Meet your coach: Kate Stella
As a graduate of Duke Integrative Medicine's Coaching Certification program and as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, I have gained deep knowledge of behavioral change theory and integrative health coaching methodology. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to coach a wide range of clients from executives to college students, including full-time parents, brand managers, nurses, and those entering retirement.
I also hold an MBA from the Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia and a BA from Bates College. My previous professional experiences have been geared towards strategic marketing and organizational change management, thus enabling me to take a consultative approach when working with my clients. Through my work experience in a fast-paced corporate environment, I have first-hand knowledge of the toll that our demanding personal and professional commitments can take on our health and wellness.
After a diagnosis of a stress-related autoimmune disorder, I quickly realized the fragility of my health, but I also realized that I had an opportunity to proactively change the way I approached my health. I soon embarked on a transformative journey that led to changes in my food choices, exercise routine, sleep quality, personal relationships, and mind-body connection.
While it took me a few years to shift my own health habits and discover my new "normal," as I look back, I wish that I could have leveraged the guidance and expertise of an Integrative Health Coach. The customized, goal-oriented approach of the Duke Integrative Medicine evidence-based coaching methodology would have helped me to more efficiently leverage my strengths and take targeted action to support my overarching long-term health goals.
I believe so much that health coaching is the missing (and critical) piece of our current healthcare system. I am deeply passionate about empowering others to leverage their strengths and past experiences to support future change. I am also a strong believer that the most effective, sustainable, and long-lasting positive health outcomes are a result of small, incremental behavioral changes that are backed by effective accountability and support systems. I look forward to partnering with you to help you clarify your vision of how you want things to be, achieve your wellness goals, and sustain your new habits for many years to come.
When I'm not working with my clients, you will find me attempting an inversion in a yoga class, experimenting in the kitchen, doing food photography, eating Japanese food, traveling to a new faraway destination, or exploring the great outdoors with my husband.