Growing up in the woods of Wisconsin my most beloved hobbies included pretending to be a healer mixing potions in the garden, reading all my mom’s health and spirituality books, and doing handstands on repeat. I guess the seed was planted early. My “back to the lander” parents were early adopters of the wellness trends of today and taught me the connection between everyday lifestyle choices and health and vitality. My grandmother was an intuitive healer who introduced me to the power of energetic and intuitive approaches. Whenever I suffered from a cold or stomach ache she’d insist on giving me a Reiki treatment. I was endlessly fascinated by her healing hands, her mystical friends and ability to support her clients with her intuition.
In college, I fell hard for science and Western medicine and decided to pursue a career in clinical medicine. This led me to work at the Mayo Clinic where I researched stress and mindfulness-based approaches and eventually to work for an innovative primary care start-up as a health coach. Through my experience in clinical settings, I discovered that while Western medicine is invaluable for acute and interventional care, it was limited in its ability to help patients create greater health and overall well-being.
This led me to pursue alternative education where I continue to learn everything I can about wellness and personal optimization. I’m so grateful I get to share the best of what I’ve learned along the way!
Certified Holistic Health Coach with over five years of clinical practice. I received training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and gained clinical experience working with patients at Collective Primary Care and Sherpaa Health in New York City and Wellness Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.
Certified Yoga Teacher. Amanda Harding and Lesley Desaulniers led my Prema Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training. I also completed the Ma Yoga Prenatal Teacher Training and Restorative Training Level 1 with Essential Oils and Yoga Nidra led by Gina Menza and Mona Anand and The Modern Yogi: Teacher Development Course with Brea Johnson - focused on combining traditional yoga with the latest biomechanics and exercise science principles.
Herbal Training- completed an herbal apprenticeship at Heartstone Herbal School in Ithaca, NY.
Macalester College, B.A., Biology
Holistic Pelvic Care™ and Holistic Pelvic Energy™ Training with Tami Lynn Kent
Reiki Level 1 and 2 with Lisa Levine at Maha Rose.
I have studied with Betty Dodson, the renowned feminist and sex educator.
I participated in the six month training program Attention and Interpretation with Dr. Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic physician and stress management researcher.
I am a Nutritious Movement Certified, Restorative Exercise specialized through completing a 3-year certification program with biomechanicist and movement specialist Katy Bowman.
I also read a handful of books a month and consider this a vital part of my education. To get a glimpse of some of the books that have most influenced my work, visit my virtual bookshelf below.
“Tara is just amazing. When I’ve worked with her, she really listens to me and dials in to the specifics of my situation. She has an amazing intuitive ability to really hone in on the important issues. She’s accepting, empathic, gracious, and knowledgable. She’s great at the true meaning of wholistic—assessing my life and health as a whole person and helping me find solutions.”
— Josie Lewis, Artist, Minneapolis
“I had four coaching sessions with Tara over the course of 2 months. Tara listened to what I had to say, read between the lines, and asked the right questions to help me get to the bottom of what I really wanted. She helped me create achievable goals. These goals are now habits that I continue to do almost a year later. She dreams up creative approaches/solutions to situations and seems to have an endless amount of resources up her sleeve. I felt comfortable and at home in her presence. Ultimately, Tara inspired me to take the health coaching path myself!”
— Alison Mailander, MPH, Minneapolis, MN
“Tara has an incredible gift for combining her intuitive skills with her depth of knowledge about health and wellness. She’s able to quickly assess what’s keeping you stuck, so you can begin to make immediate progress toward your goals. Her insights and the ongoing resources she’s provided have been tremendously beneficial for my healing journey, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her!”
— Jennifer C., Boulder, Colorado
“I have known Tara McCoy since 2010. Along my personal journey, I have found very few professionals with Tara’s skills. She has an innate talent to blend vast personal knowledge, empathy, practical tools, personal connection, spiritual depth & holistic health approaches together in a way to profoundly affect each client. Tara starts right where the client is in their process. I recently had a session with her that blew me away. She helped me uncover many old patterns & old beliefs that were not working in my present life. Tara was able to gently guide me to replace these old tapes with new ones. I left my session very inspired, with an increased awareness about myself & practical tools to use along the way to achieve my goals. Tara is a bright gem to be found!”
— Suzann P., Minneapolis, MN
“My session with Tara opened up so many doors I didn’t know were there. We spoke during a time of so much uncertainty (with a move and a new baby on the way) and I craved some sort of clarity of what was to come. Now less than a year later her words are becoming my reality. She is a guiding light, and generously shares so much grace + joy. ”
— -Leah Fox, Teacher + Maker, Lancaster, PA
“Tara is a wealth of knowledge and able to adapt to any problem thrown at her. If she doesn’t know she will find out. Through working with her I was able to improve how I felt about both my diet but also myself and the path I was on. There was very little pressure and I felt good about all the different things to try.”
— Chris V. , Minneapolis, MN
“I’ve had four separate sessions with Tara over the course of the last 6 months. She is a pleasure to work with. she assessed everything I brought to her with obvious thought and preparation, working both with the tools she has learned over many years of education and her natural intuition. I left each session with a multitude of information and heading as well. I’ve since recommended her to many friends and all have had the same experience. I highly recommend Tara to anyone!”
— Leah M, Minneapolis, MN