Guest Contributor: Stacey Roberts PT, Owner of New You Health and Wellness

Stacey Roberts

Stacey is my friend and colleague. She has been a physical therapist since 1990, specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. 

In 2003-2004 Stacey became a master herbalist to further her knowledge in the complementary therapies that her patients were starting to use.  From 2004-2017 she owned and operated a cash based health and wellness clinic on the Gold Coast of Australia specializing in in women’s health and hormones, and couples fertility. Her interventions combined conventional knowledge with complementary treatment emphasizing lifestyle changes in her patients regarding their eating plan, supplementation programs, and stress management to help  thousands of women and men achieve their health goals as well as create and expand their families.

After returning to the United States, Stacey was hired by a national physical therapy company to grow and develop their orthopedic outpatient practice. From 2016- 2020 Stacey has been an associate clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Physical Therapy doctoral program. 

Recently, in 2021, she opened New You Health and Wellness, a holistic cash based clinic where she combines her knowledge of wellness, hormone health and musculoskeletal health in the treatment of patients with issues related to musculoskeletal injuries/sports medicine, sexual health and pelvic health.

I am excited to have Stacey as a guest writer on my website.

You can find out more about Stacey at Newyouhealthandwellness.com


My guess is since you are visiting our website and this article caught your eye that you are a person who puts your health as a top priority in your life.  You want to make healthy and responsible choices for your health.  And if that’s the truth then while striving to make these choices you undoubtedly have come across terms like holistic, natural, organic, etc.  And I am sure you have come across terms like health and wellness before.  But have you ever thought about what they really mean? 

I have to admit, though I have spent the last three decades working with men, women and children to help them improve their health, I never really gave much thought to the term wellness before.  I mean, I thought I knew what it meant until I actually tried to narrow it down to a couple sentences.  That proved to be impossible. 

Every time I thought I had a comprehensive definition and discussed it with some friends, they would usually say, ‘Yeah, but, what about….?”  What I learned is this is a word that has a much bigger and deeper meaning than I had ever considered.

So back to the original question…What is Wellness? What does it really mean? 

According to Northwestern University that one little word covers many big areas.  After reading through their website I discovered why my attempts to narrow its definition down to a concise little description for this article just wasn’t going to cut it. 

At Northwestern’s Student Affairs Department they list the following Eight Dimensions of Wellness:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • social
  • intellectual
  • environmental
  • spiritual
  • vocational
  • financial

Physical wellness is not just the absence of disease or illness but it is about creating and maintaining a healthy physical body supported by a balanced physiology.  In other words, it’s not just about having healthy muscles and joints, but physical wellness includes striving to create an optimal balance of your whole physiology.  This includes what your hormone balance is like, how your blood sugar levels are being managed through the foods you eat and the exercises you do,  and what you are doing to manage your stress levels, just to name a few.   It’s about making choices that help you feel well physically and allow you to create an enjoyable fulfilling life.  Striving for physical wellness will allow you to function at the level that gives you the most joy and satisfaction.

Emotional wellness and physical wellness definitely overlap as do all these dimensions.  When we think about how we feel emotionally, this will often affect us physically and vice versus.  But if we had to narrow down emotional wellness in a few words or phrases you might come up with being in a balanced mental state or creating a state of mental health where life can be experienced in all its ups and downs. And at the end of the day when you choose to practice things such as mindfulness, meditation, or visualization you will find a balance.  Emotional wellness is about building resiliency, experimenting with ways to cope with stressful events or people.  It’s about seeking out relationships that support your mental health and not being afraid to reach out for help when you need it.

Social wellness encompasses connection.  Connecting with your community and developing meaningful relationship within your life.  Creating a network or networks of people to communicate with in a world that makes social isolation easier than ever.  Even if you consider yourself an introvert and would rather spend time alone, social wellness is still an important part of overall health.  Connecting with the community doesn’t mean you have to be with large crowds of people.  There are many ways for example to support causes in your community without putting yourself in uncomfortable situations.  We are social beings and it’s our responsibility to find the ways that we feel most fulfilled and balanced as we interact with our community and develop supportive relationships.

Intellectual wellness reminds us to participate in stimulating environments and activities to help tap into our creativity and intellectual ability.  It also involves thinking things through, making responsible choices and understanding that learning is a lifetime journey.

