Holistic Health Coach
Colleen Kachmann is a coach, writer, teacher, yogi, mother of 4 (+3 stepkids), and personal chef. She has been sober since April, 2020, and is working on her certification as a professional recovery coach. She has a B.S. in science education and a MSc in health coaching with a specialty in applied nutrition. She also successfully completed the Professional Training Program through the Women’s Integrative Medicine Institute.
Her career began in the high school classroom, where she taught biology and chemistry. She took her passion for teaching to the wellness industry, earning certifications in personal training, group-exercise and as a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200). She now coaches clients with her unique lifestyle approach to holistic “self-health.”
Colleen has always loved to cook. She “went vegan” in 2009, and has evolved into an off-label, plant-based whole foodie. Her recipes are free of meat and dairy, with minimal sugar and oil. She loves to design high-fiber and protein meals that taste as good as they look.
Colleen has also discovered the limitless joy of an alcohol-free life. She considers sobriety to be her super-power. She doesn’t believe that everyone needs to abstain; however, she does suggest that people “focus first on whatever addiction is killing them the fastest.”
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Before earning an MSc in health coaching, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (Shout out to IIN grads!) where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
I studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts including:
Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Deepak Chopra, MD leader in the field of mind-body medicine
David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that improve your autonomy, energy and happiness.
Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, uncovering your own motivation to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.