The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Provides…
The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute’s mission is to educate, equip and empower individuals and organizations with practical science-based training and resources to improve the health of others through the principles of Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. This mission is accomplished by:
There are Health Coaches from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute providing valuable education in 44 different countries around the world.
Meet Our Team
William Sears, MDDr. Sears Wellness Institute
James Sears, MDDr. Sears Wellness Institute
Paul Stricker, MDDr. Sears Wellness Institute
Robert HodginDr. Sears Wellness Institute
Rebecca Bishop, JDDr. Sears Wellness Institute
Dominique Hodgin, MA, NEDr. Sears Wellness Institute
Amy QuinnDr. Sears Wellness Institute
Miriam Zacharias, MS, LPSNDr. Sears Wellness Institute
History of Dr. Sears’ Wellness Institute
The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute was established to fill the expanding health and wellness needs of today. The L.E.A.N. (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude & Nutrition) concept was first introduced by Dr. Sears in the Family Nutrition Book which was published in 1999, but is still relevant today.
In 2001, Dr. Bill Sears and exercise physiologist Sean Foy teamed up to incorporate L.E.A.N. into a program Sean was developing for organizations such as YMCA’s and Boys & Girls Clubs. This program was originally called Project Sozo (SOZO is Greek meaning: saved, healed and made whole) and later became the L.E.A.N. Kids program.
Although the L.E.A.N. Kids program had positive clinical results, it became apparent that without the involvement and education of the parents and caregivers, the positive impact on children’s health would be limited. Thus, in conjunction with the Children’s and Families Commission of Orange County, CA, work on parent focused L.E.A.N. Start and other programs began. Over the next several years, L.E.A.N. Start went through various stages of development and trials, and was ultimately implemented with clinically successful results.
In 2007, The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute was formed to create an organization that would take the L.E.A.N. way of living beyond the borders of California and also expand development into all different life-stages. The Health Coach Training and Certification trainings were first held in-person beginning in 2008. In the fall of 2010, the Institute offered Health Coach Training and Certification courses online to provide greater access and capitalize on the technological advancements with online learning. Today, the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute continues its commitment to be the premiere provider of quality and effective health and wellness education and services worldwide.
The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Advisory Board is composed of a wide variety of health, nutrition, and business professionals who are instrumental in helping the Wellness Institute strategically plan and develop the best and most effective programs to positively impact the health of families around the world. Board members also provide insight into our continued efforts to improve on and expand our support system for existing Coaches.
Wendy Bullock B.A. & LPGA Class A Golf Professional
Wendy Werley Bullock has made teaching the game of golf one of her life passions. As a young child she was introduced to the mind body approach by one of Golf’s Greats, Paul Runyon, PGA Hall of Famer. She was Colorado’s Top Junior Golfer and Tennis Player for most of the late 70’s and 80’s. Wendy then played at the University of New Mexico on a full golf scholarship from 1985-1989 then graduating and moving on to play professionally in the United States and in Japan through 1994.
In 2001 Wendy trademarked Wellness Golf, a program developed through her collaboration with Dr. Deepak Chopra, one of the world’s most foremost experts in mind body medicine. He then wrote a book, Golf for Enlightenment, based on her teachings. Her approach to teaching golf incorporates sound fundamentals, mental discipline, fitness coaching and nutrition which she attributes to years of training with world-renowned performance psychologist, Dr. James Loehr.
In 2002 Wendy had her first child and was introduced to Dr. Sears’ books and became a huge fan. It was easy for her to apply his nutrition teachings because of her own sound nutritional path as a professional athlete. When she became a Dr. Sears LEAN Coach in 2007 it was the nutrition program she was looking for to integrate into her junior golf programs. She is currently the Co-Director of Golf Instruction & Wellness for the Affiniti Golf Academy based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Her responsibilities include the management of Academy golf professionals and instructional programs at over 10 locations in the Southeast. The Academy’s main focus has been to teach junior golf and to integrate Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. program in its program curriculum taught by Wendy. She was just named a Top 50 Honorable Mention Golf Instructor Worldwide by USKids Golf, the leader in junior golf equipment, instructional programs and tournaments for ages 6-17.
Luisa Carreiro Powe PA-C
Luisa is a Physician Assistant (PA) who has been working with physicians in a team approach to patient care. She graduated as a PA from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1990. The PA profession allows PAs to work in diverse medical settings and she has taken full advantage of this privilege. She has worked with world renowned Cardiothoracic Surgeons as well as in other medical specialties. Her experience in the operating room was an incentive for her to be in the forefront of preventive care. “I have seen firsthand what poor nutrition, lack of exercise and a stressful lifestyle can do to the human body.”
When she moved in 1998 to work in Washington, DC in an Internal Medicine practice she was able to relate to her patients what needed to be done to avoid being that patient on the operating table. As a PA and former owner of a nutritional weight loss center her philosophy has been that food is medicine: food can heal or it can hurt.
As a Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach Luisa supports her passion and mission that Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition are the keys to a healthy body! ” Instead of just practicing Medicine, I am now practicing Wellness.” She has been a guest on the former Oprah & Friends/ Bob Greene Radio Talk Show as well as the “Kathleen Show” in Madison, WI. She has also written for the American Academy of Physician Assistant’s national magazine as well as The Portuguese Times newspaper.
Angela Garvie B.S.
Angela worked in the corporate world for 17 years and holds degrees in Computer Science and Marketing. After having children, she became very passionate about what her children ate and made sure they have lots of physical activity. While always trying to make good food choices, it was her son, Ian’s, Science Fair project on how “evil” fast food is that really made Angela take a closer look at what she was feeding her family and make even better decisions. After her brother’s stroke 3 years ago, Angela got the wake-up call she needed to start exercising again herself. She now does marathons and triathlons and feels better than she ever has.
Angela’s passion led her to become a Certified Health Coach and develop Kids Club Lean. She has taught classes for numerous locations including running stores, in-class field trips at schools, mom’s clubs, and much more! Angela’s goal is to help parents understand how easy it is to incorporate the L.E.A.N. fundamentals into their family life.
Linda Goll B.S., M.Ed., Certified Personal Trainer
Laura Goll has served as an enthusiastic elementary school teacher since 2003. When her dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, she and her family prayerfully researched nutritional options. This experience fueled her passion and a deep feeling of responsibility to continue to learn and share how simple changes make a profound difference.
Laura’s desire to reach young people and families led her to develop and integrate engaging nutrition curriculum into the nationally tested curriculum. She is an energetic nutrition presenter in schools, churches, and the community. As a Certified Health Coach, Laura has the opportunity to serve a broader community. She is excited as former students and their families share how they have benefited from a lasting commitment to wellness.
Laura is an avid athlete, setting records and earning Academic All-Ohio honors for track and field in high school and a national ranking in volleyball in college. In her leisure time, she balances training for sports and events such as triathlons with her other interests of reading, music, and art. She recognizes personally how L.E.A.N. principles allow us to pursue life to our fullest God-given potential.
Laura earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education at Grove City College and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise.