Health and Well-being look different to each of us.

Questions & Comments

Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior change takes time to stick.  Quick fixes usually do not last. For most, three months is the minimum amount of time needed to make a lasting behavior change that will continue after coaching ends.

Coaching goals can be as unique as each individual, but if you want some ideas, are some examples of common goals:

  • manage stress; create more balance
  • exercise more
  • eat healthier
  • improve energy; be more active
  • lower blood pressure or cholesterol
  • prevent or manage diabetes, heart disease or other chronic illnesses
  • quit smoking or reduce alcohol use
  • manage pain
  • return to work
  • be more mindful
  • increase knowledge of health options
  • manage health during life transitions

Keep in mind that, according to the CDC (Aug. 2019), many chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:

  1. Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  2. Poor nutrition, including diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and saturated fats.
  3. Lack of physical activity.
  4. Excessive alcohol use.

Changes in all of these areas can be addressed and supported with health coaching.

Most of us have very good intentions, but our natural patterns are ingrained in our brains.  It is very difficult to change our behavior patterns on our own and to prioritize our own health over other responsibilities. Doctors give us information we need, but they cannot usually provide the time and level of individualized support necessary for making behavior changes. That is where a qualified health coach can make the difference!  ​You know yourself best. How long can you keep trying on your own before long-term health issues arise or before you can no longer participate in an activity that is important to you?

There are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ clinicians in every field of healthcare, and it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Not only does Donna have a Master of Science level education in a health related field, she has sought out the best institutions from which to learn and grow, including Boston University, Penn Medicine, Duke Integrative Medicine.  She has over 18 years experience as a healthcare provider. In that time, Donna has been proactive in her professional  learning in order to provide the best possible care to her patients and clients, and they in turn, have been generous with accolades remarking on Donna’s compassion, personalized care and attention, and authentic straightforward approach. Donna is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and is certified by Duke Integrative Medicine as an Integrative Health Coach. As such, she addresses health holistically, not focusing on one area, but on all aspects of a person. Donna has also had the opportunity to receive health coaching as a client, and can identify with the challenges and joys of health behavior change personally.

Casper J Pelligrini – Donna’s grandfather and health and well-being role model

CJP Health & Well-Being, LLC is a cash-based business, meaning we do not accept any insurances.  However, we will provide you with a comprehensive invoice and receipt that you can submit to your insurance company, HRA or FSA.  In order to better serve clients who are 65 and over, we bill Medicare for physical therapy services, but we do not accept secondary insurances or Medicare Advantage plans.  


Donna was a wonderful support through a time when I am trying to be more mindful about how I live my life. She helped me to organize my thoughts and priorities and keep me on track with my goals. I highly recommend health coaching with Donna!

Coaching Client
Health Coach
May 2019

You are really good at coaching! I had such a positive experience, and was able to make some changes that have benefited me and my family! I didn’t really know much about coaching before our sessions but I absolutely loved it! You are a natural!

Coaching Client
Health Coach
June 2019

Donna was an amazing listener and did a great job of truly hearing me and reflecting back what I was communicating. She was a great balance of motivating and graceful. Even after our coaching sessions finished, I have incorporated the lifestyle changes we talked about with more consistency than I would have imagined before going into this process. Donna's health coaching sessions made a big impact during a transitional season of life to create healthier patterns and provide a safe space of reflection.

Coaching Client
Health Coach
June 2019

Donna was always prepared to discuss many options to my health issues. She provided good feedback. She was also engaging and kept good eye contact throughout each face to face session. She also kept good notes on topics we discussed.

Coaching Client
Health Coach
May 2019

It is wonderful to have found a deeply professional and cheerful person like yourself. It makes it all so much easier!!

Patient with Dizziness
Physical Therapy

I would like to thank you for your excellent care during my adventure with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome.

Patient with Dizziness
Physical Therapy

I wanted to share a positive with you. I just went for my dress fitting for my daughter’s wedding. I had to stand, feet together, in one place turning slowly, for a little over ½ an hour so the seamstress could pin my dress. Because of the sessions I had with you I was able to do it - and I didn’t fall over onto the seamstress!! … I’ve been recommending Vestibular therapy to everyone with balance issues. It’s made a huge difference and helped give me back my life.

Patient with Dizziness
Physical Therapy

Donna Schmidt is a true professional. She is the reason that I drive almost an hour when I need to have my Vertigo ‘fixed.’

Press Ganey Survey
Physical Therapy

One thing I can say, you picked the right profession...I am sure you helped people when they most needed it. I know that was the case with me.

Patient with Atypical Parkinson’s Disease
Physical Therapy

COVID-19 Response

All Health Coaching is currently online.  We are taking the following precautions with Physical Therapy patients to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19:

PT will wear cloth mask doubled with disposable medical mask, face shield and disposable latex-free gloves, as well as clean scrubs which will only be worn in your home (not in other patients’ homes).

All equipment, including video goggles and therapy table will be appropriately cleaned and disinfected before and after each patient.  Clean sheet is used as an additional barrier between client and therapy table.  Client will have the option to use his/her own bed instead of therapy table to lay down.  PT provides her own stool.

As much communication as possible will be done by phone, email and/or video calls.  This includes initial intake forms by email and e-signatures, and the interviewing portion of initial evaluations as needed.  When appropriate, and as weather allows, we can perform some treatment activities outdoors, such as balance and gait training. 

Client is expected to wear a face mask and provide a sink where PT may wash her hands.  Client will submit to non-contact temperature screen on PT’s arrival at their home.  Client will provide as much notice as possible to PT if they feel any symptoms of illness, have been diagnosed with or exposed to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19, or have recently traveled to a COVID-19 hotspot.

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