What My Clients Are Saying

“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.”

~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl  

    "I crushed my leg in a motorcycle accident about 5 years ago losing the ability to walk. Alicia collaborated with my physical therapist to design workouts to enhance my progress learning to stand then walk again. Now I can walk, do the agility ladder, and I can even ride motorcycles again! This brings much joy back into my life. I enjoy our workouts, and I feel better. She has also helped me with improving my nutrition by adding in more vegetables and protein while also helping me learn to decrease my sugar intake. I love her raw cacao tea with raw honey! It is delicious and satisfies my craving for chocolate!"


      "I'm a mom and my journey to health started in January of this year. Before my journey, I had been through some life changing events which got me out of eating healthy and taking care of myself properly. When I saw the health coaching opportunity at work, I said why not; I have to start somewhere. I received the BEST COACH EVER, Alicia!!! She never made me feel ashamed or bad about myself. She always gave me advice and new information and new things to try. Which I did... Who knew I would love avocados!!! Plant based foods, etc... Alicia helped me to understand how to eat, what to eat, read labels... She listened to me, not just with her ears, but with her heart!!!! I was able to set goals for the first time in a long time - I lost 16 pounds and 3 1/2 inches in my waist. When you learn to listen to your body and take care of your body it all comes together!! It will be a life long commitment, but it's all worth it. I refuse to sink. When I set my mind to something, I don't give up until it's done... My coach, Alicia, is a really loving soul and cared to see me succeed!!!"


        After my wife, Brenda, died, I met Alicia. I let my health go to take care of my wife who had ALS. I haven't felt this good in 20 years. In 2 1/2 months I am pain free, eating healthy, and following Alicia's exercise program. I lost 28 pounds and got my labs back which were outstanding. Alicia has changed my life! In less than 3 1/2 months, I am off my blood pressure medicine which I've been taking since 2002. Alicia has been a blessing in my life! Thank you so much, Alicia! After 10 months of coaching, I’m still off my blood pressure medication and my doctor cut my anxiety medication in half. Hopefully I will be off my anxiety medication by December. I can tell you that I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful Health Coach and person helping me to my healthy life. Alicia is professional, caring and dedicated to her Health Coaching. Alicia is the best!!!"


          "To encompass all that I learned and gained from working closely with Alicia Schoolman, Synergy Health, would be very difficult. Alicia was someone that approached me where I was and guided me to health. Her wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the person was incredible. She not only helped me physically but mentally and spiritually to heal. Her calls were packed with tidbits, knowledge, encouragement and gentle guidance. In one year, I learned that I do have the choice to help heal my body through what I eat and how I live. This program gave me back my life and then some. The wealth of knowledge that I learned is immeasurable. I took notes during each meeting and have a notebook full of pertinent information for living healthier. I use the notebook as a reference and as a tool to continue to live healthier. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in 2001 when my youngest son was 6 months old. Today he is 22 years old. That is an awfully long time to not function and feel poorly. To know there are choices and to become more in charge of my life has been freeing. The program that Synergy Health has designed for the employees of New Hanover County, NC is priceless. I would recommend anyone able to participate to do so and get your life back on track. I cannot adequately express my gratitude toward Alicia Schoolman and Dr. Noonan, for their genuine care that they gave me over this past year."

          “Thank you for helping me feel better than I thought I could feel! I can run up stairs at work without getting out of breath. I can tie my shoes easily – before it was a struggle with my belly in the way. I have so much more energy! I am grateful for your help, support, and for being so motivating!” ​


          “I have more energy and sleep so much better! I used to awaken every 2 hours at night. I now stop eating when I’m full. You have helped me so much with being there for me and holding me accountable. My doctor was so impressed with my weight loss and blood pressure improvement, she asked what I was doing. No one ever explained to me the way you did how food, especially healthy fats, sugar and colorful veggies and fruit, affects my health. Having your support and guidance has given me a NEW LEASE ON LIFE!”   ​


          “Thank you, Alicia. It was wonderful working with you these past 13 months and I thank you for your continual support and encouragement. I conquered my cravings and feel in control of my life and healthy, mindful eating. Now I do not carry the backpack of negativity of others with me all day. I just pick the right stress coping tool in the moment to RESET myself. My Stress Coping Ability was 4-5/10 and now is 10/10. I could not have done it without you.” ​


          “Thanks to Alicia I feel like I have a new lease on life! I appreciate so much her kindness, support, and guidance!”


