Leaders in Corporate Wellness
Now more than ever, organizations and businesses are taking proactive steps to invest in their employees’ health and wellness. At the heart of this corporate wellness, movement is the idea that healthier employees are happier, more productive workers and members of the community. At Balanced Wellness, it is our mission to not only advance this movement but to take it a step further: we want to empower every individual to achieve and maintain their optimal well-being.
With over 30 years in the health and wellness industry, our certified staff is equipped and wholeheartedly committed to engaging individuals and providing comprehensive, cost-effective, and easy to understand health and wellness plans.
To encourage lifestyle choices to reduce or eliminate chronic illnesses and improve quality of life.
To empower every individual we touch to achieve their optimal wellness.
- Evaluate and achieve employee completion of a Health Risk Assessment
- Educate organization’s employees through wellness coaching and program offerings
- Engage organizational employees in campaigns and challenges
Terry Gehrke, M.Ed., MCHES, EP-C
Balanced Wellness LLC, President and Founder/Wellness Consultant & Health Educator
Terry Gehrke has been in the fitness/wellness industry for over 30 years beginning her career as a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.She has continually sought to grow in the industry by completing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and masters in Health Education with a concentration in fitness/wellness and community health.
Teaching in the schools and community, one-on-one as a personal trainer and at the university level has developed her well-rounded background. She held a position at Southeast Christian Church for 10 years developing and administering programs in the Sports & Fitness Ministry. Her philosophy reflects her passion to utilize wellness to improve quality of life through education and application of nutrition and fitness. She recognizes that each individual has his or her own intellectual and emotional well being that must be addressed to be a fully healthy human being.
Terry continues to teach at the University of Louisville, Health & Sport Sciences Department and lectures and administers fitness and wellness programs as the owner of Balanced Wellness. She is a member of several organizations where she pursues continuing education including the National Wellness Institute, National Physical Activity Society and Exercise is Medicine.
- National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc – Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)
- Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC)
- Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS)
- American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C)
- Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP)
- Cornell University Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition
- Exercise is Medicine Credential Level 2
Elizabeth DeVries Esterday, B.S.
As much as I loved competing at the collegiate level, I knew it wouldn’t (couldn’t!) last forever. An athlete’s eligibility only lasts four years. So no matter the blood, sweat, and tears put into your sport, there has to be an afterthought…a next step…a follow-up plan! Being an athlete taught me to appreciate my health. Without a healthy body, you can’t compete. If I was well fed, well rested, and well trained..the odds were in my favor for the next competition. We place so much demand on our bodies day in and day out, that health HAS to be a priority. How can we be effective mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, employees, etc. with poor health?! Each person has many roles to fill on a daily basis, so why not invest in bettering the fulfillment of those roles and embrace the health you have today?! Health is a GIFT, not something we’re entitled to. Let’s start appreciating that ‘gift’, and take ownership today!
Degree & Athletic Achievements:
- University of Louisville Bachelor of Science Health & Human Performance, concentration Exercise Science
- Competed on the University of Louisville Women’s Rowing team for four years (1 novice, 3 varsity). Prior to rowing, I swam club for fours 8th grade-junior yr.
- Freshman year won ‘Oarswoman of the Year’ as a walk-on athlete. Senior year won ‘Iron Cardinal’ (strength competition in weight room!)
Alexandra White, M.Ed., CHES, WellCoach, Certified National Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach
Wellness Coach and Health Educator
Alex is a graduate from the University of Louisville with a Master’s degree in Education with a focus in Community Health. Her undergraduate degree is also from U of L in Human and Health Performance with a concentration in Public Health Education. She also pursued a minor in wellness coaching while completing her undergraduate degree. Alex focuses behavior change on total wellness by using the nine dimensions of wellness. She is also passionate about childhood obesity and total family wellness.
Pat C. Kirk, B.B.A.
Pat joined Balanced Wellness near the end of 2015 in a part-time capacity. Most recently she was the Customer Relations Manager at a large public utility in Louisville until her retirement at the end of 2013. In that position she managed the organization’s customer service department, generated various newsletters and publications and was involved in training staff in various information technology systems. Her background experience includes project management, meeting facilitation, process mapping and communications. Retirement was short-lived for Pat because she missed the challenges of being in the workforce. She is married and when not working, she enjoys traveling, reading and getting together with friends.