Each month Kelly Engelmann and the Enhanced Wellness Living team celebrates one of our patient’s success stories as related to our monthly health and wellness initiative! Our EWL Ambassadors exemplify our mission to provide education, support, and awareness around Functional, Integrative, and Lifestyle Medicine! We sincerely thank each of our patients and Ambassadors for allowing us to be a part of your wellness journey! Plus, learn a bit more about our team with our monthly Staff Spotlights!
May Ambassador of the Month: Karen Freeny
I started my journey with Enhanced Wellness Living almost four years ago. The biggest change in my health has been the decrease in the inflammation in my body that was caused by normal stress, increased from the direct impact of close loved ones battling health issues, poor gut health, and imbalanced hormones. I was living in a constant fight or flight mode and had no idea. I never knew how much one’s gut health determines overall health and wellbeing. I have learned the importance of good quality foods and nutrition, including the right supplements, exercise, and mental wellbeing. Each of these areas must be balanced in order to live a healthy life. Kelly and her team at EWL have such a deep passion for helping others achieve optimal health and well being. I am so thankful God allowed our paths to meet. -Karen
May Staff Spotlight: Chelsey Venne
Chelsey was born and raised in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech. Chelsey joined the Enhanced Wellness Living clinic team in May of 2019 as our Marketing Consultant and her role has grown to support our patients as our New Patient Coordinator. Chelsey supports Enhanced Wellness Living through marketing our website, our supplement shop, our Membership Portal, and our social media marketing. She also partners with our new patients to ensure that their Wellness Plans align with the health goals! Chelsey’s life and health have changed through the support and nutritional education that Kelly Engelmann and the EWL team provide! She has lost 20lbs, has more energy, sleeps better, eats healthier (and craves healthy food!), and has shared the gift of Functional Medicine with her friend and family! In her free time, Chelsey is a yoga teacher and loves spending time with her husband and their two 75 pound “puppies”, and friends. Chelsey enjoys traveling, going to concerts, the beach and paddleboarding, reading, being outdoors, and living life well!
April Ambassador of the Month: Elaine Smith
March Ambassador of the Month: Sondra Barnes
Kelly Engelmann and her team at Enhanced Wellness Living have helped me in so many ways! It hasn’t just been about weight loss for me, I feel better, sleep better, and my digestive health has improved. I feel like Kelly was interested in helping me address all areas of my health from stress levels to food choices. I look at food differently now and making healthy choices has helped me to look forward to the future! Sondra Barnes
March Staff Spotlight: Branch Dildine
Branch is from Vicksburg Mississippi and joined the Enhanced Wellness Living team in 2010 after serving his country for 20 years in the US Army. Branch holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ole Miss and a Masters in Human Resources from Central Michigan University.
As our Outreach Coordinator, Branch oversees our Men’s Health discussions, leads our Grocery Store Tour and Juicing & Smoothies classes, and manages our Supplement Shop. He is passionate about connecting with people and helping them understand the importance of Functional Medicine and EWL’s focus on healing the person and not just managing symptoms. In his free time Branch enjoys spending time with his family, running, strength training, traveling and reading!
February Ambassador of the Month: Fred Davis
Kelly Engelmann and her Enhanced Wellness Living Clinic staff help me focus on my immune system… making sure it is working for me and not against me. We are lowering inflammation and oxidation to improve my chances for “healthy longevity.” The result are, I feel and look better, and my lab markers are improving.
Also, their InBody Scan equipment holds me accountable in my exercise routine. As it turns out, scientific research has proven that aging can be slowed. Kelly Engelmann knows this; she spends a great deal of time studying the research, and she does her own research; she is also diligent about continuing her medical education… notice all the “letters” after her name! –Fred
February Staff Spotlight: Felice Blanco
This month our Staff Spotlight is on our Clinic Director, Felice! Felice is a Texas native who graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Felice has been an integral member of the Enhanced Wellness Living team since the beginning. She uses her knowledge of Functional Medicine to support our patients throughout their Wellness Journeys while overseeing the operations and financial management of the business.
Felice enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family-she has twin boys who perform in The Pride of the South marching band at Ole Miss!
January Ambassador of the Month: Sherie Bailey Holland
Last month Sherie shared her perspective as a part of the EWL team, this month we congratulate Sherie on being our patient Ambassador of the Month!
13 years ago, Sherie became pregnant with her daughter after 10 years of “normal” testing yet facing symptoms of hair loss, infertility, brain fog and the inability to think clearly, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, rapid weight gain with no ability to lose weight, severe PMS, and puffy hands and feet…textbooks symptoms of hypothyroidism. Throughout her personal journey, she faced misdiagnoses, including being diagnosed as bipolar.
At her first pregnancy OBGYN appointment, the doctor discovered a thyroid nodule. After a challenging pregnancy, Sherie gave birth to her daughter a month early. Two months later Sherie had half of her thyroid surgically removed. From here, Sherie took the proper steps, including detoxing her body and taking JuciePlus and iodine, to overcome nutritional deficiencies.
Sherie now serves as a health advocate on a mission to empower people in learning how to become better advocates for their health and the health of their families! She hopes to close the gap from the time that people experience symptoms to when they are properly diagnosed. Sherie founded Recontrol Health as she believes in educating the public on thyroid health, nutrition, and holistic approaches to healing the body!
