Meet Christine

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Christine Beal Dunst
Co-Founder & CEO

My Embody Wellness Journey
Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, I yearned for the big city dream and to “make it” in NYC. I made my dream a reality and moved to NYC after college.Navigating the city, having a high-pressure career, studying for graduate school and experiencing the NYC nightlife a bit too much took a toll on my mind, body and spirit. I tried all the latest fads of being “healthy” which led me to eat lots of chemicals—yes I was a “spray butter,” fake blue/pink packet sugar, low-fat everything, processed food junkie. After all, I thought I was being healthy. Basically, I used food as a control mechanism vs. a source of joy. During this time, I was working in a demanding career as a strategy consultant and healthcare executive at companies such as Accenture, Kaiser Permanente and Pfizer. My overall lifestyle made me exhausted, stressed, with a lackluster immunity and “random” illnesses over the years.

In my late 20’s I started to awaken on multiple levels. I embarked on a dedicated yoga practice, became AWARE of the stress and started my self-improvement path. During this awakening, I broke my femur bone, which put me in a wheelchair for 4 months. Instead of conforming to prescribed paths, I completely recovered by using yoga as my dominant form of therapy. I witnessed the human body’s ability to heal itself when given time, love and nourishment, as well as the power we hold in our mind to overcome difficulty.

It wasn’t until I was trying to get pregnant that I turned the corner on nutrition, “balanced” my stress levels at work, and started to get my spark back. Having the responsibility of growing another human shifted me to the very core, including deepening my path to self-love. I had no choice; there was no better time to be my best self!

I decided to leave my corporate job after the birth of my first child and do freelance consulting. I knew there must be a way to blend both my passion in wellness with my business expertise to influence the lives of many, all the while being able to raise my children. I also started eating whole foods, juicing, and doing more yoga/meditation—just to name a few. Everything shifted, I experienced elevated moods, increased productivity at work, and oh I started looking better!

I am blessed and abundantly grateful for my 2 beautiful children (Grace, 4 and Mason, 2). They are my life, my joy and my teachers in love and patience. I also know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed trying to balance it all: wife, mother, and career woman, while looking your best. Not to mention the pressures around getting back into those skinny jeans. I was not the mom who lost my 40lbs by just breastfeeding!

I have a loving husband, Cary, and a fabulous dog named Bella to round out our little family. I love involving the whole family in my healthy practices from cooking to yoga to green juices!

My Training
While working with a health coach myself, I made the decision to take my passion to the masses. I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I learned holistic nutrition, preventative health, lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.

I am a consummate learner. In addition to my studies at IIN, I’ve have taken courses such as Dr. Lipman’s , “14 day detox,” Rich Roll and Julie Piatt’s, “Ultimate Guide to Plan-Based Nutrition,” and Charles Knowles’s “How to Manager Stress with Mediation.” Just to mention a few.

I love trying out the latest NYC fitness, wellness and yoga classes and writing about them for global publications. I’ve also been a dedicated yogi for over 15 years and am a certified Pilates mat instructor.

In my corporate life, I’ve led several multi-million dollar strategy and planning initiatives to promote transformational change. Having caused change on a corporate level, I am confident I could transform individuals as well. And now I’m ready to partner with you to Embody Wellness!

I’ve been there: a bride, a mom and a career woman. Over a 15+ year journey, I’ve figured out how to Embody Wellness. I now guide clients from around the world on their journey to Embody Wellness.

I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with you.

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration (BS), Pennsylvania State University
Masters in Public Administration (MPA), Health Policy and Management, New York University
Restructuring the Primary Care Sector and Reproductive Health in Care Delivery Certified: Medical University Cape Town and Medical University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Board Certified Holistic Health Coach (AADP): Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC
Pilates Mat Certified: The Lab, Brooklyn NY

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