Kelli has 30 plus years experience in the healthcare field. She was born on 12/16/1965 and raised in Central Illinois, USA, where she lived with her parents and five siblings. Kelli’s father built homes and her mother was a stay at home mom. Kelli became a caregiver, at the tender age of 12. She tells about her mother being diagnosed with non Hodgkins lymphoma cancer and given six months to live. Much not to her surprise, her mother battled 4 different types of cancer for 22 years and was known for her strong will to live. She recalls the many times her mother would state “the treatment is much harder to survive than the disease”. Kelli spent her adolescent years being there for her mother, father, siblings and nieces and nephews. She has a love for life and especially enjoys caring for people which is no surprise since she became a caregiver at a young age.
Kelli graduated from Canton High School in 1984. Kelli decided in 1987 to attend Robert Morris College and obtained a medical assistant certification with honors. Kelli finished her externship for the RMC medical assistant program at Glenn and Maguire Clinic with a very popular physician in her hometown. Kelli was awarded the honor of having her name entered into the book of Who’s Who in 1988 of Who’s Who Exceptional Students in America by her beloved mother. She performed administrative and clinical duties, obtained lab specimens and assisted the nurse, lab tech and physician. Kelli was invited by the physician to move to a group practice clinic setting where she was an assistant to the doctor and his nurse. Shecthen accepted a position as a pharmacy tech for a temporary six month duration to enhance her pharmaceutical knowledge. Kelli applied at ACPM podiatry and worked for 5 years as a medical assistant/X-Ray tech. Kelli speaks of the experience of working with the podiatrist group as a very positive, in depth, skill building growing experience. In 1998, Kelli wanted to pursue her career by answering her true calling to become a nurse. She was accepted at Graham Hospital School of nursing. Kelli speaks very highly of the training she received at the diploma RN three year degree program. Kelli graduated in 2001 at the top 2% of her class, with honors, scholarships and awards while obtaining an associates degree in general studies at Spoon River College.
After 8 years of working skilled care units, Kelli accepted a position at Graham Hospital Home Health and Hospice and was a case manager for 5 years.. Kelli was selected to be cross trained, home health and hospice nurse case manager (very rare and not an easy task)/ QA /Oasis guru/ Best Practice/Joint Commission participant. For the past 5 years, Kelli has been traveling the state of Illinois assisting a cannabis friendly physician with history and physicals and medication consultations (THC/CBD/HOLISTIC approach for qualifying patients onto the medical cannabis program. She has volunteered and subcontracted work with an outreach where she wears many hats. Kelli plans to incorporate consulting and health coaching with emphasis on nutrition, holistic and bioenergy natural/functional treatment modalities to her business. Kelli’s dream to assist others on their wellness journey stems from her experience with her mother’s fight for life and stresses the importance of allowing oneself to live their best/healthiest life. Adding into ones’ life prevention and healing through habit change/education/awareness of who we are being can be a game changer. Care and treatment that does not destroy our bodies, mind, spirit or our environment is priceless.