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My name is Vanessa, and this is my Team. Our mission is to give people the tools necessary to achieve overall health and wellness in the REAL WORLD! We are all busy women and if anyone understands the need for a simplistic, realistic and BALANCED way of healthy living...IT'S US!
I am a busy entrepreneur and mother of two very active middle school kids. We all lead busy lives and it's important to find balance and to make time for self care and our health. Synergy Wellness Idaho focuses on teaching clients how to make small, cumulative changes to improve your health.
Now... let me introduce you to the Synergy Wellness Idaho team....
I have had a passion for the human body’s form and function since High School, but my passion was truly ignited during my combat tour in Iraq. I served as a Combat Medic in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III and used competitive lifting as a way to stay sane. I competed in bench press competitions, Strongman (or Strong WOman in my case :^)) competitions, and worked out daily to keep the combat stress at bay. It was here that I learned that strength training and proper nutrition was helpful for SO MUCH MORE than what you can see on the outside.
During my time in the military, I was struck with the realization that I didn't need a fancy title or a PhD to be an expert in my field or respected. In 2007 I decided to follow my heart and pursue a career doing what I love. I wrapped up my college career with a Bachelor degree in Zoology and signed up for my first Figure Competition that same year. That first competition led to a win that would keep me hooked on physique competitions for the better part of a decade.
In 2008 I was like an addict, I competed in numerous shows and filled my trophy shelf! I earned a handful of 1st and 2nd place awards, but my tunnel vision was affecting my quality of life. I was so focused on reaching that coveted Pro status that I lost myself in the chase. Competing teaches you so much about yourself. I learned how to dig deep, how to have laser focus on my goals, that I can do hard things, that the mind is even more powerful than the body, and that my ability to push past discomfort was real. Eventually, though, I was ready for a new adventure. In 2008 I wrapped up a rewarding competitive season with intentions of becoming something that no show, or any amount of training could prepare me for...MOTHERHOOD!
Now let's recap, shall we? Up to this point I'd accomplished some pretty daunting tasks. Combat tour: TOUGH. Four Year Biology Degree: TOUGH. Competitive Figure Athlete: TOUGH. But in 2009 I took on my toughest task to date...A BABY! :^) INCOMPARABLY LIFE ALTERING AND ULTIMATELY TRUMPED ALL OTHER TASKS ACCOMPLISHED TO DATE! PERIOD. This job was the most enjoyable and most rewarding, but by far the hardest of all that came before. I knew immediately that being a Mom was going to be my newest passion. My daughter, Danika, stole my heart in 2009 and everything in my life took a back seat to her. Now in my experience, (both as a personal trainer and as a member of the human race), this is the point that most women blame the demise of their bodies on their little bundles of joy. It starts with letting yourself go during pregnancy and snowballs from there. I refused to be a statistic and used my knowledge and determination to be the most fit, happy, and healthy mamma-to-be and new Mother, as possible.
In 2009 I followed my heart and opened my business; Flex Fitness. Flex Fitness was a Private Training Facility that catered to all types of people with various health and fitness goals. I trained while I was pregnant, took a few weeks off, and then trained with a newborn strapped to me. My little girl would not be my excuse to be inactive, but rather my reason to push to be my best! I pushed myself to be the best Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur, Athlete, etc. Dani was the cutest little human I'd ever laid eyes on and I wanted to show her that she was capable of anything her little heart desired, just as her Mommy tried to do! The second she was born I started training for my next Figure competition season. I competed when Danika was 8 months old. It took a lot of hard work to balance a baby, a husband, a business, and contest preparation, but I couldn't have been more proud of the end result!
The 2010 Contest Year looked a lot like the year before. I competed in more shows than the year before and managed to grab an Overall Title and my first Pro Card, giving me the professional status in Natural Bodybuilding that I’d be working so hard for. With Pro Status under my belt, my (then) husband and I decided to try for our second and final baby. I followed my previous pattern and had an active pregnancy, staying as active as possible. We welcomed John Max Toolson IV in December of 2011. I continued to train after he was born and was able to compete as a Pro before his first birthday.
