About Us

Positively Balanced LLC

The Positively Balanced Women’s Health Platform, is focused on bridging the gap in women’s health and giving you the knowledge, resources and community to do so. There is a lot of science and information out there; however, sometimes it is hard to understand and apply to everyday life. Positively Balanced LLC wants to help you understand and create a comprehensive approach to your health. We know that you have many things going on in your life in every phase. You might be single student with your first job or maybe you are a mom with 6 kids just trying to stay afloat. This platform is for you. This knowledge is applicable to you and your life. This community is for you. We want to help you grow and optimize your health! It all matters. We are complex human beings and everything works together. So, let’s work together to build your Comprehensive Health Plan to transform and optimize your life and well-being. We are here to provide you the knowledge, resources, and community you need.

 

Meet the Founder

Cassandra McCoy MS ATC LAT

Cassandra McCoy MS ATC LAT

Founder

Cassandra McCoy MS, ATC, LAT is the founder of Positively Balanced LLC, a women’s health athletic trainer and health expert in Collinsville, Oklahoma

As Oklahoma’s only Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer who is specialized in prenatal/postpartum care and rehab performance exercise, she focuses on utilizing the best rehab exercise techniques and whole body science based methods to providing her patients with a comprehensive approach to transforming their health. Her mission is to help women transform their health and empower them to live their most fulfilled life.

Cassandra is a full time ATC at Advanced Orthopedic in the physical therapy department with outreach to a local high,  Collinsville High School.  She is also an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College where she teaches Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology.

When she isn’t empowering women or working, she is playing with her son and husband outside, gardening, cooking, and teaching movement classes.

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Contributors

Alyssa Worth

Alyssa Worth

Contributor

With a curiosity to adventure and an eagerness to learn, Alyssa’s dreams have led her all over the country touring nationally as well as internationally playing drums for various rock bands over the last decade. Maintaining the willingness to continue the adventure and step into new territory, Yoga found her and she went on to become a teacher. It was the beginning of change in ways unpredicted, leading her to discover worlds of philosophy, Buddhism, questioning the systems, going to therapy, and wondering what the hell is going on with pelvic health not just physically but also on a mental-emotional-spiritual level.
Alyssa calls Oklahoma home and begins a bodywork training in 2020 as well as Doula training in the spring.

Amanda McKinney

Amanda McKinney

Contributor

Amanda McKinney is a Marketing Coach with a passion for empowering yoga teachers to earn more money doing what they love. She does this through her podcast: Marketing Yoga With Confidence and Online Offerings. All of which focuses on building confidence and community with an extra dose of encouragement every step of the way.

Before working with yoga teachers Amanda graduated from the University of Florida with her Masters in Marketing and then spent almost 10 years in international corporations where she gained experience that now lends itself well to helping yoga teachers grow their businesses.

Amanda Sterczyk

Amanda Sterczyk

Contributor

Amanda Sterczyk is an international author and personal trainer based in Ottawa, Canada. In 2016, she founded The Move More Institute™, an initiative to promote healthy active living and teach individuals how to sneak exercise into their daily lives. Her slogan is “Move more, feel better.”
Andie M. Vasquez