          “I have Parkinson’s Disease and Alicia has been a Godsend to me!”


          “I found that Alicia gave me great perspective, opening my mind to new ways of dealing with illness and improving my health.”


          Meet Zach

          First Responder Shares His Health Coaching Experience During 2020

          Learn how Zach’s health coaching experience impacted his health, his work, his pain, his family life, and his mindset about his health and trying new habits, new techniques, new foods…

          It was my honor & privilege to work with First Responder Zach! An incredible man who inspires me with his bravery, his heart of service, his wisdom, the way he inspires & supports other 1st Responders, and how he lives his life with integrity.
          Thank you for trusting me on your journey, Zach!


            "Before coaching I struggled with severe back pain and my weight. I lost 30 pounds and my pain was an 8, flirting with 9, and is now 1-2 (pain scale of 0-10, 10 being the worst pain). It's been awesome. I really enjoy that you took the time to know me and you didn't give me cookie cutter steps to follow. You gave me something to try and said that if I don’t like it, we’ll back up, re-evaluate, and try something else. I've done different programs through the year but nothing was made for me; it was made for thousands of others, it didn't feel personal and I couldn't get my mind to stick with it. The information you gave TO ME FOR ME, I believe, IS WHAT REALLY HELPED ME. I wish everybody could do it. Even my kids are eating healthier. We are more active as a family and outside more instead of being couch potatoes."

            “I’m a mom and my journey to health started in January of this year.  Before my journey, I had been through some life changing events which got me out of eating healthy and taking care of myself properly.  When I saw the health coaching opportunity at work, I said why not; I have to start somewhere. I received the BEST COACH EVER, Alicia!!!  She never made me feel ashamed or bad about myself.  She always gave me advice and new information and new things to try.  Which I did… Who knew I would love avocados!!! Plant based foods, etc… Alicia helped me to understand how to eat, what to eat, read labels… She listened to me, not just with her ears, but with her heart!!!!  I was able to set goals for the first time in a long time – I lost 16 pounds and 3 1/2 inches in my waist.  When you learn to listen to your body and take care of your body it all comes together!!  It will be a life long commitment, but it’s all worth it. I refuse to sink. When I set my mind to something, I don’t give up until it’s done… My coach, Alicia, is a really loving soul and cared to see me succeed!!!”


            “I began working with Alicia 6 years ago and my life has risen to a new height of wellness! I went to Alicia when I was at one of my lowest points, emotionally and physically.  I am a former athlete who had 4 kids in 4 years, was dealing with so much stress in my life, and had lost track of me. Alicia not only helped to guide me to better nutrition and fitness, for MY body, by she also allowed me the space to fall back and start fresh, too many times to count!  I am now 40 pounds lighter, more fit, and am excited about reaching my goals! I could not have done this without Alicia’s knowledge, compassion, and perseverance.

            Alicia has also worked with my children with amazing results! They range from serious athletes to athletes who now “workout”.  Through her extensive analysis of their movements and habits, Alicia has created work outs that enhance and correct their balance and strength, improving every aspect of their athletic endeavors.  Quite simply, they adore Alicia and want to improve as much for her as for themselves! I cannot recommend Alicia highly enough, whatever your Wellness goals may be! She is an absolute blessing!”​


            Alicia is a wonderful coach! I have made some really significant changes in my lifestyle thanks to Alicia’s help and encouragement. She has helped me manage my health issues with great advice and support. She is extremely encouraging and helps keep me focused on improving my diet and exercise with techniques that I use every day. I appreciate her kindness and support very much. I am very lucky to have worked with her! She has been nothing but wonderful for me during this experience. Thank you again for everything you have done for me.” 



            “Alicia, you are so different from other coaches I have worked with.  It has meant so much to me hearing in your voice how much you truly care about me and that you took the time to explain and teach me about stress coping strategies. Knowing you are there supporting me in such a caring way has given me the confidence to try the different relaxation and belly breathing methods which has made my life so much better! I feel AMAZING! Thank you so much! “



            “It is MINDBLOWING to me how quickly my body has responded to healthy lifestyle changes. I feel so much better! I am so excited to have energy and not be groggy in the afternoon – it feels like a huge VICTORY! By the time I would get home from work, I used to have to lie down. Now I have the energy to run errands or do whatever I want or need to do. I am really shocked with the quick turn around and feeling so much better, no more join pain and ankle swelling, even with the lifetime of damage I’ve done to my body!” ​


