A Bit About Us
Often referred to as Dr. Matthews by her many students, Dr. Jess is an internationally-recognized leader in the fields of health and well-being coaching as well as lifestyle medicine, as she is actively involved in a number of capacities including teaching, research, clinical practice, and leadership at the national level. Specifically, Dr. Jess is an associate professor and program director in the College of Health Sciences at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU). An award-winning and innovative educator, she created the Master of Science in Kinesiology- Integrative Wellness program at PLNU, one of the very first graduate degree programs to focus on whole-person health by blending lifestyle medicine and health and well-being coaching.
Additionally, Dr. Jess serves as Director of Integrative Health and Wellness coaching at UC San Diego Health. There she has led the development and implementation of one-on-one and group-based health coaching within clinical practice and research, to include overseeing a team of national board-certified health and wellness coaches in the Centers for Integrative Health as well as serving as Principal Investigator (PI) for the nationwide health and well-being Cat III CPT code project in collaboration with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
A passionate advocate for lifestyle medicine, health behavior change, and whole person health, Dr. Jess serves as Vice Chair of NBHWC and was among one of the first national board-certified health and wellness coaches (NBC-HWCs) in the country. Additionally, she is board-certified in lifestyle medicine (DipACLM) and previously served on the board of directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). In 2021, Dr. Jess was named a Fellow of ACLM for outstanding achievement in the field of lifestyle medicine and exceptional dedication to advancing the organization's mission, including serving as founding chair of the ACLM Health and Wellness Coaches Member Interest Group (MIG) which during her tenure was the largest MIG within the College.
With extensive professional experience, undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise science, and a doctorate in behavioral health with a focus in clinical integrated care, Dr. Jess is a highly sought-after consultant and keynote speaker who for nearly 15 years has regularly contributed as a health and wellness expert to numerous national media outlets, including, but not limited to, CNN, The Washington Post, Women’s Health, NPR, Doctor Radio and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has also authored and edited several books and chapters on topics ranging from health behavior change and health coaching skills, to stress management and mindfulness, and in 2019 she delivered a TEDx talk titled “Reclaiming Wellness.”
Known as Coach Jay by his baseball players and Professor P by his college students, Coach Jay is an adjunct kinesiology professor teaching graduate courses in leadership, operations and event management at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) and undergraduate courses in sport leadership at Louisiana State University (LSU)— the university from which he earned his master of science in kinesiology with a focus in sport management.
Additionally, Coach Jay serves as an assistant baseball coach and assistant athletic director at Southwestern College. Prior to accepting his current collegiate coaching role, Coach Jay started his coaching career at Abraham Lincoln High School where he served as a pitching coach, coaching future Houston Astros draft pick Ian Hardman. Through his commitment to the players, the community and the development of the program as a whole, he earned the opportunity to take over the Lincoln High School baseball team as head coach, and during his tenure the baseball program set records in every statistical category as well as earned back-to-back-to-back CIF playoff appearances.
Outside of his coaching experience, he has also spent time as a teacher and assistant athletic director at the high school level, overseeing the growth of inner-city athletics programs and preparing students from underserved communities to pursue careers in health care as well as improve their own health and well-being. Coach Jay has taught courses in health education, public health, nutrition, emergency medicine and fire technology.
He is also a former San Diego firefighter and first responder, and presently serves as Training Manager for Heartland Fire where he oversees the ongoing training and education for current firefighters as well as academy education for recruits interested in joining the fire service.
We are a powerhouse husband and wife team.
We have been happily married for over 11 years, enjoy spending time together traveling around the globe, and we also share a deep passion for educating others, giving back and serving our local community as well as the greater good through our personal and professional endeavors—to include through the creation of The Health and Well-Being Coaching Conference as well as the establishment of our non-profit organization, Real World Well-Being.
“One of the best conferences I have attended! Jess and her team really focused on bringing in experts in the field and offered amazing value to attendees. If you haven’t attended, you’re really missing out on an amazing opportunity.”
- Jenn M.
“I have attended many conferences, and this event was extremely organized, intentional and professional. I truly enjoyed every aspect, including the presentations, the venue and the sense of community. Thank you for a wonderful experience.”
- Justin F.
“The Health and Wellbeing Coaching Conference was one of the most valuable conferences I have attended. What I appreciated most was the personal touch of the conference organizers. It was clear that each attendee was valued and each educational session was intentionally planned and expertly presented. It is evident that this conference was thoughtfully planned with the true essence of health coaching serving as the guiding light.”
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