Linda Smith has been teaching the art of health behavior change to medical students at Duke for many years. I keep bringing her back because she is the best. Under he guidance, the students gain confidence and new skills in how to work with patients on changing behavior.
Barbara Sheline, MD, MPH, Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, Duke School of Medicine
In my 40 plus years of coaching, I’ve learned one thing, and that is changing behavior to maximize one’s health is arguably the hardest thing to do. Knowing what to do and habitually following through is the “holy grail” of achieving optimal health. Linda Smith understands how our brains’ programming is the driving force behind our cravings and habitual choices. More importantly, Linda knows how to correct the faulty neuro-coding so that anyone can realize a better life. I recommend her work to every person who has struggled with sabotaging behavior and unfulfilled dreams!
Sam Varner CSCS, Olympic Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker
I worked with Linda for over 5 years at Duke and she is clearly one of the most talented and dynamic individuals that I have ever worked with. Linda is a creative visionary, who also has the uncanny ability to take an idea and turn it into an excellent lecture, workshop or full program. She’s also a tremendous speaker, workshop leader and coach, who consistently got top marks from all the participants she interacted with.
Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Integrative Health and Wellbeing, Mayo Clinic, Florida
Linda Smith is a highly experienced program designer and trainer who engages every participant in the room. Using the latest knowledge on how adults best learn, she creates enriching experiences that truly change her trainees.
Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD Interim Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt
Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching: Practice, Research & Education,
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Linda Smith is a unique, powerful and utterly clear thought leader and teacher of health behavior change. I have been working with patients, providers, and integrative health coaches over the past 30 years. Linda is the best teacher and the clearest voice I have heard explain the process and method of health behavior change.
Karen Kingsolver, PhD, Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Duke University Medical Center
There are those rare movements in life when people come together in the spirit of trust and compassion and leave changed forever. That is exactly what happened when we gathered our friends and family to improve our personal health and well-being. With Linda Smith as our guide, we were able to create a safe place to share both our struggles and our victories. Her state of the art education and exercises were critical in helping each of us make new choices. Linda is a natural healer with deep wisdom but what makes her a true change agent is her undeniable love for people.
Todd Welch, CEO/Founder Charter Partners
I have worked with Linda Smith for 10 years and have watched her change people’s lives as well as teach hundreds of others how to help people transform their own lives and health. She does it reliably and movingly, over and over, year after year.
Shelley Rice, Palliative Care MD
As a result of Linda Smith’s leadership in the development of the Duke Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program, many individuals have altered their career paths and become successful integrative health coaches, while others in health professional roles have been able to enhance their current practices by utilizing the many behavior change skills learned through the program. I feel very fortunate to be a Duke trained Integrative Health Coach. My clinical practice has been positively transformed through the knowledge I gained and the behavioral change techniques I acquired while in the program. I am grateful to Linda Smith and her colleagues for helping me to be more effective at leading my patients towards healthier, happier lives.
Denise Spector, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, Clinical Director and Nurse Practitioner,
Duke Cancer Survivorship Program, Duke Cancer Institute
Linda Smith is a committed and compassionate health care professional with a warm- heart who, because of these traits, and her extensive experience delivering health care, providing health centered coaching, and training for others to become Integrative Health Coaches. It is no secret that changing unhealthy lifestyle habits like poor diet choices or insufficient exercise patterns is very difficult. Yet, change is possible and Linda’s voice and sharing of knowledge will be a valuable ally to all of those folks looking to make significant, positive health and lifestyle changes.
Jeff Brantley, PhD, author, Calming Your Angry Mind and Five Good Minutes
I have known and worked with Ms. Linda Smith for several years in planning educational health opportunities for the staff at the VA Medical Center for Integrative Health Coaching. Ms. Smith is a consummate professional with a training delivery style that is effective and enjoyable. Her personality, coupled with her extensive teaching skills, have provided our staff with top-notch training and skills that are sustainable. Linda Smith is an outstanding educator.
Carolyn P. Diaz, LCSW, ACSW, Chief, Social Work Service, Fayetteville VAMC
Linda Smith is a unique talent and has taught resiliency retreats and health behavior change for our staff at Year Up. Linda’s efforts have been remarkable and her program has helped our team to decrease their own stress levels and lead a healthier lifestyle. Her work has helped create a vibrant culture of wellness throughout our organization and I would recommend her to any organization who is looking to initiate a holistic wellness program. (Year Up closes the Opportunity Divide by empowering low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year.)
Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO, Year Up
Linda Smith is an excellent trainer and facilitator of behavior change. Her work as the
trainer of the other facilitators of our LifeSkills program for Methodist Ministers in North Carolina was of the highest quality.
Virginia Williams, PhD, President, Williams LifeSkills
Redford Williams, MD, Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Duke
When I think of people who have inspired me in my professional life - Linda Smith is at the top of my list! Her gift of teaching, challenging, and encouraging me to live life with intention, presence, authenticity, and a “fail big” motto has profoundly affected the way I care for myself, lead and love those around me on a daily basis.
Edie Oakley, RN, BSN, MA, Oakley Integrative Health, LLC
As a primary care provider at Duke Integrative Medicine, I have repeatedly seen the transformative effects of the health coaching process in my practice. The vast majority of the people I see struggle with behavior change. They know what they need to do, but are challenged with how to make the change and even more importantly, how to make it stick — for good. Through health coaching, motivating factors are uncovered, barriers are studied and circumvented, and the client is empowered to be an active participant in the process of change. Linda Smith has created an integrative health coach training program at Duke Integrative Medicine that has already trained and launched over 1500 health coaches. I have had the pleasure of witnessing her clear and passionate style and have benefitted from her wisdom and guidance in my own health coach training. I have watched with pleasure as my patients have succeeded in using the health coaching process to enact meaningful change in their lives. Now is the time to spread the word to an even wider audience and I can think of no more qualified person to do just that than Linda Smith.
Susan P Blackford MD, Internal Medicine/ Integrative Medicine, Duke Health System
As a nurse clinician working in a major medical center assisting employees with healthy behavior change, I became intrigued with why it was that some of my clients could move forward while others felt stuck. Having studied at Duke Integrative Medicine using Linda Smith’s insights and techniques I began to notice a perspective shift which included the life giving practices of mindfulness and self-compassion that propelled my own coaching forward to an entirely new level!
Janet Stolp, BSN, RN