Health should always have been one of everyone’s greatest concerns, even before the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, it was only when this life-threatening virus came about when many finally learned to put their well-being first. This newfound meaning and significance toward health were strengthened by the establishment of necessary information drives, initiatives, and campaigns by governments and institutions around the world to help protect citizens from the deadly virus.
Education is crucial, even sans a pandemic. It plays a massive role in one of the biggest hurdles in our lives—to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Staci Whitman, the founder of health program Happi health, understands this.
Happi Health was born out of Dr. Staci’s passion for wellness and how she wishes to share her knowledge in the subject to as many people as possible. She is a doctor of dental medicine and a certified health coach by the Institute of Integrative Health. Dr. Staci combines her two expertise for her patients in Happi Heath, providing families and children with a holistic full-body health program.
The program includes initiatives focused on various subjects such as mouth and tooth health, airway intervention guidance, pacifier, and thumb-sucking programs, meal planning and nutritional guidance, parental support and lifestyle tips, tailored hygiene instructions for personal improvements, among others. Happi Health also provides its patients access to numerous educational materials, as well as discounted supplements and products.
Dr. Staci is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She became an alumnus of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2012 and is also involved in other organized dentistry groups, such as the Board in Multnomah Dental Society and Oregon Dental Association, among others. She was also the president of the Oregon Association of Pediatric Dentistry and is a Breathe Institute ambassador. Currently, she is enrolled in the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, where she is set to graduate with her naturopathic dental certification in 2021.
“Happi Health’s approach to health and wellness is the first of its kind and is a practice that just makes sense,” she shares. “My passion is to educate people to feel empowered over their own well-being, and I believe diet is the key to overall health.” The health coach believes that by finding the root causes of diseases, people are better equipped to make holistic recommendations to help guide individuals in achieving optimal health.
Happi Health’s holistic care means looking at the body as a whole—mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially—and understanding that all these aspects affect your overall health. According to Dr. Staci, everything in one’s body is connected; while a patient is feeling mainly physical pain, this pain could be a result of another part of the body needing attention, she elaborates.
Her current practice on promoting education for overall wellness gained traction when she transitioned into a functional, holistic pediatric dental practice. The doctor’s office started getting calls and appointments from patients across the United States and even from other countries. It was at this time that she realized that there was a considerable demand and necessity for a service dedicated toward increasing awareness on health and well-being, along with prevention information.
Dr. Staci is eager to reach more and more people every day. She has her sights set on widening her reach to educate more people and help bring about positive changes to their lifestyles. She plans to launch books in the future, which will be geared toward helping parents, families, and communities value oral health and overall wellness. Dr. Staci shares, “My whole passion is education. I enjoy dentistry, but I truly love spreading educational information and tools.”
According to the health coach, people tend to get overwhelmed when talking about whole-body health. Thus, she hopes that she could be instrumental in sharing easy to grasp information that people could bring home, share with their families, and apply to their lifestyles.