Sometimes we find our path in mysterious ways. Having childhood friends and family diagnosed with cancer, Celeste developed a curiosity about resilience and the human psyche at an early age. As she entered college, she discovered the world of health and science and became a research chemist with a concentration in genetics and nutritional biochemistry. After working in pediatric medicine, she followed the path of proactive wellness and prevention creating educational opportunities for patients, families and staff to reduce stress and promote healing.
After receiving her Masters in Health Education and Wellness Promotion, she began providing guidance to those wanting to create a richer presence through lifestyle choices. In the late 90s she received training in mindfulness-based stress reduction and biofeedback. In the early 2000s, she ventured deeper into complementary and alternative therapies. Over the years, she has educated youth, medical staff, corporations and individuals on proactive versus reactive ways to manage stress and live with awareness. She encourages living life from the inside out.
Bringing her closer into the world of genetics, she discovered, in 2006, that she carried the BRCA2 genetic mutation which answered why so many family members were diagnosed with cancer. With that knowledge she has explored and created protocols to assist in cancer prevention and treatment. She continues her education in varied genetic variations and specializes in analyzing blood laboratory reports and taking a functional medicine approach in discovering deficiencies and making recommendations to clients before they become a health concern.
Supporting Hippocrates and the quote – “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” she has received advanced certificates in integrative therapies and functional nutrition. She believes in addressing the root cause of illness, restoring health and not simply masking the symptoms. She also takes great pride in receiving her Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy degree in 2020.
She works with individuals in all walks of life including women of all ages regarding hormonal balance, natural fertility, prenatal health, menopause and adrenal health. Whether it's finding resiliency in life, creating hormonal harmony, preparing for an upcoming surgery, adding a complementary approach to an existing plan or simply reducing stress, Celeste has helped many discover the health benefits of integrative wellness and holistic approaches.
Celeste practices what she teaches. She believes humor is a must to live a rich life and this includes being able to laugh at ourselves. Celeste is a yogini, meditator and has an apothecary of essential oils and flower essences to help find her own bliss!
Nationally Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and one of the first to receive this status (CHES 1997, MCHES 2011)
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance (2006)
Certified in Yin-Yang Yoga (2008)
Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) (2009)
Certified Wellness and Health Coach (2011)
Genetics and Cancer training (2012)
Certification in Kinesiology and Myofascial Integration for movement therapists (2014)
Certification in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils (2015)
Certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition (2017)
Certification in Classical Chinese Medicine (2020)
Certified Bionetic Practitioner (2020)
Bionetic Naturopathic Counselor (2021)
Certification in Homeopathic and Naturopathic Medicine (2021)
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (August 2022)
Celeste is a medical journal author, wellness writer for the SAS Life blog, winner of the Wellness in the Workplace Award for the state of Virginia and a National Wellness Conference presenter. In 2020, she published her dissertation - The Misuse and Overuse of Antibiotics on Human Health: Are These Miracle Drugs Making Us Sick? Celeste believes that we all have the ability to create a life of meaning and fulfillment at any age, overcoming obstacles that fall into our path. She believes that education is a key component to prevention, sustained behavior change and quality of life. Through the combination of healthy living, human connection and mind-body therapies, we can ignite the spark to living a life with purpose. Her intention is to help people find the positive in all situations, learn from life experiences, discover authenticity within and obtain goals they believed were out of reach.