Meet Your Coaches
Senior Health & Wellbeing Coach
- 07305 059541
Practices: You'll most likely see me if you go to Cranleigh Gardens Medical Centre or Polden Medical Centre.
I'm really interested in: My background is in helping people develop healthy posture and movement patterns; I am especially interested in chronic pain and how we can use movement and healthy lifestyle to live well with pain. I've lived with pain since childhood and I think that helps me relate to the barriers that our patients face when trying to be more active.
I'm really passionate that everyone has a right to access good health, and that means making movement and physical activity available and rewarding for all kinds of people living in all kinds of bodies.
I like to move by: I'm a bellydancer and dance, music and community are really important motivators for me to get moving. I love being out in nature, I walk my dogs and garden. Strength sports are my favourite (I don't have the co-ordination for most other sports), ever since I watched Geoff Capes on the TV as a kid I wanted to have a go at picking up the big things. Getting stronger is incredibly empowering!
Something else about me: I keep ducks, they are just the best.
Health & Wellbeing Coach
- 07305 101632
Practices: I will be available at Redgate and Somerset Bridge Medical Centres.
I'm really interested in: My background is in health psychology and helping people with chronic health conditions to overcome barriers to being more active. I am interested in helping people find ways to exercise that they really enjoy and are passionate about.
I like to move by: I practice martial arts and teach self-defence. I like that it doesn't feel like a chore and I am getting fit and learning something at the same time. When I am training my mind switches off from any anxiety I have. To relax, I like to do Yin Yoga and walking as it helps my body and mind find a nice calm place.
Something else about me: I have very spoiled pet cats called Tofu and Boggle that I rescued when I was working in Saudi Arabia.
Bridgwater Health and Wellbeing Coach
- 07599 654680
Practices: I'll be working with you if you go to Taunton Road Medical Centre, North Petherton Surgery or Quantock Medical Centre.
I'm really interested in: I would like to help people feel better through movement, whether that is physically, mentally or hopefully both! I have a family history of diabetes so I understand the challenges faced by both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, as well as having an idea of how to overcome those challenges and move safely and enjoyably.
I like to move by: I love to dance, I enjoy many types of dance but lyrical is my favourite. I also love dogs and enjoy a nice walk in the countryside.
Something else about me: I worked at Disneyland Paris for a summer, and became best friends with Eeyore.
Health & Wellbeing Coach
- 07305 101633
Practices: You'll most likely see me if you go to East Quay Medical Centre or Cannington Medical Centre.
I'm really interested in: helping people to use resistance training to maintain and build muscle mass and bone density, and increase strength. Why? Because this will help them to impact their everyday movements and life, leading to them living a more independent life for longer.
Weight loss is also an interest of mine; simplifying and debunking some of the confusing messages in the media. Having been through my own weight loss journey, I feel I can empathise with people wishing to lose weight, and perhaps struggling to do so.
I like to move by: Lifting heavy things, and also getting outside for coastal and countryside walks. Strength training is my favourite because I'm a bit of a numbers geek and I can track my progress; lifting that little bit more each time feels great!
Something else about me: I love to bake! Who doesn't love a few sweet treats?
Health & Wellbeing Coach (Families)
- 07305 049958
I'm really interested in: I have a desire for physical activity! My passion is to keep families active, healthy and happy. I particularly enjoy working with Parents and supporting them in their journey by encouraging them to take part in physical activity to improve their mental health and well-being. My background is in delivering PE in Primary Schools, where I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing children not only become more physically literate, but also develop holistically, which was incredibly rewarding. As a parent myself I have experienced and understand lots of the barriers that have limited my opportunities in participating in physical activity. It gives me great pleasure and passion in helping others to participate in physical activities and detract their barriers from them and their families. Social cohesion is an area in which I thrive upon in driving 'togetherness' and 'unity' within our community.
I like to move by: Sport is a real desire of mine as it generally falls into my philosophy and ethos of 'togetherness' and 'unity' by bringing people together in order to achieve the same common goals. From rugby, cricket, hockey, horse riding, trail running and triathlons. I have competed since a child in a variety of sports and had a season playing National League hockey which was a highlight.
Something else about me: Any spare time I have, I will be found on a Racecourse! I particularly love Cheltenham Festival.