Dr. Roxane E. Hearn, PhD
Roxane E. Hearn, PhD, known by her clients as “Dr. Rox”, is a passionate Health Psychologist and National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) with over 23 years in the field of health behavior change. Her greatest success has come in working with hundreds of clients helping them to lose weight, reduce stress/anxiety levels, manage heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and adopt lifestyles that foster health & happiness. Dr. Rox also works with employers to develop fun, effective, engaging, yet results-driven employee wellness programs.
As many who have worked with her will tell you, Dr. Rox’s approach to health and wellness is refreshing, practical, no-nonsense and grounded in psychological theory that supports lasting behavior change. This approach, coupled with her contagious enthusiasm and unmatched dedication to helping her clients achieve their health and wellness goals by any means, DESPITE the odds, is why she is increasingly becoming a highly sought-after consultant, coach, and speaker.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
Dr. Rox holds a Doctorate in Health Psychology, Masters in Healthcare Administration, and a Bachelors of Science in Health & Physical Education. She is also a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and currently completing training to become a FxNA Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor.
Resilience against all odds
Despite the outward appearance of an “easy life”, Roxane’s road to becoming Dr. Rox has not been without its setbacks, roadblocks, detours and near-death tragedies.
At the age of 20, while studying for her undergraduate degree, Roxane was stalked, kidnapped, raped, tortured, stabbed 18 times and buried in a shallow grave by an ex-boyfriend.
Then, almost two decades later, well into her thirties, her pre-teen daughter, who was a talented high-level competitive gymnast, became wheelchair-bound due to an injury caused by neglect at a gymnastics meet. After 19 months, her daughter regained her ability to walk through intensive therapies, but she still fights to limit the effects of the chronic incurable pain condition the injury has caused.
During her daughters’ recovery, Roxane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic progressive autoimmune disease that attacks the joints, eyes, heart and lungs. The RA first presented by attacking Roxane’s vision. It then progressed into her joints and limited her ability to text, drive, hold a glass, and on worse days, walk.
Throughout it all, Roxane still continued to make progress towards and completed her doctoral degree in Health Psychology!
However, just 5 years after the completion of her doctorate, degenerative disc disease caused her spine to collapse and an emergency spinal fusion of her L4-S1 was needed during the COVID pandemic.
2.5 months after surgery her father passed away suddenly while doing what he loved, yard work…this was a devastating, unexpected blow! Then, 4 months after that, when the pain in her spine returned with a vengeance, it was discovered that 2 of the 4 titanium screws in her spine had broken! ALL OF THIS IS IN LESS THAN A YEAR! Dr. Rox went back under the knife for a second spinal fusion and disc implant and is still recovering, but…
TIME & TIME AGAIN, she has refused to allow her health setbacks to steal her joy! She has perservered with grace and enthusiasm, depite the odds!
Dr. Rox has overcome each of life’s setbacks with strengthened faith, elevated resilience, renewed purpose, and a spirit of relentlessness! She believes that her life challenges were meant to give her an empathetic lens from which she can better understand and support her clients through their health setbacks and challenges as well.