NEWS RELEASE AUGUST 24, 2015
HOLISTIC ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
DEBRA ANN BARTZ
Suffering with some health issues over the last several years, Debra A. Bartz felt threatened that it might affect her longtime career as a pilot. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, she found that the medical establishment where she was being treated was not concerned with the cause of her ailment, but more concerned with her starting on a drug that wasn’t tested by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA told her she could not continue to fly unless she could prove that she would not react to the medication, for safety reasons. Empowered to find out what she could do for herself, Debra’s medical setback and possible loss of career led her to pursue certifications with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a board certified holistic practitioner to pursue different options.
“I decided to start my own wellness coaching business to empower individuals to take charge of their lives and health goals, just as I had to do with my own,” Debra said. “As a holistic practitioner, I have coached clients with food allergies, thyroid issues, psoriasis, and inflammation issues related to arthritis and life coaching. I have assisted them with accountability, challenges with planning less stressful weeks, reduction and elimination of their use of over the counter and prescription medicines, and weight loss.”
Since she was only 10-years-old, Debra knew she wanted to be a pilot. She put all of her energy into schooling and applied to the United States Air Force Academy. Being the third class of women to graduate from the Air Force in 1982, Debra started the first part of her 20-year career as an Air Force Officer. In her first year as an officer, Debra graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training and earned her military pilot wings. She flew the T-37, T-38, and the KC-135 Air Refueling aircraft as an active duty pilot flying worldwide to refuel the SR-71.
In 1993, while flying the KC-135 part-time for the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Debra became a recruiter and interviewer with the United States Air Force Academy liaison officer where she mentored and recruited high school students to apply for an appointment to the Air Force Academy and Air Force Reserve Training Corp scholarships. In 1997, she became the human services administrator for the 128th Air Refueling Wing Medical Squadron. Debra retired in 2002 with the rank of major.
While serving part-time in the Air National Guard, Debra started her full-time civilian career as an airline pilot for United Airlines. For the first eight years, she flew on the 727 as a flight engineer and first officer. In 1998, she began flying as a captain on the Boeing 737, 757, 767, and Airbus 320, flying passengers domestically in the United States.
After learning about her autoimmune disorder, Debra was not ready to give up her career as a pilot. To search for answers, she began to attend the Institute Integrative Nutrition program accredited by the State University of New York, became a board certified holistic practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a Certified Mastery Transformational Coaching Method Coach, and a Hormone Trained Specialist. Then, in 2012, Debra founded Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, a holistic health coaching business to help others in similar situations.
To be a positive influence to others, Debra leads by example every day. She assists clients in reaching their goals by providing them with access to a better quality of life through by helping them to realize their dreams through good health. She helps others to learn their mindset principles, conquer their food and mind issues, and soar to success.
As owner and coach of the Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, Debra focuses on relieving her clients’ stresses around what may be ailing them. She does this through a step-by-step approach for their specific and general malaise to empower them to find and change their habit patterns to a better quality of life free of stress and with less pain. She continues her education with the top 1% of worldwide coaches to expand her knowledge. In addition, she has become a BEMER Independent Distributor that is a bio-energy device that is an energy technological FDA approved Class I medical device that enhances general blood flow to the body’s micro-circulation level.
“I am a person who is striving to get the message out to other women that service to others is the most important issue and we need to help others heal,” Debra explained about her ultimate goal. “We can control our health and don’t have to succumb to avoidable health issues.”
In addition to earning a Bachelor’s Degree while serving in the Air Force, Debra received her Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University in 1989. Ten years later she earned a fitness and nutrition diploma from International Correspondence Schools in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She continues her education at the School of Liberal Studies, State University of New York and is very happy with direction her career has taken her.
Many of the qualities that helped Debra become a successful pilot have transcended into her successful coaching career. To become an Air Force pilot, Debra had to be competitive and was mentored into an elite status. She was at ease being in command, has fantastic leadership skills, a great ability to follow procedures and techniques, and has a great understanding of management principles.
Working in a male dominated field, both in the military and as an airline pilot, Debra felt the undercurrent of being analyzed for decision making, how well she executed those decisions, and the difference in approaching the situation to rectify each situation. She learned not to take things personally, to keep her emotions in check in each situation, and to talk about challenges with those who care about her and her overall success. Debra also learned through passion, perseverance, and understanding, that critiques served as feedback and were not intended to point out failure.