Allie Quady
Whole Health Coach at Portland Care Center
Team member since May 2017

August 2019 Featured Employee

At Vera, the idea that individuals need time to connect with a provider or health coach to explore their health goals is taken seriously. The coaching that we do at Vera is structured, individualized, and centered on the needs and interests of patients. As a Whole Health Coach at Vera, I feel that I get the time and the space to be the best empathetic listener and coach that I can be.

I joined Vera to be a Whole Health Coach because I wanted to grow my coaching skills and be a part of a community interested in supporting growth and development in others. At Vera, I not only support our patients one-on-one, but I am also encouraged to use my skills in group settings to inspire healthy behaviors in the corporate environment of our client. I’m inspired by the opportunity to focus on creating a culture of health for our clients because it can make a difference in so many people’s lives. I love being a part of that big picture change!

On my days off, I’m most joyful when I’ve pitched my tent with my little family somewhere in the woods, preferably near a clear mountain stream. I also enjoy speaking foreign languages and experiencing different cultures. I am grateful for so many things – my Peace Corps service in Senegal, for the years I spent living abroad in France and in Chile, the opportunity to go to graduate school for public health, and especially for my family.

July 2019 Featured Employee

For years, I’d struggled as a patient against the limits of our failing healthcare system – time constraints, quick fixes, symptom-focused, and people only getting sicker because of it. Passionate about health, I decided to study health coaching when I gained new perspective into a solution that could change the way people engaged in their health. It meant going deeper, building self-validation, practicing self-love, feeling supported. That’s when I discovered Vera Whole Health. I was thrilled to join an organization not only founded on health coaching principles but embedding its methodologies into a primary care model to transform healthcare. Each of the unique roles I’ve held at Vera have provided me the opportunity to build advocacy for the hard work we’re doing and be a part of something changing lives in a big way. And it’s why Vera Whole Health continues to be a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do.

It’s the people at Vera, so passionate and dedicated to changing healthcare, who inspire me to bring the best version of myself to work every day. And it’s the people at home – my son, husband, brothers, sisters, parents, friends – who remind me not to take life too seriously, but with love, compassion, and grace.

Outside of work, you’re most likely to find me enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family. Whether its paddle boarding in the Cascades, skiing a back bowl in the Rockies, or backpacking Acadia. If I’m indoors, it usually means I’m testing out new recipes with what I’ve found in the garden or ripping up floorboards as my husband and I revive another house. Anything I can do to let my mind run wild and free.

Maureen Wallner
Employer Brand Manager at Field Support, Remote
Team member since April 2014
Catherine Moore
Whole Health Coach at 5th Ave Care Center, Seattle
Team member since October 2014

June 2019 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. This statement is our company motto and what I believe, who I am and what I experience at Vera. My ultimate core value is love. Love for others, love for what I am gifted and talented at doing and love for participating in making a larger impact in the world. At Vera I live my authentic self.

Many people dream of having a career that is tailored to their values, talents and passions. I live this dream. I am passionate about the science and art of coaching each unique individual and team in a way that best serves them.  Witnessing the growing confidence, strengths and self-efficacy in others motivates me to bring my best self in service to them.

Outside of my work, I find joy in being outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, gardening, biking, and spending time with my family and friends. I am energized mentally by taking courses that expand and grow my capacity as a person, leader and coach. I enjoy times of personal growth, meaningful conversations and simply being still and quiet. I am especially joyful this year. I reached my goal of becoming an International Coaching Federation- Master Certified Coach (ICF-MCC) and my certification as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).

 

May 2019 Featured Employee

Vera Whole health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. From residency to private practice healthcare has always felt like a scramble to balance quality care and time management. And more and more the economic pressures to bill and collect for services have dominated. The Vera model has allowed more time to provide excellent care, develop deep relationships with patients, and avoid the threat of provider burnout. I’m inspired by the satisfaction that comes from overcoming a challenge, solving a puzzle, or aiding someone in times of physical or emotional distress. Vera Whole Health allows me to be the best provider I can be.

When not at work I love porpoising thru bottomless powder on fat telemark skis with endless face shots, summiting then descending a technical mountain bike trail with all skin and bones intact, dancing to live music and any successful family vacation.

