It is a commonplace today to see the words "health consultant" and "health coach" about as often as M.D. and pharmacist; but what is a health consultant or health coach?
A health consultant is often a naturopathic doctor (ND), homeopathic doctor (MDH), or some other doctor of natural medicine, and analyzes a person's needs, goals, &/or lab data to formulate a plan for a client to follow; which requires self-discipline on the client's part (incl. regular followups to ensure the plan is bearing efficient results). A health coach performs a similar service as the consultant, except that they will work side-by-side with a client to stimulate motivation & self-discipline, as well as being there to provide positive reinforcement. Since many health consults hold degrees in some form of healthcare and health coaches often only hold certifications in their field(s) of specialty, it isn't uncommon for a health coach to periodically get advice on their client from a health consultant to better serve the client.
Health consultants usually perform their services out of an office or over a live stream (e.g. Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, etc.), whereas a health coach often works out of a kitchen (e.g. cooking classes), a gym (e.g. fitness), or some other non-office venue that caters to the service they are performing.
Depending a person's needs, both a consultant and coach bring valuable services to the playing field, and each should be considered when searching for a natural practitioner. If a person is mainly looking for healthcare advice (inc. supplements and natural medicine) and can be self-disciplined, then a consultant is probably the best choice. If a person is more interested in lifestyle management (e.g. changing their lifestyle by example), and occasionally needs a push, or just prefers guiding hands, then a health coach would be the better option. In some cases, a person wants or needs both a consultant and coach. In these cases it's best to find an office that can offer both (as the counselors and coaches work side-by-side; making things easier for practitioner and client alike).
We are just such an office where health consultation and health coaching services are both offered. Our health consultant (Dr. Len) works very close with our health coaches (Cris Malloy and Brian Gray) to ensure that the needs and goals for each of our clients are met. If you'd like to learn more, call our office and one of our professional staff members would be happy to answer any questions you have.