PATIENT ADVOCACY + Health Education & Wellness Navigator
MJWAdvocacy + Wellness Navigation
"Strength doesn’t come from the things you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t."
Michele Weston delivers customized solutions through Patient Advocacy & Healthcare Navigation tailored to the unique needs of each client. She also provides professional medical groups and practitioners with workshops and lectures at medical symposiums on ongoing education to use Health & Wellness Coaching for their patients to create best whole patient-centered care.
She is firm believer in wellness coaching for lifestyle changes in a person’s behavior. Focusing on a clients education is an important step. Michele believes the road to decide where and how clients/patients can bring change is a collaborative one, whereas the coach and coachee work together as a team. She believes in honoring a clients’ gut or intuition, examining their life experience, and embracing insight-readiness to create changes on a person’s life path.
Weston specializes in creating lifestyle shifts for people in the areas of medically-managed weight-loss programs and those seeking bariatric surgery, as well as people who are diagnosed with chronic neurological conditions seeking ways to integrate complimentary medicine practices.
She’s a “connector” and with the myriad of connections she has established, can point you towards an acupuncturist, biofeedback expert, physical therapist, integrative nutritionist, homeopathic expert, Pilates and yoga bodywork therapist, psychological experts in chronic eating and neurological conditions and also, stress management using MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) techniques from Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Michele can help you with education and helps people better understand how patients can help and advocate for themselves. With an open heart, listening ear, humor, grace, and compassion – all traits useful in evaluating what you may need, Michele can help you to merge what YOU may need, want or perhaps envision from your medical teams to achieve better patient/physician relationships. She guides patients in developing tools for success through the use of conscious nutrition choices, physical fitness goals, managing stress, meditation techniques and ways to attain more mindful living.
Weston believes that “it takes a village” of caring experts, and blending biomedical professionals along with integrative practitioners to ensure that dignity, accountability, respect and compassion are addressed, first and foremost.
Patient Advocacy & Wellness Navigation guidance should be viewed as an opportunity for today’s physicians & practitioners to become co-creators with their patients to support better patient-centered care.
Weston’s ultimate goal is that each patient and their support systems become strong advocates, using their voice and knowledge to develop a true partnership with their healthcare teams.
In late 2019, Michele will receive her Masters in Health and Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health(MUIH) and will sit for the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) Boards in 2020. She holds Professional Graduate Certificates in Bioethics & Health Policy; along with a Public Health Professional Certificate from Loyola University, as well as subscribing to the Patient Advocacy Code of Conduct with a Certificate. Michele has current qualifications for working in the health care system privately and for hospitals.
Michele is a member of and listed with both organizations for patient advocates and healthcare navigators: the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA) and the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) for clients to connect with, as well as the AdvoConnection Directory.
Michele is also a member of the American Society of Bioethics + Humanities (ASBH). She will attain certification in Patient Advocacy from the newly created Patient Advocacy Certification Board (PACB) in early 2020.