"BUSINESS DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE NOT HEALTHY."
Hello! I'm VKnox!
I am a holistic health and wellness practitioner with a focus on nutrition as the primary driver to wellness. I work independently and in partnership with naturopathic and integrated medical doctors to create lasting lifestyle change for clients/patients.
Six pillars that I've termed R.A.W. Lifestyle System (Really Awesome Way), was developed from my own experiences, backed by scientific evidence. With the integration of whole foods, supplements and medicines (if applicable), coupled with spirit, mind and body engagement, clients may restore or improve their overall wellness by following the basic R.A.W. Lifestyle System.
Originally from Illinois, and prior to a career in wellness, I held a diverse 30+ year career in business management, communications, and consulting. My career includes leadership roles for major companies and nonprofits where I've managed strategic partnerships and created programs with Fortune 500 companies with a bottom line of $10M in revenue, sponsorships and in-kind donations.
When my employer quickly downsized, I began my own consulting practice to help entrepreneurs and proprietors build their business. I've independently coached and consulted with more than 500 business leaders through my programs, conferences, and partnerships with higher education, government and nonprofit entities.
As the years flew by, I found myself professionally flourishing, but plummeting in health. Though I tried different weight loss programs, nothing worked. I resolved to believe that I'd be overweight (and unhealthy) the rest of my life and engulfed myself in working around the clock to create solutions for clients.
One day, I was in pain and could not get out of bed. I thought it was food poisoning. A good friend suggested I try a holistic treatment (colon hydrotherapy). I didn't know what it was, but, was willing to explore it. After the first session, the pain was gone.
One session quickly became weekly visits for three months and a 30 pound weight loss without exercise (which I later added and actually become a fitness instructor)! This started my passion for holistic wellness and led to another career in the wellness coaching. Though my clients knew the business results, they were eager to learn more about my weight loss and health management routines. I became a raw foodist (vegetarian), avid juicer, and dropped six sizes in about eight months! My overall health improved. Shortly after, I wrote and self-published My Secret Transformation; How I Detoxed My Life and Reinvented Myself. That was more than a decade ago and it's still how I govern my life.
The same year My Secret Transformation was published, a weight loss franchise recruited me to become their lead weight loss coach and practice director for the Southwest region. Today, I reside in Arizona and assist people across the country with wellness and integrated approaches.
I studied at Columbia College, Chicago, earned a BA in communications from Governors State University and Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner designation from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, juicing, writing and expanding my knowledge on integrated wellness. I'm the mother of three adult sons and grandmother of twins.
Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner Diploma, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Behavior Modification Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Fitness Nutrition Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Personal Development Coach Certified
BA in Communications, minor in Business Management, Columbia College Chicago and Governors State University (Dean's List)
Nonprofit Implementation and Development Certified
Nonprofit Administration Certified
Healthy Arizona Workplace Certified