My Story...

For years, I was energized by doing philanthropy consulting for a Fortune 500 company, being managing partner of a professional service firm, serving on numerous community boards, embracing the ups and downs of raising three resilient children, and being married to a loving partner for over 30 years. I also found the energy to pack and unpack my suitcase time and time again in order to travel the world.


But here is another part of my truth…

Ricka Kohnstamm Executive & Physician Coach in Minneapolis, MN

Over those same years, I breathed out endlessly to others and I forgot to breathe in. I became depleted and I started to lose my way. I felt emotional itchiness, waves of being overwhelmed, and dis-ease.  Somewhere, deep down under the tangles, I could sense the strong, silent roots of my own resilience and I leaned on that as I struggled to find answers.


Then, as I started to pay attention, gifted teachers began to appear.

I learned from a gifted Mayo psychiatrist about lifestyle medicine as an evidence-based component of wellbeing.  Penny George took me under her gifted wings and taught me that intense integrity, self-awareness, and courage can lead to increased health and resilience. Dr. Jim Gordon taught me that purpose and deep listening is healing, Dr. Dan Siegel taught me about the role of community in wellbeing through interpersonal neurobiology, and Elizabeth Clemmons taught me about the power of healing conflict through restorative justice circle keeping.


I combine more than 25 years of professional service industry

and strategic consulting expertise with a M.A. in

Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching 

from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, one of the United States’ premiere research universities. I am amongst the first to be board certified through the National Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaches


Now, as an Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coach, I walk next to others as they discover or rediscover their own truths. I have learned from the best and know from personal experience how life affirming it is to flourish.

 Additional Training

  • Harvard University Business School:  Executive Education – Managing a Professional Service Firm (Cambridge, MA)

  • Mindsight Institute:  Mindsight Immersion Weekend with Dr. Dan Siegel  (Santa Monica, CA)

  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Evidence-based Optimal Nutrition

  • Planning Change Elizabeth Clemants: Restorative Justice Circle Keeping Certification

  • Center for Mind Body Medicine: Initial Professional Training Program with Dr. James Gordon (San Antonio, TX)

  • Center for Mind Body Medicine: Cancer Guides Training Program with Dr. James Gordon (Rhinebeck, NY)

  • Naropa University: Authentic Leadership Intensive (Boulder, CO)

  • Aslan Institute: Evolution of Consciousness Training (Eagan, MN)

  • Aslan Institute:  Midwifing Death (Eagan, MN)

  • Marcia Hyatt Leadership Coaching: Enneagram Intensive (Duluth, MN)

  • Yvette Erasmus, Ph.D.: Nonviolent Communications Intensives (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Partners in Resilience:  Shame Resiliency, Brene Brown Curriculum (Minneapolis, MN)


My Approach...

As an Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coach, I provide supportive, confidential thought partnership when chronic, confusing, or complex home or work situations are taking a toll on your health – body, mind or soul - and you are ready to untangle the mess and create a plan to move forward.


Often, people know when they are ready to make a change but don’t know where to start. 

Nature as a tool for stress management for Physician executives

I use deep listening, guided self-reflection and authentic communication to help my clients identify areas of misalignment between their beliefs, values, and behaviors. 


As my clients begin the process of solutions-focused realignment, they notice a sense of ease and relief.  New and more spacious behaviors provide the starting place for additional actionable steps leading to sustainable change


I look forward to supporting you on your journey. .