            “I feel AMAZED seeing how the healthy changes I’ve made created real results in my life. My body is no longer on RED ALERT. I hadn’t felt well for 20 years. Before I felt easily defeated. Now I have HOPE and more peace in my life. I sleep better and have more energy, even my joint pain and swelling is so much better. I have significantly improved my ability to handle stress. I feel more focused, less tense, less reactive, and more resilient.” ​


            “I had the most wonderful health coaching appointment I’ve ever had today! I am so grateful for Alicia – the information and support was exactly what I needed today! I was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and now I feel inspired and hopeful.”


            “This whole experience has been AMAZING – Your tips, support, websites! I finally experienced with Alicia someone who had my back no matter what.” ​


            ​“When my daughter was 3 years old, I could no longer hold  or carry her due to my wrist, shoulder, and neck pain. This continued for about a year. Then, Alicia showed me exercises for my arms, hands, and shoulder, and neck along with using the miracle balls which changed my life when the doctors, even after surgery, couldn’t do anymore to relieve my debilitating pain. With the exercises and myofascial release techniques, my pain has diminished immensely.  I have been able to carry my daughter ever since starting Alicia’s exercise program.  I take my band and balls to work with me fitting in my exercises during lunch.” ​



            “When I began, I was having severe pain in my knees and my right hand was almost unusable. With Alicia’s help, I have good movement with both hands, have lost weight (started at 158# & now 140#) and am much stronger, especially my core. I used to fit in size 8 pants, now I wear size 4 pants. I have been able to avoid the strong arthritic meds by learning about inflammatory and non-inflammatory foods along with my acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. The exercise and food changes have been a tremendous help to me.  I got my life back!  It almost feels like a miracle at my age; it is easy to give up and think you have to learn to live as a sedentary senior due to pain and not being able to move as well, but there is so much help for us if we stay open minded. I found myself giving up those things I loved doing most like kayaking and canoeing. Alicia has been so gentle with me and yet has helped me be able to enjoy an active life again. I reversed Type II Diabetes and have found that her veggie smoothies have lowered my blood sugar and have kept it much more stable. After only about 4 months of working with Alicia, my AC1 score improved from 6.9 to 5.1, which is now in the normal range; I lived for years with it too high, even with taking Metformin.  Oh, I want to say that I stuck my nose up at first with the idea of veggie smoothies. With a Great Surprise, they taste FANTASTIC and have fruit of your choice and the many veggies I never ate on a regular basis. The turmeric, hibiscus, and rooibos teas have been so beneficial for decreasing pain and inflammation. God Bless You, Alicia, for giving me the courage and strength for a better life.”


            “Alicia, it has been wonderful working with you. I appreciate all your help and guidance. You’re a great coach! God Bless You!”


            “Alicia, you have been there for me through such a difficult time in my life, supporting and guiding me in achieving my weight loss goals and helping me keep balance in my life with stress coping strategies. You are so beautiful. I am so grateful to you!”


            “Your guidance and encouragement with my exercise program and teaching me about the importance of drinking enough water has improved my life so much.  I feel so much better.  I sleep so much better, awaken feeling rested, and have much more energy, especially in the morning. Thank you, Alicia.”


            “Thank you so much for the suggestion to add balancing exercises into my workouts using the garden kneeling pad. It has improved my strength and balance – It really works!  You have been so motivating-with helping me to lose weight with your great suggestions!”


            “I like working with Alicia because she is kind, easy to talk to, and easy to work with in helping me achieve my goals.”


            “Thank you Alicia –  You have been so helpful and supportive and a wealth of knowledge to boot! It has been a pleasure working with you and I truly appreciate all of the wonderful advice and insight that you’ve shared with me.”


            “Alicia has helped greatly with my joint and back pain with her exercises she suggested. She also has me on healthier life style with so many great things to eat! I’m so grateful that my diet is so much healthier, I have much more energy, and I am almost pain free! Thank you for all you have done for me.”


            “I appreciate your help so much, Alicia, and that you recognize and remind me of my character strengths. Teaching me about proper water intake eliminated my severe leg cramps during the night which used to wake me up every couple of hours during the night. Now I sleep well all night long. The belly breathing and visualization you taught me helps me fall asleep easily too.  I stay more alert during the day and have so much more energy.”


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