About Melissa

About Melissa

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Welcome! My name is Melissa Wolak and as a transformational and mindset coach, I work with action-oriented men and women who have a deep desire to live their full potential and live an exceptional life. The problem is that there’s a disconnect between where you are and where you really want to be in your life. You can’t quite put your finger on it and even though you’ve tried to figure it out yourself, you know something’s not working.

You may feel overwhelmed, anxious, and frustrated inside because deep down, you know that you’re meant to be doing more than you are…if only you could get out of this rut.

Ring a bell?

I’m here to help you do just that!  

With over 20 years of experience, I’ve witnessed and held space for thousands of men and women just like you as a transformational coach to feel more present, happy and on fire about your life, no matter what has happened to you in the past.

Melissa Wolak, MSMy philosophy: Life is not linear; it is a dance!

You don’t have to wait for a life-changing event, a medical diagnosis, injury, accident, layoff, divorce or break down for us to start making the changes that will support you being and doing what you were meant to do. Life is not linear. It is like a dance. And when you can flow with what’s coming up in your life instead of fighting it, you can create amazing shifts for yourself. It all starts with creating a strong foundation.

My mission is to build that foundation for change that is going to empower you no matter how you choose to dance on your path and what rhythm you go with.

Sometimes this means that you need assistance finding your path. Sometimes you may need assistance staying on your path. And sometimes you need some assistance with confidence, feedback and new strategies and support trusting your intuition, brain and spirit as you are blazing along on your path. As I have guided people towards and on their path, I have been called many things – a guide, a pathfinder, a cheerleader, a friend, a listener, a hand holder, a hugger, a teacher, an advocate, a problem solver and a drill sergeant. My intent is that you feel supported and confident in your skills, abilities and your resiliency, knowing what makes you feel present, happy and what brings you joy and identifying the ways to bring that into your life more often.

Finding my journey, my dance

Like so many women, for many years I was the quintessential people pleaser, living my life very much around what would make other people happy and feeling disconnected from what actually mattered to me.

Can you relate to that?

Despite having an amazing group of friends and loving family, all was not as perfect as it appeared.

I found myself in a toxic relationship, with shaky self esteem (despite putting on a brave front that I felt confident!) and health problems, including sporadically losing my voice and digestive issues that I couldn’t seem to get a grasp on.

I looked around and saw my life and thought to myself, “I need a drastic change. I need to find myself again. I can’t do this anymore.” So I moved across the country, away from family and everything I’d known and began a period of intense self-examination, soul searching and eventually, transformation.

 

The Black Hole

As I went through this intense period, I fell into what I call the “Black Hole” where critical, nasty voices would sneak up on me and seemed to suck all the joy around me and I couldn’t shake myself out of it.

I was coming back into my body and I couldn’t avoid looking at myself and boy, it was not fun!

Have you ever been in that place before?

They say, if you want a different result, you have to make different choices.

Drastic changes = drastic results

I let go of the toxic relationship I was in, began consulting with a functional medicine practitioner where I learned that I had celiac disease and began the path of holistic wellness, soaking up information and making changes to my diet and health from a place of self-love and compassion. And like all Divine appointments, I met a spiritual counselor that would change my life. I identified and released so much baggage from the past and especially reframed the way I was speaking to myself.

Melissa and family

On the other side of the tunnel

And soon after, met my husband, became a mother, got a new job at a hospital and began teaching classes throughout the community and continued to run support groups on health, wellness and mindfulness. And in 2016, I left my job at the hospital and made the complete leap to a private practice that I had slowly been creating. Giving me time  to completely embrace my philosophy of empowering and guiding the whole person and meeting them where they were with compassion by using my intuition, my education, and strategies that sometimes seemed unorthodox, but have always worked for clients in moving them forward.

Today in my practice, I blend both the western medical world (physical and cognitive) and the more holistic philosophies (focusing on spiritual and emotional) to create an empowering experience that allows you to reveal your true self so you can be there for the people you love and be on the path that brings you the most joy and happiness!

My Credentials:

Master of Science in Communication Disorders, Western Carolina University
Certificate of Clinical Competence (ASHA), February 1998 to present
Speech-Language Pathology Licensure in the State of Colorado, 2013 to present
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Melissa Wolak, MS

Melissa and family

Melissa Wolak, MS

Fun Facts About Melissa (for those of you that are curious!)

