Meet Our Health Coaches

Jennifer Fitzpatrick

Jennifer Fitzpatrick

I believe that a positive attitude plays a huge role in our overall enjoinment of life. For me, I can never be at my best self because I can always be better.

With a husband, two young children, and two Labrador retrievers it would be easy to let my needs fall to the wayside, however it’s important that I prioritize myself in order to set a good example for my family and coworkers. What I love about being a Beacon Health wellness coordinator is getting to spend my days working alongside some of the most amazing people, reminding them how they deserve to feel good and take time for themselves. When I have the privilege of working with someone I get a front row seat as they recognize their value and achieve their wellness goals! When I can reflect back to someone what they are saying in a way that helps them set achievable goals and then support each step of the way, that’s a powerful way to live your life.
Living my life as an example helps people see anything is possible when you prioritize and give yourself permission to be healthy.

I try to get a goodnight’s sleep, manage my stress, eat good food, stay active and spend time with my family. For me it’s more than just improving your diet and exercising although those are two big pieces to the puzzle. It’s about achieving all aspects of wellness which is fulfilling and creates a good quality of life and this is unique to each of us.

Kevin Dunton

Kevin Dunton

When the going gets tough, I work out than hangout with my family! Wellness is a very dynamic beast, you can’t accomplish it by doing one thing. It requires a 360 view of yourself and your life.

It starts be identifying your values, what’s most important to you. For me that’s easy, my wife, sons, friends, health and fitness, and career, once you figure that out its easy!

 

I know I’m a better husband, dad, friend, and employee when I feel healthy and strong, so I built a home gym.  It means I can fit exercise into my day much easier. It makes finding time to do things my family loves to do easier too, like camping and being on the water fishing, tubing, and boating.

I get a great deal of satisfaction and continued motivation from my clients too, it’s energizing when you watch people learn to believe in themselves and reach their goals. 

I’ve been a certified personal trainer for more than 15 years and I like to couple that with wellness coaching to help guide people on their fitness and overall wellness journey. My approach encompasses all aspects of health!

Lynn DeGrenier

Lynn DeGrenier

Being and staying active for myself and my family is my goal, always has been. Health and fitness are the cornerstones of my life  and have been for as long as I can remember.

I prioritize a work life balance and try to help others realize that goal. I know it’s not always easy, with the high demands on our time from work, children, school, friends, and countless other things. I think if we're flexible we can find creative ways to fit exercise, healthy eating, and time for people and giving back into our lives.

For me having a good plan is key to keeping balance in my life. I pack a lunch for work every day (helps keep healthy options at my fingertips), I take early morning classes at my local gym to push me harder (I get a discount on my membership through the Beacon Wellness Network), and I get outside all year to kayak, bike, snowshoe, and ski.

I also place a high value on maintaining friendships and giving back to organizations that reflect what’s important to me like the Orono Bog Boardwalk, Safe Medicine Disposal, and the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm campaign.


As a wellness coach, I focus on educating and encouraging people to make well-informed choices to improve their quality of life and live a healthier lifestyle, I believe I’m living proof it’s possible!

Andy VanEss

Andy VanEss

Life is a rollercoaster ride, sometimes you can anticipate the twist and turns and sometimes they can take you completely off guard. That’s why I see wellness as a nimble flexible goal that can meet us where we are and help us keep our eye on our prize. (Who doesn’t want to live their best life?!)

 

A few years ago my health and wellness were no longer on track. It was hard to face the reality of unhealthy choices year over year during my graduate school days. I won’t forget seeing the numbers I received during my biometric screening – my poor lifestyle choices finally caught up to me.

 

I know firsthand the daily commitment it takes to make myself a priority. It took me a year to lose the 110 pounds I gained. But that year taught me very valuable lessons about motivation, passion, and setting reasonable goals. Those are the cornerstones of our programs at Beacon Health.

Our wellness team is diverse and brings a wealth of experiences to best support people achieving goals and finding a healthy and meaningful balance to life. It can be done; we all just need some support and guidance from time to time to find a new perspective and path to a better healthier life.

For me, wellness is a never ending journey. It’s finding a balance in life where I can still enjoy good food, awesome adventures, and creating memories with the ones I love.

 


 

Danielle Reardon

Danielle Reardon

I believe the root of a happy and successful life begins and ends with health and wellness. I didn’t truly appreciate what that meant until about eight years ago. I did a scan of my life and realized I had developed some pretty unhealthy habits and as a result I wasn’t living my best life.
As a trained social worker, with 18 years in the field, I had a good understanding of where I needed to start. I found my way to Zumba (who doesn’t get an immediate shot of happy when they’re dancing) and I focused on eating better. I started teaching group fitness classes and became a personal trainer too! What I really learned is that health and wellness takes patience, consistency, and perseverance.

I am looking forward to helping my colleagues find their path, dig deep to stay consistent, and keeping their eye on the big prize HAPPINESS.

By finding my wellness sweet spot I am actively enjoying my family more and I’m trying all types of new adventures like half marathons, trails races, and obstacle course races, life is good if you’re willing to commit to yourself.

Kristine Welch Taylor

Kristine Welch Taylor

I strive to be better not perfect and that’s what I want to help others do. As registered dietitian and certified personal trainer I can appreciate the many challenges that prevent us from keeping the course of health and wellness. My style is focusing on achievable and sustainable goals so we can live long healthy lives doing what we love!
 
I like to think of wellness holistically and by becoming a partner in your health journey I can help you overcome some of the all too common pitfalls to weight loss, physical activity, sleep or stress management.  My years working in hospitals, fitness centers, and in the corporate world taught me valuable lessons about meeting people where they are in life and the importance of working together to create meaningful personal goals.
 
I strive for living a balanced life—physically, mentally and emotionally.  My personal interests include learning new things, spending time with family, getting outdoors, playing guitar, cooking new meals and traveling near and far with my husband.