As a Wildlands Fire dispatcher, Shayra Dosi feels good knowing she’s helping people and making a difference. But when she and her husband had their first child, she found her new calling as a holistic health coach for moms.
“My target audience is moms because of my own experience,” Dossey said. “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into as a first-time mom and I didn’t have a support system. I’ve heard a lot of moms say, ‘We only get two visits after I give birth.’ But he needs more support and I want to be a long term support system for him.
Initially, Dosey was unsure whether she would return to work, but when her baby Kai was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at only 6 weeks old, Dosey knew she had to give up motherhood to save her son. Will fight the battle of origin.
“When the pediatric surgeon ordered an ultrasound, they learned that Kai had neuroblastoma. He had a 3-centimeter tumor on his left kidney and other spots of cancer in his liver,” Dosey said. “During his biopsy , He was under anesthesia, and because his liver was so large, he was having difficulty getting oxygen, so they flew us to Seattle right away that night.”
Over the course of six months, Kai underwent four rounds of chemotherapy before finally going into remission. Knowing that time with her son was invaluable, Dossi decided to look into working from home options and landed on health coaching. She was always interested in health, but didn’t know much about it.
“I have always felt that I am very good at listening to people and understanding how they are feeling and being able to help people improve their lives. I hope that when clients are done working with me I would have made a positive difference in his life.
Dossi graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and holds a Nutritionist Certificate from the International Sports Science Association. During the year-long program, Dossey learned about the importance of food as medicine.
“In the first few modules I learned how your mental and emotional health affects your physical health and how cancer can be greatly reduced by eating better and staying away from processed and genetically modified foods. I can change my DNA with food,” he said.
Dossi’s education at IIN allowed him to study with the world’s top health and wellness experts, including Mark Hyman, Gabriel Bernstein, and Mark Bittman. Armed with the resources to free her from her own health struggles, Dosey knew she could make a positive impact in the lives of others as well.
“In the program, I was my first client. I used everything I learned. I knew it worked and I could apply it to other people,” Dossi explained. “I struggled with anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder, but now I know how to fight back. With my second child, I’ve had bouts of postpartum depression, but I’m using the tools I’ve learned and I can see a difference.
Dosey offers a six-month health coaching program as well as monthly nutrition coaching as a contractor with Camp Gladiator. So far, Dossi has helped women make better lifestyle decisions, manage their time, get more sleep, start their own businesses and even overcome fertility issues.
“I had a client who I helped through the last two months of her pregnancy and the first three months after delivery,” Dossey said. “It was her first pregnancy and we did a very thorough postpartum plan. After she had the baby, she told me she felt like she had everything she needed. She had a support system set up, she She knew who to trust, she knew what to do with food, and how to ask her husband for help.
Dossey believes that nourishing the body beyond the plate is just as important as what’s on your plate. Because of this, his program also focuses on relationships, career, finance, spirituality, and creativity.
“These are the things that make you happy from within. When you’re a happy person, your body is able to heal, but if you’re under stress, your body can’t take care of itself,” she said. “My main goal is to help moms heal emotionally and mentally. support and help them feel that they are flourishing in motherhood. I give moms the tools to make the most of their time as well as the encouragement they need.
To learn more about Dossey’s wellness programs, visit her website at shairadossey.com or her Instagram account @shaira.dossey. Dossey can be reached by email at [email protected]
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