Asthmatic and overweight at 26 years old, Natalie Rivera, Lifestyle and Wellness Coach at Rothman Health Solutions knew that she had to make a drastic life change after denying her son’s request to play outside, because she could not find the energy to tie her shoes.
“I felt like crap. My asthma was out of control and that’s when the light bulb went off. I thought, how dare I not want to take him out? I wanted to be a more functioning parent for him, so I looked into occupational studies.”
Natalie spent the next five years working in several doctors’ offices but found that none of them aligned with her vision of helping individuals adopt permanent enhancements toward better health.
“The ethics were not there, and it didn’t resonate with me. Everyone was falling in this line of medication and dying. I wanted to change that path.”
Two years ago, Natalie stumbled upon a job opportunity that felt like home. She went through the FPC hiring model interview led by Dr. Nicole Rothman and was originally brought on as the front desk administrator.
“I had met my people. I finally found where the healers were.”
Natalie explained that her goal from the get-go was to help make Dr. Rothmans life easier so that she could contribute to the overall growth and success of the practice. She transitioned from the front desk into what she calls a “love coach” and was able to move closer to her personal mission of helping people learn to make necessary changes to appreciate their bodies.
“I love working. [Dr. Rothman] wanted to see changes in her office while adhering to the FPC guidelines so I jumped on the portal and started learning on weekends and nights. When I was asked if I wanted to start coaching, I said yes. I know what it feels like to be in the trenches and I know a way out. I wanted to be the one to help [people] through their change from the very beginning to the very end of their process.”
As the practice grew, Natalie knew she had to grow with it so she helped implement new classes, fitness videos, and everything FPC would recommend. They made minor tweaks to fit their practice but found everything extremely useful. She wanted to add value to the practice and after her first FPC quarterly, she felt comfortable enough to question how things were being carried out.
“It was a very open environment. It wasn’t anything to be worried about or afraid. After quarterly you just want to go home and implement everything, and you want to do it right.”
The team of six are a close-knit family according to Natalie and her love for each of them was apparent in how she described their relationships and roles.
“Thank God for Troy. He is our financial guy and removed a lot of tension because that is not my strong suit. Rebecca is much needed as a coach to help juggle all of the practice members and Tori is like a unicorn, she is amazing. Lexi just joined the coaching portion and people are loving her already. We found really, really great people.”
The dynamic in the office is always positive and upbeat and the team is deeply connected. They laugh together and often show their appreciation by “feeding each other.”
“We all eat pretty much the same, which is healthy. If we haven’t seen each other in a long time, we go out on a date with each other to a restaurant or if someone is very busy, we bring them water, so they stay hydrated. If we need meditation, we feed each other spiritual things or emotional things. It depends on what you need, what we’ll feed you.”
Dr. Rothman has cultivated a truly remarkable team that embodies the qualities that are necessary for success. As a team member, Natalie not only exhibits those qualities but understands that they are a unit and each person’s contribution is crucial.
“I still ask questions to Troy and Dr. Rothman constantly to make sure that I’m doing it right. We’re in that learning environment and everyone takes the leader hat. We’re on the same team.”
Natalie is looking forward to the upcoming November quarterly and the “jewels” she will pick up. She says that FPC not only assists her with her professional growth, but also helps her tremendously on a personal level.
So, are you ready for a success story of your own?
If you are, I have good news! We can get you results like this. It won’t be easy, nor will it happen overnight, but I’ve seen it happen so many times that I can tell you that’s it’s possible.
You’ve got to be hungry, driven, up for the work, listen more than you talk, complete more than complain, implement plans more than you announce them, and show up daily with a beginners mind. If you’re ready, it’s time to get to work!