about Robin

Hello there! I’m Robin Mallery, a Registered Nurse with 25 + years of experience guiding clients to achieve their optimal health and well-being. I’ve helped thousands of people live fuller, healthier lives. My coaching skills include:

  • Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes management expertise.
  • Knowledge to identify your risk factors and create a plan to decrease those risks.
  • Proficiency in science-based behavior change.
  • The understanding of the body/mind connection that facilitates behavior change.
  • A personal commitment to a vibrant, healthful life!
  • Insider information: the willing departure from a disease management model of health care to a health management, primary prevention model of health care.


My clinical expertise—which includes an extensive understanding of health-depleting risk factors—was acquired while working as a cardiovascular nurse and lifestyle management professional.

Consequent to a successful career as nurse-manager of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at my community hospital, I have branched out into a primary prevention model of health care. As opposed to working with clients after their cardiac event, I feel I can make a more substantial impact in a clients’ life by working with them to prevent their heart attack or diagnosis of diabetes. I want to motivate a client to decrease their risk factors by guiding them in a subtle, effective and pleasant behavior change program to positively impact their future health and quality of life.

As a Cardiac Rehab nurse, I saw that clients shifted from the raw motivation to NEVER repeat their cardiac event to succumb to the stress of a busy life on planet Earth, as they regained their independence and re-established their daily activities. I was fascinated and challenged by the fact that the client often shifted back to the very behaviors that contributed to the onset of heart disease. As a client’s brain became overstimulated with stress — returning to work, paying bills, maintaining a busy schedule — they took the path of least resistance and resumed familiar behaviors such as fast-food eating, not finding time for exercise, mind-numbing TV sessions, and even smoking cigarettes.

I was intrigued by the disconnect between the client’s initial commitment and their ability to follow through, and questioned what was missing in the health care being rendered to my Cardiac Rehab clients. If having a stent placed in a coronary artery or undergoing bypass surgery wasn’t seemingly motivation enough, what would it take? That question was answered when I attended an intensive Behavioral Medicine course at the Harvard Mind Body Medicine Program.

My coaching practice incorporates these principles of Behavioral Medicine and is an extension of my desire to facilitate pleasant and effective small-step behavior change for my clients. The central tenet is cultivating a routine quieting practice–even the busiest of brains can be quieted–which allows for new decision making pathways to be formed in the brain. Healthful behaviors are then able to be chosen, using the new pathways, and soon become the familiar choice, replacing the old behaviors that do not support optimal health.

My personal choices reflect my dedication to optimal living. “I am deeply committed to living consciously. From maintaining a routine fitness program, to a daily quieting practice, to eating whole foods and enjoying a ‘cooking from scratch’ approach to meals, to being connected to my community, I live in gratitude for the rich opportunities that each new day brings.”

I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and practical experiences with others—especially those people that wish to enjoy their optimal health.

"The Holiday Survival Cooking and Eating Class exceeded my expectations. It was so enjoyable to learn new ideas for healthy snacks and meals, taste the delicious treats we created and leave with an inspired hope that this will be my healthiest holiday season yet! I am impressed with the knowledge and care that Robin (and Wendy from In the Kitchen) both possess and I look forward to taking more classes in the future. Thanks again!"  --Rose M.   “What a wonderful, yummy class! Not only did we participate in creating several easy-to-make, delicious, nourishing dishes for the holidays and every day, we also learned strategies for surviving and enjoying the upcoming holiday season. Both Robin & Wendy were delightful and imparted their cooking and eating knowledge with love, humor, and enthusiasm. I highly recommend their classes to anyone who is interested in developing a better way to look at food, using thoughtfulness with mindfulness to learn some very valuable strategies for eating any time of the year!” --CAM   “I found the class delightful with great ideas for the holidays. In the Kitchen is a warm and welcoming place and you and Wendy were great teaching collaborators. Good new recipes. I appreciate your healthy eating information. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to enjoy the holidays without stressing over food. Actually, the information isn’t just for the holidays. I want to stay healthy all year and eat well.” --Pat B.   "I’ve participated in several classes at In the Kitchen, enjoyed them all immensely, but it is always a special treat when Wendy teaches a class. The recipes offered in The Holiday Survival class were easy to make and so delicious. And what a plus to have Robin co-teach the The Holiday Survival class with Wendy. Thank you, Robin, for all your great information on healthy eating, which was delivered so professionally, dovetailing beautifully into Wendy’s presentation. Hope you two team up again for more classes of scrumptious, healthy recipes. What a fun evening!!" --Carol B. _______________ I love this positive feedback! How gratifying it is to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way…and to be able to do so around a topic that is so dear to me, is just the icing on the cake (right—pun intended!). Wendy Van Wagner and I will continue to offer seasonal cooking classes in addition to the occasional specialty class…stay tuned!
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