As a young girl, Holly was drawn to nature and helping others. She volunteered as a candy striper where she enjoyed interacting with patients and families. This fueled her desire to study nursing. After attending Purdue University for three years studying the natural sciences, she fulfilled her dream to become a nurse and proudly graduated from Akron City Hospital’s Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing in Akron, Ohio with her nursing diploma. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron with a focus on the health and well being of children. She was awarded ANCC’s credential of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 1996 until 2001. She is currently a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner candidate. Holly’s love for children and her desire to teach her own children propelled her to stay at home and raise her family for the next 25 years. She not only nurtured her own children, but worked with Discovery Toys Inc. and the community sharing her knowledge with other parents, schools, and businesses discussing the importance of educational play in the bio, psycho, social, cultural, and emotional development of children.
Holly has had a life long interest in the impact of nutrition on a person’s well being, along with alternative healing therapies, and the mind, body, and spirit connections to a person’s well being. In 2017 she attended the International Nurse Coach Association program and obtained her Board Certification from AHNCC as an Integrative Nurse Coach in 2018. She went on to obtain additional advanced training in Clinical Nutrition from the Institute for Functional Medicine. She established Life Cycle Balance LLC in 2018 and has led numerous community wellness seminars on topics ranging from stress management, nutrition, brain health, caregiver stress, self care techniques, and non violent communication techniques from the Center for Non Violent Communication. In 2020 she presented a workshop at the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Louisville, KY on using NVC starting with yourself.
She volunteers in New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps, in her church, and community. Her passions include her family, learning Latin and American Sign Language, reading, cycling long distances, and traveling.