Registered Nurse and Wellness Coach
I am a registered nurse with a passion for whole person wellness, connection to nature, and the notion that our bodies have the innate ability and wisdom to heal themselves. In addition to my classical nursing education, I have pursued a Masters in Integrative Health and received extensive education in holistic nutrition, herbal medicine, stress management, mindfulness, and wellness coaching.
I obtained my Associate Degree in Nursing in 2018 and then Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University in 2019. During and after my training I have worked in hospitals, correctional facilities and home health taking care of very ill patients. This has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of essential nursing skills and gain valuable experience with emergency procedures and complex medical treatments. However, it also allowed me to see that something is missing from the soul of allopathic medicine. The majority of my patients were chronically ill and dis-empowered. While the medical system provided them with a long list of pharmaceuticals and invasive procedures, wellness was not being promoted, and the whole person was not being recognized. That sort of environment hindered my ability to provide individualized healing care to my patients and did not meet my soul’s purpose as a healer. That is why I decided to pursue a career in Integrative Health. In December I will be graduating from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) with a Master of Science in Integrative Health Sciences.
My passion as a fellow human and a nurse is to help educate people in the basic foundations of health: nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness, meditation, breath, and connection to the natural world. I also want to help them detox from pharmaceutical and chronic healthcare dependence. In my work with clients I stand as an ally and a guide as they learn to trust themselves and be their own best experts.
I am also a mother to four beautiful daughters and that brings me an additional level of understanding, experience and support when working with parents and children, that one can only obtain through the school of life.
I am excited to be working with Dr. Daci as I feel our goals and values for providing healthcare support for the individual are very much aligned.
I am a Certified Rolfer™ and Advanced CranioSacral Therapist, trained at the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration (2014) and The Pacific School of Biodynamic Integration (2017). I am a native German, living in Northern California since 2006.
When I first received Rolfing® SI sessions for the first time in 2004, I was amazed to learn about how the connective tissues (the web-like fascia) are integrated into one another. I noticed in my own body the healing benefits: better alignment, balance, more flexibility and ease in my body.
My path of continuous education has led me to working with the body not only through Rolfing® SI, but also through CranioSacral therapy, a holistic practice that supports the nervous system, the master regulator of all the body functioning. By using this technique, I can meet my client’s needs at a sensitive yet profound level, with a gentle hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and to improve whole-body health and performance.
I believe that self-care and awareness of moving in the body with ease and in gravity are a lifelong journey of healing in a world where electronic devices, lack of movement and disconnection from nature have become a challenge. This is why I am committed to educating my clients, so they can take on a proactive ownership in personal self-care and body awareness.
Tonya practices Anthroposophically informed counselling for children, adults and couples. Tonya has recently moved to Florida but she continues to offer telehealth appointments and Dr. Daci and Tonya continue to work together on multiple projects.
"When we bring body, soul, and spirit into harmony, we make our peace with destiny: we have learned to accept and love it. Individuals who do so are ready to face destiny's challenges." Ita Wegman, MD
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