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As a recent graduate of the Certified Wellness Coaching program I must say how pleased I was with the coursework material provided. Everything was concise and extremely informative. I loved the added benefit of having a video to watch as well as written information. The combination of the two learning modules works extremely well.

I also had the pleasure of dealing directly with Mr. Mark Teahan, who I cannot say enough wonderful things about. Mr. Teahan was extremely helpful to a student that had questions during the learning process. It certainly isn’t everyday that you have a chance to deal directly with the Management Team in any organization. I strongly recommend the Spencer Institute for all your coaching needs and I will be returning to continue my quest to attain as much knowledge as possible to help my clients reach their goals.
Thank you again for a great learning experience.

Tara Siciliano

The Spencer Institute Coaching programs are informative while being exciting and cutting edge. Their variety of approaches to coaching holistically keeps my business fresh and me coming back for more.

Cathy Olson VanderPloeg

As a naturopathic physician, my role is to investigate the physiological, ecological and psychological imbalances that precipitate ‘unwellness.’ I then must proceed to suggest corrective options, educate and motivate my patients so that they may achieve their level of optimal health.

The coaching aspects of healing are as vital as understanding the clinical etiology of disease and its remedial actions. Inspiring one to take command of their own health, creating awareness of their inner resources and enhancing their sense of self-efficacy are essential components to maintaining a wellness paradigm, otherwise, a health continuum is short-lived.

I’ve been fortunate to complete two wonderful coaching programs through the Spencer Institute. These courses have concretized my thinking and helped me to empathetically create a vivid achievable path, with which, each patient can be appropriately guided.

Thank you, John, for producing credible, practical and easy to apply programs that can be used to enhance human potential.

Dr. Glenn B. Gero, N.D., R.N.C., M.H., M.E.S., C.L.C.

I took the Holistic Life Coaching Certification to build upon my credentials as someone who could help others. Being in the fitness industry I found that many people try to treat their mental, spiritual and/ or emotional problems with a fitness solution.

I wanted to be able to help these people in a bigger way and was so happy when I found the Spencer Institute’s program. It was exactly what I needed and have used it in my business fully. I now have a prospering business and am watching it progress in ways I had never imagined! ‘Your body is your only home, it is your responsibility to be mentally sharp, physically strong, emotionally balanced and spiritually conscious.’

Sophie Skover

I received my Life Strategies Coaching certification from the Spencer Institute in May 2005. I was extremely impressed with the layout of the program and the information provided within the course. The assignments were very thought provoking and gave a lot of insight into the coaching profession.

The customer service staff and Dr. Ellis were always available to answer any questions I had throughout the certification process. The DVDs provided with the course really helped me to better understand how a coaching relationship should work. The Spencer Institute and NESTA provide a tremendous amount of resources and tools that are available to graduates to help build their coaching foundation.

I have taken advantage of these tools provided and have had much success with forming my coaching business, Peace by Piece Life Coaching, Inc. I currently have clients in California and North Carolina and absolutely love what I do. I have a list of certifications that I plan on receiving through NESTA and the Spencer Institute this year, and I am looking forward to growing my business!

I can honestly say that I would not be as successful as I am now if it were not for the Spencer Institute and my coach during the program, Dr. John Spencer Ellis. I recommend any program provided by the Institute to anyone who is serious about establishing a professional coaching career.

Kate Kincaid

I am a lifelong learner, and firmly believe no matter how much we know, we can always discover more!! My brother told me about Spencer Institute, and I thank him because it really amped up my skills in coaching clients. Being a busy mom, I absolutely loved the distance learning since it fits with my hectic schedule, and I was able to do the courses at my own pace!

Jennifer Tuma-Young

The education from NESTA and The Spencer Institute, provide you with key tools to be successful. Whether you attend a live weekend workshop or choose the home study format, the material is compromised of the most current clinical research, scientific data and practical applications, to ensure of success during your wellness and healthcare journey.