In 2013, I was asked to be the Wellness Director at our local Gold's Gym. Ironically, this is the same Gold's Gym that hired me for my first personal training position SO MANY years ago! I sold Flex Fitness and started my transition out of personal training to focus on nutrition. I loved my platform at Gold's and stayed there for 2 years before outgrowing the gym. It was at this point that I had full confidence that my nutrition coaching business had the ability to stand alone.
In July of 2013, with the blessing of my mentor and intellectual crush :^) Dr. Joe Klemczweski, I became the PROUD owner of The Diet Doc Twin Falls! I also secured my third and FINAL Pro Card and hung up my heels in the figure world, saying goodbye to physique competitions. After winning a few pro-cards, I realized that the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow didn't bring me any extra joy. I wanted to be a role model for the little girl who was growing up and watching my every move. The moment I realized that she was watching me restrict certain foods, obsess over gym workouts, skip family functions for contests, and not have the full energy she deserved, I QUIT. I was just weeks away from my next contest when I heard my little girl say to me, “Mommy, if you can’t eat macaroni and cheese, I won’t either!”. Yep, we are DONE! I never saw that stage, and I don’t regret trading in more trophies for the wellbeing of my kids. I now have growing humans who see a mother that implements a balanced and healthy approach to wellness.
My kids are now healthy, happy, balanced, little athletic powerhouse kids and they don’t have any memories of their Mom cutting weight or skipping ice cream dates…I wouldn’t have it any other way.
After almost 10 years of ownership of The Diet Doc, Twin Falls, it was time to move on and re-brand and create my own name. Synergy Wellness was born!!! I am now able to use my extensive knowledge in this industry, to create programming for real people with busy lives! My focus is on the nutrition side of Wellness. Our clients have diverse goals, and we cater to them all. Although I have hung up my hat as a Competition Coach, I work with performance and endurance athletes and general population clients alike. We work with clients to help them lose weight, increase performance, gain muscle, improve speed and agility, optimize pregnancy, get back to optimum health postpartum, learn how to eat well, work with health care professionals to help their patients with specialized health concerns, and SO MUCH MORE!
Currently, Synergy Wellness (formerly The Diet Doc Twin Falls) has made a name in the Magic Valley and surrounding areas as the science based, real food approach to losing weight for people living real lives! We work with countless doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, nurses, physician assistants, internal medicine professionals, obstetricians, psychologists, and psychologists. We pride ourselves in working WITH your providers, to get you the more synergistic care possible.
My business has grown from me being the only coach in the early days, to now having other coaches on board. I am dedicated to bringing more coaches into The Synergy Wellness family to ensure that we can help as many people as possible. Our coaches and interns must meet extraordinarily high standards, collegiate level certifications, and go through an intense interning process. Only the best coaches are offered a chance to join the Synergy Wellness team.
Synergy Wellness has partnered with some of the best wellness resources and health care professionals in the Magic Valley. We will continue to bring the best minds together to work in “Synergy” to help our clients reach ANY goal. We take a balanced approach and help busy people set realistic goals.
How can we help?
We can help!
We offer personalized help, social media support groups, research, and a very hands on approach. No lotions, potions, MLM products, or restrictions!! At Synergy Wellness we base our coaching on education, motivation, and REAL FOOD! It's never too late to become the best YOU!
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Amanda... small but mighty. Her no-nonsense approach gets results!
Amanda is a graduate of the National Academy of Metabolic Science (NAMS) and is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and coaches clients in the Magic Valley area.
Amanda is Synergy Wellness Idaho Owner's, Vanessa Toolson, sister! Their story is one for the tabloids, though, and they've only met as adults in 2018. Anyone that meets Amanda can see the physical resemblance instantly, and can see that they share a passion for health and wellness. However, Amanda and Vanessa have a handful of differences in their style and way they approach coaching. We hope you all will get a chance to be around them both, and see it for yourselves. Vanessa may be louder, but look out for Amanda's sharp whit and killer motivation style.
