Kendra Willey '16

Holistic Health Studies

I am a much better clinician because of St. Kate’s.


Wellness Resource Coordinator, Good Samaritan Society-Specialty Care Community

Why St. Kate's?

“I knew I always wanted to complete the program. I stumbled across it when I was in high school, but realized I needed to complete a bachelor degree first.”

She did — earning a degree in dietetics and clinical nutrition services — and, finally, enrolled in St. Kate’s Holistic Health Studies in 2012. “It's a unique program in that it welcomes all types of students with varied educational backgrounds — not just nurses or those with only an advanced nursing degree.”

Building Experience

“One of my favorite classroom experiences was the intentionality in which we ended our time together,” she explains. “We would ‘put a word into the circle’ to describe how we were feeling after class or learning. It's a good way to gauge the audience, and it's completely accessible. Most people don't like public speaking, but almost anyone can say one or two words in front of a group.”

Kendra has successfully adopted this, and other, mindfulness-based discussion techniques that she learned at St. Kate’s into her work today as both a wellness coordinator and an adjunct professor at Normandale Community College.

“I am a much better clinician and registered dietitian because of this Holistic Health Studies program.”

Advice for Students

Her advice for incoming students: St. Kate’s will change your life, for the better!

“I developed skills to be a better student, colleague, partner and friend. You might not think of this when choosing or applying to a graduate program — but you should; the benefits will pay off for a lifetime.”