Wellness, Integrative Health & Wellbeing

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Wellness is associated with holistic/integrative health that encompasses a variety of multi-disciplined therapies that is also inclusive with various global traditional healing systems. Many of these therapies have been individual certificates and practiced by a multitude of practitioners in holistic health, as well as part of the scope of practice of massage therapists and combined with many other allied health and integrative/holistic professions/disciplines.

Integrative health encompasses depth of education within various perspectives of knowledge that empowers people to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

The College’s Wellness program provide instruction needed to succeed in the field of holistic/integrative health, wellness and well-being. Learn the educational foundation, individualized implementation, richly diverse and multidisciplined background in order to gain tools that will prove to be a life changing and an informative journey of self-discovery to achieve balance for optimal health and well-being. This knowledge will enable depth of understanding, expand awareness and examine cultural heritage within a variety of traditional healing perspectives, empowering people to make more informed decisions regarding lifelong health, healing and wellness.

Career Outlook

Health, integrative health and wellness practitioners work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, medical facilities, spas, hospitals, fitness centers, wellness centers, integrative health facilities, and sports organizations among many other environments.

Demand for health and wellness professionals is much higher than average, with a projected employment growth rate of 21.6% over the next decade according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In California, support medical services, aides and assistants make an average of $34,080 and all other healthcare support workers average wage of $48,500 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Opportunities

Entry Level (Broad base of opportunities): Chiropractic offices, fitness centers, physical therapy offices, wellness centers, sports injury clinics, recreational centers, rehabilitation centers, integrative medicine clinics/practices, health and wellness business and/or practices among others.

Existing Credentials: Addition to existing practice, licensure and/or certification, professional development to enhance skill sets to increase marketability as well as maintaining licensure and certifications in various integrative and allied healthcare disciplines/professions and service related professions.

Examples: allied health disciplines, kinesiology, personal training, nutritional consultants, wellness professions, practitioners and coaches, massage therapists, sports therapist, yoga and Pilates instructors, athletic trainers, kinesiotherapists, exercise physiologists, integrative health practitioners, manual therapists, acupuncturists, Ayurveda practitioners, among a wide variety of other healthcare and integrative/holistic health professionals.

Wellness Advisory Board Members

Names Affiliation
Jennifer Bennett Thrive Community Wellness
Michelle Dyer Health Coach & Nutrition Consultant
Dr. Kate Egan Kali Wellness, Owner
Cheryl Fromholzer Gathering Thyme
Matthew Gee Kinesiologist, San Francisco State Mashouf Wellness Center Former Lead
Ashley Hathaway SF Nutritional Therapy, Owner
Dr. Richard Harvey SFSU Professor, Institute for Holistic Health Studies
Elyse Jansen Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Cooperation
Kelli Johnson Calistoga Spa and Hot Springs
Lenean LaRoche SenSpa, Owner
Don Miralles Kinesiologist Alumni, Chiropractic Candidate, Former Massage Envy
Kathy Nelsen Kabuki Springs & Spa
Katja Simona Pilates Studio, Owner
Heather Stewart Cavillo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate: Healing Arts Services
Carolyn Targue UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Nina Weil Energy Healing & Wellness Coaching, Owner
Atava Garcia Swiecicki Registered Herbalist, Educator, Author
Office Information

Location: Building 4-134
Email: wimmerr@smccd.edu
Phone: (650) 738-4475

Summer 2024 Courses  |  Fall 2024 Courses

There are no classes offered during this semester. View all Wellness Courses in Catalog

The Skyline College Wellness Program is excited about the unique focus of our department and developing new certificates on diverse topics in holistic/integrative health, wellness and well-being!

Check out our current courses; certificates featuring these topics are currently in development.

Courses in Health, Wellness & Integrative Nutrition:

Courses in Energy Medicine, Ethnomedicine & Cultural Healing Traditions:

Courses in Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine/Studies, & Ethnobotany:

Courses in Sports Medicine – Manual, Integrative Therapies & Rehabilitation:

Primary Contact

Ronda Wimmer
Ronda Wimmer (Wellness Professor)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Wellness Program
wimmerr@smccd.edu More details »

Faculty & Division Contacts

Catherine Egan
Catherine Egan (Adjunct Faculty)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Wellness Program
eganc@smccd.edu More details »
Angelica Gorostiza
Angelica Gorostiza (Division Assistant)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Division Office
gorostizaa@smccd.edu More details »
Michael Kane
Michael Kane (Dean of Business, Education and Professional Programs)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Division Office
kanem@smccd.edu More details »