I believe in meditation and moderation.
In self-care and in shift drinks.
In rosé all day and in daily affirmations.
I take not taking things seriously pretty seriously.
I (still) believe in champagne with breakfast.
My name is Doniree. I’m a hospitality professional and holistic health coach based in Portland, OR, and my goal is to build a balanced life around these three points:
- food + beverage + hospitality
- healthy, sustainable living + wellness
- travel + freedom
What is a Health Coach?
A Health Coach is a supportive wellness mentor who works with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower people to feel their best through shifts in food habits and lifestyle changes.
YOU set self-determined health & wellness goals, and I tailor your program specifically to you and your needs.
Who do I work with?
I work with individuals and groups who want to shift their mindsets and expectations around what is truly possible for them in their lives, and I provide individualized, actionable programs to help my clients achieve those [big and small!] goals.
Here’s how I got here
The road that brought me here is long and winding, but here’s what you need to know in a nutshell:
I have a degree in Psychology and a minor in Strategic Communications, which landed me a job in advertising in my hometown of Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota. After I realized that spending someone else’s advertising budget wasn’t really my soul’s calling, I turned to the thing that saved my mental health and kept me balanced: yoga.
Yoga brought me peace of mind during that intense career, and inspired me to incorporate a mindful addition of wellness practices into my life. As such, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Core Power Yoga in 2009 and am currently working toward a holistic health coaching certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which I plan to complete by August 2018.
When I moved to Portland in 2010, my desire to move my marketing business into the food and drink industry lead me to Raven & Rose where I was quickly swept up in the bar business. Instead of writing about food and drinks, I found myself serving them at one of Portland’s most beloved restaurants, which gave me greater insight to my desire to combine wellness with wine. These days, I manage many of the restaurants guest experience and concierge-type tasks, and I love it.
When I’m not working, you can find me scouting $1 oyster happy hours, experimenting in my own kitchen, and snuggling with my cat watching The West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, or Pitch Perfect for the literal thousandth time.
I’m a sucker for balance, and live my life at two ends of the spectrum: one involves the indulgent, fast-paced life of a restaurant professional (with a part-time side hustle), and the other places me calmly in the middle of my yoga mat (or sweating my way through an hour of Orange Theory). After earning my yoga certification in 2009 and moving to Portland the following year, I created a niche writing about food, wine, travel, balancing my day-to-day life with mindful wellness practices like yoga, meditation and holistic healing.
… rosé, oysters, road trips, being on water, being in nature, happy hour, yoga, journaling, subscription boxes (like StitchFix, FabFitFun, Le Tote, Winc, and Mighty Nest), summer, spring, fall, peanut M&Ms, chocolate-covered pretzels, coffee, Orange Theory Fitness, The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, memoirs (especially by boss ass women), travel, and my 14-year-old black cat, Roxy.