What is then name of your company?
Planks & Pizza

When were you founded?
Officially 2017 – but started LLC in the Fall of 2016

How many team members?
ONE! Just me for now.

What do you do and how did you get started?
I am a registered dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition, and 200-hour certified yoga teacher with over 800 hours of teaching experience. My services include one-on-one nutrition counseling, private yoga lessons, corporate nutrition and wellness plans, and private in-home cooking classes, to name a few. After completing my Masters, I still wasn’t sure which direction to take things, so I worked for a few years in research and meanwhile, took a 200-hour yoga teacher training for fun. My vision for Planks & Pizza started to come to life from there to fuse nutrition and yoga together into a one-stop wellness shop. The name Planks & Pizza is my own personal metaphor for balance that I came up with while eating pizza…and drinking wine. Planks are hard, and eating pizza is easy (and delicious). I didn’t realize my idea would turn into what it has, but I am so glad I just kept going with my gut and moving forward with it. I find gratitude every single day I step into this job – I know I’m really lucky that my passion and my job are the same thing.

What goals do you have for the future?
My ultimate goal will always be the same – to change the lives of others for the better. It’s my passion, it’s what I aim to do with each person I work with, and I plan to continue to keep doing that. Connection is so important and life is short – we should all feel good about ourselves and live each day feeling alive and healthy. It’s a lot easier to do that if you have a good diet, are active, and change your mindset. However, these three things are challenges for most people and require a lot of work and support. That’s where I come in and help take on the load so it’s achievable and not quite so overwhelming.

What is something you’re most proud of?
I have not taken shortcuts to get here. It has taken a lot of additional education, training, patience, and a network of amazing people who believe in me on days where I have wanted to throw in the towel. I feel really good about how I’ve grown as a business and a person. This process has been eye-opening and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

What’s your favorite thing about working at CoCoTiv?
The energy. I love that I have coworkers but they aren’t really coworkers. We all do different things. And sometimes I get made fun of because my business casual can be a little too casual if I just finished teaching a lesson, but I like that because it just means people are real around here. It’s a fun, genuine, hard-working environment, and I always feel super supported and motivated when I’m around my Cocotiv family.