Environmental wellness is taking responsibility in whatever way you can to contribute to creating a healthy and thriving environment.  To focus on this dimension if each of us strive to do even one or two things to make the Earth on which we live a little better place, this would be the best gift we can give to the next generation. 

Spiritual Wellness is taking care to nurture your connection with a higher power.  It involves being compassionate, practicing gratitude, and sitting with oneself and reflecting on how you are living life in line with your values.  Spiritual wellness involves being aware of the mind-body connection as well as tapping into the very nature of our living soul.

Vocational wellness is seeking out and participating in work that is satisfying to you and in line with our values.  It is finding meaning and personal satisfaction in the work that you do.

Financial wellness is all about the relationship we have with the money. It is so beneficial to explore the beliefs that we were raised with about money and decide whether these beliefs serve you or create more stress in your life.   Managing risks and preparing for the short and long term by educating oneself on what skills are needed to be financially responsible now or if mistakes have been made, to learn from them and find resources to help get in a more stable position financially is also a part of creating financial wellness.

When you think about it and take all of these dimensions into consideration, it may seem overwhelming or even impossible to manage.  But the truth is each day we are confronted with several or potentially all of these dimensions and if we just strive to become aware of that and aware of our thoughts and ultimately our choices each day in these areas, in a very short time we will be moving forward quite significantly towards creating optimal health and wellbeing. 

Part of doing that is also being kind to ourselves along the way.  Be okay with working on any one of these areas whenever you can.  And understand that some days will be more stressful than others. 

And always remember that being well is seeking balance in these areas over time.  Striving to be honest with ourselves as to what areas we do need to work on and congratulating ourselves on what areas we are doing well in will go a long way towards reaching our wellness goals.

It’s pretty evident that one word, with only two little syllables can have a big impact in the short and long run.

Be well 😊

Stacey Roberts PT



Benefits of Vitamin C:

  1. Antioxidant
    1. Antioxidants bind free radicals and help your body fight inflammation
    2. Exercise is good for you but intense exercise causes oxidative stress and free radicals. 
    3. People with adequate vitamin C are able to oxidize more fat during moderate exercise
  2. Boosts Immune System
    1. Reduces severity of allergic reactions and helps your body fight off infection
    2. Reduces inflammation, essential for immunity and general health
  3. Increases Iron Absorption
  4. Helps Build Collagen in the Body
    1. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body
      1. Provides skin with structure
      2. Strengthens Bones
      3. May help with gut health, healing/preventing intestinal permeability

Any micronutrients (vitamins/minerals/polyphenols) are best absorbed through fresh, organic, whole foods. This being said, it’s difficult to get high enough amounts of Vitamin C from diet alone. In my opinion, vitamin C supplements are a helpful addition.

Vitamin C is water-soluble and is better absorbed when taken throughout the day rather than all at once. I take 3000-4000mg of vitamin C on a daily basis, spread throughout the day. Since the start of this coronavirus I have at least doubled that.

  • Lipophilic Vitamin C is better absorbed but also more expensive.
  • I prefer capsules to tablets because there are less “junk” ingredients.
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Food sources of Vitamin C include:

  • Sweet Potatoes, Cantaloupes, Citrus Fruits, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Peppers, Kiwi, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Asparagus
  • I have been adding ½ teaspoon (2000mg) of the PURE Vitamin C Powder to my 32 ounce water, along with the juice from 1 lime, a pinch of pink Himalayan salt and a dropperful of Lemon Sweet Drops (I usually drink 2 of these throughout the day)

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Hi! My name is Gina Lynn and I’m so happy you’re here!

So, who am I?

This is really a deep topic to consider when I really sit and think about it. I am a child of God. I am a daughter. I have wonderful parents who taught me what it is to love and gifted me the name Gina Lynn. I am blessed to be a sister to two of my best friends. I am a mother, to two beautiful daughters (Emma & Tessa), something I count as my biggest blessing. I am a friend. I am a co-worker. I am a neighbor. I am a friendly face. I am a kindred spirit. The list could go on and on.

There are so many “hats” we all wear. These hats shape who we are but they don’t necessarily define us.

Of course my story started when I was born. I lived in a small town in rural Wisconsin and loved growing up in that small town. My journey lead me to UW-Madison, School of Pharmacy. This is where I feel my “own” journey started. The time when I ventured out into the world, maybe still sheltered a bit, but making the transition to adulthood nonetheless.

