“In order for things to change, you’ve got to change. In order for things to get better, you’ve got to get better.”Jim Rohn
A native of Northern California, Bracken grew up in the small town of Pioneer, California and attended Amador High School. Having struggled with exercise, eating healthy and managing stress in his own life, he felt “stuck” and decided to start making positive changes. Taking the knowledge he learned, he found himself helping others. It wasn’t until someone said to him, “You should do this for a living!” that Bracken realized he could make a career out of his passion. His compassion and empathy for others is a direct result of the pain and frustration he felt during his journey. Seeing a Member’s self-efficacy growth and getting to be a part of their journey brings Bracken joy.
“My approach is no step is too small and there is no straight line to being healthy, it’s about lifestyle which is ever changing.”
As a Well-Being Coach for the VEBA Resource Center, Bracken works with Members to build personalized health plans centered around them. Understanding there is no one-fits-all prescription to health, Bracken strives to build a partnership with Members to fully understand their needs. His no-judgement approach allows him to fully listen and learn about Members so he can help craft a plan to achieve their goals. He instructs group fitness classes as well as one-on-one individual sessions for Members, and helps them understand they have the abilities and strengths to live a life of health and happiness.
Bracken officially started in the health field in 2010 and has dedicated his career to helping his clients. In 2017, he got certified as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Physical Therapist. He is also certified by the Online Trainer Academy. Bracken is a member of both the National Academy of Sports Medicine and The Online Trainer Academy. He values his family, passion and integrity, and enjoys all sports including sport fishing, basketball, football, motocross and skateboarding. He avoids snakes and bad energy. When he is not at the VRC, you will most likely find him spending time with his family, hiking outdoors, fishing, training or playing some sort of sport.