Amanda is the Head Coach of Synergy Wellness Idaho and is passionate about the success of each team member and client that enters our doors. Amanda joined the Synergy Wellness Idaho team as an intern in January of 2019 and officially started taking clients late in the same year. She is a NAMS Certified Nutrition Coach and has jumped into coaching head first, having already created her own programming for Synergy Wellness Idaho. She is a dedicated member of this team and a tough love coach with a huge heart.
Amanda has been married to her husband, Isaiah, since 2014 and has a teenage son at home, Vincent. She stays busy taking care of her family, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and co-owning Streamline Lawn Care and Spraying with Isaiah.
Amanda started working in healthcare in 2001 and worked as a CNA. She worked her way up to administrative rolls and spent many years working as an Assisted Living Administrator and a Home Health Director. She obtained many certifications in the healthcare field during this time. In 2011 she left the healthcare field behind and started an 8 year role as a Service Advisor for Toyota.
Amanda had put her own health on the back burner for the majority of her adult life and had struggled with addiction. She was poisoning her body with pharmaceuticals and poor nutrition for years before hitting rock bottom. In 2010, Amanda started on the road of recovery. She used her intense drive and took her life and her health back. Although she took her health seriously in regards to using substances, she was still not caring for her body correctly with proper nutrition and she began having multiple physical symptoms, that would eventually result in multiple surgeries.
After a health scare, that almost claimed her life in 2017, Amanda took control of her health through nutrition and lifestyle changes. After years of abuse, her body had finally hit its limit and multiple systems in her body were failing. While recovering from multiple surgeries, she spent every waking moment researching the healing capabilities of proper nutrition and there was no turning back... she had uncovered her passion for health. Proper nutrition nursed her back to health, and her passion for helping others emerged.
This was in the midst of her reuniting with her sister, Vanessa. It was then that she made the decision to refocus her energy and take her health back through nutrition and lifestyle habits.
Amanda had spent two years after getting sober to mentor women coming out of prison with addictions. Looking back now, this experience was foreshadowing for her current role. She has always had a drive for using her past struggles to help others. She got her first taste of coaching at this point.
Meeting Vanessa and seeing that there was a need for others to get the help they need to reach optimal health, led to a career shift for Amanda... and a new coach for Synergy Wellness Idaho. We are so grateful for all she does for our team, and so excited for all of the lives she will change from here forward.
I'm a small town girl, and grew up in the big city of Castleford! I am a part time stay at home mom who works in the dental world a couple days a week, and also is a spinning instructor for one of our favorite local gyms, Core Cycle.
My little family consists of three. My hubs, daughter (she is almost 2), and myself. We jump on any chance to get outside, or to spend time on the farm.
I started with Amanda and Synergy Wellness Idaho right after I had my daughter. Now almost two years later, I’m coaching alongside the team who helped me
not only nutritionally, but helped my overall health. ALL by helping me truly understand what my body NEEDS!
I can’t wait to get to know all of you, share my personal experiences, and share the passion I have for the health industry with you!!
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In the past I have tried a bunch of other "diet" programs (juicing, Keto, Atkins), I had success with each thing I tried but it was not sustainable. Those programs didn't teach you ANYTHING about the science behind the food you eat or the emotional reasons as to why you eat what you do. One thing this program taught me to do is to really be honest with what I was eating. I have no doubts that I will maintain my weight loss and continue to learn and grow and be more mindful about my nutrition. After all, those 30 pounds and 12% body fat I lost, I NEVER want to see come back.
It is a struggle to be brave. However, along with bravery, I have experienced weight loss. My body is changing and because of that, I have been able to walk up and down the canyon now, I have gone biking on the Hiawatha Trail, I and my husband have purchased a kayak and we have used it 3-4 different times. I ran/walked a 3.5 mile fun run.
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