Over the last 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 discovered 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 taken with well being and health?
I initially turned taken with well being and health throughout my freshman 12 months of school. I majored in rehabilitation sciences, as I’ve at all times been taken with 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 finding out the perfect workouts for my physique kind whereas taking group health courses and understanding within the health club with pals. Since then, I’ve at all times 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 at all times needed to turn into a coach, however I at all times 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 may 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 evaluations, I knew that I needed to get this certification by way of AFPA. I like that they’ve a ton of sources to assist their graduates and felt they might finest meet my wants. I’m really about to get the Vitamin & Wellness Guide 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 over ten years. I labored with adults following an sickness or damage to assist them recuperate and dwell 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 optimistic 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 ladies keep wholesome and match all through being pregnant and motherhood. I mix my expertise as a Physician of Occupational Remedy and Pre/Submit Natal Health Specialist to offer well being and health providers to my shoppers just about and in particular person.
I’ve at all times seen the worth in caring in your well being and have at all times needed to assist individuals 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 significant want for pregnant and postnatal ladies to take higher care of their well being. My purpose is to coach ladies on the significance of taking cost of their well being and assist them dwell wholesome, extra fulfilling lives for themselves and their little ones. The profession I’ve now permits me to do what I’ve at all times needed to do!
What are your favourite components of your profession?
I get pleasure from each side of my profession. I benefit from educating and serving to different ladies study methods to dwell wholesome, extra fulfilling lives. I admire the pliability 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 discovered a lot priceless data 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 big impact on my neighborhood. I’m able to educate, coach, and prepare mothers to dwell more healthy lives. I really feel that I’m making a real distinction within the lives of my shoppers. I additionally get pleasure from extra work/life stability because of a extra versatile schedule and a much less tense work setting. I now have a profession that I worth, and I really feel like I’m making a real distinction.
Do you might have any consumer success tales you want to share?
I 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 want 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 observed 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 observed a lower in ache. She additionally loved coming to my group health courses, as she was in a position to mingle with different ladies on her identical journey.
What recommendation do you give others interested by changing into licensed?
To others who’re interested by changing into licensed, I’d say to utterly go along with a program from AFPA. They’ve many certifications that can make it easier to meet your shoppers’ wants if you wish to work within the well being and health subject. In addition they provide a ton of sources for his or her graduates to assist them keep up-to-date with the newest within the well being and health subject, which is extraordinarily useful with this kind 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 subject.