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*Have you tried to contact me, but never heard back?  In a super-fun technological glitch that existed for most of 2017 - I never received those emails. It's all fixed now. :)

Indianapolis, IN


How can I help you Thrive?  I'm Ellen Leonard, a huge nerd using my expertise in Ayurveda, Yoga, Positive Psychology, Stress Management and Health Coaching to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.  Be happier, be healthier.

National Certified Health and Wellness Coach


The Best Self Wellness blog discusses ideas for you to be your best self.  Discover what health and wellness professionals are doing for their health and wellness through interviews and features.  Learn about exciting academic research in the heath and wellness fields.  And read about some of my experiments gone awry in and some ideas I have about the fields of Yoga, Ayurveda, Positive Psychology, and Stress Management. 


National Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Ellen Leonard

I love to study. 
Flashcards.  Highlighters. Reading. 
All super-fun.  (seriously)

When the National Certification Board for Health and Wellness Coaching said that I would be able to become nationally certified by both studying and then taking a multiple choice exam - I signed up immediately.  Combining my nerdiness with my love for health and wellness coaching was fun and rewarding.

I passed the certification exam and am now officially a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).

What does this mean?  It's essentially a national board saying that I have the appropriate knowledge to be a Health & Wellness Coach - and that I can use this knowledge to help my clients. 

Official fancy details below if you are interested...


From the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching:

"November 17, 2017


In September 2017, over 1,100 professional health & wellness coaches passed the first Health and Wellness Coach Certifying Examination (HWCCE) to earn the new credential: National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). The certification examination is provided by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), a collaboration between the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).

The profession of health & wellness coaching has emerged to address an urgent and widespread need - to increase individuals’ engagement in health-giving lifestyles that prevent and treat chronic conditions. While the profession has grown, so has variability in the standards of health & wellness coaches who are employed from clinical settings to universities, health plans to private practices and health clubs. To deliver consistent standards for the new profession, the ICHWC, a consortium of thought leaders and 52 health & wellness coach training and education programs, and the NBME, which develops and administers physician licensing examinations in the United States, joined forces to establish standards for health and wellness coach training and education programs and a coach certification exam.

The National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaching is based upon a set of competencies for appropriately developing the coaching relationship, communication techniques, processes for behavior change, health and wellness knowledge, ethics and professional development, and more. All practitioners who meet eligibility requirements and pass the examination are designated National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC). These practitioners are demonstrating a standard of practice that assists employers and members of the public in selecting a health & wellness coach.

The over 1,100 practitioners who earned the NBC-HWC credential will be listed in an online public directory by January 1, 2018 at

If you have questions, visit the ICHWC website at or NBME at, or contact ICHWC Executive Director Leigh-Ann Webster at (858) 395-5808.

We are tremendously excited to be involved in setting the national standards for competence in our developing profession, and making it easier for people across the country to access the skilled support they need to reach their health and wellness goals.


Agata Butler, PhD
National Board of Medical Examiners, National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching

Craig N. Mills, Ed.D
National Board of Medical Examiners, National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching

Margaret Moore, MBA
Wellcoaches Corporation; Institute of Coaching, Mclean Hospital, A Harvard Medical School affiliate, National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching

Cindy Schultz, MA, LP
University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing, National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching

Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt School of Nursing, National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching"