Welcome! i’m Whitney prude.
PharmD, BCPS, NBC-HWC
when I was 16 my parents divorced, and my world crumbled.
I was devastated. This was my first exposure to the fact that life doesn’t always turn out how we expect. I remember one night I was with a friend gazing up at the stars and a shooting star soared beautifully across the sky. “Make a wish!” my friend cried. With a tear rolling down my cheek I thought to myself, “I just want to be happy.”
Money was scarce. My mom hadn’t worked in over 20 years and had to go back to school. We were living on what she earned from her morning paper routes. I still remember the mystery checks we received in the mail to pay our house payment, the envelopes with cash left on our doorstep so my mom could buy us Christmas presents, and the food donated from the local church so we could eat. Those years of my life instilled in me a very special desire to pay it forward.
One of the ways I paid it forward was to serve a mission for the church I grew up in. For a year and a half, I gave up every aspect of my life and traveled to Norway to serve the people there. I didn’t realize that the deepest and most sincere love and happiness I had ever felt would come from serving others.
After returning from Norway I started an incredibly rigorous Doctor of Pharmacy program. If I knew how hard it was going to be, I might have reconsidered. It pushed me beyond my mental, emotional, and physical capacity. I was uncomfortable spending time with myself and began questioning every aspect of my life. I felt like I no longer knew what I believed in. I didn’t know what relationships in my life were real. I craved for people to care about me, but even when they did, nothing was ever enough.
Something had to change.
This is where my journey to a whole and happy life began. It was hard. It took so many years of soul searching and exploring ways to create a balanced and meaningful life. I was determined to find my truth and feel content inside my own skin.
Not long after I began working as a pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic, I developed an autoimmune disease that limited my ability to do my job as a pharmacist significantly. I grieved the loss of my hobbies, my normal everyday life, and my career. During this new life chapter, I came across a research study that claimed that people with chronic illnesses have an overall decreased level of happiness. I was determined to not fall victim to that statistic. Despite the pain, fatigue, and discouragement of my new life, I was inspired by a quote by Viktor E. Frankl, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose…” I still had the power to choose. I chose then and continue to choose each day to pursue a whole and happy life. It is my sincere desire as your coach to help you create your most meaningful life despite your greatest challenges.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose…”
— Viktor E. Frankl
- National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
- Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach
- Doctor of Pharmacy Degree through Roseman University of Health Sciences
- Post Graduate Residency (PGY-1) at University of New Mexico Hospitals
- Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)
- Practicing Clinical Pharmacist at Mayo Clinic
- Certified Pharmacist in Medication Therapy Management