Stacie A. Ford

Nurse Wellness Consultant and Entrepreneur

Stacie A. Ford is from Detroit, Michigan where she was born and raised. She is a registered nurse with over 20 years in various healthcare settings including Intensive Care, Cardiology, Dialysis and Holistic Wellness. Stacie began her career in healthcare early as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She used her position as a CNA as a bridge into nursing. Stacie later worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), working in the long-term care setting. She went back to school two years later to become a registered nurse, and approximately a year and a half later began the work to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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In 2018, after experiencing burnout, she took a mental health leave from working in the healthcare setting and during this time she studied holistic measures to help her cope with the burnout, depression, and anxiety she was experiencing as a result of occupational stress. She began to study neuroplasticity and how it correlates to mental and emotional health. In her quest to find holistic solutions and wean off antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication, she began to practice and study meditation. Under the guidance of two yogi instructors, she discovered an entire new way to manage her stress, and no longer needed prescription medications. After undergoing mental and physical lifestyle changes, Stacie noticed improvements in her mood, behavior, from there she knew these life changing skills were needed amongst her fellow healthcare professionals.

Stacie created a wellness and mindfulness treatment plan that worked for her. Understanding that there are millions of people who could also benefit from learning how to implement wellness and mindfulness techniques, she became a certified in mindfulness meditation, emotional intelligence, and stress management. In early 2019, she began volunteering her services to former collogues as a way to help them cope with the insurmountable stress they were experiencing on the job and decided to start her own wellness consulting firm. Stacie is now the owner and founder of Illuminated Wellness Consultants which is a trusted, highly reputable Corporate Wellness Consulting firm. Her firm has partnered with numerous business sectors in providing mindfulness, emotional intelligence and resilience training, stress management techniques, retention solutions and support to implement equity between mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing in the workplace.

Through her dedication for mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, Stacie has brought integrative and wellness solutions to corporations, hospitals, and the education sector. Illuminated Wellness’ concepts and education has helped businesses improve employee job satisfaction, improve job retention, improve patient experiences, and improve employee morale. Implementing these changes have helped corporations see an overall increase in their bottom line.

View Stacie’s Nurses You Should Know Video here.

Check out a recent interview on Bitgog with Stacie to learn more about her wellness journey.

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