Bradley Frank
Lead Provider at Flagstaff, Arizona
Team member since October 2015
Consuelo Alvarez
Medical Assistant at Amy’s Care Center in Pocatello, ID
Team member since July 2018

April 2019 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. I’m proud to be a nurse and motivated to care for others every day. Thank you Vera Whole Health for the trust and opportunity. I love what I do and feel satisfied when I know I’ve given my patients the very best of me. My family, my patients and my goals inspire me to do my best. With the support of my family and team, I wake up every day with an open mind ready for a new adventure, thinking of ways I can improve myself for those I serve, as a person and as a nurse.

We all have stories to tell. I love that my job gives me the opportunity to meet new people, hear their stories and take something from them that will help me grow in many aspects of my life.  What I do also gives me the opportunity to show compassion, listen and learn from other’s experiences. I believe learning is endless.

Spending time going on vacation, doing outdoor activities and making memories with my family brings me joy. I am thankful for being Wife, mother, and grandmother of a two-year-old little girl who I love spending time with.

March 2019 Featured Employee

Vera is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do by allowing me to connect and share our mission with the external community. I have been able to build incredible working relationships, and experience personal and professional growth. The Vera culture has provided the space for me to be a novice again, the opportunity to learn from others, and stretch out of my comfort zone. I am inspired by prospects and clients who want to provide healthy solutions, innovative work environments, and a positive support network for employees and their families. My role allows me to be a catalyst of change for organizations and individuals, as well as seek to understand their perspective and values when developing a solution.

Personally, I love that I get to build a deeper connection with my growing family, try new activities and hobbies, explore fun places, and push myself physically.

Victoria Andrews
Clinical Consultant at Field Support
Team member since November 2012
Debra Schuerman
NP, Clinical Specialist at Field Support
Team member since September 2018

February 2019 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. I’ve been in healthcare since the age of 16. It’s all I’ve known. I’ve seen a lot of change in the industry over the years and a lot of it not for the better. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join a forward-thinking company whose model leans towards quality and outcomes over the traditional fee for service model. This is so refreshing as a provider to have the time to deliver the care we were trained to do. I’m really inspired when I’m surrounded by intelligent, motivated and energetic people with the same goals and purpose.

When not at work I love spending time with family and friends and staying active through sports and cross training. I also love going to movies or the theater and traveling with my husband. Most of all I love doing meaningful work.

January 2019 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do because it’s important to me to be a part of something bigger than myself. Healthcare is of particular interest to me because of the value I place on the health of those around me. I love Vera’s quality-based, bio-psycho-social approach to healthcare and the emphasis on mindfulness and compassion.

I’ve had a great deal of encouragement over the years from family members particularly from my mom who is no longer with us. She always pushed for me to do good in the world, work hard and set goals. I continue to stay inspired by her influence.

I absolutely love winter sports! Downhill skiing and figure skating are my top two picks. I have a background in figure skating and continue to carry out my passion by coaching on the side. It makes me proud and brings me joy to inspire my skaters to achieve their skating dreams.

Chelsea Joynes
Patient Service Representative at Springbrook Clinic, Seattle
Team member since July 2018
Siobhan Holcombe
MA and Site Lead at First Hill Clinic, Seattle
Team member since May 2013

December 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. So often, patients are unable to connect with their healthcare team on a personal level. Time constraints, burnout, high demand-all these things prevent patients from establishing a trusting relationship with healthcare providers. Vera allows me the time to really connect with my patients and when trust is established, they are more willing to share information that will truly make a difference in their health. I am proud to be a part of the revolution.

My children bring me the most joy. The art of child-rearing in this modern chaotic world is difficult to say the least, but as they develop into teenagers, I am overjoyed that they exhibit many of the characteristics and values that I hold most dear. I look forward to the day when the seeds that I have planted in them produce a bountiful harvest.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later”-Og Mandino

November 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. While not directly helping our patients, I believe that credentialing is vitally important because it is the one process that allows patients to confidently place their trust in their chosen healthcare providers. My main motivation comes from providing the best service I can in order to serve Vera Whole Health and all of our providers and patients.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  And I’m all about soccer, having played and coached for many years.  Go Sounders!  Go Huskies!

Duane Nakamura
Credentialing Analyst at Field Support
Team member since December 2016