Say hi to Liz LaFrancis, RN, BSN. Liz is the Medical Wellness Nurse at CaroMont Health and Fitness Center in Gastonia, NC. She has a BS in Exercise Science and a BS in Nursing with 11 years experience in wellness. She has been with CaroMont Health and Fitness Center for the past eight years.
We caught up with Liz recently and here’s what she had to say…
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I truly love what I do! I get to help people every day! I coordinate multiple programs and assists with high risk members in our fitness center. The population I encounter the most are seniors with chronic conditions. When you see them reach a goal they never thought possible, it’s AMAZING! I love to watch them transform. They find confidence and joy in coming to exercise in our fitness center! If I can help them feel comfortable and confident navigating our fitness center then I have done my job for the day!
What led you to choose this field?
I chose this field because my father had a massive heart attack when I was in high school. I wanted to make sure I could help people change their lifestyle before and after they had a life changing event. I wanted to teach people that they can use exercise and lifestyle modifications to help prevent certain chronic conditions, but if it happens, your life isn’t over! You can make better choices, have more endurance and be stronger even with a chronic condition!
What one piece of advice would you give to those just coming into this field of medical fitness?
Find something that you love to do! Find your niche! If you enjoy what you do then you will want to give it your best everyday! Don’t be afraid to try new things and keep learning!