  • Dancing brings me pure joy, despite being quite klutzy.
  • I will often whistle, sing or talk to myself. So if you bump into me feel free to join in but don’t be concerned.
  • I ran a half-marathon, then a marathon – amazing experiences but now I stick with 10 miles or less!
  • My goals as a child are my reality – to live in out west, help people in my own way, learn to ski and rock-climb, and start a family.
  • My favorite foods include kale, eggs, walnuts and dark chocolate (I eat these everyday). I have the guilty pleasure of  enjoying good bacon too.
  • I wholeheartedly enjoy time outside (on my own, with people that I love and our dog).  
  • I love to watch the sunrise and find it energizing and grounding.
  • I love movement-hiking, running, walking, climbing, skiing or even skipping (and embarrassing my husband)
  • I am so grateful and appreciative for my amazing family and friends. I truly don’t know what I would do without having those meaningful connections in my life.

Melissa Wolak, skiing

Melissa Wolak enjoying Boulder, CO

melissa wolak, ms family time

It's time to take action! Let's get you moving forward with my simple secrets to quiet the overwhelm, feel more energized and get unstuck while supporting your body, your heart and your mind. Receive these secrets and a free printable image to keep you on track! Remember to BREATHE and get back to the basics of self-care!

Professional CV

Education & Training

Master of Science in Communication Disorders Western Carolina University, May 1997 Thesis: The Development of an Augmentative Communication Protocol - The Hundley Decision-Making Protocol for AAC Assessment, April 1997

Bachelor of Education in Communication Science Disorders The University of Georgia, June 1995

Food as Medicine  The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, June 2014

Mindfulness-Based Interventions to Rewire the Brain 2016

Rewire the Anxious Brain: Using Neuroscience to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry 2017

Certifications

Certificate of Clinical Competence (ASHA) February 1998 to present

Speech-Language Pathology Licensure in the State of Colorado 2013 to present

 

Employment & Clinical Fellowships

2015 to present Private Practice

2003 to 2016 Boulder Community Hospital-Mapleton Rehabilitation Center Provide assessment and treatment for adolescent and adult patients in the areas of cognition, dysphagia, voice, articulation, dysfluency, reading, learning differences, pragmatics, written language and attention. Mentor and supervise clinical fellows and therapists new to the hospital. Facilitate family and school conferences as well as support groups.

2001 to 2003 Susan M. Tauger and Associates – Boulder and Denver, Colorado Specializing in cognitive rehabilitation of individual clients suffering from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury following motor vehicle accidents. Responsible for assessment with the development and implementation of functional goal-setting and consultation with members of the client’s healthcare team, school and/or work.

2001 to 2002 Frasier Meadows Healthcare Center-Boulder, Colorado Responsible for initiating in-house speech therapy program with the diagnosis and treatment of residents residing in this geriatric community. Development and implementation of treatment plans addressing communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, dysphagia, and hearing impairments resulting from Cerebral Vascular Attack, head injury, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

1998 to 2001 The Howard School Central Campus - Atlanta, Georgia Responsible for individual and integrated treatment of preadolescent and adolescent students focusing upon oral communication, written language, reading comprehension, pragmatics, and voice. Collaborate with teachers to incorporate speech and language goals, skills and strategies in a classroom and social setting for students with learning differences. Additional responsibilities include: supervision of graduate students, treating clients in an outpatient capacity, treating students aged 5- 14 during summer school sessions, and mentoring speech-language pathologists new to the school.

1998 to 2001 Assessment and Family Education Center - The Howard School Completed thorough speech-language assessments for children ages 4-14, addressing phonological awareness, articulation, language functioning, written language, word retrieval, pragmatics, and organization. Organize and lead parent-teacher feedback sessions during which therapy goals, objectives and future educational planning are provided.

1997 to 1998 Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation - Atlanta, Georgia Organized and implemented speech therapy program at a newly acquired facility. Evaluated and treated adult and geriatric population for communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, and hearing impairments. Collaborated with a variety of healthcare professionals to functionally treat patients with diverse disorders including Cerebral Vascular Attack, head injury, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Community Outreach Classes and Programs

  • Optimize Brain Health
  • Happy, Healthy Brain Class Series
  • Clear the Fog
  • West Nile Support Group
  • Support Group for Young CVA survivors

Professional Affiliations & Activities

  • Advisory Board Member: Rooted in Purpose, a non profit rooted in creating mindful connection in our community
  • American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Colorado Speech Language Pathology Certification
  • Instructor with community based programs with Boulder County Senior Center and Boulder Valley School District
  • Life Long learning program
  • Instructor for “Clear the Fog” class for Cancer survivors
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Vital Stim Certification (2010)
  • Volunteer with a variety of support groups (young CVA survivors, West Nile Virus and Fibromyalgia)
  • Gamma Phi Beta Social Sorority
  • Volunteer at Crestview Elementary

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