Maxie Blasini, MS, CHC
I am a Puerto Rican woman currently based in San Diego, CA, where I operate both locally and nationally providing in-person and virtual consults as a health coach. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 2013, and earned my Masters of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics with a focus on Integrative Medicine at Georgetown University in 2016. During my time at Georgetown, I interned at the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the former Samueli Institute. At Lombardi, I worked with a research team evaluating a quality-of-life intervention program for Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers, a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). At the Samueli Institute, I worked on multiple projects funded by the Department of Defense aimed at evaluating readiness and health outcomes on military members and their families.
Upon completing my Masters degree and internships, I worked as a research coordinator at the Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. Under the mentorship of renowned neuroscientist Dr. Luana Colloca, I had the opportunity to present several posters and talks at multiple conferences, publish 4 journal articles, 2 chapters, and an editorial regarding the placebo and nocebo effect and the multidimensional experience of pain. Between 2017 and 2019, these articles have been cited over 50 times, including mentions in high impact journals such as Nature Behavior. During this time I also received a Junior Researcher Travel Award for the 1st meeting of the Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies, held in Leiden, the Netherlands, and had the opportunity to shadow and rotate with fellow colleagues at the Pain Therapy and Pain Psychology Unit of the Center for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, in Hamburg, Germany. Furthermore, I shadowed multiple anesthesiologists at the Pain Management Center of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedics Institute, in Baltimore, MD.
At around the same time, I suffered a knee injury that required surgery and eventually led to a myriad of chronic pain complications. The profound and exciting research experience I was immersed in, as well as my personal experience as a chronic pain patient, were both very influential in my decision to pursue a different line of health and wellness practice. I learned that helping people become healthier, experience well-being, and have a better quality of life, went beyond just the clinical setting and involved many factors that required personalized approaches that adapted to a patient's individual needs.
In 2018, I attended a global health course and volunteer medical brigade organized by Natural Doctors International in Ometepe, Nicaragua, and also began studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I became a Certified Health Coach and Functional Training Specialist through the American Council of Exercise in 2019. I received additional education and training on restorative justice practices, pre- and post- natal wellness and fitness, and also became a mindfulness and meditation teacher.
My multiple lines of training and education have allowed me to offer individualized programs and services to each client based on their needs. My role is to help them identify and work towards their health goals, support them through the process, and boost their confidence and self-efficacy so they can continue to care for themselves. I am passionate about promoting community health and also collaborate with the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, CA, where I facilitate a restorative women’s circle aimed at empowering community members and cultivating collective healing.