Do you want to know how to best prepare BEFORE your surgery or treatment?
Trying to make sense of the healthcare system?
Do you want support with your health and have guidance from someone who really cares?
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Hi, I am Dr. Deb Howell... So glad you are here! If you are wanting that personal touch, guidance, someone to listen... you've got my attention! If you are wanting to overcome some challenge or adversity, improve your health, or find healing then you are in the right place! Your body has knowledge and is constantly communicating with you. I can help you tune-in to your body and nervous system, release tension and restrictions, and access your heart's guidance and wisdom to gain clarity, have inner peace, and feel empowered to live your life on purpose. I work with you to facilitate inner balance and healing, restore mobility, and optimize function. I offer you personalized care and support as a conscious and conscientious practitioner with an experiential understanding of mindful, somatic, and trauma-informed practices.
I am a Chronic Care Professional Health Coach, Life Coach, HeartMath® Coach and Mentor, Certified Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath® Practitioner, Level II iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher-in-Training, and Tong Ren Practitioner. I have been a Physical Therapist for 26+ years with Rehabilitative Therapy experience in oncology, neurological, orthopedic, and trauma-involved populations. I am a published author of the books, Self-Care in Healthcare, Heart's Alchemy, and Straight to the Heart of What Matters, and a U.S. Navy Veteran. My Signature training, Emotional Muscle Fitness®, is Rehab for the Heart™… a practical, experiential, and integrative methodology that enhances the ability to effectively manage stress, cope with change, and build emotional capacity and resilience into everyday life.
Nx Step Transitional Care is about WHOLISTIC SUPPORT... INTEGRATIVE and RESTORATIVE CARE which is offered through virtual consultation and customized coaching services and programs to help fill the HUGE GAP in healthcare delivery experienced by so many patients and their families.
Here we go beyond your typical therapy and healthcare services to work with the "WHOLE" YOU to provide effective, meaningful, and personalized attention that empowers and gives you peace of mind and body. You will learn how to be resourceful, be able to align with your vision, goals, and aspirations and feel supported along the way. You have the opportunity to learn and engage in practices that facilitate integration of mind, body, and heart, that help open and unlock blockages/barriers to support homeostasis and healing. You will deepen your relationship to your heart and intuitive guidance, strengthen your heart's resilience, and increase your emotional capacity. I am committed to serving you at my Highest, helping you restore HOPE and live your best life possible! I am passionate about helping people restore their health and livelihood and driven to help transform the culture of how we care and shape the future of healthcare.
If you are a healthcare professional or first-responder working in high stress or crisis care environments, finding it difficult to unwind at the end of the day, the end of the week or are dealing with your own health challenges, increased stress, vicarious trauma, moral injury, or issues with work-life balance, I am here for you.
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"Most of the Shadows of this Life are Caused by Standing in One's Own Sunshine."
Nx Step Transitional Care offers PERSONALIZED CARE
"Your Attitude Matters"
Private & Group Coaching, Mentoring, and Fellowship for Medical, Nursing, and Therapy Students, New GRADs transitioning into clinical practice, and practicing Healthcare Professionals who are… feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depleted, burnt out, are losing enthusiasm and motivation, or who simply want support
-An opportunity for personal growth and professional development to thrive in life and your healthcare career; learn about the energetics and emotional intangibles of clinical practice so you can best care for yourself and others
-Individual and community support for healthcare professionals to navigate the inner landscape to achieve direction, fulfillment, and greater impact in their life and career without sacrificing their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being
PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
Navigating the Healthcare System can be confusing and overwhelming! You may not know what to expect. Basically, you don't know what you don't know. There are two statements I have heard so often, "I didn't know" or "I didn't realize." These statements are both after the fact, often very sad, and can be costly on so many levels.
Your life and independence can literally change overnight!
