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Linda Tovaas RN, MPH

MERLOT Contributor
Health Educator, Integrative & Preventive Medicine
Montgomery County Community College
Member Type: Faculty
Last Login: Apr 05, 2014
Member Since: Apr 16, 2010



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

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  • English - speaking level (Superior) - reading level (Superior)
  • German - speaking level (Intermediate) - reading level (Intermediate)

Skills & Interests

  • Business/Professional Coaching/Personal Coaching/Health and Wellness (Expert)
    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.
  • Science and Technology/Health Sciences/Nursing (Expert)
    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.
  • Science and Technology/Health Sciences/Preventive Medicine (Expert)
    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.
  • Science and Technology/Health Sciences/Healthcare Administration (Advanced)
    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.
  • Science and Technology/Health Sciences/Nutrition (Advanced)
    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.

Education History

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


  • 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


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