In this episode, our host Sam Balooch chats with Monique Class, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Health at The Center for Functional Medicine, about the connection between physical and spiritual health.
- Monique’s journey started when she felt like there was something missing in her clinical nursing and medical classes. She would often cut class from the nursing program and go sit in classes like theology, philosophy, and metaphysics. Monique felt like this was the element that was missing in the traditional clinical world, and it was a great opportunity for her to take what she was learning in the classes of thought to the clinical world.
- One night she sat in a lecture by Ram Das, one the great philosophical thinkers of the 60s and 70s, at the University of Virginia. Not knowing who he was, she listened to him talk about the spiritual elements of life and a light bulb went off.
- She then went on a search to explore more about life and the after life. What she found in that journey was something she never expected to find. The transition between the end of physical life and the beginning of the spiritual ascension.
- After going through a holistic healing program for nurses that taught them energy work on the body, she was recruited by Dr. Oz and his team at Columbia University Hospital to perform energy work on people who were having heart transplants. This incredible opportunity allowed her to marry her clinical nursing background with her strong belief in energy work.
- This passage of personal spiritual journey of hers pulled her from helping the ones who were at the time of passing to the essence of creation. The Maternity unit, where she eventually met Dr. Joel Evans, Medical Director of KBMO, and rest is history.
- In this incredible journey she soon realized that the essence of connection was in coaching. Whether it was coaching pregnant women or people transitioning to the end of their life, the connection that coaching provided was the key element to a healthy mind and life.
- Monique also understands the business side of medicine and its challenges. She shares the differences in both the insurance-based model and the private sector of medicine, as well as solutions on how to bridge this gap.