Hey there, I’m Johnna!
So glad you could join me in my little piece of the world. Pour yourself your drink of choice. Grab a comfy seat and settle in. Before I ask you what brought you here, I'm going to tell you a little bit about me.
I don’t think it will take you very long to realize that I am passionate about women's health and wellness. My background is in medical anthropology, which means that I study women in a holistic way.
As a medical anthropologist, I take context into account when solving women’s health problem. Culture, biology, the environment…there's so much that goes into our health. As a Master’s student in Anthropology, I loved unpacking all those different pieces.
What I didn’t like? Feeling like I was doing research for research’s sake. I wanted to be able to do something with what I was learning. More importantly, I wanted to be able to use that knowledge to improve women’s health and well-being.
Because let’s be honest. Pretty much every girl out there knows by now that she should be eating better and exercising. And yet we’re still not eating enough fruits and veggies or moving our bodies. So what’s the solution?
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that we need to figure out new ways to encourage healthy behaviors.
Instead of our obsession with preventing chronic disease…
…we need to focus on fostering well-being in the moment.
We need to think not only about health…
…but also about how a person experiences health.
For example, if a woman is diagnosed with depression by her doctor and she doesn’t take the medication prescribed for her, it could be for a wide variety of reasons. Preference for cognitive-behavioral therapy over medication, inability to pay for the pill, fear about being stigmatized among her friends and family for having a mental illness...so many explanations. And if the doctor doesn’t understand her experience precisely, he or she may not be able to provide a solution to her mental health problem that works well for her.
Anthropology is exactly what the world needs to usher in a new generation of wellness. It’s taken me years to realize it, but now I’m certain of it.
Although I’m always scouring the current research, my work isn’t only driven by the so-called "experts". Instead, I ground everything I do in a narrative approach based on everyday women. I base my definition of well-being on real women’s stories. This first step is important. I don’t bring the psychological and behavioral theories into my work until after I’ve done that.
Let me be clear. I am not a therapist. I am not a medical professional. But I am an anthropologist, a fertility educator, and a group fitness instructor. That’s almost better. Because it means I don't make any assumptions about what drives your well-being. Instead, I get at the heart of your personal values. And then I help you craft behaviors and practices that align with your identity and your life.
I want to help you know your body, and know your self. That’s the only way that you can thrive.
Ready to get started? :)