Sherie is an American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Certified Lifestyle Health Coach, a Board-Certified Health Coach with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and a Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant.
December Ambassador of the Month: Cayme Smalldridge
Cayme Smalldridge found Enhanced Wellness in 2015, during the period in her life that she was transitioning into Menopause; an important time in any woman’s life to make educated, health and nutrition decisions. Cayme had always led an active lifestyle but was facing inflammation, muscle and joint pain, and the impact of old athletic injuries. Functional Medicine and the individual Wellness Living Plan that Kelly Engelmann developed for Cayme has changed her life and health!
Cayme says that the biggest change in her life, and the lives of her family, has been the consistency in their health and lifestyle choices. Maintaining her integrative and functional medicine journey has educated and empowered Cayme on the ability to consistently make healthy choices for herself and her family; the health ripple effect that Kelly believes in! Cayme recently completed her 200 Registered Yoga Teacher Training and participated in the Natchez Trace Century Ride, biking for 62 miles/100 kilometers! This is amazing, congrats Cayme!
A favorite quote of Cayme’s is, “you are never too old and its never too late!”
November Ambassador of the Month: JoAnn Purvis
My name is Tamara Laney and I wanted to share what it has been like seeing my mom, JoAnn Purvis, take her health to another level. For the past thirty years, my parents have been the picture of good health. Mom is seventy-seven years old and has lived a very active lifestyle, but everything came to a screeching halt last summer. She started experiencing extreme joint pain in her arms, shoulders, ankles, and hands, to the point where she could not even get out of bed. After countless doctor’s appointments, Mom was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I will never forget the phone call from my dad saying, “We have got to figure out what is causing JoAnn’s pain; it’s not right for an active person to be this crippled so fast.” After that phone call, that is when I started my homework researching many different functional medicine practices and trying to find the best fit.
Finding a place like Enhanced Wellness Living that would pinpoint the root cause of mom’s pain was a relief. The best part was knowing there was a game plan to heal her leaky gut due to inflammation. Taking the burden off our shoulders and allowing Kelly’s group to share their knowledge on developing a lifestyle of clean eating, exercise, and good sleep habits was exciting!
I am fortunate to have parents that have been open-minded to modifying their lifestyle at their age. It hasn’t been easy; it has taken a lot of effort. Good things come to those who follow the plan. As a result of Kelly’s help and support, mom is back doing the things she loves to do. Gardening, cooking, walking, exercising three days a week, attending church events, and socializing with friends. All these activities free of pain and with an abundance of energy!
I can’t say enough for what EWL has done for our family. It’s been a ripple effect and has allowed all of us to see the value of clean eating. Mom continues to learn more each month and stay positive along the way.
October Ambassador of the Month: Shawna Myers
My journey to Enhanced Wellness is probably very different than most; however, I’m certain in some ways very similar. Different in the fact that I had just had a preventative double mastectomy and similar in the fact that so many of us have moments when we question our well-being, and should we be doing more. I don’t think most people would take on a new way of life in the middle of such a journey; yet, by doing so, the simple truth is… Enhanced Wellness has changed my life.
I chose to begin this trek with Kelly not knowing the profound impact it would have on me. While trying to heal from one surgery, knowing I would still need several more, I started this program. I joined with the hopes of being healthier through this experience but never realizing how much I truly needed it in order to get better. I ran into several complications in my effort to heal. Complications that could have an impact on my overall health throughout my lifetime. Enhanced Wellness discovered these issues and with Kelly’s help I am finally on the right path. Now, after many months, I’ve finally healed enough to move on to the next surgery. A healing that I know in my heart would not have been possible without Enhanced Wellness.
This encounter has not only impacted my health for surgical purposes but made me actually feel better physically. I had no idea how bad I was truly feeling, until I finally started to feel better. I’ve lost over 30 pounds. I sleep better. I have more energy. No more afternoon slumps. I cannot say enough for what Kelly and Enhanced Wellness have done for me. I am truly humbled by this opportunity and I feel incredibly lucky to continue this journey with the entire staff, all of whom have been nothing but kind and genuinely supportive throughout my whole experience. I will forever be grateful.
September Ambassador of the Month: Mary Miller
How thankful I am for Kelly’s holistic approach to health challenges!
A unique combination of hereditary and environmental issues had swirled together into my “perfect storm”. Kelly’s systematic discovery of conditions & their causes has made sense of symptoms, bringing understanding where frustration previously reigned.
Her pro-active, drug-free approach — which includes excellent counsel regarding nutrition, proper supplements, exercise, & rest — has helped me to bring my mindset into closer harmony with God’s health principles. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)
August Ambassador of the Month: Deborah Rosenbaum
Kelly and her team at Enhanced Wellness Living have been a pleasure to work with. Having been a pharmacist for many years, I have a new appreciation for the impact functional medicine can have on the outcome and prevention of chronic disease. Kelly focuses on treating the root cause of symptoms due to hormone imbalance, insulin resistance, vitamin deficiencies, stress responses, gut issues, and chronic inflammation.
She uses an individualized treatment plan with nutrition as the key component to resolving these imbalances along with natural supplements. This approach has impacted my health in a positive way of helping to improve and eliminate chronic symptoms I have dealt with for a long time. Under Kelly’s guidance and care, I now have the tools and information to make sustainable lifestyle changes and continue to feel the best I have ever felt in my life!