Hello. My name is Valerie. I am a Certified Health Coach with over 25 years nursing experience and Founder of Genuine Glow Wellness where I serve as Arthritis Wellness Specialist to women who have joint pain and arthritis. I am passionate about the outdoors and love to rock climb and hike.
I have lived over 20 years with a diagnosis of arthritis. When I was 27, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my knee and my doctor advised me that I should stop hiking and doing the other activities that I love. This started me on a 20 year journey to find the best ways to fight arthritis and joint pain.
However, I have also struggled with making the choices that are right for my health and my body. With the sudden, additional stress of the pandemic, I soon reached a bottom. I began to realize my health was deteriorating. I was living with constant tension, soothing myself with unhealthy food, gaining weight, and not tending to my needs. My joint pain was increasing drastically and I began to see my mountain climbing dreams slipping away. Suddenly, I had enough.
I left my nursing position and began to put my master’s degree to work for me. I poured over research journals and dove into what motivates people to changes and what keeps them stuck. Meanwhile, I developed a desire to help others find the answers I was seeking. In order to help other better, I became certified as a health coach.
I discovered that fighting inflammation and reducing joint pain is about more than just a couple dietary changes or taking the right supplement. A total lifestyle approach full of inflammation-fighting and joint-protection tools are needed in order to live your best life. Additionally, taking a holistic approach includes amending mind-set and overcoming self-limiting beliefs so that making healthier choices and sticking to a plan comes naturally and easily.
I am so excited to help other active women with arthritis make healthier choices, learn new self-care skills, and improve their joint pain and arthritis symptoms.
Mission and Values
Genuine Glow Wellness provides holistic evidence-based coaching and self-management programs to women awakening them to their full potential.
We promote the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health and allow women to thrive both physically and mentally.
We strive to provide women the knowledge and tools that will allow them greater control over decisions and actions affecting their health.
We are truthful and honest and strive to remain authentic, open, and transparent. We place a high importance on doing the right thing even when it is difficult to do so. We do not exaggerate or boast our own successes but we hold ourselves accountable to provide honest, well-researched advice and build this into all our programs.
We tolerate, accept, and consider the values and opinions of others. We treat others the way we want to be treated. The spirit of empathy and seeking to understand others is encouraged. Negative labeling and insults will not be tolerated.
We do not discriminate against anyone because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, or disability. We welcome diversity of thought, culture, background, and experience in our discussions with clients.