Transformation and Resilience: Alayne's Inspiring Journey to Becoming a Health Coach

Apr 09, 2024

Show Notes for Podcast Episode 5: Transformation and Resilience: Alayne's Inspiring Journey to Becoming a Health Coach


In this episode of the Health and Wellness Coach Journal Podcast, our host Dr. Jessica Singh is joined by Alayne Morena, a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Dr. Singh had a privilege of coaching Alayne as she prepared to retake the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching certifying exam. In this episode, Alayne shares her incredible journey to becoming a certified coach, overcoming personal health challenges and setbacks along the way. 

Exploring Alayne's Journey of Becoming A Coach

Alayne shares her initial exposure to coaching through the guidance of a holistic nutritionist and a health coach. The pivotal influence of her interactions with these professionals motivated her to expand her expertise and consider a career in health coaching. As she reflects on her decision, Alayne expresses her desire to help people in a more holistic manner, beyond the confines of a traditional office setting.

Bridging the Gaps in Healthcare

Alayne and Dr. Singh share their insights on the limitations of traditional medicine, where compartmentalization and specialization often overlook the bigger picture. Alayne also emphasizes the importance of diet, lifestyle, and patient autonomy in achieving optimal health, aligning with the holistic approach of health coaching. This approach empowers individuals to take charge of their well-being.

The Road to National Board Certification

Alayne enrolled in a health and wellness coach training program and subsequently completed the requirements to become a national board certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC). She highlights the significance of this certification, recognizing it as the gold standard in the field.

Overcoming Challenges with Tenacity

Alayne faced difficult challenges along her journey. She candidly shares her story of resilience in the face of the loss of a loved one and unexpected circumstances that disrupted her first attempt at the certification exam. Despite the setbacks, Alayne's tenacity and dedication drove her to persevere. Alayne emphasizes the importance of self-belief and a positive mindset. She encourages listeners to trust their knowledge and keep moving forward, regardless of setbacks.

A Shared Why: From Patient to Coach

Alayne's why for becoming a health coach stems from her own experience of being diagnosed with lupus. Through dietary changes, she discovered the root cause of her symptoms and the limitations of a purely medication-based approach. Her commitment to advocating for herself and seeking alternative solutions propelled her towards embracing a holistic approach to health. This deeply personal experience informs Alayne's coaching philosophy, as she aims to empower her clients to be proactive advocates for their health and well-being.

The Role of a Coach

Dr. Singh and Alayne clarify the role of a health coach. Coaches don't diagnose or provide medical advice. Instead, they bridge the gaps in the healthcare system by empowering clients to take charge of their health, ask informed questions, and work collaboratively with their doctors.

The Importance of Proactive Wellness

Alayne's inspiring story is a testament to the transformative power of health coaching. Her dedication, resilience, and passion to empower others make her a valuable asset to the wellness community.


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Disclaimer: This NBHWC exam review course and all exam review materials provided by the Center for Health and Wellness Coaches are an offering of Sukhayu Wellness®, and are not in any way affiliated with the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) or the National Board of Medical Examiners.



  • 00:00 - Introduction 
  • 1:48 - Alayne's journey into coaching
  • 4:07 - Why NBHWC certification
  • 5:00 - An unexpected tragedy
  • 6:45 - Overcoming adversity and retaking the exam
  • 9:00 - Alayne's reflection after successfully retaking the exam
  • 9:49 - Alayne's message for coaches retaking the exam
  • 11:45 - Alayne's career vision
  • 12:22 - Being misdiagnosed led Alayne to health coaching
  • 16:26 - Health and wellness coaching to help bridge gaps in our healthcare system
  • 18:36 - Takeaways 



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