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I’m a lover of the outdoors, espresso, fresh flowers, my family and friends, staying active, going for walks with my sweet husband and adorable puppy, and of course — spending time on the lake. Professionally, I am a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and soon-to-be NASM Certified Personal Trainer, with a nutrition certification. 


My interest in people led me to a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, with a focus in Interpersonal Relationships from Wheaton College in Illinois. During my time at Wheaton, I found my niche playing & training for volleyball, and enjoyed not only the sport of volleyball, but also the camaraderie and the accountability found in being apart of a team. 


After working as a non-profit executive, I desired to have a more direct impact with my passions. Combining my love for people, health, and wellness, I enrolled in Duke Integrative Medicine and received my Integrative Health Coaching Professional Certification. Shortly after, Waves & Free came to be. 


With my passion for athletics, staying active, and cultivating relationships, Integrative Health Coaching brought me full-circle. 


My heart is for encouraging people to live well — to live a 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 hard in 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 my clients, and watch them reach their goals. It’s not something I take lightly. I am truly humbled to have you share and trust your lifestory and goals with me.

a few

of my favorite things.



Paul David Tripp


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"I love cooking and reading new recipe books, Bon Appetite and Cooks Illustrated magazines but day to day meal planning is not my favorite thing to do. Emily’s Waves and Free meal plan brings delicious variety to our table and takes away the weekly grind of planning. Having everything from recipes to grocery list in one place is great. Knowing the meals are healthy for our family is a wonderful bonus!"

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