I have learned so much during their programs and love the choices in texts and CD’s. The exams are focused and the practicals are hands-on for the ultimate understanding. The teaching staff is supportive and able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have…even after completion of any program. The business ideas provide you with the essential fundamentals to grow your own practice, compliment your current job or start a new career.

The Spencer Institute is truly an industry leader in fitness, wellness, coaching and holistic health.

Lissa Leon

I completed the personal fitness chef, fitness nutrition coach and kid’s nutrition specialist programs (some from NESTA) and I am so glad that I did.

Most recently, I’ve been giving talks on healthy snacking to children and I am finding that it complements my cooking schedule. It’s a nice complement to the work I do in the kitchen. I just wanted to say thanks!


I just want to say that the Spencer Institute Coaching Program exceeded my expectations.

The materials were interesting and well presented. Frankly, the assignments were a little more intense that I originally expected. This worked well for me because I now feel knowledgeable and have retained the material well. The study materials were thought provoking and definitely relative to my interests in becoming a coach. I especially appreciated the textbook. This book is also an excellent reference material. I also appreciated the conference calls with the Spencer Institute mentors. Our talks were motivating, and they answered my questions thoroughly. They were enthusiastic and supportive of my business ideas and also added their perspective.

Upon completion of the program, I feel well prepared and confident of my skills and coaching abilities. It is a lot more fun to promote my coaching business with the credentials of ‘certified life strategies coach.’ In summary, this coaching certification program was just what I needed to get my business launched and running well. I feel that participating in the program would be a wise decision for anyone interested in entering the field of coaching. Thanks!

Donna Mar

I want to thank you for offering your certifications. Being a Certified Wellness Coach lets a potential client know that I have a well rounded education that will allow me to be able to help them make healthy lifestyle changes.

We know that being well isn’t just the absence of illness, it’s more of a nurturing of mind, body and spirit that helps us lead the life we envision for ourselves. Thanks to Spencer Institute for better enabling me to share my experience, strength and hope with others along the path to wellness.

Amy Hayden

Learning life coaching at the Spencer Institute has been a great way for me to increase my business base. I really liked that I could work full time while learning life coaching on my own time schedule. Not only do I now have coaching clients, but I also attract more psychotherapy clients who choose me because I can do coaching in addition to psychotherapy.

Jeanne Asma

I am most pleased to recommend the Spencer Institute and NESTA.

I am a graduate of the Certified Holistic Stress Management Specialist, and the Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist programs. Both courses were excellent; extremely useful, comprehensive and remarkably very well written. Dr. John Spencer Ellis chosen guest speakers for each course were not only qualified to provide insight in relation to the course material but also had extensive working experience in their field of instruction. The dyadic discussions between Dr. Ellis and his guest speakers are of extreme interest and enlightening to wellness education.

My main reason for choosing the Spencer Institute programs was to enhance my practice and to increase my personal enrichment. My journey began 7 years ago after experiencing the tragic event of September 11, 2001. During this time, I crashed. Although I did not realize it at the time, I became extremely depressed, stopped exercising and found emotional relief in comfort foods. I enrolled in the study of Mind and Body Coaching and began to regain my long lost energy, exercise and healthfully lose weight. I researched other schools and found the programs at Spenser Institute are a relaxed, non-threatening way to learn, which are done at one’s own pace.

On reflection, I am delighted that I have completed the courses and attended the Spencer Institute. I feel that a career in Wellness is a lifelong learning journey and I am very excited that the NESTA programs helped to begin this journey!

Taras NK Raggio, MPA, HHP

As a Conflict Resolution Specialist and Life Skills Coach, I have found the information presented in the “Spencer Institute Life Strategies Coach Course” to be a valuable tool in both areas of my practice. Mediation and Life Skills Coaching both require the same tools in establishing a working relationship with your clients. I have found the “eye accessing clues” to be especially helpful in being able to understand my client’s ability to access the information presented to them.

The marketing, developing a business plan, and networking information, will be invaluable to anyone going out on their own. I would highly recommend this course as a ‘jumping off point’ to becoming a Life Skills Professional.

Debi Selin