About Heather

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Coaching Credentials

Master’s Degree, Johns Hopkins University | PN1 Certified Coach
Certified Online Teacher/Trainer, UMKC | University level coaching experience | RPCV

Hi, I'm Heather, a health writer and habits coach.

What I do for clients like you is reduce stress and overwhelm. I’ve been writing and researching health and behavior change topics for decades.

As a voracious reader, I love to learn about personal development and behavior change. My goal is to share strategies I learn with my clients directly, and then radiate out those strategies to as many people as I can reach.

I’m not “Ms. Habit Perfection”. I’m a habits coach “for the rest of us.” Almost everyone struggles to “do what they set out to do” at some point. These obstacles are, I believe, our life’s work.

Each one of us has the opportunity to become our own “habits whisperer.” To me, a habits whisperer is someone motivated by deep desires and loving kindness, rather than fear appeals and instant gratification. Want to know how to do that? Give me a call. This is my favorite subject to talk about.

We are stronger when we reach out for support. You can do this. I’m here to help.

Heather's Story

Both of my parents were teachers, so I have teaching and coaching in my blood. My experience coaching began as a teen teaching swimming lessons. In college I coached journalism students at the campus radio station. After college, as a member of the Peace Corps, I served as a safe motherhood and child survival volunteer teaching nutrition to new mothers. At jobs in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, I trained and mentored colleagues. I’ve taught university students and professionals in Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado about a variety of behavior-based topics.

In 2016 I decided to apply my behavioral change knowledge to myself. Culminating the advice of many mentors and a super trainer, I lost over 40 pounds. People wanted to know what I did to lose weight, and I realized I had learned a lot about a process I wanted to share. So, I started “The Habits Whisperer” coaching business.

Clients come to me to develop habits for:

  • sleep
  • stress
  • weight
  • nutrition
  • alcohol
  • organization
  • and more.

What habit would you like to make? Or break?


It's all about helping you achieve healthier habits


  • Researching facts
  • Finding evidence
  • Avoiding assumptions
  • Embracing the human experience
  • Coaching without judgement
  • Finding what works
  • Enjoying the process


The Habits Whisperer approach works for men and women who want to rediscover their most vibrant selves. Perhaps they feel stuck at a crossroads and need help identifying the next steps to reach their goals. Or they know what to do but aren’t doing it, and want to shed unproductive patterns. In either case, this is where a guide can help.

Goal oriented

Habit-based coaching helps clients look beyond "the quick fix" to make lasting change. Clients explore their stories and their deeper reasons for their behavior, to find deeper meaning and satisfaction in their food and movement choices. They find what truly works for their life, on their terms.


Fantastic results speak for themselves