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Health Coaching In Primary Care: Considerations for Collaborative Practice:

NBC-HWC Shawn Marie Cichowski
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"Health coaching can transform the patient experience—and the clinical outcomes–in a primary care practice. A well-developed collaboration between a skilled physician and a well-trained coach can support lasting behavior change and have profound positive impact on patients’ health and wellbeing.

Simply put, health coaches facilitate change. Working with individual patients or groups, they use motivational strategies, behavior change, and communication techniques to help patients create sustainable behavior changes that lead to better health. They bridge the gap between what patients know they need to do to be healthy, and the intrinsic motivation that patients need to actually make and sustain those changes.

It all starts with a practitioner’s care plan, which guides the formulation of the patient’s wellness goals. Together, patient and coach create a plan to work toward these goals, addressing any challenges or roadblocks that arise and that impede incorporation of the practitioner’s recommendations.'-By Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD,

Our Coaches are National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches


 The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching has collaborated with the Medical Examiners(NBME) to provide a robust board certification examination. The esteemed NBC-HWC credential represents training, education, and assessment standards.



Shawn Marię Cichowski NBC-HWC

Shawn's style of coaching is personable, authentic and calming. Shawn has worked with thousands of clients and customizes coaching sessions based on each client's needs, concerns and interest levels.  Shawn's coaching is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy, coaching/positive psychology and mindfulness. Shawn provides evidence-based tools and uses various coaching methodologies to support clients to a path of well-being and improved quality of life.

Shawn is well-versed in both clinical coaching, spiritual coaching and also offers integrative health approaches that include complementary therapies such as: Reiki, QIQong, Eco-therapy, Meditation, Energy Psychology, Breath work, Mindful movement, red light therapy and aromatherapy.  

Shawn has extensive experience offering behavioral Telehealth in collaboration with clinical therapists and dietitians.  Shawn  designs wellness support groups and and also provides one-on-one coaching. Shawn coaches all areas of health including and not limited to: diabetes, weight loss/management,  smoking cessation, Cardiovascular health, sleep health, postpartum depression/new parent, bereavement, anxiety/Depression, Chronic pain, Cancer, and stress management. 

NBC-HWC Credentials  # A-3623791 

NPI: 1881301729

Certified WellCoach 

We have programs for these and other health conditions and wellness topics:

  • ​Diabetes

  • Cardiovascular health, High Blood Pressure

  • Respiratory issues like COPD and asthma

  • Low back pain

  • Depression

  • Resiliency

  • Tobacco Cessation

  • Panic & Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Caretaker/Caregiver 

  • Mind-Body Medicine

  • Nutrition


  • Exercise, Fitness and Conditioning

  • Mindfulness

  • Sleep Health

  • Hydration

  • Bereaveament

  • Management of minor aches and muscle soreness

  • Breathwork

  • Eating Habits

  • Work-Life Balance

  • Preventive Care

  • Injury Prevention

  • Burnout/Compassion Fatigue

Are you a Primary Care Provider interested in learning more about how a Health Coach can enhance your practice and support your patients? Please reach out to schedule a time to discuss further. 

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