Over the past 26 years, we’ve licensed over 119,000 well being, diet, and health professionals. Every month, we acknowledge one in all 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 grow to be all in favour of well being and health?
I initially turned all in favour of well being and health throughout my freshman 12 months of school. I majored in rehabilitation sciences, as I’ve all the time been all in favour of 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 12 months, I began exercising extra and gained a significant appreciation for health.
I began learning the most effective workouts for my physique kind whereas taking group health lessons and understanding within the fitness center with buddies. Since then, I’ve all the time taken my well being significantly 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 needed to grow to be a coach, however I all the time made excuses to not pursue it as a profession. As soon as I turned pregnant, I needed to proceed exercising, however I had a troublesome time discovering a coach who might assist me with correct workouts. After recognizing the necessity for this specialised coaching in my space, I made a decision to pursue this specialty.
I researched applications and got here throughout the certification from AFPA. After reviewing what was included, seeing that it’s nationally acknowledged, and looking out on the opinions, I knew that I needed to get this certification by means of AFPA. I like that they’ve a ton of sources to help their graduates and felt they might greatest 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 slightly over ten years. I labored with adults following an sickness or harm to assist them get well and reside extra fulfilling lives. As I used to be getting my certification, I used to be working in a talented nursing facility in the course of the pandemic with constructive sufferers whereas pregnant; it was a high-stress surroundings 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 ladies keep wholesome and match all through being pregnant and motherhood. I mix my expertise as a Physician of Occupational Remedy and Pre/Put up Natal Health Specialist to supply well being and health companies to my shoppers just about and in individual.
I’ve all the time seen the worth in caring in your well being and have all the time needed to assist folks take preventative measures to assist stop 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 creating my enterprise, I noticed a significant want for pregnant and postnatal ladies to take higher care of their well being. My aim is to coach ladies on the significance of taking cost of their well being and assist them reside 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 needed to do!
What are your favourite elements of your profession?
I take pleasure in each side of my profession. I take pleasure in educating and serving to different ladies be taught methods to reside wholesome, extra fulfilling lives. I recognize 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 recognize the connections I’ve made with different professionals on this area; I’ve realized a lot useful data to assist others.
How has changing into licensed with AFPA impacted your life?
Changing 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 huge effect on my group. I’m able to educate, coach, and prepare mothers to reside more healthy lives. I really feel that I’m making a real distinction within the lives of my shoppers. I additionally take pleasure in extra work/life stability attributable to a extra versatile schedule and a much less annoying work surroundings. I now have a profession that I worth, and I really feel like I’m making a real distinction.
Do you may have any consumer success tales you wish to share?
I really like listening to my shoppers’ 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 applications however by no means caught with them as she felt like she wasn’t gaining something from the applications. I created a specialised program for her to deal with her particular targets. Inside a month of working with me, she seen a big change in her energy and performance.
I additionally had a consumer 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 seen a lower in ache. She additionally loved coming to my group health lessons, as she was capable of mingle with different ladies on her similar journey.
What recommendation do you give others desirous about changing into licensed?
To others who’re desirous about changing into licensed, I might say to completely go together with a program from AFPA. They’ve many certifications that may enable you meet your shoppers’ wants if you wish to work within the well being and health subject. 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 subject, which is extraordinarily useful with one of these 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 subject.