Why a Tech Geek Thinks He Can be an Integrative Medicine Health Coach

I spent 30 years pursuing a career in technology; almost 40 if you include high school computer science classes. That’s why I say I’m a high tech lifer with no obvious interest or skill in medicine. Where does the sudden interest in healthcare come from? Well it’s not really sudden. Below is some of the kindling that started this fire in the first place:

  • Satisfied requirements to receive BS in Psychology at Duke University. At the time Duke did not offer dual degrees so like D. B. Cooper, I went with where the money was…Computer Science.
  • Over 25 years of my business career in management I got moved into management within 3 years of graduating because of my emotional intelligence and empathy skills. I’ve leaned on them ever since.
  • 15 years working in Health Information Technology and Informatics during which I directly supervised physicians and other practitioners in multiple countries.
  • Recipient of two patents relevant to clinical data management.
  • Avid consumer of health, fitness, and nutrition information.
  • Completed and passed multiple Coursera MOOCs including classes in “Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention” (UCSF), “Introduction to Genetics and Evolution” (Duke), “Introductory Human Physiology (Duke), Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health (Pitt), and “Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within” (U of Melbourne).
  • Completed coursework for Precision Nutrition Coaching with expected award of certificate by the end of 2014.

I wouldn’t expect any of the above to convince anyone that I would be a good health coach. It does however demonstrate to me that my interest is legitimate. This isn’t just a passing fad.

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