WellSpring Graduate Mary Mignano Inspires Massage Clients

WellSpring is proud to feature our graduates. Mary Mignano has been busy since she graduated from WellSpring’s massage therapy program. In the past, she’s worked as a massage therapist at Zen Massage in Olathe, Kan., but now she works at  Imagine Wholeness in Roeland Park, Kan., using the skills she learned at WellSpring to improve lives.

Mary Mignano, massage therapy graduate

Where do you see yourself in three, five and 10 years in terms of your career?

Right now I think I am just learning the ropes. Before too long I think I may want to open my own business. I would also like to get back to teaching again.

What changes do you predict in the massage field?

Well, with healthcare changing so much, I think massage is going to eventually become more popular and accepted as a part of prevention and wellness care.

What advice do you have for other grads and students?

Wellspring grads are prepared for this work. Be confident in what you have learned and be willing to learn more from the people you work with.

What motivates you, and in turn, your clients?

I am motivated by the relief of stress and pain in my clients. I want them to feel better when they leave my table, and I think that is also their motivation.

Name three things that you think every massage therapist or trainer needs in order to be successful.

I think they need a caring spirit, a sound knowledge of the human body and a willingness to continue to learn.


Top 10 Best and Worst Foods For Your Diet

As we approach the New Year, many Americans will make resolutions such as improving their diet and losing weight. While those are admirable goals, sticking with them is tough. Studies show that eating well can not only help you lose weight, have clear skin and make you feel good, it also sets you on the path to living a long, healthy life. After all, as the popular saying goes: “You are what you eat.”  

Tracy Moeller, director of WellSpring’s School of Exercise, Nutrition and Wellness, said, “Certified nutrition and wellness coaches, like those who graduate from our new nutrition and wellness coaching program, can help clients separate the good from the bad and make the right choices for healthier lives.”

According to Health Magazine, weight loss is thought to be 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise, so eating well is the key to keeping your body in shape and healthy. And while everyone is taught the basic food pyramid in school, not everyone know which foods are healthy and which aren’t.

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Check out the 10 best and worst foods for your diet compiled by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, New York Times bestselling author and family physician specializing in nutritional medicine.

10 Best:

  • Green Leafy Vegetables (e.g. kale, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, lettuce)
  • Non Leafy Cruciferous Vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage)
  • Berries
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Seeds (e.g. flax, chia, hemp, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)
  • Nuts (e.g. walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, cashews)
  • Tomatoes
  • Pomegranates

According to Fuhrman, these foods are strongly cancer-protective and longevity-favorable. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals and powerful phytochemicals including allium compounds, glucosinolates, aromatase inhibitors, flavonoids and lignans.

10 Worst:

  • Sweetened Dairy Products (e.g. ice cream, low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt)
  • Trans Fat Containing Foods (e.g. stick margarine, shortening, fast foods, commercial baked goods)
  • Donuts
  • Sausage, Hot Dogs, and Luncheon Meats
  • Smoked Meat, Barbecued Meat and Conventionally-Raised Red Meat
  • Fried Foods including Potato Chips and French Fries
  • Highly-salted Foods
  • Soda
  • Refined White Sugar
  • Refined White Flour

Fuhrman said, “Our leading causes of death, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are primarily the result of the foods we eat. The wrong foods can be as addictive as drugs and alcohol and can cause us to lead lives that provide only a fraction of our potential for health, energy level and physiological well-being. Needless to say, I advise people to avoid the foods on my ‘worst’ list entirely.”

Evening classes for our new nutrition and wellness coaching program will begin Feb. 4, 2014. It offers a double certification from NAFC as both a nutrition coach and a wellness coach, and students will obtain a new set of skills to combine with existing certifications in personal training, massage therapy or another wellness profession. According to O*NET OnLine, careers in this field have a projected growth between 20 percent to 28 percent, and nutrition coaches earn a median salary of $55,240 annually.

For more information about the program, call Bobby Breon or Kristen Enss today at 816-523-9140.


How Much Do Personal Trainers Earn?

Many people find themselves attracted to a career in personal training but get discouraged because they believe the pay isn’t great. In reality, personal training can provide a fun, flexible career with solid earnings.

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According to O*NET Online, personal training is a quickly growing job field, with growth from 2010-2020 projected to be faster than average at 20 percent to 28 percent. The median annual wage in 2012 was $31,720, but fitness trainers have the opportunity to earn much more.

Don Farquharson, president of WellSpring, said, “Right out of the box, a first year trainer might expect to earn around $26,000 to $31,000 a year, which isn’t bad at all. However, the top 25th percentile of personal trainers are averaging $47,000 a year. Not only that, but many successful independent trainers make $60 to $80 per hour with a couple dozen clients every week.  These people are pulling in $60,000 to $80,000 a year.”

Click here to get started on the path to your career in personal training.

WellSpring Student Spearheads Donation Campaign For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

The holiday season warms hearts and brings cheer to many who are in need, but recently, one WellSpring student went above and beyond. Medical assisting student Roylynn Smith spearheaded a donation campaign for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the powerful storm that devastated the Philippines in early November.

Smith said, “Thanks to everyone at Wellspring School, students, administrators and faculty, for stepping up with their generous offerings for those displaced by the typhoon. It’s good to know that we did our small part to help out with so many people in need.”  

Roylynn Smith, WellSpring medical assisting student

WellSpring students and staff donated items to be shipped to aid in the recovery, which Smith then took to Heart to Heart International to be distributed.

If you’d like to donate to the organization or learn more about Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, click here.

