Meet Joelle!

Joelle received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Joelle is also a Certified Merciér Therapist and works with women confronted with fertility challenges. 

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Welcome to yinRoot! I am Joelle Samples, your Certified Holistic Health Coach & Merciér  Therapist. 


Personally Inspired

My journey to becoming a health coach began over ten years ago when I was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of sixteen. After being diagnosed, I spent several years in and out of hospitals, meeting with doctors and neurologists, and experimenting with a multitude of different medications while trying to control my seizures.


It was a long and exhausting process.


Early on, I began questioning the medication that I was "experimenting" with because I was still having grand mal seizures. Not to mention, the side effects were horrible: weight gain, weight loss, irritability, exhaustion and the list goes on, and on, and on.  Unfortunately, my mom felt that this was our only option and I trusted her judgement because I knew she had my best interest in mind. After all, she loves me! I can still hear her saying to me (as I cringed), "Joelle,  take your medicine!" I hated having to take pills everyday. I felt too young to have to deal with worrying about popping pills every morning and every night. I wanted to be done. 


Fast forward six or so years.


Shortly after graduating from college I moved to Nashville, Tennessee with some of my friends. After graduation, I was no longer able to be on my parents health insurance and since I was a nanny in Nashville, I didn't have a policy of my own. The medication was very expensive . So, I made the personal decision to stop them on my own. I didn't tell my mom and since I was so far from home, I wasn't seeing my doctor regularly either. That decision became a turning point for me. I went almost three years without having a seizure!


Through this process, I learned that stress and sleep deprivation were the underlying issues that caused my many seizures. And, let's be honest, alcohol didn't help either. I began learning how to manage my health and the root of my problems - not just the symptoms.  I was ecstatic! 


And so the journey continues.


After getting married in 2012, my husband and I quickly decided that we would no longer prevent pregnancy, but instead would just let it happen when it happened. We thought it'd be easy, but for wasn't. We both knew from the get-go that conceiving naturally {with minimal medical interventions} was our path. As we continue on our infertility journey and our path to parenthood, we have found a new hope in Mercier Therapy. 


Professionally Trained

After receiving a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in 2006, I chose to continue my studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition  where I received my certification as a Holistic Health Coach. 


During my training, I studied over one hundred dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My professors included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities. My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. 


In addition, I studied with the lovely Dr. Jennifer Mercier and became a Certified Mercier Therapist. Mercier Therapy provides a safe, gentle, and naturally-minded pelvic visceral manipulative technique for women facing fertility challenges, experiencing pelvic pain, recovering from gynecologic surgery, and having undergone traumatic birthing experiences. 


Dedicated Delivery 

I truly feel blessed to be able to share with you my knowledge and passion for health, wellness and growing your family naturally, and I look forward to guiding and advocating for you on your health and wellness journey. Interested to learn more? Learn how you can work with me and feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!


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