Andie M. Vasquez

Contributor

Andie M. Vasquez I’m a bit of a hodgepodge of a human. I have two small children (4&2) who I’m desperately in love with and am a big proponent of Positive Parenting which goes hand in hand with the Montessori methods I implement in our home. I also am in a biracial marriage, which means I sometimes discuss uncomfortable topics most people want to pretend don’t exist. But i also believe if we don’t bring prickly subjects up, nothing will ever be changed. I’ve both worked and stayed at home, and each carries its own challenges. Supporting women where they are in life is vital to me. I’ve needed it, and now, it’s my turn to deliver it to others. My mother is a seamstress and so I have been crafting from a very young age and I still meddle in it. I also however trained as an Aircraft Mechanic, and loved it. So I am capable of both making you a dress and changing your brakes. My grandmother was a vocalist and a teacher and insisted I learn music. So, I am also a classically trained pianist, but due to what I just brushed off as stage fright, I never became the concert pianist i wanted to be. It wasn’t stage fright, however, that prevented me, it was anxiety that I deal with on a day to day basis. Recognizing and understanding it has finally given me to ability to live fully without it inhibiting me as much. I also have struggled with depression in the past. Removing the stigma around mental health and giving people information is a large goal of mine. Because I didnt know about it, didnt even know what anxiety was, I lost many opportunities because I didnt understand my own mind. Growing up in Fundamentalist Christinity gave me a specific view of the world. Even though I’ve left it, I still find religion fascinating and I maybe need to delve into beliefs and structures to dig to the roots of them and discern their truth or falsity.

Audrey Wint

Audrey Wint

Contributor

Audrey Wint is a student at OSU-Tulsa studying Health Education & Promotion and working on pursuing her dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Audrey completed a Yoga Teacher Training through ViraVinyasa Yoga School in 2018 to expand her knowledge on the mind body connection. She is also an advocate for mental health and body positivity and hopes to encourage and support other women fulfilling their life’s work. If you need a hype girl, she’s here to boost you up! – Audrey is a Texas native, but has been living in Tulsa with her husband since 2016. When she’s not studying or working you can catch her exploring her local community with people she loves, spending time with her husband and their dog Wall-E, at a coffee shop, or volunteering at The Center For Individuals with Physical Challenges.

Beth Jones

Beth Jones

Contributor

Beth Jones is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Restorative Exercise Specialist and Women’s Health Coach who has been working in the field of sports medicine and women’s health for over 20 years. She owns She Moves Athletic Wellness (www.shemovesathleticwellness or @shemovesllc) and became committed to practicing as a Women’s Health Athletic Trainer in 2013 after experiencing a pelvic organ prolapse after the birth of her second child. She realized that the recommendations for rehabilitation of these conditions, especially for female athletes, were lacking. Beth used her education in sports medicine and combined it with her training as a doula, midwife assistant and breastfeeding counselor to revolutionize the women’s health community by normalizing common postpartum conditions, such as diastasis recti and incontinence, and showing women of all ages the path back to their joy of athletic participation. In addition to her experience as an Athletic Trainer, Beth hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Theory and a Master’s degree in Education. She is thrilled to finally have found a way to combine her all of her interests to be able to address women’s health in a holistic manner, and to also educate others about the specific concerns of the female athlete. Beth lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband and two young children. She enjoys hiking, cooking and reading, as well as competing in weightlifting, rowing, and Taekwondo.

Isabela Collins

Isabela Collins

Contributor

Hi! I’m Isabela and I am and licensed and certified athletic trainer in Florida. I live in St. Augustine where I work as an AT in an outpatient Orthopaedic clinic and at a local high school working with their sports teams for injury evaluation, prevention, rehabilitation and treatment. I am passionate about incorporating mindfulness, personal strength and self-empowerment into my AT practice. My goal is to bring awareness to mental health issues in athletes and drive the negative stigma the mental health name holds. I believe that expressing vulnerability and compassion will help one connect and grow to others and ourselves. In my spare time I love to cook, travel and see live show and concerts, and do anything that involves physical activity. I am so excited to share my story and start this incredible journey with all of you!
Jackie Badger

Jackie Badger

Editor

Jackie Badger is a education professional who has been teaching in some capacity since her high school years. Currently employed by her local school district’s Community Education Program, Jackie teaches Essentrics and Whole 30 classes. With a Master’s degree in Education, she has a passion for all things health, fitness, and life long learning. Jackie is excited to collaborate and contribute to Positively Balanced’s new platform! She resides in Minnesota and enjoys hanging out with her family, cooking, and travel. You can learn more about Jackie at her website: jackiebadger.com.
Jayme Taylor

