Life, Career + Optimal Brain Health Coaching

Michelle Velvet Readers
Photo credit: @suzanneteresaphoto / Wearing @Frannegolde 

I help clients:

gain clarity on what they truly want in their careers/ relationships/ lives

determine their next moves, create actionable goals

and coach them as they create habits that help them lead more successful, more meaningful, healthier, more purpose-driven lives.

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You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them, and fly.
— Rumi


Certifications / Education

Martha Beck Life Coach Training
Martha Beck, Inc., Certified 2013


UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior

Longevity Center
Licensed & Certified Brain Trainer


Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation 

Certified Provider, Exercise Prescription

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.


Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

Certified Provider, Alzheimer’s Prevention

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.


Amen Clinics

Brain Health Coaching Certification


Currently enrolled (Sept 2018):

Institute of Functional Medicine
Health Coaching Certification Course (1 year) FMCA
Functional Medicine and nutrition, mind-body medicine + positive psychology



Previous Corporate/ Work Experience:

Sr. VP of Investor Relations for Vantis Capital Management, Los Angeles
Sr. VP of Investor Relations for The Cypress Funds LLC, Los Angeles
Director of Marketing for the Pacific Stock Exchange, Los Angeles & San Francisco
Marketing Director for Chicago Corp., Chicago
Marketing Director for Chicago Securities Group on the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago
Owner, Art Resources – San Francisco & Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, UCLA

Series 7 license



What is this so-called “coaching” business, anyway?  

Coaching can mean many things to many people. But in the way that I was trained, it involves helping a client identify and overcome the obstacles that get in her/his way to personal, health, relationship or career success.

The process may feel therapeutic, but coaching is not therapy. Rather, it’s working together with clients to help them identify what is and is not working in their lives — by assessing situations and proactively asking strategic questions. This process of inquiry and exploration helps clients access, identify and refine what they truly want. What is working? What is not? Where can improvements be made? What mind-shifts can help the process?In health, what is depletive and what is restorative?

It’s sharing with clients the tools that can help them identify and overcome limiting beliefs that hinder their growth and their achievement. This dynamic 2-way process teaches clients to enhance what is uniquely right for them/their situation and to crowd out what is not working well.

It includes helping them define their goals and come up with customized, actionable plans to achieve them.

I guide clients as they journey into more successful, beneficial, healthier practices, re-establishing their passions, strengths and efficiency. It’s guiding them in their growth and encouraging their achievements.


“One of the big differences between us and other coaching programs is that we don’t just start forging ahead and setting goals. We look at the thoughts and belief systems and work to dissolve what is holding our clients back, so they can access their own inner motivation rather than trying to drive themselves by external motivation (which is really hard, often tedious, and frankly not all that effective). We believe that each person has the key to their own right life within them, and our job as coaches is to help them access and act on that information, not offer advice about what we think they should do” – Martha Beck Inc.


Special Focus Areas:

  • Optimal Brain Health (See Optimal Brain Health tab in Menu)
  • Early Alzheimer’s prevention
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Women in midlife
  • Helping clients start-up new businesses
  • Helping Founders reinvigorate when they hit malaise and lose motivation
  • Helping executives find more fulfillment in their work life, creating actionable plans to become more successful
  • Helping professionals achieve greater life/work balance through life hacks, time management, prioritization of what is purposeful and meaningful
  • Help professionals optimize relationships with strategic partners inside & outside of their company; assessing the strengths, weaknesses, and mindset of each partner so they can become an optimal team that compliments one another’s assets to become a stronger, more & productive cohesive unit.
  • Helping people transition into “Encore” careers
  • Helping mothers who may want to start a new endeavor or re-enter the workforce, who aren’t quite sure what to do or how to do it
  • Helping women find more ease, fulfillment and a sense of relevancy in their daily lives
  • Helping clients identify and address the roadblocks that are preventing them from achieving and maintaining optimal health and/or a healthy body weight.
  • Helping clients transition into a cleaner, healthier lifestyle that prioritizes wellness
  • Helping women suffering from autoimmunity issues achieve better health
  • Helping parents accept and embrace their children for exactly who they are (not just who they want them to be); helping parents step out of fear and own their own issues
  • Helping clients embrace and celebrate “midlife” vs. fear it
  • Male/female dynamics (marriage, dating, commitment issues, managing the energy that one puts out into the universe, commitment issues, etc.)


Facilitating positive change by improving mindset:

I share the tools to thrive for fulfillment- seekers, career transitioners and those on a quest for optimal health.




Other/ current interests

  • TV hosting & production (see Media Link)
  • Exploring, testing, implementing and sharing useful life-hacks that create more ease and/or fulfillment in people’s lives
  • Freelance writing (Contributor Focus Magazine)
  • Embracing the elderly & celebrating the richness of their stories
  • Neuroscience as it pertains to body/mind connection and human behavior
  • Aging gracefully & with vitality (Instagram: @aging.gracefully)
  • Clean food movement.  Organic, non-GMO & gluten-free cooking
  • Auto-immune wellness – how eating right can help you thrive
  • Hashimoto’s research/ Alzheimers research/ Women’s Brain Health
  • Optimal Brain Performance at work
  • Start-ups
  • Travel
  • Celebrating California: exploration & travel (Instagram: @caliexpert)
  • Relationship Coaching-  special focus on male/female dynamics (marriage, dating, social constructs, family dynamics, caring for aging parents, etc.)
  • Art (painting)


When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,  for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

~Leonardo Da Vinci


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