We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Katashia Partee Kendrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Katashia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Honestly, I never thought about being an entrepreneur. I’ve always felt like I was complete working as a clinical pharmacy specialist in a clinic or hospital setting; however, something kept pulling at my heart strings. I started to pray more about the entrepreneurial thoughts and visions that were flooding my mind which led me to pursue entrepreneurialism. I created Celebrate Health & Wellness Consulting, LLC based on my personal health challenges of high blood pressure and obesity. I lost 100 pounds…….and still losing. I’m not taking prescription medication any longer, and I’m living a healthier lifestyle. I want to share my experiences and help other individuals to possess the freedom I enjoy with better health. I help women, more often over 30 years of age, take control of their health with chronic disease prevention or management using Integrative Health & Functional Medicine strategies, health & wellness coaching, and weight loss management to achieve optimal health. The vision of Celebrate Health & Wellness Consulting, LLC is to educate, inspire, and empower our clients to live healthier lives and to be the best versions of themselves.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have over 15 years of experience as a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care. I manage chronic disease states such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and thyroid disorder to name a few, as well as assisting with chronic disease prevention. But recently, I had an “ah-ha” moment and fell in love with Integrative Health and Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine involves looking at the root cause of a disease. This has helped me with issues surrounding IBS. I did not receive this training in pharmacy school so I encouraged myself to learn more about it. I love learning, and learning something new every day never gets old. Being an Integrative Health Practitioner is so exciting to me and I am very proud to have this recognition.
With hard work and determination, I completed pharmacy school, two years of residencies, and board certification. The road traveled wasn’t easy, but the journey was worth it. I truly believe that daily progress adds up to long-term results. To overcome the challenges, I continued to trust GOD and believe in myself. Struggles and failures are not new to me; however, entrepreneurialism is. Learning from my struggles and failures allowed me to grow personally and professionally, to be patient but persistent, and to never give up on my dreams. The lessons I’ve learned were to always keep the faith…….prayer is a must; accept the facts and get it done; and lastly, trust the process because a story will come from it. The story will be a testimony to share and inspire others. I want the world to know that Celebrate Health & Wellness Consulting, LLC is not just another health & wellness business, but we are looking to change lives and make a big impact.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am not a native Houstonian, but if my best friend visits Houston, Texas, in our new post-COVID-19 normal, we would definitely enjoy a few hot spots and shopping. We love to shop!
I must say we both eat pretty healthy; nonetheless, we are human and allow flex meals a couple of times per week. I enjoy several places such as Twisted Grilled Cheese, Dish Society, Water Edge Winery, Erma Rose Winery, and the finale…most things Tex-Mex! We love Tex-Mex!
We love activities such as Let’s Do This Houston Bike Ride, maybe a day trip to Galveston, a drive to San Marcos, or shopping at The Galleria. Did I say we love to shop???
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people I can dedicate this journey to starting with my Creator, my husband, my family, and my best friends. The outpouring of support was overwhelming and I love how my loved ones are believing in my dreams just as much as I am. But, I must give special recognition to my coaches and mentors who have pushed me, outside of my comfort zone, to move forward into the vision for myself. I am going after my dreams, no matter what obstacles I need to tackle, or how unattainable others may think that it is.
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