My Story

Elizabeth Novy, RN-BC, NC-BC, NBC-HWC, RYT
Certified Integrative Health Coach, through Duke Integrative Medicine
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC)

I became a registered nurse at a time when I had struggled with my own health issues and had lost a family member to cancer.  Having a degree in interior design and years of experience creating environments, I wanted to design my life around health and wellness, so I changed careers and became a nurse.  In providing patient care on a medical-telemetry unit I recognized the gap in health care regarding patient education, lifestyle, and chronic stress.  As a result, I became a Certified Integrative Health Coach through Duke Integrative Medicine.  The foundation of that program was a process rooted in mindfulness by which I could support others to create a life of health, purpose, and meaning.  It also encompassed the creative design process, and one of my best strengths, listening.  As I gained experience coaching for employee wellness programs, I experienced the power that culture can have on wellness.

I continue to advance my clinical knowledge with training in integrative and functional medicine, which tend to favor lifestyle interventions and look deeper into root-cause.  Health coaching is a complement to these approaches in that it provides foundational support for lifestyle modification. With experience in behavior change, the creative design process, and healthcare, I have learned to support patients to implement medical recommendations and achieve goals, which often takes time, organization, and an understanding of the system to be successful. Self-awareness and mind-body principles are also integral to this process.

The love of my life is a cancer survivor, so I have navigated this path as a caregiver.  I have gained experience in exploring conventional and integrative treatment options where I have become adept at managing the complexities of this process, along with an awareness of the many challenges.  This includes seeking a strong team of providers, communicating a complex history to provide the most benefit during consultations, and understanding insurance considerations.  Home-cooking has become a significant piece of this journey.

Becoming a Board Certified Nurse Coach (NC-BC) and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) has furthered my health coaching education.  In September 2017, I was in the first group of health coaches to pass the board certification exam organized by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) and administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).  I am working towards IFM Certification and have worked for Genova Diagnostics as a Medical Education Specialist. I have worked for FMCA and currently work for Emory Continuing Education Health Coaching Programs.  Additionally, I provide coaching education and health and wellness certification exam prep courses through Next In Coaching Academy (NICA).

In August 2018, I started The Ohio State University Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program.  The OSU College of Nursing has a commitment to wellness, innovation, and evidenced-based practice, which continues to enhance and build upon the experience I have already gained.

In my journey, mind-body connection concepts, such as dance, yoga, and self-defense have been influential.  My top VIA Character Strength is  “Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence.”

Registered Nurse, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia (2009 – present)
Ohio State University Family Nurse Practitioner Distance Learning Program, (starting August 2018)
ANCC Medical-Surgical Board-Certified, RN-BC (2010 – present)
Nurse Coach Board-Certified, NC-BC (2015 – present)
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), ICHWC (2017)
Institute of Lifestyle Medicine CHEF Coaching Program (2018)
Certified Integrative Health Coach, Duke Integrative Medicine (2014)
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, FMCHC (2016)
Institute for Functional Medicine:  AFMCP 2013, Cardiometabolic, Immune, & GI APMs
AHA BLS (ACLS 2010-2018)
Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-200 (2011)
Mind Body Solutions: Adapting Yoga for Disability Level I (2013)
Mind Body Solutions: Integrating Yogic Principles into Healthcare Delivery (2014)
National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) (2006)

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