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Meet Joanna Otero of The Livewell Collective in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joanna Otero.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Joanna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Nurses have been named the #1 most trusted profession for nearly 17 years in a row. The World Health Organization has named 2020 The Year of The Nurse. As a trusted and professional registered nurse who has worked across the nation, it was my duty to be the eyes, ears and voice for those patients during their most vulnerable time: surgery. Athletes, inmates, new moms, you name it.

Dozens of hospitals, hundreds of shifts, thousands of hours, and even more patients. My mind began to wander and wonder: why is there such a high volume of patients having their gallbladders or plaque from their arteries removed?

Isn’t there something we can do before patients make their way on to the operating room table?
I wanted to change the world- so, I went home and changed myself. I took a step back, slowed down, and sparked radical (not to be confused with overnight) transformation within myself. I quit my extremely lucrative (not to mention intense and stressful) operating room nurse travel gig that I had dreamt of many years before… And began showing up for myself in a way that I never had before. I read books to nurture my mind, transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle to fuel my body, dove deep into a yoga practice to excavate my bold spirit, and traveled to undiscovered corners of the world to try and satiate my curiosity (disclaimer: if you decide to go down that rabbit hole, good luck coming back!)

As a result of uncomfortable, extensive and global travel I’ve been blessed to have learned so much about other cultures. I’ve seen how others eat, move, prioritize rest, and even take care of the sick in over 40 different countries. Why are Americans paying over $3,000 for a CT scan when the Danes are paying roughly $300? Chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer cost the US $3.5 trillion, annually.

One of the other cultures that always stuck out and spoke to me was of the Balinese. I’ve journeyed to Indonesia on several different occasions to learn of the ancient (and highly effective) Eastern teachings of just how resilient yet flexible, and powerful the body is with self-healing and reparation: given proper rest, nutrition, sunshine, clean water, fresh air, and movement. Yes, totally and completely back to the basics.

I felt called to bridge the two together: my factual, scientific background as a well-seasoned nurse coupled with holistic wellness. While still appreciating all the advances and progressive technology of western medicine, I was compelled to discover nursing in its original roots what is now considered a unique specialty: holistic nurse coaching.

In 2018, I enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program that specifically trains registered nurses into a world class, board certified coaches, accredited by the American Holistic Nurse Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). I now work and share my experiences and expertise with this exact program as a co-instructor and as a mentor to their students, nurses who are also interested in creating a major paradigm shift.

I also privately coach clients as the connected, incredible, whole, and resilient individuals that they already are, serving as a catalytic guide to elevating their mindset, physical health, and spiritual well being.

This not-so-new line of work (think back to Florence Nightingale) has taken to me heights I could not have even imagined: Fortune 100 companies, startups, alongside NY Times best selling authors, major universities, and the awesome beach community I thrive in with my husband and dog.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been a wild & emotional roller coaster of setbacks and comebacks. The struggles, or opportunities for growth as I now like to call them are part of the process/journey. The journey is everything. The journey is the destination.

I’ve had to jump over hurdles and through rings of fire. Leaving the comforts of the known, stable & lucrative career to tread the choppy waters of the unknown while dealing and healing from the psychological, physical, and emotional effects of serial and chronic burnout as a nurse, while almost losing my mom to terminal cancer, but thankfully not, thanks to a holistic lifestyle & so much more (stay tuned for my memoir).

I’ve alchemized these painful experiences into fuel to keep me showing up and pressing forward, especially when the going gets tough. At first, these experiences hurt, but then, they change us. Forever.

We’d love to hear more about your company.
The Livewell Collective. A lifestyle design company rooted in science and elevated in experience, is committed to aid in building self-awareness for professionals. The Livewell Collective offers coaching, mentorships, workshops and retreats focused on holistic wellness and lifestyle design with its main focus highly prioritizing self-care. When we take better care of ourselves, we feel better, we think better, we perform better, we breathe better.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I always wanted to be a lawyer- I wanted to be an advocate for others. Turns out advocating for others made me a damn good nurse and some of my previous clients are high-performing attorneys- talk about coming full circle, huh?


  • 8 week coaching & mentorship for Nurses $1,399 (if you mention SD Voyager)
  • Private Office Workshops beginning at $999 (under teams of 12)
  • International Retreats beginning at $1,999/per person (retreats offered only twice a year)

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