Almost 4 years ago I decided to start Wellness Charlottesville, LLC. I wanted to connect Charlottesville people to Charlottesville resources. I wanted to work one-on-one with women and men and teens on improving their health, and I wanted to create my own content when working with companies and small groups. Currently local corporate clients include Crutchfield Corp., MicroAire Surgical, and Real Estate III. Speaking engagements have included the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Conference at UVA, the Women’s 4-miler Training Program, Blogville, CASA state conference, NRV Cares Annual Conference, the Humor in the Workplace Conference at UVA, the Go Girls Program through the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center, and my own Community Wellness Series. I accept referrals from physicians and other professionals.
My background is in writing, performance, theater, acting, teaching, losing 60 pounds and keeping it off for over 7 years, surviving tragedy with grace and humor, marriage, adoption, parenting, sick parents, women’s friendships, southern folk, and children of all ages. I have a BA in theatre from Catawba College and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia. I married right after finishing graduate school. In 2006 we adopted a wonderful boy who is now a man and off at college. I never thought I would be an empty-nester before I was 40, but…life is interesting.
I worked in the corporate weight loss industry for almost three years. While there I acquired leadership, management and facilitation skills and tons of anecdotes about weight loss and women and the human condition. I’ve been coaching privately since November of 2009. I’m currently completing course work to become a certified nutrition and wellness consultant.
This isn’t unrelated since I coach with people about rejuvenating their creativity and because the story is under everything. I have a one-woman show that I’ve written and that I perform. Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales opened in March 2011 in Salisbury, NC, and since then I have performed it in Virginia, Washington, DC, New York City and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. I have a personal blog called Deedee’s Living Will. My new play, The Sugar, opens at the Lee Street Theatre in NC in April 2014.