Hi! My name is Cathy Dick. I live in Roanoke, Virginia next to the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. When I’m not working, I try to get out and walk, bike or hike and take in the fresh air and all magnificent views this area has to offer. I feel so blessed to have such an array of trails, Greenways and recreational activities right in my own backyard.
For many years I’ve walked people through change —awareness of their time and space, exploring alternatives to modern medicine and attitudes that can limit their desires and acceptance of their belief systems they were raised with. I enjoy showing my clients how to be in the present moment, and truly appreciate setting goals to move them forward in their lives and create their personal reality and future.
I’ve always shared a passion for education, relationships with people and using my intuition and problem solving skills to bring people closer to finding their own personal path and strengths.
I grew up in Arizona and after college my curiosity was peaked when friends of mine invited me to take a summer trip up to Alaska. There I got married and had three children–yeah, it was a longer trip than expected–20 very long years! When I wasn’t helping in the schools, I was running my own Preschool program and working with the parents of ADHD students. My interest in ADHD began when I my son was diagnosed. That’s when it also dawned on my that there is a label–other than minimal brain dysfunction–that described my brother….oh and my dad! It all made since!
I began a parent resource group where families with challenged children could find support, guidance, and resources. I spoke at conferences, schools, groups around the Peninsula. I continued to work toward my education and psychology degrees through the small satellite college we had in town. Eventually, I divorced my other half, piled my kids into our motorhome and drove down the Alcan Highway, along the Pacific coastline, and across the US to arrive at my final destination – my parents house in Salem, Virginia. Even though they think we stayed with them longer than 2 months, we didn’t honest! I met my current, outstandingly awesome husband over a decade ago and we reside in Roanoke, VA.
Health/Wellness Education & Coaching
I received my Integrative Health & Nutrition Coaching (IHNC) certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York; the world’s largest nutrition school in the world. My training taught me to help others understand how the body can heal itself with the introduction of foods. I’ve always known that food, exercise and quality sleep naturally and quickly heals the body. But the training just confirmed my beliefs and what I’d witnessed with my family and friends. If you don’t want to be on medication for the rest of your life, then a health/wellness coach can help you eat smarter, move freely, feel better and live longer.
In 2012 my daughter suggested that we both take an intensive class in Seattle to obtain our NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) certification. So after many long 12-hour days and lots of dancing, meditating, listening and sharing, we were finally awarded our white belt certification. NIA is very well known in the western side of the US and classes are offered throughout the US, but here in Roanoke, it’s still a new concept. Instead of actually teaching the routines, I decided to back up a bit and help people understand how to move freely and comfortably through music. Integrative Movement Exploratory classes may be offered locally throughout the year and online courses will soon be available through the Holistic Wellness Academy.
2017 is the year I will be working toward my Herbal Practitioner certification. I am so excited about this as one of my daughters is almost finished with her training. I also have formal training in Homeopathic treatment and Positive Psychology. Most of my adult life my focus has been in the areas of ADHD (due to my father and brother), holistic healing, herbal medicine, food combining, and aromatherapy. Because of this, I am able to offer many holistic suggestions to guide clients of all ages.
For over 25 years I have worked with families and children who have the characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). I have taught and coached teachers, school administrative staff, parents and conference participants to identify and create positive work/study environments that support these unique and gifted people with their unique learning styles. It doesn’t matter whether you have been diagnosed with ADHD or not – it’s the characteristics and strengths that you share that pose challenges for you, not the label! By choosing real foods that supports optimum brain health, getting your environment(s) to work best for YOU, and by applying simple tips and techniques, you CAN improve upon your concentration, distractibility, time and energy and live a more confident and structured life. Everyone is different and requires different approaches to achieve results. And yes, everyone has a little ADD in them!
Other passions of mine are teaching cooking classes to families, teaching sewing and computer workshops, organic gardening, hydroponics, quilting, hiking, working with children in the schools and racing cars. Yes, I’ve done them all! Lastly, I love working with others in my community. I believe that the more brains that come together, the more a community grows.
My goal is to promote better health in our community through education and supporting businesses to improve the health of their employees, reduce unwanted stress and live the life of their dreams. Through the Holistic Wellness Academy courses, programs, workshops, webinars and teleseminars, I will be delivering many educational opportunities to help people lessen their confusion about health. Contact me today if you are ready to transform your life!
Momentum begins with that very first step… one small degree forward.
Are you ready?