Author/Fashion Model /Serious Wellness & Beauty Enthusiast and Coach / Nutritional Consultant /Certified Yoga Instructor/ Licensed Massage Therapist
Danielle Pashko began her wellness career over fifteen years ago in New York City. After losing her mother to breast cancer as a little girl, optimizing her own health became an obsession. As a mature teenager living on her own in Manhattan (and modeling to pay the bills) much of her time was spent studying healing modalities. And at just 18 years old, Danielle was a practicing Reiki Therapist. She trained under a master teacher while also attending The Academy of Natural Healing for her certification as a Polarity Therapy practitioner. By the age of 21 she had graduated from The Florida College of Natural Health as a licensed massage therapist.
While building a reputation as an energetic bodywork practitioner, Danielle became certified as an Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor from the Omega Institute. She has also studied Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga under Eddie Stern, David Swenson, Wayne Krassner and Shiva Rea. She continued her education and attended The Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she first became certified as a Health Coach. She later received a Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition. Danielle has consulted for several Integrative physicians regarding her nutritional expertise and has worked with clients in some of the world’s leading spas and fitness clubs including: The Sports Club LA, The Reebok Sports Club, Equinox Fitness, Exhale Spa and The Peninsula Spa.
Ironically, after years of living as a “Picture of Health” and becoming the go-to practitioner for everyone else’s physical problems, Danielle was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Her strongly ingrained philosophy of restrictive eating and physical discipline had to be questioned. “Was drinking green juice, going gluten free, veganism and a daily yoga practice a cure all?” While still continuing healthy dietary and lifestyle habits, her personal experience with illness opened a window of exploration to the relationship between emotions and the body’s wellbeing. Her conclusion was that the past chapters of our life are often a reflection of our present health. This prompted her to write the book Smile at Your Challenges.
Danielle has successfully overcome her physical setbacks and never takes how well she feels for granted. Her knowledge has led to lectures, articles and videos on healthy living for several publications including The NY Post, Yahoo Shine, The Jewish Week, Galtime, JCoach, Betty Confidential and NY Wellness Guide.