We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Tager and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stacy, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by collaboration. I have felt the most success in various areas of my life due to collaboration. To know I have fellow humans beside me who are willing to be open minded, team oriented, and honest while sharing their professional knowledge always helps create something impactful and important. The health and wellness field relies on experts, be they scientists, functional and integrative specialists, primary care physicians, therapists, nurses, researchers, etc, to collaborate and share their knowledge for the betterment of all. Joining forces to foster a wellness community is high on my list of priorities. 

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Root Wellness is not just a health coaching practice, it is my passion. A wellness journey is not about achieving perfection, it’s about progress. The small little steps we take each day toward better health. I embrace the approach to health care that emphasizes positive behavior change to improve health and well being by focusing on the essential core components of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. My clients and I brainstorm and work together using various modalities to develop a strategy to achieve specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time bound program goals. I work with individuals and groups. The aim of coaching is to create a supportive alliance in which I can assist each client in attaining optimal health. As a National Board Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach I am excited to hear more medical professionals and health experts communicating the importance of a well balanced diet, daily movement, and community. Covid-19 has taught us many things and to care for our overall health is up there at the top. Honestly, it’s about education and support. My business came to fruition after a lot of coursework, certifications and board exams, and support from the Functional and Integrative Medicine community. Lucky for me I have always been a lifelong learner-studying and researching whatever I could get my hands on. Building this business has been so rewarding and challenging. I have had a few different careers earlier in my life and one thing I have learned is to find a mentor, ask good questions, and surround yourself with individuals who are like minded. When you run up against challenges, mentors can help light the way, oftentimes because they have been in your position before. A good friend of mine recently said, “Stacy, cast the net and it will catch you.”

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A visit to Los Angeles will absolutely include lots of outdoor activity. Some of my favorite spots are the hiking trails at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades, paddle boarding in the channel of Marina Del Rey, and beach walks. I also love heading up to Mammoth Mountain all 12 months of the year. You will find me flyfishing, mountain biking, and cross country skiing at Tamarack Lake. I also encourage a visit to the Lake Shrine Self-Realization Center. It’s a stunningly peaceful and spiritual garden space that offers lakeside meditations with shrines and waterfalls and a hilltop Temple with weekly inspirational services. This beautiful space welcomes people of all faiths. My favorite “restaurant” is my own kitchen. Homemade meals and having family and friends cook along side me brings me such joy. Shopping for fresh produce, meat, and fish at farmers markets is a must for the freshest products and to support our local farmers.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Institute for Functional Medicine and the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy deserve a BIG shout out! Dr. Lisa Lichtig and Dr. Patrick Hanaway, both Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners from IFM, steered me in the direction of health coaching and have changed my life. Additionally, the founders, teaching staff, and faculty of the IFM and FMCA have my undying gratitude for continuously supporting my journey to be the best Functional Medicine Health Coach I can be. Their published research, expertise in their perspective fields, and their willingness to support their fellow practitioners and coaches is just extraordinary. Ultimately we all want the same thing: A patient-centered approach that encourages and supports individuals while they explore the underlying causes of disease and illness, ultimately focusing on the core components to achieve optimal wellness. And of course my family and friends. They have all been witness to the hard work and dedication I have and will continue to put into my practice. Super appreciative for their support!

Website: https://www.rootwellness.io/
Instagram: @rootwellnessla
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacy-tager
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rootwellnessla

Image Credits
https://www.alexisadam.com Personal Photo All other images are from my phone

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