Candace Barrett Birk is the founder and primary facilitator of PORTALS.
She is fortunate to have had a long and rewarding career throughout the country as an actor, educator, mentor, administrator, project manager and coach. She has proven herself to be a versatile, dynamic, creative, inquisitive artist, teacher and executive, with expertise in finding creative solutions to the challenges of health and wellness we all face in today's world.
Candace's rich and diverse background offers a unique blend of arenas that informs the work she does with each of her health coaching clients. She has undergraduate degrees in Theater and Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and a graduate certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices with an emphasis on Health Coaching from the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing.
Candace's Philosophy celebrates the idea that every person is whole and healthy, and can expand and enhance their live by recognizing and using the unique gifts they bring into the world. As a Coach, she meets each Client exactly where they are in their lives. Using a combination of inquiry options, ways of knowing, communication techniques, arts-based exercises and health and wellness research - in partnership with the individual Client, they define and create together a path leading toward a richer, fuller and more rewarding life.