Officers and Members
At an early age, Debbie Zimmerman vowed a lifestyle of prevention fearing she would face many of the debilitating diseases that plagued her family tree—heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Her commitment to an active lifestyle as an aerobic fitness instructor and personal trainer complimented her position as the Wellness Manager for Polk County Schools, the first school district in the nation to have an organized wellness program. During her 30-year career in corporate wellness, she was recognized and awarded on both state and national levels for her leadership in health care cost containment and disease management.
Debbie is the founder of PhytoFit, LLC; her mission is to teach the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle for optimal health and wellbeing. From the corporate client to individuals, Debbie motivates her audience to make lifestyle modifications to prevent and reverse chronic diseases.
Debbie holds certifications in Lifestyle Medicine and Health Coaching, Plant-Based Nutrition, Group Fitness and Personal Training. She is a licensed and certified Food for Life Instructor through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Science, Health Care Administration and Master of Business Administration from St. Leo University. Debbie co-founded Polk Wellness Professionals in 2011.
A 5th-generation Lakeland native, Michelle is passionate about sharing the gift of wellness with her beloved community.
Her areas of expertise include yoga, meditation and mindfulness, nutrition, and lifestyle medicine. Michelle brings her experience to her day job at Lakeland Regional Health as a Wellness Coach and to her plant-based food start-up, Cult Legume.
Michelle provides 1:1 coaching services to motivated clients who are ready to achieve optimal health and reach their wellness goals across all domains. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-500), Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and promotes the merging of ancient practices with modern, evidence-based lifestyle medicine modalities to enhance lives and better her community.
Michelle lives on a small farm in historic Kathleen with her husband, son, two dogs, five cats, and 10 goats. Contact her to schedule a visit - guests are always welcome!
Human Resources Manager & Health and Wellness Coordinator for Heartland for Children
Mid Florida SHRM VP of Administration
President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated – Gamma Phi Zeta Polk County Chapter
Events Committee Chair
Donna Kay Dinkins
Outreach Committee Chair
Donna Kay is a certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach and owner of Inspire Me To Be Healthy LLC. She enjoys helping women who struggle with weight gain and who want to regain their stamina so that they can get back into their skinny jeans. Recognizing that the leading causes of chronic illnesses are poor nutrition and lack of daily exercise, she shaped her 12-Week transformational program to reduce health risks and improved overall wellness for her clients. Donna Kay is an outstanding accountability coach and has spoken on topics such as productivity, wellness transformation, and senior fitness.
Donna Kay was born in Ohio but moved to Central Florida in 2015 to enjoy the year-round warmer weather and to be closer to the beaches. She has a B.S. in Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. After ending her career as a Chemist, Donna Kay transformed herself into Health and Wellness. She is married to the love of her life, Michael Dinkins, and has 3 boys, 2 granddaughters, and a cat named Benjamin Franklin.
Cathy builds on a lifetime of work in Polk County’s school system and now shares the message of a long, healthful life supported by plant based diet and healthful lifestyle choices. When not busy spreading the joy of well-being with “more plants on the plate,” Cathy loves exercise-running, walking, swimming, biking, yoga and Pilates. Pre-COVID she and her husband combined these activities with travel.
Topics Cathy loves to share:
Lessons From Long-lived HEALTHFUL Populations Of The World
Tips On How To Add “More Plants To The Plate” For Weight Loss And Health
Traveling For Enjoyment And Enlightenment While Building Health
Have you “Got The Guts” To Learn More About Good Gut Health?
“Lose Weight, Gain Health” Hear From Those Who Have Succeeded
Who is “Chat and Chew More Plants,” A Volunteer Health Study Group And How They Can Help Steer Your Health Journey
Ms. Hand is the director of wellness at Florida Presbyterian Homes and has been there for almost ten years. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Health Promotion and has worked in the field of wellness for over twenty years. She has held positions as a Clinical Exercise Specialist in outpatient rehabilitation and in corporate wellness with Johnson & Johnson. She holds several certifications that include Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, Aquatic Exercise, and is a Master Trainer for A Matter of Balance. She is also a member of the Coalition on Injury Prevention’s, Falls Task Force. Her areas of specialty are older adult exercise and the 7 dimensions of wellness. When she is not at work she enjoys running, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family.
Brittany is a Corporate Wellness Consultant with over ten years of wellness experience guiding others to a better lifestyle that meets their personal and professional needs. She has a passion for helping others gain equitable healthcare by forming a strategy to create and maintain a culture of health. She can bring a variety of wellness services onsite or virtually to your organization to include topics such as emotional wellbeing, physical activity, and balanced nutrition.
Juli Davis is the Tobacco Program Manager for the Polk County Health Department. Juli has been in prevention for 20 years and has been in drug prevention for 10 years. She has her BS Degree in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University and moved to Lakeland after she graduated in 1992. She has been married to Victor for 28 years and has 2 daughters, a son-in-law and three grandchildren. She is available to assist worksites with providing tobacco cessation resources and to save businesses time and money due to reduced productivity and medical costs by assisting them in strengthening their tobacco policies.
Kelly Andrews is the founder of Kelly Andrews LLC, a Wellness Coaching & Consulting business. She assists individuals, groups and communities in evolving to their greatest capacity through healthy, happy heart-centered living.
Passionate about corporate wellness, Kelly has been leading teams in the Health and Wellness field for over 20 years.
Her diverse experience and educational background make her uniquely quali#ed to serve in a variety of settings including corporate, higher education, non-profit, medical and fitness centers. As a Certified Wellness Coach, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, Yoga Instructor, and HeartMath® Trainer, Kelly shares paths to stress reduction, greater teamwork, and finding peace within.
Kelly has a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from University of Tennessee and a Master’s in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. She lives in Lakeland, Florida with her husband Bill Andrews and their two cats Smoke and Cali.
Sarah Betzer has been the VP/Human Resources Director at Bank of Central Florida for five years and has over ten years of management experience. Sarah worked in Human Services for almost ten years before switching careers to work in Human Resources in banking. Since she joined the bank, she implemented a wellness program, facilitated group team building exercises, and recommended and implemented policy changes. Sarah has received the United Way of Central Florida’s Employee Coordinator of the year award for medium sized business in 2020. Sarah received her MBA from Southeastern University in 2015 and received her SHRM-CP certification in 2017. Sarah volunteers her time with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and EMERGE Lakeland, a young professionals organization, and is serving as the 2021 Chair of the EMERGE Steering Committee.