...after a new diagnosis
...a sudden illness or injury
...personal crisis or loss
Are you finding yourself in the midst of uncertainty and bewilderment? Are you having to move from one healthcare setting to another, being discharged home or maybe even dealing with a decision for hospice? It can ALL feel like A LOT and you may feel alone and afraid.
Are you dealing with an overwhelming situation that you want support with, or are you struggling to find a way to calm your mind and focus your attention?
Do you need an extra ear to listen to what you are feeling or maybe you need resources to help you make a decision?
I can help you reduce the stress, tension, confusion, or worry you may be feeling trying to figure things out on your own. Let’s fill in the GAP and identify your potential next steps… let’s help answer the “what now” and “what’s next” questions.
WELLNESS & CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS
Preventive and Integrative Health Promotion, Fitness, and Wellness Programs for improving your quality of life and lifestyle
Going Beyond Rehab... have a personal coach for better health, wellness, and fitness after you have finished with rehab and want to maintain or build on the gains you've made or need some boosting and accountability
Prehabilitation gets you ready - can help you prepare physically, emotionally, and mentally to enhance functional capacity before surgery or cancer treatment and help improve postoperative outcomes and reduce recovery time
Be informed, reduce fear and angst... prepare yourself knowing what to expect and what to do before and immediately after surgery or treatment to maximize healing, range of motion, strength, and overall recovery.
Take charge of your health and your life!
-Self-management through self-care practices, self-empowerment, and motivational strategies
-Focus on energy management, stress reduction, mind-body awareness, connection, and conditioning, and enhancement of physical activity
-Improve sleep, attitude, resilience, increase energy, feel more at ease in your body
-Let's customize a program to meet your health and fitness needs, a plan of care that will work best for you!
"Inspiration is the Missing Piece in Healthcare"
"Recover your Power and Take Back Control of your Health and Life!"
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"I'm not sure where to begin, you have helped me in so many ways. I do know this, you really love your job and it shows in your work. You go beyond what you have to do to help people feel better. I know first hand, you have helped me not only physically but also emotionally and I feel better than I have with any other treatments. I think you are a very special person and this world would be a better place if there were more people who had the love and concern for other people and their well-being. I have a very special place for you in my heart and I will never forget you. I wish other people who have chronic pain would realize their are other options out there other than surgery. You will be missed not just by me but others you have given your care and time to. I know I still have a little further to go and I will continue to work hard on getting better. I know you are humble but thanks for the incentive to keep on going. I feel better about myself and yes, I know I have to do my share too. I cannot say enough about you, the words have not been invented yet. Just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you."
"Your presence in my life came just at the right time. It’s as if I opened a window in a stuffy room and finally was allowed to take in and feel the fresh breeze brush against my face...and took a deep breath that reignited a spark in my soul. "
"I had a very bad accident that left me in the hospital for four months. I was devastated as I had a three month old baby at home. On one of my first days in the rehab hospital I was working with Deborah and I think of that session every day. She was the first one to tell me how healing comes as much from the mind as the body. She taught me breathing techniques to help manage the pain. I had braces and casts head to toe and it was something I would not wish on anyone, but Deborah was able to help me stay calm and start regaining my strength from the inside out. She taught me to focus on what I could do instead of despair at my losses. As I progressed in my healing, I was able to start doing physical therapy out of bed and I was very scared. She always gave me the confidence to try even when I didn’t think I was capable. She also taught me techniques in a holistic way, and I’d leave each session not only physically stronger but feeling mentally empowered. She truly understands healing and is so intuitive and gifted as a therapist, healer, and mentor. I am a better person in every way for having the opportunity to work with her."
