"I first met Denise several years ago when I took my father to the prostate cancer survivor clinic at Duke at the recommendation of his oncologist. The time with her was so caring and thorough and greatly exceeded both of our expectations. As a physician and cancer survivor myself, I was so impressed with her wealth of knowledge and holistic focus. She addressed the impact  nutrition, exercise, stress, and relationships have on survival and quality of life in a very warm, compassionate, and engaging style. We left feeling better equipped to take steps to live with vitality." 

Anne

"In 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer.  Due to my condition, the diagnosis stated "high risk for recurrence". Without a life style change, it was likely that the cancer would return after treatment.  As part of the Duke Cancer Center's service, my oncologist referred me to Denise to see if there were any changes that my wife and I could make to reduce the risk.  Denise's approach has been integrative, covering not just nutrition, exercise and stress relief but also any other aspects of our lives where changes could improve our health.  More important than the topics she covered, though, was her bedside manner.  She acted not just in a professional manner but a personal and caring one as well.  She has always been available to answer questions or to recommend books or articles.  While the treatment provided by my oncologist has put out the initial fire, Denise has helped ensure that the risk for flare ups has been drastically reduced. I have been in remission for almost two years and, while it's far too early to tell, my prognosis has greatly improved. I am very grateful to Denise for her care, her professionalism and her advocacy for life."

Craig

Susie

“In September 2018, I was diagnosed with Metaplastic Triple Negative Breast Cancer- a particularly rare and aggressive cancer. Even as my head was spinning in disbelief, I completed the conventional therapies (mastectomy, chemo and radiation) and knew in my heart that was not enough for me to feel comfortable as far as preventing recurrence. I met with Denise and we discussed the changes I had begun to undertake which included nutrition and meditation.  She focused on presenting me with measurable goals to achieve on all of these fronts and also encouraged exercise. It helped me become accountable to myself to ensure that my plans for a healthier lifestyle would be met. Once active cancer treatment ends, it can have you feeling untethered and without guidance, but by taking an active role in making healthy life changes, with Denise's guidance, you feel that every day is another step away from your scary diagnosis and a step toward a healthier, happier lifestyle.” 

Research has shown that it may take anywhere from two months to eight months for a new behavior to become a habit.  The time frame varies based on a multitude of personal factors, as well as on external factors beyond one’s control.  Because behavior change is a process over time I provide the following integrative health coaching packages:

3-month package (six sessions) with email support Monday-Friday as needed:

One comprehensive initial 90-minute session followed by five 45-50 minute sessions approximately every two-three weeks either in person, via Skype or by telephone. Ideally the first session should be either in-person or through Skype for those not living in the area.

6-8 month package (twelve sessions) with email support Monday-Friday as needed:

One comprehensive initial 90-minute session followed by eleven 45-50 minute sessions approximately every two-three weeks either in person, via Skype or by telephone. Ideally the first session should be either in-person or through Skype for those not living in the area. 

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