Pharmacy school was a great adventure, I met wonderful friends and learned more than I ever thought possible. It was a struggle at times, it was lonely at times, and it was so fun at times. Just like life, a journey that ebbs and flows; you have to learn to flow with the tide and work to overcome obstacles.

I have been practicing pharmacy for 26+ years. I was drawn to this life path because I am drawn to helping people. I have learned so much along this career path; I am still learning and grateful for all of my experiences.

Now, I feel I am being led to help people in a different way! I know there is so much healing we can do when we nurture our bodies, our minds and our spirits. We need all three to be in balance in order to thrive.

I have been blessed with health my whole life and then, a few years ago, just like that, I began to feel less than vibrant. I was tired all of the time, my hair was thinning, my body was swelling, my joints were achy, my mood was depressed and I was impatient. I knew I had to figure this out and began to really research health. I learned so much about nutrition, inflammation, meditation, yoga, deep breathing and supplements. I was going to figure this out and get back to being me!! This was a promise I made to myself.

My path led to IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) where I learned about so may different dietary and healing modalities and completed my first health coach certification. This was a spring board to my learning. I continued to read so many books and continued to research health.

I was making progress with my diet, lifestyle and supplement changes, but the fatigue and swelling was still there. I figured out how to order labs for myself and nothing came back that was concerning. I finally reached a point where my work, the work of my family doctor and the work of my naturopathic doctor weren’t giving me the all the results I was hoping for. Then came the referral to rheumatology and the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and a secondary diagnosis of Hashimoto’s. There was no time for denial. All of the symptoms were there but the blood work did not point to anything being wrong seriously. Inflammatory markers were not elevated, the RA Factor was negative, Thyroid levels were low, TSH was elevated and the Thyroid Antibodies were present but not at a critical level. My rheumatologist said “if we wait for the blood work to prove what we already know, there will be irreversible damage to the joints”. Through tears and fears, I agreed to take steroids to help with the inflammation and methotrexate to modulate the attack my immune system was waging on my joints. Some people will say that I am lucky because I know so much about these medications, but honestly, I think this knowledge made me even more afraid. These 2 medications helped but I was not reaching my goal of remission. Hydroxychloroquine was added to further modulate the immune attack on my body. I had tolerated both of the other medications, but this one made me nauseous and gave me headaches. Finally, came the discussion of the biologics. I was terrified but determined to get back to my vibrant self!! It was a long process with cost, insurance, mail order, etc. I pushed thru and injected my first dose. I consider myself very fortunate; 4 days after my first injection, my swelling decreased!! I could bend my fingers again, my joint pain subsided and I could wear shoes other than slippers and Birkenstocks.

My next step was to use this victory to dive deeper into the repair of by body, to get completely into remission and to be able to drop the medications that I know were helping me temporarily but also adding to the toxic burden on my body.

I did extensive work to heal my gut. I supported my mental health. I dug deeper into my hormones. I continue to improve my diet. The steroids were no longer needed, the methotrexate was slowly decreased.

My journey then lead me to HMI (Health Mastery Institute) which is proving to be the source that ties everything together into a beautiful, abundant, actionable information package. HMI has shone a bright light on my life path to vibrant health.

In the midst of my learning through HMI, I received call from my rheumatologist when this coronavirus was released into our world. He was calling to express his concern for me being on medication that decreased my immune function, while working as a pharmacist with an increased risk of exposure to the virus. He suggested I stay on the medication until there was a confirmed case in my co-workers or in my family. Because of the progress I had made with healing my body, I made the decision to stop injecting because of my interaction with so many people over the course of a single work day. With so few tests available, I decided to treat my situation as if I had been exposed. My last injection was February 28, 2020. I choose to view this as a blessing and the push/permission I was looking for to stop all medications.

I am concentrating on putting only what can help me into my body. I am not perfect but this opportunity to be medication free has given me more resolve to support my body and my immune function to the best of my ability.

Sharing my story with you has been therapeutic; thank you for indulging me!! My hope is that my story will resonate with you on a personal level or because of someone you know; and the information shared here will help on your journey.

I believe that we’re are all here, on this life journey, to help one another. Originally I was called to help people through my role as a pharmacist. There have been so many changes over the past 3 decades in the field of medicine and I feel my calling has evolved. I now know that by concentrating on physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, the vibrance of true health can be realized. My true calling is to Guide, Empower and Teach any one who finds themselves seeking this vibrancy on their life journey.

G.E.T happy G.E.T. healthy G.E.T. whole