"There are times in life when you encounter an individual who truly makes a difference in the quality of your life. When Debbie was assigned to us as my mom's physical therapist, we truly felt a need had been answered. As a medical care provider and colleague, it is well known that the body not only heals physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Debbie has a unique ability to address all these levels of care, while providing her client with an aura of compassion, care, and confidence. She provided us with some fresh aspects regarding physical therapy that we had not been given before and it gave my mother, her patient, a new fresh perspective on healing her body and increasing her strength and confidence as she goes forward in her ability to regain her ambulation. A positive mental outcome is 99% of the success of a patient when they find themselves in a physical rehabilitation situation, and witnessing Debbie interact with her patients everyday, and provide the care and expertise she so willingly gives, is a refreshing outlook to medicine today. We feel blessed to incorporate things that she has taught us into our everyday lives and are very fortunate that our paths have crossed with hers."
"I've worked with Debbie for seven years treating patients who have suffered an amputation. She's one of the most caring and compassionate individuals that I have ever met. When she walks into the room you can feel warmth and love enter the room with her. Patients tell me that it's like there's a glow of happiness that surrounds her when they are working with her. I am honored to be her colleague and friend. "
"As a health care educator and administrator I witness first hand the stressors encountered by my new employees, new managers and seasoned staff members. I often think about how I can support my staff during the difficult days. I have known Dr. Howell for more than twenty years in a personal and professional capacity. Dr. Howell’s passion for the both the physical and emotional well-being of her patients led to her observation that not only they, but also their caregivers, needed support. We know that the healthier our caregivers are the better our patient outcomes. Dr. Deborah Howell is a Physical Therapist extraordinaire, community educator, yoga instructor, author, colleague, friend and most importantly supporter of self-care for health care professionals! Dr. Howell’s devotion to her patients is matched only by her aspiration to empower healthcare professionals to practice self-care. In Deborah’s third book, Self-Care in Healthcare, she reminds all of us that the healthier we are the better our patients outcomes. Dr. Howell is my friend, my colleague, and has supported my staff in good times and bad. Compassionate, kind, organized, and knowledgeable, Deborah is the person you want on your team-always!"
"It's hard to put into words what you mean to our family. I knew from the day we got there we were in good hands. You are a very special person. You gave something to our family that we really needed, "Hope." We could have never done it without you."
"Today we met an Angel in disguise. There's a calming just looking in her eyes. Her patient touch brought quiet sighs of relief eliminating painful cries. Thank you Lord for making her so wise. This heavenly gift of an angel in disguise."
"I had a total left knee replacement and my wife and I chose to rehabilitate my leg at home with the help of a physical therapist. We could not have hoped for a more talented therapist than the one that arrived at out door. Mrs. Deborah Howell was not only knowledgeable in the science of physical therapy, she also displayed a sincere interest in my proper recovery. Tough task master she was when it came to the routine physical exercises, also a stickler for detail however mundane. Very astute attitude coupled with unusual skill. I can fully appreciate her work as a physical therapist."
"Debra was my lead physical therapist after I broke my neck and was paralyzed from the shoulders down. She challenged me physically and mentally to overcome my disability. She is an expert on how the mind and body connection work together to achieve optimal results. I would recommend her to anyone looking to better themselves and have a more positive and healthy life."
"I remember that first day when you walked into my room. Your presence got my attention. A kindred spirit had just walked in. The look you had in your eyes, your energy and essence walked in, you didn't have to open your mouth. I didn't feel like I had to protect myself from you. I was so taken by the experience. I wasn't expecting that level of energy. You emanated love, Agape love. To have that quality is precious to me."
"As a physical therapist assistant, I have had the pleasure to have worked directly under the supervision of Dr. Howell in the acute rehab hospital setting for over 5 years. I quickly fell in love with her positive and ever-cheerful demeanor, compassionate nature and generous spirit. A "healer" to her core, Dr. Howell is quick to connect with people and find the source of their injuries - both physical and emotional. "
"The State of Our Emotional and Spiritual 'Muscle' Tone, Strength, Endurance, Flexibility, and Sensitivity affects how we cope with life experiences and affects our everyday choices and decisions."
"INSPIRING THE HEART OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT TO AWAKEN THE WARRIOR IN YOU"
"MEET YOURSELF IN YOUR STRENGTH"