What is a Functional Health and Wellness Coach

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I am a Functional Health and Wellness coach. Functional Health is a may branch of medicine that strives to move the focus of medicine from pharmaceuticals to the patient. In this way they strive to find root causes of illness and try to avoid side affects.

As a coach I do not treat patients and I do not provide nor discriminate from a clinicians orders or diagnosis. I will work with clients, no matter which type of doctor they see.

The importance of my training is to understand the different approaches to medicine. My focus will be to help you implement your doctors orders but only on your direction. If a client has reservations I may help clear up any misconception but I don’t force you or encourage any treatment you are not ready for.

Coaching Sessions

We can set a time to talk. Its your choice whether it takes place in person or remotely. We talk about what your health could be and ways to make it a reality. The first session is free if we don’t end up working together, so its risk free.

None of the following is really ultimately about me.


Role: Coach (me)

I offer a professional relationship in which I will help you use your own values and resources in order to create plans for your own goals. I aim to be your facilitator, most often asking questions and offering support as the you experiment with different strategies to make progress toward your own goals

Role: Client ( you)

The most important role in coaching is the client. Only the client is the expert about what is going on in their own lives. As the coach you are most important to me. My wish is that as the client you are focused on learning and digging deeper inside yourself to make your dreams a reality.

Will you be giving me advice?

As an Adapt Certified Functional Health Coach I have the ability to guide you through some of the technical science behind weight loss and general health questions. However most of my my job is to explore what you already know. You are the only person that will know what works for you.

Seems like I will be doing most of the work, what gives?

Rest assured I will be working hard on your side to keep you on track. In addition to our coaching sessions I will act as an accountability partner. I will make sure we set up ways so that when you are struggling , if you struggle, that you never feel alone.

What are you, some big softy?

Im not here to kick you when you are down. I will hold a mirror up so that you can see what you already know. Change is needed, that’s why I’m here.

I need to be challenged.

Only 10 percent of people that need to change the lifestyle habits are currently ready for change. I am also interested in the other 90 percent or people who know they need to change but are not ready to seek professional help. I can work with all motivation levels.

How do we meet?

At this time I prefer to meet on a video call. I currently use Zoom Meeting app It is a simple app that you can open up on your smart phone or computer. If data is an issue or you don’t have access to the internet. We can meet over the phone using voice only.

Is it expensive?

Health coaching can cost between $60 and $120 dollars.
However at this time I am on a sliding scale. Please let me know what you
thought you would be paying before you read this post. I will consider all
offers at this time.

Do you offer group coaching?

Yes coaching can be done in groups or teams.

Will you offer health seminars?

I will be offering seminars.

Is it therapy?

No. Therapy is oriented around diagnosed conditions. They are concerned with problematic feelings. Therapists have a deep understanding of scientifically tested theories about mental states. They help clients get emotionally out of their own way. Coaches fundamentally see all clients as fully capable. We are cheerleaders, but we make you work. We ask hard questions and make you come up with a plan. We watch for progress and make new goals based on the client’s feedback.

Will you give me a meal plan?

I will be posting about diets, recipes and generalized meals plans. However only clinicians can give personalized meal plans. I can also work closely with your clinicians to make sure you are eating the write types of foods that they prescribe for you. I can answer almost any question you may have about food.

How about exercise?

I love exercising, how about you? Just kidding. I will be posting about various human movements modalities. I believe that the body has an innate need to move. As I am not currently certified to prescribe specific exercises at this time. I can refer you to a network of excellent exercise professionals.

Easy Pricing Makes Me better

What is a Sliding scale?

There Is A $100 – $50 Per Session Sliding Scale. This Means I’d Love To Receive $100 Per Session For My Sustainability, But I Understand That This Is Not Affordable For Everyone, Hence The Sliding Scale Starting At $50 Per Session.

I Welcome Any Amount Within This Range. Payment Methods Listed Below. (Also, During This Time Of Lay-Offs And Financial Uncertainty, I Invite You To Treat The Sliding Scale As $30 – $49 If You Cannot Current Afford $50)

Why I don’t offer Coaching Packages.

I don’t offer coaching packages because I find that I can never guess how many coaching sessions that a client might need.

If you are interested in paying for multiple sessions up front I can offer you a 10% discount.

Why group coaching costs less than one on one coaching.

Group coaching can be more affordable because the cost of my time is able to be split up between multiple people. Group sizes can range from 2 to 6 people at a time.

Its a good idea to book groups of people who are acquainted but its not necessary. Be on the lookout for group offerings. However if you don’t see it offered at the moment go ahead and contact me and I can tell you if I can do one for your group or if I have one that’s coming up.

The Coach
I am an Adapt Certified Functional Health Coach. My main power is asking tough questions of my clients. The really amazing powers belong to my clients as they make their health dreams a reality. They are amazed as the powers arise out of them when they overcome obstacles.

About me

The right Coach for you understands where you are coming from and has the skills and experience get you to your best health.

I can remember thinking I was already educated enough about health and nutrition but at the same time I new that my body was actually suffering.

Its depressing to become unhealthy especially when you put so much effort in all facets of your life. Your go to becomes, be stricter and more stricter but that results in you suffering physically and emotionally.

My Disappointment with My health

Other than getting more strict with myself I also attempted to get help from the legacy health care system. An expert, a Doctor, told me to eat less and move more.

I felt betrayed. Doesn’t he know I already tried that, and if so was that yet another punch in the gut. I don’t know his intention but what I do know is that he was giving me everything he was trained to do.

Giving Hope to others who struggle like I did

When I work with clients I know they are probably coming from attempt after attempt of doing the right things. We don’t dwell on mistakes. We do explore the things they are really good at. We also talk about and build on whats going right.

I am a dad, battling a dad bod. I’m not perfect but my training was great. My health coach training was from the world class Kresser Institute, I matriculated and since then I am an Adapt Certified Functional Health Coach.

My Evolutionary Toolbox

Before becoming a dad and a coach I was a working scientist. I used my generalist Biology training to bring a clearer sense to complex problems that others couldn’t solve.

I enjoy finding elegant solutions to messy problems. If you work with me, you will learn how to find elegant solutions to your own complex health issues.

Its Time for you to Act.

If you are ready to begin your health journey I invite you to book a one on on health coaching intro session. To find out more about what health coaching is read this or this .

If you are still unsure beginning your journey with me then I invite you to sign up for my free online health reset course.

By following the online course you can DIY yourself back to health with the hopefully new information that I have for you about health. If you have trouble with the course your fall back could be group or one on one coaching.


Surgical Technology, 2003, Premiere CollegeBiology, B.S., 2007, Loyola Marymount UniversityInstructor, Level 1, 2013 MovnatHealth Coach, 2020, Kresser Institute


Tackle Football, Pee-wee to High SchoolPower Lifting, High SchoolCrossfit, 2011-2015Trail Racing 2011-2015Olympic Weight Lifting 2015-2017

Career High Lights

Performed in the Surgical Tech role at 2 level 1 trauma CentersEnvironmental Science Lab Tech, 5 Years, 2007-2012Geotechnical Science Tech, 5 Years, 2013-2018

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This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is being provided to you to educate you about healthy eating and living and as a self-help tool for your own use. It is not medical or psychological advice. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. For my full Disclaimer, please go to https://joelperez.me/disclaimer/.

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