About Heart to Heart International: Heart to Heart International has been creating a healthier world since 1992. Its mission is to improve global health through initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need. Through mobilization efforts, the organization provides medical education, delivers medical aid, responds to people in crisis and addresses community-health concerns around the globe.


WellSpring Announces New Nutrition & Wellness Coaching Program

We’re proud to announce the introduction of our new Nutrition & Wellness Coaching program. Our first offering of the program, a state-of-the-art coaching model that was pioneered by the National Association for Fitness Certifications (NAFC), will be available to students in the evenings beginning Feb. 4, 2014.

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In addition to a double certification from NAFC as both a nutrition coach and a wellness coach, you’ll obtain a new set of skills to combine with your personal training or massage therapy diploma. This will allow you to be more versatile in what you offer to your clients.

According to Tracy Moeller, director of  WellSpring’s School of Exercise, Nutrition and Wellness, “The fitness industry has undergone a steady evolution and fitness professionals have realized they only spend several hours a week with their clients. As a result, it’s all the more important to educate clients on what to do while they are going about their daily lives. Consistent good habits are crucial in creating client success.”

Moeller added, “The solution is for fitness professionals to expand beyond fitness training and become broader spectrum coaches. The Nutrition & Wellness Coaching Program was designed with this dynamic in mind. Students will greatly enhance their knowledge and application of nutrition and wellness coaching, learning how to help clients uncover what drives their behavior and how to make positive, lasting changes.”

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The Nutrition & Wellness Coaching program is well-rounded and immersive in a whole new level. Students will take nutrition-focused classes such as:

  • Nutrition Through the Lifecycle
  • Alternative Nutrition
  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Management
  • Current Diet Trends

Since wellness coaching is a booming sector in the fitness industry, students will take fitness-centered classes like Stress Management, Weight Management & Metabolism and a class in behavioral changes.

According to Moeller, the program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, such as wellness centers, school health systems, large companies with wellness programs, fitness centers, or students can even create their own business. A graduate’s salary will vary widely based on the profession they choose, but with this kind of training, they can expect to make between $25,000 - $45,000 per year.

Evening classes begin Feb. 4, 2014, so call Bobby Breon or Kristen Enss today at 816-523-9140 to find out more and to save your seat!


How To Become A Mentor At WellSpring

We’re announcing a new referral and mentorship program where active practitioners can earn up to $600 as a WellSpring mentor!

The new program is designed exclusively for active health and wellness practitioners such as massage therapists and personal trainers. Continuing in our tradition, a practitioner who refers a student to WellSpring will receive a “thank you” voucher for $100. Now, with the new program in place, a practitioner who also agrees to become a mentor for that student will earn a mentorship fee of $500.

Don Farquharson, president of WellSpring said, “At WellSpring School of Allied Health, attracting students who are motivated to learn and to work hard to achieve their career goals is critical to the success and longevity of the school. We are particularly grateful when practitioners and friends of WellSpring refer their friends and family members to us. We know from experience that enrollees with an external support system are more successful students and practitioners. With this in mind, we believe the new referral and mentorship program takes the reward for student referrals and sponsorship to a whole new level.”

To learn more,
click here or contact Bobby or Kristen at our Kansas City campus 816-523-9140 or Angela at our Lawrence, Kan. campus at 785-856-3903.

Mentorship Rules and Qualifications
While the student is in school, the Mentor will --

1.      Check in with the student at regular intervals, but at least once every two months.

2.      Meet with the director of the program at least once, at the midpoint of the program, to discuss the student’s progress and explore how the mentor might provide further support.  If the student is having difficulty this may require more dialog with both the student and the school.

Once the student completes the program, the Mentor will --

1.      Meet with the student once a month for at least three months to help with networking, interview strategy, general industry knowledge and anything else that would help build confidence and help the graduate get established in their new career.

2.      Generally help keep the excitement going through job search and during the early stages of employment.

A Mentor must meet the following criteria:  

1.      They must be a practitioner in the general field of health and wellness.  It does not have to be the identical career field as the student.


1.      Mentors will earn the $100 referral voucher when the student enrolls and completes the first module.

2.      Mentors will be paid the $500 mentorship fee, three months after graduation, provided they have fulfilled all the requirements of the job.


What is a Medical Assistant?

According to the American Association of Medical Assistants, medical assisting is one of the Top 10 fastest growing jobs in the U.S. with a projected employment through 2020 at 689,900 jobs. But what exactly is a medical assistant? Despite being an important part of healthcare, the role of the medical assistant may often be overlooked. However, medical assistants are absolutely necessary to keep a doctor’s offices running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

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WellSpring medical assisting student checking a patient’s ears.

According to the WellSpring website, “Although the responsibilities of a medical assistant will vary from office to office, most will perform either clinical duties, including recording medical histories, taking vital signs, explaining treatment procedures, preparing patients for their examinations, collecting laboratory specimens and sterilizing medical instruments; or administrative duties, such as completing insurance forms, billing, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admissions and managing medical records.”

Medical assisting students typically complete the program in less than a year with courses that focus on anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, laboratory techniques, clinical procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, transcription, record keeping, accounting and insurance processing.

Medical assisting students at WellSpring get hands-on training and mentorship.

Medical assistants interact with a large group of people in their careers including physicians, staff, healthcare professionals and numerous patients. Multitasking is one of their strong points as their responsibilities require them to perform a variety of both clinical and administrative duties.

Those looking into a healthcare career should also be aware of the differences between a medical assistant and a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Medical assisting focuses on skills such as phlebotomy and injections, as well as recording medical and insurance information. With such a broad range of skills, medical assistants are in high demand and can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities. 

If you’re interested in a career in medical assisting, request info here or check out the video below.