Erica Halvorsen, Weight Loss Counselor
Erica’s longtime passion for healthy living which includes good practical nutrition and daily exercise, propels her to be a dynamic Weight Loss Counselor at The Aesthetic & Wellness Center. She is a native New Yorker raised in Brooklyn although has lived in the Sarasota Bradenton area for the last 11 years bringing with her enthusiasm about helping people to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle. Growing up as an overweight child Erica is drawn towards helping others and as such found herself studying Psychology and nutrition in college, receiving her Associates degree in Mental Health and Human Services. She has continued her education obtaining certifications in the medical and chiropractic fields as well as advanced training in many different types of weight loss modalities.
Personally, she has lost well over a hundred pounds which she has maintained for 10 years. Erica’s personal and professional background and passion gives her a unique ability to empathize and educate clients in a safe and effective manner.
Erica is currently completing her ACE health and wellness coach certification. She has worked one on one with hundreds of weight loss clients, helping to achieve their health and wellness goals.
Natalia Garcia, Registered Dietitian and Health Coach
Natalia, our Registered Dietitian and Health Coach at the Aesthetic & Wellness Center, specializes in motivating our clients to achieve optimal health, fitness, and overall wellbeing. Natalia struggled with her weight while in her teens and developed an enthusiasm and passion for nutrition and overall health that transitioned her into a competitive tennis player and triathlete. Natalia demonstrates what is possible when you are goal oriented and determined.
Having acquired her degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University, Natalia subsequently became a Registered Dietitian and Health Coach. Focusing on addressing individual and group needs, Natalia’s work experience includes a decade of working with physicians, behavioral health practitioners, performance teams, and corporations. Natalia has advanced training in many nutritional modalities and continues her education by attending cutting edge nutritional and science-based course training.
Natalia has developed comprehensive nutritional programs and specializes in weight management, eating disorders, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, and sensitivities. She works closely with clients experiencing challenges such as diabetes and pre-diabetes, irritable bowel and inflammatory bowel disease, gastric reflux disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Her passion is to utilize the latest research to motivate and educate our clients.
Kathleen Walters, Health and Wellness Weight Loss Counselor
Kathy is a Weight Loss Counselor at The Aesthetic and Wellness Center. Kathy came to us with a lifelong interest and study in the mind/body connection to health and wellness. Having relocated to our sunshine state 3 years ago from New York, she has specialized in working closely with people to help them incorporate changes that achieve their goals in health and vitality.
Kathy celebrates extensive studies and experience in different modalities such as cognitive-behavioral coaching, health and wellness lifestyle coaching, nutrition and nutritional supplementation, and exercise and physicality. She pursued an international certification as a Certified Professional Coach and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.
Kathy’s passion lies in supporting and motivating others in adopting new behavioral changes in nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle for improved well-being. Kathy works closely with our clients to help develop positive changes and perspectives. Her goal is to help assist our clients in uncovering and modifying any obstacles or barriers and to create a life of overall health and wellness going forward.
Michael Brigger, CPT/FMS Specialist
Michael has been actively involved in the fitness industry for the past 20 years.
Originally a classically trained ballet dancer, his dynamic approach can be transferred from his workouts to daily life. He empowers his clients by changing their lifestyle through nutrition and exercise while motivating them to stay consistent and focused on their goals.
Michael holds certifications from The National Academy of Sports Medicine and Functional Movement Systems.