Over the past 26 years, we’ve licensed over 119,000 well being, vitamin, 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 thinking about well being and health?
I initially grew to become thinking about well being and health throughout my freshman yr of faculty. I majored in rehabilitation sciences, as I’ve all the time been thinking 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 subject. Throughout my freshman yr, I began exercising extra and gained a significant appreciation for health.
I began learning one of the best workout routines for my physique kind whereas taking group health lessons and understanding within the fitness center with pals. Since then, I’ve all the time taken my well being severely by sustaining a constant fitness center 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 opinions, I knew that I needed to get this certification by AFPA. I like that they’ve a ton of assets to assist their graduates and felt they might greatest meet my wants. I’m really about to get the Vitamin & Wellness Advisor 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 little bit over ten years. I labored with adults following an sickness or damage 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 atmosphere 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/Submit Natal Health Specialist to offer well being and health companies to my purchasers nearly and in individual.
I’ve all the time seen the worth in caring in your well being and have all the time wished to assist individuals take preventative measures to assist forestall sure ailments and diseases. Too many individuals wait till one thing dangerous occurs with their well being to start out caring. As I used to be growing my enterprise, I noticed a significant want for pregnant and postnatal girls to take higher care of their well being. My aim is to teach 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 get pleasure from each facet of my profession. I benefit from educating and serving to different girls study 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 useful info to assist others.
How has changing into licensed with AFPA impacted your life?
Changing into licensed with AFPA has fully modified my life. I’m able to use the specialised information that I gained from my certification to make a huge effect on my group. I’m able to educate, coach, and practice mothers to stay more healthy lives. I really feel that I’m making a real distinction within the lives of my purchasers. I additionally get pleasure from extra work/life stability on account of a extra versatile schedule and a much less anxious work atmosphere. I now have a profession that I worth, and I really feel like I’m making a real distinction.
Do you could have any shopper success tales you want to share?
I really 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 want to share.
I’ve a shopper who is 2 years postpartum. She tried varied 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 deal with her particular targets. Inside a month of working with me, she observed a big change in her energy and performance.
I additionally had a shopper who educated 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 observed a lower in ache. She additionally loved coming to my group health lessons, as she was in a position to mingle with different girls on her identical journey.
What recommendation do you give others desirous about changing into licensed?
To others who’re desirous about changing into licensed, I’d say to utterly go together 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 subject. In addition they provide a ton of assets for his or her graduates to assist them keep up-to-date with the most recent within the well being and health subject, which is extraordinarily useful with any such profession. I’m glad that I went with a certification from AFPA, as I really feel absolutely supported as an entrepreneur within the well being and health subject.