We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlo (Lola) Ryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marlo (Lola), can you talk to us a bit about why you love what you do?
I love helping clients reach their full potential.  It’s immensely rewarding observing clients’ transformation into more confident, positive, happy souls.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Certified Integrative Health Coach and Usui Reiki Practitioner. After leaving a 25+ years career in various ‘Big Pharma” management positions I attended The Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I received an Integrative Health Coach Certification. I am also a Certified Usui Reiki practitioner. As a Certified Integrative Health Coach (CIHC) I provide guidance and ongoing support in order to enrich individuals’ health and happiness. I take a holistic approach to well-being which includes the practice of Reiki. Reiki is an energy healing practice that supports mind/body well-being. As a health coach I encourage individuals to identify and prioritize areas of their lives upon which to focus improvement. I inspire clients to set goals and embrace healthy lifestyle choices in order to sustain an enlightened version of one’s self. Working in Corporate America was very structured. Setting goals and objectives was an integral part of performance; doing so for many years assisted with my transition to my current engagements. Having said that, practicing what I preach is easier said than done. I swiveled from an often stressful ‘flight or fight” environment to one requiring more zen. Learning to relax takes continuous practice of meditation, Reiki, exercise and other stress reducing activities. I recently battled breast cancer and won. Coincidentally, I was fortunate to have the resources my practice provides at my disposal through my health care provider. I intend to pivot part of my practice to oncology and palliative care to give back to the space that played a major part of my recovery.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Local spots I would lbe delighted to share with friends visiting the area:  Hiking El Moro (aka the “BFI”) for photo opps of the glorious view of the Pacific ocean, a day at the Montage in Laguna Beach, 1000 Steps in Laguna, stroll around Balboa Island and ferry to the Peninsula to see “The Wedge”, stroll Main Street Seal Beach, set sail from Newport Beach for the day or a day trip to Catalina Island.  My favorite spots for eats & cocktails: Wilma’s Patio on Little Balboa Island, Alta Coffee and Roasting, The Galley in Newport Beach, Urth Cafe Laguna Beach, Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove, Duke’s on the Huntington Beach Pier, Sushi at Nobu in Newport Beach, Pelican Grill at Pelican Hill Resort, Sol Mexican Cocina in Newport Beach and True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
BIGGEST shout out to my true love for life, my husband Ed Ryan who inspires me to do what makes me happy and always applauds my accomplishments!