How many of these incredible people do you know? I’m going to share the top thought leaders in the health and wellness industry that are really changing this industry for the better.

And by the end of the article, you will discover that these women are not only following their passion, they are helping millions of other women along the way in their own health and wellness journeys! Ready? Let’s dive in!

Leader #1: Adriene Mishler – Yoga with Adriene

I found Adriene via my BFF, Niki, about 3 years ago when Niki asked me to join her in a 30-day yoga journey that was being hosted by Adriene on YouTube.  I have never had the yoga experience that I wanted, but for some reason, I was drawn to this practice and this practitioner and decided to give it a try.  It absolutely changed my life for the better.  According to her website, Adriene Mishler is an international yoga teacher, actress, writer, and entrepreneur. On a mission to make tools for mental, emotional, and physical health accessible for all, she hosts the YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene, an online community of over 10 million subscribers. Yoga With Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to support and inspire people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds across the globe. YWA was recognized by Google as the most searched workout of 2015, and is practiced in homes, offices, and schools worldwide. For me personally, she and her adorable dog, Benji, make the practice of yoga something I have come to truly enjoy.

You can learn more about Adriene (and Benji!) here.

Leader #2: Lauren Ash, Founder of Black Girl in Om

Lauren Ash founded Black Girl in Om out of an observation that there needed to be a safe space for more women of color to be in the health and wellness industry.  In 2014, Ash was completing her yoga instructor training and noticed that she was one of very few women of color in the yoga studio.  Her full-time job at the time had a focus on creating community and she realized that she had an opportunity to combine her love for creating community with providing a space for women of color to participate more fully in the health and wellness community.

You can learn more about Lauren at

Leader #3: Robin Berzin, MD, Founder of Parsley Health

As a Natural Health Practitioner of nearly 25 years myself, this one really stood out to me.  Parsley Health pairs clinicians and patients for LIFE, and helps patients get to the root of their health challenges.  Dr. Berzin has re-focused the practice of primary care to root causes as opposed to only symptoms.  This has allowed more reversals of chronic health conditions and thereby reducing the long-term health care costs for these patients.

You can learn more about Lauren at

Leader #4: Amy Morin, LCSW, Psychotherapist and Author

Amy Morin stood out to me not only because she is a fellow social worker, but also because her area of expertise happens an area in which I am also working: resilience.  After the loss of her husband and her mother, Morin set out to study why some people were more mentally strong than others.  Her work led to her book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, later followed by 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do and 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do.  Her work has been instrumental in helping people recover from emotional trauma.

You can learn more about Amy here.

Leader #5: Rachel Krupa, Founder and CEO of The Goods Mart

Rachel’s experiences at her local gas station and convenience store in her rural Michigan hometown inspired her to create a healthier version of the convenience store.  The idea behind The Goods Mart was to combine the desire for community with the desire for wellness, all while keeping costs as minimal as possible.  All of the products in The Goods Mart have to meet lofty standards: no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and environmentally friendly packaging, just to name a few.

You can learn more about The Goods Mart here.


As you can see from these great influencers, they all created a business around a need that they observed was missing in the marketplace in an area they were passionate about.  I resonate with that thought because that is exactly why I founded Health Education Resources Network 25 years ago.  I realized there was a need for more comprehensive education surrounding women’s issues than physicians were trained to provide, and I set out on an incredible journey to provide resources within that niche.  I am still doing that today, and my goal is to serve as many women as I possibly can to help them achieve optimal health and wellness so that they, in turn, can achieve their own goals and dreams.

To become part of the Health Education Resources Network tribe, head on over to my website, CLICK HERE and enter your email to get on the waiting list for my new online course, “Women & Stress: Reclaiming Your Life”.  You’ll receive a FREE PDF that will provide you with some tips that you can use right now to help control the stress in your life and regain the peace and balance that will help you achieve your own goals and dreams!