The HCI Pathway Program Faculty
NBHWC has stringent faculty requirements for all approved training programs. As a result, the The HCI Pathway Program faculty team is required to meet or exceed those standards. For the beta course, the two primary instructors will be Health Coach Institute faculty members, Kaley Hixson and Brooke Jeffries.
KALEY HIXSON, MS, BCTMB
Coaching Education Specialist, Program Director for The HCI Pathway Program, and Faculty Instructor at Health Coach Institute.
Kaley Hixson has a Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology, with an emphasis in Coaching Psychology and is passionate about holistic wellness and the mind-body connection. Kaley is the primary developer of The HCI Pathway Program at Health Coach Institute.
Throughout the 15 years that led to joining HCI, Kaley immersed herself in all-things holistic health and mind-body healing. In addition to receiving her BS in Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology, Kaley studied holistic massage and bodywork at Irene’s Myomassology Institute, ultimately leading to her becoming Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (BCTMB). Since 2009, Kaley has enjoyed working with a diverse clientele in helping them achieve greater levels of personal well-being.
In 2015, Kaley studied chiropractic for 2 years before ultimately discovering the fields of positive psychology and professional coaching. Since 2017, Kaley has been immersed in coaching education and practice; she has earned 4 coaching certifications and a Master’s in Positive Psychology, with a concentration in Coaching Psychology, while at the same time developing a successful private coaching practice that focuses on personal well-being and positive organizational development.
Kaley’s passion for coaching stems from her love of vitalistic philosophy; that all living beings are capable of self-growth, self-healing, and self-regulation – a love that was developed while she was in chiropractic school. Vitalism tells us that growth and healing do not require help from the outside, but rather a simple lack of interference. Kaley sees coaching, in its essence, as a way of helping others remove interferences that come in the form of limiting beliefs, distorted perceptions, and unmet needs for high-level self-care practices; she is continually amazed by the transformational power that presence, deep-listening, and subtle shifts-of-perception can provide.
In order to best support others in unleashing their innate wisdom and profound capability for growth and development, Kaley is committed to a life-long journey of high-level self-care and personal and professional development, which includes working with her own coaches and mentors along the way.
Born and raised in Michigan, Kaley spent her early adult years living in Detroit. Her most fond memory of Detroit is helping to develop a grass-roots, urban-farming community in one of the most burnt-down sections of the city. From 2009-2014, Kaley enjoyed living in various places in Canada, which included spending a year doing a help-exchange at a unique eco-retreat on a remote island in the Bay of Fundy. From there, Kaley spent a year in Texas and 3 years in Kansas before moving to her current home just outside of Burlington, Vermont. When Kaley is not working or studying, she is likely doing one of two things: enjoying a quiet evening at home with her son, Evan, her partner, Brandon, and their cat, Aurora, or – exploring the vibrant music festival culture in Quebec.
Relevant Experience and Credentials
Coaching Education Specialist at Health Coach Institute, July 2019 – Present
Owner and Coach at Eudaimonia, Center of Human Flourishing, 2018 – Present
Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), 2018 – Present
Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (BCTMB), 2019 – Present
Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), 2009 – Present
WellPeople, Certified Wellness Inventory Facilitator & Coach (2019 – Present)
Life University, MS, Positive Psychology – Concentration in Coaching Psychology (2017 – 2019)
Gestalt Coaching – “Expanding Your Competency” – 24 ICF CCE Hours, May 2019
Health Coach Institute, Advanced TCM & TCM Mastery Coach (2017 – 2018)
Health Coach Institute, Certified Health Coach & Life Coach (2017 – 2018)
Cleveland University Kansas City, Chiropractic (2015 – 2017)
Wayne State University, BS, Psychology – Concentration in Health Psychology (2005-2012)
Irene’s Myomassology Institute, Certified Massage Therapist (2008-2009)
Purdue University, Aviation Technology, Private Pilot Certificate (2004-2005)
Awards & Recognition
Health Coach Institute, 10K in 10 Weeks Challenge, Finalist (November, 2019)
The Truth Chiropractic Philosophy Seminar, Student Speech Contest, Winner & Scholarship Recipient (April, 2017)
International “Talk the Tic” Chiropractic Philosophy Speech Contest, Finalist (October, 2016)
BROOKE JEFFRIES, MS, CN
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist and Faculty Instructor, Health Coach Institute
Brooke Jeffries is a Certified Nutritionist and Faculty Instructor at Health Coach Institute, with deep expertise in nutrition, health, and coaching.
Prior to joining HCI, Brooke worked as a Clinical Nutritionist in a successful private nutrition practice, specializing in working with eating disorders, weight concerns, and relationship with food and body. She then transitioned into a role as a skilled Health Coach and team lead at Arivale (a wellness company), where she managed and mentored a team of 11 Health Coaches.
Brooke’s work with coaching clients is inspired by her own personal history with food and illness. She strongly believes in empowering her clients and students to make sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes to achieve wellness and peace with their minds and bodies.
Brooke is passionate about personal empowerment, learning, and whole-body healing, and has mentored many coaches over the years on building strong coaching and clinical skills.
Brooke holds a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Brooke is originally from Houston, Texas, but has resided in Seattle, Washington since 2013. She and her husband, Joseph, have a dog (Jimmy) and two-lap kitties (Jack and Stella). Brooke enjoys painting, traveling internationally, listening to live music, and yoga. Trampolining is her latest favorite way to get in joyful movement, but she also loves dancing and kickboxing.
Relevant Experience and Credentials:
Certified Nutritionist, Washington State Department of Health (2013 – present)
Faculty Instructor at Health Coach Institute (June 2019- present)
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at Health Coach Institute (June 2019 – present)
Founder at Brave Nutrition (August 2015 – present)
YogaMedCo Well-Being Coach Program (2019 – present)
Scientific Wellness Lead Health Coach at Arivale (January 2016 – April 2019)
Nutrition Counselor at Passionate Nutrition (June 2013 – August 2015)
Wellcoaches Health & Wellness Core Coach Program (2015)
Molly Kellog’s Motivational Interviewing Counseling Intensive for Health Professionals (2014)
Be Nourished Intensive: The Embodied Practitioner- Body Trust (2014)
Bastyr University, Master of Science, Clinical Nutrition (2013)
Stephen F. Austin State University, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (2002)
Stephen F. Austin State University, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (2002)
Awards & Recognition
Dean’s List, Stephen F. Austin State University
Brooke’s nutrition counseling practice, Brave Nutrition, has been recognized as one of the top nutritionists in Seattle by Expertise.com