Jayme Taylor

Contributor

Jayme Taylor is a Nurse Practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare. She graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and is Board-Certified in Family Practice, Lifestyle Medicine and is a Board-Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management. Throughout her career she has seen how unhealthy lifestyles can contribute to disease and how difficult treatment of these diseases are without lifestyle modifications. She has a passion for conventional medicine but also believes that food, exercise, stress and weight management are medicines too and loves incorporating these into her practice. She is an Owner/Provider at Rx Health & Wellness in Owasso, Oklahoma and Family Practice Provider at the St John Clinic in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Jessica Wilkerson

Jessica Wilkerson

Contributor

My name is Jessica Wilkerson and I own Luxe Fitness Studio located in the heart of Owasso Oklahoma. We are a women’s only group fitness facility offering a variety of classes to suit every fitness level and need. Luxe exists to create strong, empowered women who are confident and continually working to be the best version of themselves! Our instructors encourage these ladies daily to keep up the hard work and to stay focused on the goal in front of them. I personally found my passion with fitness in 2005 after moving to Oklahoma from Colorado. I played sports through high school but didn’t really have a love for it. When I found Yoga and discovered what my body was capable of is when the fire ignited. Introducing weight lifting into my week in addition to Yoga helped me lose the extra 50 pounds I gained after graduating high school. In addition to exercise, I also began learning about Nutrition and how different foods affected my body. I was able to heal my gut issues and became fascinated by how my body responded to the changes I had made. In 2017 I completed my Nutrition certification with Precision Nutrition and started helping other women with their diets as well. Today I am mostly at home with our new addition, a little boy we welcomed in November, and taking care of our home and family. However, in 2020 I plan to be back to teaching some classes at the studio, coaching women in their health goals, and growing our business to the fruitful life giving place I know that it is!

Julie Loder

Julie Loder

Contributor

Julie Loder is a certified ESSENTRICS® instructor, and a lifelong student of movement, who made a dramatic career change to follow her heart and share her passion for all aspects of health and wellness. She has worked in the criminal justice system, previously directed an international non-profit organization, advocated for family-friendly early childhood education policy, taught high school, and served as an ombudsman.  Now she has found what she feels is her highest purpose of helping people become more in tune with —  learn to listen to, respect, love, appreciate, enjoy living and playing in — their own bodies, something she believes is the cornerstone of all dimensions of wellness.  Julie is happiest when she’s hiking with her dogs or social dancing. 

Kate Jacobs

Kate Jacobs

Contributor

Kate Jacobs serves as the Marketing Director for the Tulsa Youth Symphony, a nonprofit organization that provides orchestral training for young musicians in Northeast Oklahoma. Jacobs is also a company member with Tulsa Modern Movement, a modern dance company based in Tulsa. She also performs in local musicals and is a visionary for a new nonprofit organization, Erase the Stigma, a dance platform with a mission to bring artists together to erase the stigma of mentall illness. One of her greatest passions lies with the performing arts and the other with animals. Jacobs is an active foster/rescuer when she is not spending time with her husband, dog, and four cats. Jacobs is excited to be a contributor in women’s health through Positively Balanced.

Keli Kirwin

Keli Kirwin

Contributor

Keli Kirwin is a women’s health advocate and artist. Her love affair with birth and pregnancy began in college when she showcased the history of western birth since the 1400s with her capstone artwork. Keli is a fierce supporter and defender of women’s right to fully informed consent, with particular passion in pregnancy and birth.
Lisa Mildon

Lisa Mildon

Contributor

Lisa Mildon is a professional and coffee-fueled writer and editor for several online publications. Inspired by her step-mom, Lisa discovered natural health at the ripe old age of 15, hungrily absorbing any knowledge about herbs, vitamins, and nutrition, and how to apply it to her own health. When not being the caffeinated wordsmith, she enjoys traveling, hiking and camping, and various arts & crafts.

