The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute (DSWI) is dedicated to advancing the field of health and wellness coaching with industry leading education and training. Now part of the American Council on Exercise (ACE), DSWI provides a wide array of evidence-based certification courses, support for certified coaches, and resources for individuals, healthcare professionals and organizations.
ACE is a leading nonprofit organization certifying health coaches and exercise professionals with NCCA and ISO-accredited programs. In addition, ACE is the largest health coach certifier with more than 15,000 health coaches worldwide. In 2022, these health coaches provided more than 2.4 million coaching sessions to help clients adopt healthier lifestyles through behavior change.
Meet Our Team
CEDRIC X. BRYANT, Ph.D., FACSM
Cedric brings more than 35 years in the health and fitness industry and has served on advisory boards for several respected organizations including, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine, and the World Health Organization. He lives the ACE mission by staying active through regular exercise and sports like pickleball and golf.
DOMINIQUE HODGIN, MA, NE, NBC-HWC, MCHC
Dominique brings more than 15 years of experience in educating, training and certifying health and wellness coaches. She is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and holds a Master of Arts in educational psychology. She lives the ACE mission by leading a healthy lifestyle. For Dominique, this means spending plenty of time outside and cooking healthy meals for her friends and family.
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In 2022, our health coaches provided more than 2.4 million coaching sessions to help clients adopt healthier lifestyles through behavior change.
To get people moving toward healthier lifestyles ACE and DSWI have established a network of dedicated health coaches across over 80 countries. These health coaches bring expert guidance and support to individuals striving for healthier lifestyles.
Our World Class Educators
Cheree is a Nationally Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Master Certified Health Coach, with an active coaching practice since 2011. She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University. She has over 30 years of experience in all stages of life as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner, educator and writer. She has been an instructor and assist with curriculum development with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute since 2018. Cheree teaches the Healthy Lifestyle / Chronic Disease and the Master Health Coach Training.
Karen Dalton received her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Loma Linda University, her Masters degree in Social Science and Bachelors degree in Health Sciences from California State University, Chico. Karen has been working in the field of public health and health sciences for over 25 years, where she developed successful interventions for those experiencing incarceration in the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. Karen is a Master Certified Health Coach and an instructor for the Master Health Coach Training, and has had an active coaching practice since 2019.
Anna is a Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Master Certified Health Coach with extensive coaching experience, including working with care-avoidant insurance plan members and the underserved population in managing both chronic disease and behavioral health conditions. Anna graduated as a University Scholar from the University of Connecticut, in Economics and Anthropology. She has a diverse professional background including human resources, financial analysis and yoga instruction. Anna is an active coach and an Instructor for the Master Health Coach Training.
Amy is a Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Master Certified Health Coach, with an active and thriving coaching practice since 2014. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University and has extensive training in positive communication. She is also a Certified Facilitator for Prepare Enrich Assessments, an evidence-based relationship tool. Amy is an Instructor for the Master Health Coach Training.
Anne is a Master Certified Health Coach. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Care from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston with an active license in California and is also a Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor from the Functional Nutrition Alliance. She has a diverse background from Home Health and Infusion Therapy to entrepreneurship in retail. Anne is an active coach and an Instructor for the Master Health Coach Training.
Rachel Beier is a Certified Health Coach and has been coaching individual clients and groups for several years. She has partnered with churches, fitness facilities, and local community organizations where she motivates and educates her clients on nutrition and lifestyle choices. Also, a Registered Nurse, she graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Most of her nursing career centered around obstetrics and teaching childbirth education classes. Rachel is an instructor for the life-stage courses with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
Monica Mayen is a Certified Health Coach and has been coaching since 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Teaching Credential from Chapman University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Concordia University. She taught in the classroom for fifteen years and worked during that time with both adults and children. Monica is currently an instructor for the Core Health Coach Training and Certification Courses. In her coaching practice, she has worked in a variety of settings including both group and individual coaching, lectures, and also focused extensively with parents on Nutrition Deficit Disorder.
Kelly is a Certified Health Coach and has been actively coaching since 2013. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, minor in Psychology, and is currently in a Master’s program for Applied Psychology. In addition to health coaching, she has a background in management consulting and training and has taught dance for over 15-years. Kelly has been an instructor since 2016 and is currently an instructor for the Core Health Coach Training and Certification Courses. In her coaching practice, she works with individuals and groups, both in-person and online, lectures, and partners with businesses in workplace wellness programs.
About Our Founder
The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute was founded in 2007 by Dr. William Sears. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University and with additional training at Harvard University, the University of Toronto and the National Institute of Health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and has authored more than 45 books.