Over the last 27 years, we’ve licensed over 130,000 well being, diet, and health professionals. Every month, we acknowledge certainly one of our distinguished graduates who use what they’ve realized to encourage others and make a distinction.
Meet our graduate for the month of February, Dr. Maria Banks, an AFPA licensed Prenatal and Postnatal Health Specialist
How did you initially turn into excited about well being and health?
I initially grew to become excited about well being and health throughout my freshman yr of faculty. I majored in rehabilitation sciences, as I’ve all the time been excited about well being and serving to others. I made a decision that I ought to pay extra consideration to my well being if I used to be going to assist others within the well being discipline. Throughout my freshman yr, I began exercising extra and gained a serious appreciation for health.
I began learning the very best workout routines for my physique sort whereas taking group health courses and understanding within the health club with pals. Since then, I’ve all the time taken my well being severely by sustaining a constant health club routine and a nutritious diet.
What certification did you select, and why did you select AFPA?
I selected the Prenatal and Postnatal Health Specialist Certification from AFPA. I selected this as a result of I’ve all the time wished to turn into a coach, however I all the time made excuses to not pursue it as a profession. As soon as I grew to become pregnant, I wished to proceed exercising, however I had a troublesome time discovering a coach who may assist me with correct workout routines. After recognizing the necessity for this specialised coaching in my space, I made a decision to pursue this specialty.
I researched packages and got here throughout the certification from AFPA. After reviewing what was included, seeing that it’s nationally acknowledged, and searching on the critiques, I knew that I needed to get this certification by AFPA. I like that they’ve a ton of sources to assist their graduates and felt they’d finest meet my wants. I’m truly about to get the Diet & Wellness Marketing consultant Certification subsequent!
What was your profession like previous to changing into licensed?
Previous to changing into licensed, I used to be working as an occupational therapist for a bit of over ten years. I labored with adults following an sickness or harm to assist them get well and stay extra fulfilling lives. As I used to be getting my certification, I used to be working in a talented nursing facility in the midst of the pandemic with constructive sufferers whereas pregnant; it was a high-stress setting on the time.
What’s your profession like now?
I’m now the proprietor of The Well being Mamas, which is an organization I began to assist pregnant and postnatal girls keep wholesome and match all through being pregnant and motherhood. I mix my abilities as a Physician of Occupational Remedy and Pre/Put up Natal Health Specialist to offer well being and health providers to my purchasers just about and in particular person.
I’ve all the time seen the worth in caring in your well being and have all the time wished to assist folks take preventative measures to assist stop sure ailments and diseases. Too many individuals wait till one thing unhealthy occurs with their well being to begin caring. As I used to be creating my enterprise, I noticed a serious want for pregnant and postnatal girls to take higher care of their well being. My objective is to coach girls on the significance of taking cost of their well being and assist them stay wholesome, extra fulfilling lives for themselves and their little ones. The profession I’ve now permits me to do what I’ve all the time wished to do!
What are your favourite components of your profession?
I take pleasure in each side of my profession. I benefit from educating and serving to different girls be taught methods to stay wholesome, extra fulfilling lives. I admire the flexibleness of my schedule, particularly with being a brand new mother. It permits me to spend high quality time with my household whereas additionally having a satisfying profession. I additionally admire the connections I’ve made with different professionals on this house; I’ve realized a lot invaluable info to assist others.
How has changing into licensed with AFPA impacted your life?
Turning into licensed with AFPA has utterly modified my life. I’m able to use the specialised information that I gained from my certification to make a big impact on my group. I’m able to educate, coach, and prepare mothers to stay more healthy lives. I really feel that I’m making a real distinction within the lives of my purchasers. I additionally take pleasure in extra work/life stability resulting from a extra versatile schedule and a much less anxious work setting. I now have a profession that I worth, and I really feel like I’m making a real distinction.
Do you’ve got any consumer success tales you wish to share?
I like listening to my purchasers’ success tales. It makes me really feel that I’m actually making a distinction of their lives! There are two testimonials that I wish to share.
I’ve a consumer who is 2 years postpartum. She tried numerous packages however by no means caught with them as she felt like she wasn’t gaining something from the packages. I created a specialised program for her to handle her particular objectives. Inside a month of working with me, she seen a big change in her power and performance.
I additionally had a consumer who skilled with me whereas pregnant. She had hip and again ache all through her second trimester. She began coaching with me, and I created an train plan particular to her wants; she seen a lower in ache. She additionally loved coming to my group health courses, as she was capable of mingle with different girls on her similar journey.
What recommendation do you give others occupied with changing into licensed?
To others who’re occupied with changing into licensed, I might say to utterly go along with a program from AFPA. They’ve many certifications that can make it easier to meet your purchasers’ wants if you wish to work within the well being and health discipline. Additionally they provide a ton of sources for his or her graduates to assist them keep up-to-date with the most recent within the well being and health discipline, which is extraordinarily useful with this sort of profession. I’m glad that I went with a certification from AFPA, as I really feel totally supported as an entrepreneur within the well being and health discipline.