Mary Holtrop

Mary Holtrop

Contributor

My name is Mary Holtrop and I am in my mid 60’s. I have been active and exercised my entire life. When I was young my siblings and I were always active, running, playing, and riding bikes everywhere. When I got to my teens I started playing organized sports such as field hockey, basketball and volleyball. I played basketball and volleyball for my high school and college teams. During college I started running and I loved it. But by the time I was 30 I had my first set of knee surgeries. I married, had 3 children all who played organized sports from the time they entered kindergarten. Keeping my family active was important to me. All three of my kids played college level sports and two now run marathons. Meanwhile, I walked, biked and did exercise videos all the way up to this day. I exercise daily, mostly walking, biking, yoga and classical stretch/essentrics. I strongly believe that exercise is good for your mind and your body. I work as a business manager for a public library. I have worked in libraries for 17 years all in administrative capacity. I live in a small town about 70 miles west of Chicago and I am happy there are bike trails close by for me to explore.
Megan Spears

Megan Spears

Contributor

I’m a private yoga teacher for yoga beginners and those recovering from an injury. I started teaching power vinyasa in 2014 and have since taken a deep dive into yoga therapeutics, mobility, and instinctual meditation practices. My mission is to help my clients feel balanced, joyful, and strong in their practice. I’m a total nerd and like to put the “fun” in “functional”. I will geek out (with you) as you learn about your movement patterns and gather your favorite meditation practices. When I’m not teaching, I’m likely to be working out, in class at Oklahoma State University, or cooking one of my three favorite meals with my fiancé.  

Melanie VanBeber

Melanie VanBeber

Contributor

Hello! I am Melanie VanBeber, licensed esthetician, massage therapist, ACSM certified trainer, and Barre instructor. I own Serendipity Spa in Owasso and I am currently working on opening a second location in 2020. I have over 21 years experience in the health & wellness industry. My passion is helping women become their best version of themselves through fitness, mindfulness, touch therapy as well as beauty. My intention has always been to offer an experience that goes beyond relaxation and beauty, but rather designed to offer true healing and to provide health benefits that sustain body, mind, beauty, and spirit in ones everyday journey. It is a privilege and honor to serve women for a living.

Rachel Warner

Rachel Warner

Contributor

Rachel is a wife to a soldier and mom of two beautiful kiddos, Lucas and Audrey. As a former collegiate athlete and athletic trainer she is passionate about women’s athleticism both prenatal and postnatal. 

Sara Herell

Sara Herell

Contributor

Photographer (my first love). Small business and Brand advisor and remote assistant. Always seeking to be a student of something (life usually). Unapologetic boy mom. Active duty military spouse. Functional fitness, mental health and personal safety advocate. Equal opportunity coffee scrounger. Kitchen scientist, education addict, modern home maker. Introvert with a friend complex. On a life mission to utilize all the things that make up who we are as women (our attempts, failures, successes and various callings) and use them against the “just a mom” myth while strengthening our motherhood with the same. (My kids deserve to see me do things that aren’t just “being mom” and use those skills, passions and knowledge in our family life as well as in the world. Knowing mom is human won’t kill anyone- not my kids, not my peers, pinky swear .) Through amateur writing, genuine conversation, and my own brand of humor and grounding in the chaos – my goal is to help put ideas in perspective, bust through scare tactics and bolster others by showing them other moms are normal too and there is no “one way” to life.

Sophia Pollalis

Sophia Pollalis

Contributor

If you like learning, improving your health, and moving your body, keep reading! We are about to embark on an expedition that is all about you. Whether you are just starting your journey of self-discovery or have been traveling for years, I hope to join you in embracing your personal growth in all aspects of our lives. I am a certified athletic trainer at a high school in northwest Indiana; I wear khakis and polos for a living, but on the best days I wear SWEATS. So pull out your comfiest clothes and grab a glass of your favorite beverage WATER. Ready, set, commence exploration!

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