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Meet Dr. Nicole Marcione of Integrative Aging in Hermosa Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nicole Marcione.

Dr. Marcione, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started teaching Pilates in 2005. Many of my clients were older adults and this piqued my interest in how aging and exercise interact to affect mobility and brain function. This led me to return to school in 2011, where I not only studied these topics but conducted research. I graduated from USC with my BS in Lifespan Health (’14), my MS in Gerontology (’15) and my PhD in Biokinesiology (’19). My research focused on how mind-body exercise affects functional mobility and cognition in older adults. During my doctoral program, I also decided to become a Holistic Health Coach. After finishing my PhD, I decided that academia wasn’t for me, even though I had just spent all those years training as a research scientist. Instead, I decided to combine my love for all things health-related and create my own company: Integrative Aging. I work with women either one: one or in group settings to improve their physical and mental wellness through lifestyle changes and strategic supplementation. I also still teach Pilates part-time in Hermosa Beach.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I decided to go back to school, I was 36. For a very long time, I told myself I was too old. But, finally I decided to enroll in community college and then wound up transferring to USC on a full scholarship. I also was the first in my family to go to university. During my entire academic career, I had major imposter syndrome and during my doctoral program I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, most likely brought about by the stressors that come along with being in a highly-competitive program, with many responsibilities. Actually, graduate students have one of the highest rates of depression, anxiety and suicide, but nobody likes to talk about mental health… much of it is just swept under the rug and students are expected to just tolerate the situation. There were other struggles, but these were the main ones!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am recognized worldwide as an expert in longevity, the brain and Pilates. I have taught workshops and presented my research all over the globe, as well as in the US from small Pilates studios to large international scientific conferences. As I mentioned earlier, I help women to take their physical and mental wellness to the next level through the implementation of small, yet impactful, lifestyle changes and strategic supplementation. I like to say I’m at the intersection of science and wellness woo-woo! Everything I teach and coach on is always evidence-based, whether it’s nutrition, exercise, meditation, mindset, or any other topic of interest. I’m most proud of being able to walk away from academia (at least for now).

I was definitely frowned upon when my colleagues and mentors realized I would not be pursuing a career as a professor or research scientist. When discoveries happen in research, it takes years or decades to reach the public. I didn’t want to wait that long to help others. I wanted to have a direct impact right away. That’s why I absolutely love working with clients either one:one or in groups. What sets me apart? I don’t know anyone else with a PhD in Biokinesiology that is an expert in Aging and Pilates, and I’m only one of 18 people worldwide to have completed both of Jay Grimes’ (he studied directly under Joseph Pilates himself!) Master Programs: The Work and Teaching The Work. I think this why my clients are drawn to me because they know I have the knowledge but they also know that I have a deep love and genuine concern for their well-being.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in Lake Arrowhead, CA a very small mountain town. My parents were very strict and we didn’t get off the mountain too much. When you grow up in such a small town, the only thing you want is to leave. But, now I realize that it was a beautiful place to grow up: spending time on the lake in the summer and snow skiing in the winter. I loved school and was good at it, graduating top of my class. I also always have had a love of physical activity, I was even on the Varsity tennis team in High School (but I don’t play now). I’ve always been an introvert, but have had a handful of very close girlfriends that I still have from when I was in grade school. I used to always look at atlases and maps growing up, dreaming of visiting distant places.

I didn’t take my first flight until I was 19, but after that, it has never stopped. I have been all over the world (usually to hike) including Nepal, Peru, New Zealand, Turkey, Patagonia, Central America and throughout Europe. I also lived in Italy for two years, where I learned the language and took odd jobs, it’s also where I had my first Pilates lesson in Lucca, Italy. My travels were put on hold for a while when I was in school, but as soon as I could, I was on a flight to Europe. Since the COVID pandemic, I’ve had to cancel two major trips to Europe, but I know that I’ll soon be back flying and exploring and discovering!

Pricing:

  • 10-week High Vibe Coaching Collective (Group) $480
  • 8 session 1:1 Longevity Coaching Program (Private) $1997
  • Monthly Mat Membership $80/month
  • Private Pilates Sessions $95/session

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Girl Squad Inc., Natalie Schutt, Anthony Morrison

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