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Hi, friend! I'm so happy you're here!

I'm Em - a lover of the outdoors, espresso, fresh flowers, my family and friends, staying active, spending time on the lake, and going for walks with my incredible husband, sweet son, and adorable pup. Professionally, I am a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Nutrition Coach. 


My interest in people led me to a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Wheaton College in Illinois. While at Wheaton, I played volleyball which fueled my love for fitness and nutrition as I learned how customized training and consuming nutrient-dense food would impact performance.


Postgrad, I decided it was time to combine my love for people, fitness, nutrition, & wellness. I enrolled in Duke Integrative Medicine and received my Integrative Health Coaching Professional Certification. Shortly after, I enrolled in NASM to receive my Personal Training Certification and Nutrition Coaching Certification. Put all those together (with a sprinkle of passion, hard work, joy, and trust) Waves & Free came to be: your go-to nourishment reservoir! 


My heart is for encouraging people to live well — to live a healthy life of balance, and filled with joy. To me, balance is eating foods that fuel your body, but not denying a sweet treat on occasion. It’s being fine with a few late nights of work, but spending a Saturday playing. It’s pushing your body during a workout, but listening to your body when it needs rest. It’s setting routines, habits, and choosing discipline — not because you have to, but because you get to. Life is a gift, use it well, & choose gratitude. 


It is such a blessing to work with you, and watch you create a healthy, balanced, joy-filled life! 



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