Dr. Irene Phillips

ACE-Certified Health Coach



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BMI Categories
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Source: NIH.gov




About Dr. Phillips

Certified American Council on Exercise Health Coach (ACE), and  Occupational Therapist with over 25 years working in healthcare, fitness, university teaching, public administration, and community education. Helping people reach their fitness and healthy lifestyle goals are my passion. I am the founder of CardioWT, a cardio, weight training, and nutrition education support network for mature women. My practice consists of helping clients and communities balance the way they approach both fitness, nutrition and behavior change for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Spiritual and emotional healing are an integral part of my health coaching. I have a broad range of educational qualifications consisting of:

  • Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling,
    Argosy University
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministries,
    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy,
    New York University
  • Master of Public Administration,
    University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare,
    State University of New York


The body is a temple… (1 Cor. 6:19) and should be kept healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Whatever enters the temple should be Godly to build it up so that the foundation does what it is designed to do.

There is to be a take charge attitude about living a healthy lifestyle and being  an informed consumer. Clients and communities are experts in self-determination, but I recognize that sometimes clients and communities are unable to make progress on their own.

I believe in functional weight training and cardio to meet the specific lifestyle of the client that enhances activities done in everyday life.

I believe in evidence-based health coaching for best practice. You can find my work in publications such as Ordinary Miracles: True Stories About Overcoming Obstacles and Surviving Catastrophes; in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; in Social Science: Rights, Politics, Commitment and Action; in AIDS Patient Care and STDs, and in OT Practice.

Client Types I Work With

Faith Communities

I support the community’s responsibility to provide an alignment with teachings about divine living and maintaining the body’s temple. I offer strategies for helping members live a healthy lifestyle for preventing lifestyle-related diseases such as, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease through healthy eating, and physical activity, while loving God, neighbor, and self.

Community - Based Organizations

I work to improve the social-health well-being of individuals, groups and neighborhoods working alongside other healthcare professionals.

I work with populations that are high-risk for lifestyle-related diseases through workshops, group education, and individual interests.

Small Groups & Small Businesses

I work with small groups of clients with similar goals and health interests who are part of a support network whether in community or workplace who seek strategies for living a healthy lifestyle in and outside the workplace.

Adult Individuals

I create an environment for helping adult clients set achievable goals, and integrate lasting behavior change to meet their fitness, nutrition, and weight loss objectives; while at the same time, improving body image, and self-esteem, and freedom for known addictions.


“It takes an extraordinary health coach with Irene’s combination of experience and skills who practice “Healthy Churches 2020” principles while helping churches respond to fostering healthy living patterns of its members.” – Pastor Jeremy Simmons

“Irene’s coaching style is unique. She includes the mind, body and spirit, which helps me to dig much deeper into those behaviors that I have wanted to change.” – Laura Barsh

“I thought of myself as a consultant to Dr. Phillips, only to later realize that she was skillfully able to consult and motivate me into living a better healthy lifestyle.” – Dr. Betty A. Alexander, Consultant & University Professor

“We as faith leaders recognize the need for health coach services like Irene’s for solutions to keeping our members healthy not only in mind and spirit, but also in body.” – Chaplain Gloria L. Mungo

“Dr. Phillips was my professor before she became a health coach. I realized that under her direction, I was able to achieve my short and long-term health goals.” – Denise Mills, OTR/L

“I am pleased to offer my support for Irene as a health coach who understands the practical application of workplace wellness for businesses.” – Wil Dees, Healing Stim, LLC, Waxhaw, NC

I coach in person or by telephone.

Phone: 336.782.4840 mobile

Email: iphillips-CardioWT@outlook.com

Pricing depends on situation.  I do not participate in health insurance plans.