Meet the Clinical Team: Tanya

Tanya is a health coach focused on empowering people with chronic conditions to improve their quality of life.

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Meet Tanya!

Tanya Johnson, RN, BSN, NBC-HWC is a health coach focused on empowering people with chronic conditions to improve their quality of life.

We sat down with Tanya to learn more about her career, passions, goals, and personal favorites.

Did you always know you wanted to be in healthcare?

In some ways, yes. My entire life I was always drawn to caring for people, but I didn’t put it all together until a friend in college asked me why I wasn’t studying nursing. It was an “aha” moment for me and I never looked back.

Why did you decide to become a health coach?

After working in the hospital setting as a registered nurse for many years, I took time off to be home with my two boys while they were young. Around the time I decided to return to work, I discovered health coaching.

I felt so drawn to this new (to me) way of having a positive impact on the health of others. I was so excited and passionate about the opportunity to foster the  skills, tools, and confidence needed to help people achieve sustainable change. Being able to support health and wellness in such an individualized and impactful way felt like a perfect progression and fit for me.

How many years have you been in healthcare?

21

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is forming relationships where I am gifted the opportunity to facilitate and witness individual empowerment and self-discovery, with the realization that they now have the answers.

I love that by working in digital therapeutics, I can reach so many people when and where they are most comfortable, which makes the connection feel that much more authentic, organic, and fruitful.

What is the most common misconception about pain management?

Pain management is about more than just the physical pain. The mind-body connection plays a significant role as well.

It is so important to me to have discussions about all aspects of pain, in addition to the physical symptoms. Factors like stress, support systems and relationships, sleep quality, and how we nourish our bodies and minds all play a major role in our ability to find relief  – recognizing how interrelated they all are is important to our ability to heal holistically.

Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?

Watching my older son play hockey and my younger son play music or honestly doing any activity with them! I also love anything that involves the ocean and have a hobby of designing and making jewelry, which I don’t do often enough.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! We have a two year old snowshoe cat named Marlo.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would have to say that answer changes frequently, but right now I’m going to say Amsterdam because my older son will be studying there for a month and we plan to hijack the end of his trip and join him.

To learn more about the coaching offered through Kaia Health, visit www.kaiahealth.com 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Right now my answer would be Portugal because that was going to be my family’s next trip before the pandemic. We need to start planning again 🙂

What’s your favorite way to relax after a long day?

Playing music as I cook. Inevitably everyone ends up singing, dancing, and eating — which is the absolute best trifecta!

What motivates you?

I think most importantly what motivates me is being a positive role model for my boys and anyone I get to coach. Knowing that they witness the things I choose to do and that I’m authentic with not only my words but my actions, intrinsically motivates me to show up for myself, work hard, and find balance.

About Kaia Health
Kaia’s digital therapy app offers 24/7 access to a clinically validated program and access to coaches and PTs to help alleviate back, neck, muscle, or joint pain. Through only a smartphone or tablet, Kaia’s technology guides members through proper exercise and provides real-time feedback on movements as accurately as a physical therapist.

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