Nathalie Simmons Jorge is a UNC-Chapel Hill MBA, serial entrepreneur, and health coach with a passion for nutrition, home cooking, organic gardening, and balanced living. Nathalie enjoys helping clients define their goals and achieve success by implementing sustainable lifestyle changes that work best for them.

Nathalie’s varied entrepreneurial past includes starting a furniture software company, a bilingual children’s entertainment company, and assisting with the creation of an online learning program.

From 2012 to 2016, Nathalie also served as a strategic business advisor to Ballantyne Medical Associates where she witnessed firsthand the many challenges facing healthcare today, including shorter patient visits and increased chronic disease.

In 2019, Nathalie decided to go back to school to become a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She believes that lifestyle, diet, exercise, and relationships are key to achieving optimal wellness. A mother of two teenagers, she has experienced firsthand the challenges of trying to juggle it all and burnout. As Companion Health’s CEO and first health coach, Nathalie aims to create the heartfelt, collaborative environment necessary to guide clients on a transformative wellness journey.

Nathalie attended the University of Virginia where she studied mathematics and economics. In 1998, she received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating number one in her class. She loves cooking, reading, running, yoga, gardening, family dinners, traveling, and good belly laughs.

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What is a health coach?

As you’ve probably experienced firsthand, there is a lot of conflicting nutritional advice out there. It can be difficult to navigate all the mixed media messages, let alone the aisles of the grocery store.

  • Is gluten good or bad for me?
  • What about dairy?
  • Should I go keto?
  • I eat a low-fat diet, so I’m good, right?
  • Vegan?

At Companion Health, our health coaches are trained in over 100 different dietary theories, so they can help guide you to figure out which foods work best for you.

There’s no one-size-fits all diet because all our bodies are different. Plus, what works for you one day may not work for you the next. Our bodies are always changing, so our nutritional requirements change over time too. Our health coaches work with you one-on-one to determine which foods best support your body’s unique needs.

And although the food on our plate is definitely important to achieving optimal health – yes, we all need to drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits & veggies – there are other things in our lives that nourish us, including our:

  • Relationships
  • Careers
  • Physical activity
  • Spirituality

When any of these areas are out of whack, our bodies let us know in all kinds of ways. Stress and poor sleep can be particularly problematic.

The role of a health coach is complementary to your doctor’s role in helping you live your best life by working with you on the things that nourish you both on and off the plate.

At Companion Health, our doctors and health coaches work hand-in-hand to help guide you on a transformative health journey.

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