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IMG8166   Quela (pronounced Kayla) Minard calls herself different "and a little weird."
   But she is serious about helping her clients figure out what might be troubling them, through a holistic approach to wellness.
   Minard is the owner of The Holistic Nerd, at 951 Fairfax St., Suite B, in downtown Carlyle.
   Minard opened for business in August and plans to be open, at first, on a part-time basis, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
   As Minard's hours will vary, you'll want to contact her first before stopping by the office. The Carlyle native is a holistic health coach, something she can perform in-person or virtually.
IMG8177   Minard held an open house at her office on Sept. 15, to showcase what it is she does, and how her training and knowledge might be able to help those in need of her specialties.
   Minard is married to Aaron Minard, also a Carlyle native. The health coaching is something she did online when she and Aaron lived in New Mexico, moving there for his job.
   Minard has been a certified health coach for two years, but said she's been on "this journey of learning more about health and medicine for years. "Moving back to Carlyle, that's when Minard decided she wanted to open a place like she has, "because I think community's very important, just being able to do more hands-on, in-person activities."
   The title of her business is "very against the grain," even though she came up with it. She said she had to mentally prepare for that one.
   Minard's background includes working as a certified nursing assistant in a hospital setting, in a pediatrician's office and time in a pharmacy.
   It's experiences in some of those settings that also contributed to Minard going in the health-related direction she has.
 
   Time will tell
   It's too early to tell how things are going, as a lot of people don't know what Minard is doing yet.
   "Facebook only goes so far, and not everyone's on Facebook," she said.
   Minard is trying to put herself out in the public eye more, getting more involved in the community she grew up in, introducing herself to more people.
   One of her draws is the hand-painted, brightly-colored sign on the streetside window, announcing her presence in Carlyle.
   It's all related
   "Holistic" means addressing the whole person — their physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and financial health.
   Personal experiences led Minard to where she is now.
   She said she had a family member who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
   The woman put off a planned colonoscopy, Minard said, and six months after battling breast cancer, the woman was diagnosed with colon cancer.
   The question was posed: why is this happening to such a young person?
   Minard said she began researching things as they relate to overall health: what you put in your body matters; what you do in your life matters; anxiety, stress, which can raise your blood pressure — it's all related.
   The next question: how do we tackle that? It's those issues and the steps to solving them that led Minard to start the business.
   A good fit
   Minard works primarily with women but she's not opposed to reaching out to others.
   She said her ideal client would probably be a young mother or younger women.
   But if a gentleman approached her about seeking her services, Minard said she'd be more than happy to offer them, "as long as we're a good fit."
   For potential clients, Minard has a wellness questionnaire ready to be completed, and then she and the potential client can meet for a consultation to see if they would be a great fit to work together.
   She said the length of that process depends on the person: maybe a 15-to-30-minute conversation, "figuring out what their health goals are, seeing if they're obtainable, and to see if they're actually wanting to put in the work" for what it takes.
   She said it takes consistency and effort. She doesn't want to work with someone who is not planning to take the journey seriously.
   Minard has encountered clients who have gone down different paths, for a solution to health issues, then turned to holistic coaching.
   She talked about having a friend who suffered from anxiety and mental health issues, and was on medication.
   The woman had been under the care of a gastroenterologist, who guided her toward a specific diet.
   The woman didn't know the steps for following such a specialized diet and turned to Minard for help.
   Minard showed her the proper foods she'd need to eat for her medical situation, that would support her health — "You feel good eating them."
   Then there was working together to make meal plans.
   "Sometimes it's holistic, but other times it's just working with two," Minard said.
   There's research in different areas as to how a client can be helped with their specific issues and needs.
   Minard said it's more of a bio-individual approach, "because everyone has different needs, and what might heal one person might make another person sick."
   Timewise, Minard said she prefers to work with a client for at least three months. 
   She's willing to do a 30-day jump-start program "for those that want a taste of it."
   But for clients to see real tangible results, it's a three-month process.
   "It takes time and consistency; you can't just heal yourself overnight," she said.
   There's also the option to continue working with Minard, to do another three months or even extend one's program to six months.
   "We'll custom fit it," Minard said of clients who've decided they like how they are doing and like working with Minard.

   Minard plans on hosting group sessions for those who may not want, or cannot afford one-on-one coaching sessions. Those could be in the form of meal tastings and/or prepping, topical discussions and/or creativity nights.