Wellness coaching is simply a conversation between you and a coach to help you discover and achieve your own personal path to wellness. Coaching helps you identify and create the conditions you need to make lasting change in regards to your wellness goals. Coaching encourages self-acceptance, positive mindset, and personal growth. 

Everyone (even well coaches themselves)! Embarking on an adventure of behavior change is challenging for anyone; who doesn't need support along the way? To inspire self-discovery, perspective, and sometimes a good laugh, coaches walk with you on your journey to wellness, wherever it may take you!

The benefits of wellness coaching will be different for each individual. Well coaching can help you balance dimensions of well-being in a way that is meaningful to you. Whether that be coping with stress, working towards nutrition or activity goals, improving your time management skills or anything in between. Coaching is about having the conversation you want to have about your health. 

Wellness Coaches believe that everyone has the power to take responsibility for their own health and partner with you to explore and overcome challenges that prevent you from doing so. It is our job to help you discover your inner strengths and motivation to reach your goals. By engaging in the coaching process you are empowered to take change into your own hands. At times, your needs may be outside a coaches' scope. In that case, your coach will refer you to another professional. 

During your initial coaching session we will talk about what you vision for ideal wellness looks like. From there on out we will work together to set goals and help you achieve them. With some guidance, you set the agenda for the session. Your coach will follow your lead. 


Wellness coaching is a free service to full time MSU Students.


That's up to you! For most individuals, a series of sessions is helpful to set and attain your wellbeing goals. You decide how long you work with a coach and when you are ready to maintain wellness on your own. 

 You can schedule online through the Student Health Partners Patient Portal.


You can also email us or give us a call at 994-2311 to request an appointment with a Wellness Coach. If you don't reach us, please leave a message and we'll happily call you back. DO NOT USE THIS EMAIL or VOICEMAIL IF YOU HAVE AN URGENT NEED!



Meet Your Coaches

Marie Nelson

Marie Nelson, MS, NBC-HWC 

Health Educator / Wellness Coach


Office Of Health Advancement

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Psychology, Montana State University

Advanced Degree:  

MS in Community Health, Montana State University


NBC-HWC, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Special Interests:

  • Coaching students to discover their best selves.
  • Encouraging a lifestyle approach to well-being and prevention. 
  • The science of gratitude, happiness, and play.

Brief Highlight of Professional Career:

  • Joined the Student Health Service in 2011

A Word from Your Coach:

"I know firsthand the challenges of striving for well-being as a college student. The stress, the dining halls, the study sessions - I've been there! Now, as a wellness coach, I work with students to balance their well-being in a way that is meaningful to them. I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your well-being. Supporting students to honor their authentic self and make positive, lasting change is an inspiration to me. I look forward to working with you!"


Catherine Ebelke, PA-C, CHWC, DipACLM

Physician Assistant, Wellness Coach


Office Of Health Advancement

Medical Services

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Botany and German - University of Michigan 

Advanced Degree:

Physician Associate - Yale University School of Medicine


Certified Physician Assistant 

Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches Corporation

Certified Koru Mindfulness Teacher

Certificate in Travel Health awarded by International Society of Travel Medicine

Diplomate ACLM (American College of Lifestyle Medicine)

Languages (besides English):

German and Spanish

Special Interests:

  • Travel medicine 
  • Wilderness medicine 
  • Integrative medicine/mind-body medicine
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Koru Mindfulness Teacher

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • International Medicine: Health Care Provider, CIWEC Clinic, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • International Medicine: Health Care Provider, Maya Mountains National Geographic Expedition, Belize
  • Ranger Naturalist in Glacier National Park 
  • Health Educator and Health Care Provider at various Community Clinics in Appalachia
  • Travel Clinic Coordinator at MSU Student Health Partners since 1998
  • Joined MSU Student Health Partners in 1998
  • Volunteer DJ at KGLT since 1999!