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Meet Shelley Bitzer

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Shelley Bitzer, a National Board Certified, Functional Medicine Health Coach (FMCHC NBHWC), is dedicated to supporting individuals who are in pursuit of a healthier, more vibrant life. In concert with the rest of the care team, she and the patient explore lifestyle routines that support the patient care plan and help to see it to fruition. Shelley works with the patient to identify their vision of optimal health, and together they co-create an achievable action plan to ensure long-term sustainable change.

She is a ‘no judgment' accountability partner who provides ongoing support as patients navigate their plans and begin to Thrive. Through the lens of her own personal experience in recovering from chronic illness, Shelley provides each patient with a unique, personal support system to supplement their work with Dr. Johnson. She sees the whole person, inspires transformation, and empowers patients to become their own health advocate. Throughout the coaching process, Shelley encourages her patients to take pride in their accomplishments, celebrate their victories, and find Joy in the journey.


Shelley is the founder of Thrive Within Reach Health Coaching and  co-founder of the SPARK Corporate Wellness Program. She also  co-authored Simply Made Well: wholesome recipes and lifestyle tips to nourish mind, body, and spirit. In her free time, Shelley enjoys paddleboarding, gardening, and spending special time with family and friends.

Shelley's hope is for dynamic health to be attainable and sustainable for anyone and everyone. Patients achieve this goal by working with Shelley to implement the personalized Wellness Plans created by Dr. Johnson with a results-driven approach that lasts and, in turn, helps patients achieve their health goals and protect against major health issues.


Why Work with a Health Coach?


Statistics show that most people know what to do to be healthy but only 6% achieve their goals. This is because general knowledge and specific instructions of WHAT to do and even HOW to do it isn’t enough to make desired changes.  


This is why a Health Coach is necessary to achieve long-term health and wellness goals. Almost everyone faces certain challenges when it comes to maintaining health and everyone has unique challenges. Creating a healthy and balanced body through proper nutrition and exercise can prevent and even reverse many disease states without medications.


Health coaches take a customized approach based on your individual needs and goals as no one wellness plan is exactly the same. They help to zero in on your singular strengths, then help you to engage those strengths in order to reach your health goals. At the same time, health coaches identify your greatest areas of struggle and provide the support needed to overcome those struggles.


Health Coaches are accountability partners who can help you break down big goals into small steps that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely (SMART). Consider your health coach as your ally, your guide, and a member of your healthcare team. A health coach will help you to discover and tap into your own inner motivation that will support you as you create lifestyle changes that are sustainable for YOU.

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