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MERLOT Account Details

Linda Tovaas RN, MPH

   MERLOT Contributor
Health Educator, Integrative & Preventive Medicine
Montgomery County Community College
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Primary Discipline: Science and Technology / Health Sciences / Preventive Medicine
Member Type: Faculty
Last Login: Apr 05, 2014
Member Since: Apr 16, 2010

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Montgomery County Community/Technical College (Education, Community/Technical College, PA, United States) - Primary Affiliation

Contact Information

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Address: Harleysville , PA 19438 United States
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German - speaking level (Intermediate) , reading level (Intermediate)
English - speaking level (Superior) , reading level (Superior)

Skills and Interests

Personal extensive health assessment followed by detailed coaching. I focus on identifying the potential "root causes" of symptoms (not symptom management) and natural (Rx-free) approaches to allay symptoms and optimize long term health. Specializing in Integrative Health & Preventive Medicine, Environmental Health, Whole-foods Nutrition. Group presentations given. All ages welcome. 31-yrs experience.
Holistic health educator, community ed program development & group presentations. Topics include Enhancing Your Health Savvy, Giving Yourself a Holistic Health Makeover, Natural Approaches for IBS, Strengthening Your Health Foundation, How to Handle Rx Overload, Natural Approaches for GERD/Reflux in Adults, Natural Approaches for Reflux in Children, Assessing Your Child's Health, Natural Approaches for Colds & Flu: Prevention and Home Treatment, and much more.
Individualized health coaching in Whole-foods Nutrition & Environmental Health. Areas of expertise include allergies, food sensitivity/intolerance, functional foods, organics, GMO's, nutraceuticals. Specific nutritional approaches given for various conditions such as IBS, MCS, ADHD, recurrent URI's, pre-pregnancy planning, toddler nutrition, school lunches, and more.
Extensive management experience as Director of Nursing LTC, Clinical Director Hospice, Operations Manager Wellness Center, Nurse Manager Med-Surg (hospital). Strengths include Root Cause Analysis, Creative Problem Solving, Team Leadership, Servant Leadership, Strategic Thinking, Project Management, Workflow Analysis, Process Improvement, Program Planning, Relationship Facilitation, Healthcare Ethics, Staff Development.
30-yrs successful Nursing experience in various healthcare venues. I enjoy teaching new Nurses Aides & Medical Assistants about quality care & specific considerations for various age groups.

Education History

RN Nursing (08/1980)
Albert Einstein Medical School of Nursing
BS Healthcare Administration, minor Human Resource Mgmt (08/2003)
Philadelphia University
MPH Public Health, minor Integrative Health & Preventive Medicine (05/2004)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Adjunct Faculty, Health Sciences Division (08/2007 - Current) Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell PA
Founder & Holistic Health Educator (01/2006 - Current) Harleysville Health Coaching Services
Health Coach & Wellness Program Coordinator (12/2011 - Current)
International Health Educator (05/2009 - 02/2010) The Family Hope Center
Director of Nursing [LTC] (06/2008 - 05/2009) Erickson Retirement Communities
Health & Wellness Educator (06/2002 - 06/2006) Lumina Health Consultants, LLC
Clinical Director Pennsylvania [Hospice] (06/2004 - 06/2005) Care Alternatives
Wellness Center Manager (01/1996 - 06/2002) Lansdale Medical Group


AHNA - American Holistic Nurses Association
Member 01/2001 - Current
NASH - National Alliance of Small Houses
Member 06/2008 - Current
AONE - American Organization of Nurse Executives
Member 01/2010 - Current

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Volunteer Award, SASD (04/1996)
Nurse of the Year Award for Nursing Excellence, Pennsylvania Nurses Association (05/1983)

Teaching Experience

ESW/NUR-210 Holistic Health (Summer Current)
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell PA - Exercise Science & Wellness/ Nursing
Course covers Whole-foods Nutrition, Environmental Health, Traditional Allopathic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, Therapeutic Massage, Healing Touch, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Stress Management, Work Life Balance, Therapeutic Humor, healing partnerships, etc.
MAS-112 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills Lab (Fall 2010)
Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA - Medical Assisting (lab)
o This course introduces students to the clinical procedures commonly performed in a medical office; explores anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, common pathology and diseases, diagnostic treatment modalities, infection control practices, and patient care techniques.
Holistic Health Concepts & Implementation (Fall 2011)
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell PA - Health & Wellness
Newly developed Community Ed certificate course (non-credit). This course will explore a Holistic approach to health & wellness with a focus on achieving better body balance and enhancing long term health. For those already working in health care settings and for anyone interested in learning how to enhance assessment & analytical skills.