the industry.
Using my training in mental health, well-being coaching, and lifestyle medicine, I dedicated my business to include comprehensive well-being solutions to support veterinary professionals, teams, and organizations.
Clinical Psychology, M.A.
Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional
Health Educator at a hospital system of 23K+ employees
Former Clinician Well-Being Coach at a hospital system of 20K+ employees
Expert for Inlightened
Lake Nona Performance Club Medical Advisory Council
Secretary - Fitness and Medicine Member Interest Group, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Stress First Aid Facilitator
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)
Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Originally, our brand name was Mind-Body-Thrive Lifestyle because I had started my business with more of a general population focus. It captured our well-being messaging just fine, but as I started focusing in on veterinary professionals I wanted something that would more clearly share who we serve and what we do...
That's how the Veterinary Well-Being Buddy brand came to be! Not only that...but as Buddy continues to age, I wanted to bring him front and center to our brand - so our new logo is extra special to me:
The hand in the logo? It's an outline of mine.
And the paw?? It's an outline of Buddy's paw print!
(I know, I know...I'm crying too!)