Cathy Whitener  CHHC


Cathy Whitener has over 25 YEARS of hard won experience in nutrition and related areas such as disease prevention and wellness. Through extensive research and training, combined with some of her own personal health challenges, she has become an expert in wellness, cell renewal, detox, and nutrition. Her goal is to provide you with sound information, give you a compass with which to evaluate the many conflicting claims in the field of Integrative Health Care, and help you formulate a winning plan for yourself. Let her knowledge, objectivity, and experience help guide your health journey.

My Personal Battles

My personal story begins almost 3 decades ago with my 2 year old son. He consumed 13 BOTTLES of antibiotics in 12 months for chronic ear infections! Not only were they NOT working…the additional negative side effects on his body served only to complicate matters for us. Frustrated and searching for something to help my son, I had the good fortune to meet a women educated in the nutrition field. I began following her recommendations: I put him on supplements that would aid his body. I implemented a few simple yet specific dietary changes.  Astonishingly, he never needed another antibiotic for chronic ear infections for the next 12 consecutive months! Through the years, I have come to realize my son’s story is not an isolated event.  Far from it! This revelation was just the beginning in what would become my exhaustive study of nutrition and its effects on the human body. All these years later, after numerous course studies and apprenticeships, I am so confident and excited about what I have learned and experienced, I simply CANNOT keep it to myself any longer!

Seeing my son suffer for so many months certainly added fuel to my quest….to my dedication to help others experiencing degenerative health conditions. Thankfully there are more and more people who choose to be proactive in their health, seeking answers, those “best kept secrets” if you will……to gain better health and avoid becoming one of the many negative statistics our society seems to be becoming at alarming rates.

Are you ready to” tip the scales in your favor?.…….proactively working to achieve and maintain the best possible “YOU”?  Are you SICK AND TIRED of being SICK AND TIRED?!  If any of this describes you……PLEASE, keep reading……..


In the last 15 years specifically,  I have done massive amounts of research in the fields of cellular regeneration in disease processes. I have attended every reputable lecture, seminar, and health institute I could find. I have studied the works of many great doctors that have pioneered health and nutrition. Experts such as Dr. Jerry Tennant M.D., Dr. Jonathan Wright M.D., Dr. Sherry Rogers M.D., and  Natural Wellness Expert Dr. James Arond-Thomas M.D., …as well as many others who have been brave enough to swim upstream in a world of bureaucracy and opposition while our health and healthcare systems continue to decline.

There are MANY people walking around today who have won the battle, who now enjoy a level of wellness they never dreamed possible!  There TRULY are ways to greatly reduce your risk of getting most degenerative diseases. I have learned that about 80-90% of disease prevention is within our control and about 10 to 20% is related to genetics.  Don’t wait until the onset of a disease or condition forces you to play catch-up from a disadvantageous position!! CONTACT US FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION!

My Training

I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. This program is a cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program and an affiliate of the State University of New York. I graduated in July of 2009.

During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers there included:

Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine,

Dr. Bernie Siegle, Leader in the field of mind-body medicine,

Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center,

Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University,

As well as many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

I have allowed myself to experience many different health philosophies. I am a graduate of the Hippocrates Health Institute program. Hippocrates was very instrumental in teaching me the “raw food philosophies”, detoxification and the relation between this and lymph care.

I attended the NATURAL GOURMET COOKING SCHOOL in New York City.  It was a fabulous privilege ….allowing me to indulge in my love of healthy cooking!

In 2001, I traveled to Bad Nauheim, Germany to a clinic specializing in detoxification. I learned advanced detoxification techniques and the Ayurvedia & Budwig cancer therapy plan.

I have been especially blessed to have had the opportunity to mentor under an amazing physician from Ann Arbor, MI.: Dr James Around-Thomas M.D. My 6 years under his expertise allowed me to learn more about the diet/health connection, the power of the mind/body connection in all disease and health states, as well as many of the psychological connections of disease and wellness.

Health Coaches are knowledgeable advisors who provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. As your Health Coach, I will listen carefully and help you to navigate through the world of contradictory nutrition advice to determine what changes are necessary specifically for you.

Your personalized program will radically improve your health and happiness. Together, we will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance.

As a client of my Health Coaching Program, you will…

  • set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
  • work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
  • understand and reduce your cravings
  • increase your energy levels
  • feel great in your body
  • learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them
  • improve your personal relationships
  • discover the confidence to create the life you want

To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a free initial phone consultation with me at cathy@terravitawellness.com.  During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals.


Degrees, Studies, Certifications

1984 –Baker College, Graduated with Associates Degree

2002 – Hippocrates Health Institute completed training for Health Educator

2009 – Certified Holistic Health Coach Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York City (Purchase College, SUNY)

2011-2013 Premier Research Lab Certified in Quantum Reflex Analysis and completed all levels of Training 1, 2, 3

2012/2016 Tennant Institute founded by Dr Jerry Tennant M.D.  Certified in level 1 training



American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)

Pastoral Medical Assoc. (PMA)



In my practice I help clients DEVELOP GOALS, Identify CHALLENGES and SELF LIMITING BELIEFS that may be holding them back (utilizing cutting edge Emotional Release Therapy as well as physical clearance of blocked meredians) and focus on what is needed for achieving their dreams of having vitality, strength, energy and overall improved health and longevity!

We work together to develop a wellness plan that is customized to individual needs and expectations. We are equipped to find most all disease states (from allergies to autoimmunity  including Celiac)  begin in the Gut!  We always work with digestion and the health of the digestion system along with kidney and liver health first.


We use the 5 keys to great health to bring you to your goals.

1  .Achieve an Alkaline Body PH (this process entails healing the detox organs and gut)

2.  Hormone Support

3.  Detoxify the Body (become aware of products that take you into a detox phase before your body is properly prepare….ignorance of these can damage your body or throw you into a DIS-ease state)

4.  Address Immune Specific Concerns

5.  Rejuvenation Support


Your wellness goes far beyond simple physical health and encompasses your whole being and relationship to your environment, including psychological outlook and environmental interactions. I’m excited and invigorated to be able to share my knowledge helping others. Let’s explore and see how I may be of service to you….