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David Younkins

Certified Health Coach in Richmond, VA

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David Younkins, Health Coach in Richmond, VA

Meet David.

About Coach David

As a health coach in Richmond, VA, David Younkins combines exercise, nutrition coaching, and behavior change to help patients accomplish their goals.

With nearly 20 years of experience in health and wellness, David’s passion is seeing how the relationships between the body’s different systems and parts affect how a person is feeling. He also has a special interest in pain science and how chronic pain and chronic disease tend to be connected.

“I enjoy seeing how patients improve their lives in many dimensions, beginning with just small changes in their behavior,” he says.

David first became interested in health and wellness while studying at the University of Maryland.

“I actually wanted to be a police officer my whole life,” he says. “During college, I worked in a gym for a year, and learned about muscles, joints, and exercise physiology, and I got hooked. I switched my major and finding new ways to help people move and feel better has been a passion ever since.”

Before joining PartnerMD, David worked in a clinical capacity as an integrative health coach. He also has experience in personal training and massage therapy.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Maryland; a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the California University of Pennsylvania; and a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Liberty University.

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Health Coaching Philosophy

When working with patients, David likes to create something akin to a professional friendship. To establish goals, he often advocates what is called a toddler self-test.

“When you have a goal in mind, ask yourself WHY is this important,” he says. “Ask yourself why enough times in a row, and you’ll discover the areas that most motivate you.”

David believes one of his most important jobs is to teach patients how to change their behavior and sustain it. And that comes from personal experience.

“When I served in the Marine Corps, I became a smoker. I smoked for years,” he says. “It was a struggle to quit. It took a change in environment, replacing a bad habit with a good one – jogging, and the support of loved ones to stop. I know firsthand how hard meaningful change can be, and how many factors can help or hinder.”

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Health coach David Younkin and his wife

Life Beyond Health Coaching

David has spent most of his life in Virginia and Maryland, growing up in Harrisonburg, VA; Hagerstown, MD; and Rockville, MD.

He moved to Richmond in 2013 for a job in health coaching at DuPont and hasn’t looked back. He now lives in RVA with his wife, Angela; is active in his church and community; loves to read philosophy, science, and history; and plays guitar and piano. He is hoping to learn more drums.

“My wife and I also enjoy finding new places to hike to burn calories,” he says. “And then new restaurants to try to replace them.”

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Health coach David Younkin and his wife

Embrace a healthier lifestyle.

PartnerMD includes one-to-one coaching sessions in every membership to empower you to make the healthy lifestyle choices today that lead to peak health and vitality in the future.

Complete the form and one of our membership experts will contact you within 2 business days to set up your consultation with a PartnerMD coach. 

 

Are you a current PartnerMD member? Call your local office and ask for a Wellness Discovery appointment to get started with your personal coach.

 

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Embrace a healthier lifestyle.

PartnerMD includes one-to-one coaching sessions in every membership to empower you to make the healthy lifestyle choices today that lead to peak health and vitality in the future.

Complete the form and one of our membership experts will contact you within 2 business days to set up your consultation with a PartnerMD coach. 

 

Are you a current PartnerMD member? Call your local office and ask for a Wellness Discovery appointment to get started with your personal coach.