Rob Bridge, Health Coach

Rob is a native Austinite that grew up with a loving mother, father, and sister. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 2015 with a BA in History and a minor in Philosophy. Following that, Rob enrolled in the graduate program at the Academy of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture in Austin. After two years in the program he felt called to more personal work with clients to help them recognize their strengths and achieve any goals they seek with a calming presence

In 2017, Rob began recovery from the brink of Anorexia Nervosa and obsessive calorie restriction. With the love and support of his family, friends, and the team at Oubre Medical, he has found a place where his body felt right. Not forced to meet some criteria he or anyone else set. He sought to create a home in himself that cultivated his needs and share it with his inner critic; to show it where he belonged. This led him to explore the role of a health and wellness coach and enroll in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. He is currently working through the program offered by them and feels his recovery experience is just one example of how self-realization and support can make the difference in someone’s life.

Rob began bouldering last year and has quickly discovered the beauty in clearing the mind to be present on the wall. He enjoys reading Eldritch Horror (in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft), playing RPGs (new and old school), and following the budding e-sports scene. His interests in the contemplative life have led to a deep study of Buddhist meditation, the historical Christian experience, and Japanese culture and animism.

His experience in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy supports the years of training as an acupuncture intern and tutelage under a Zen Buddhist priest. Rob is able to work with a variety of clients’ needs particularly in stress reduction, goal actualization, nutritional adjustments based on a nutritionist or doctor’s treatment plan. His work is largely grounded in positive psychology and character strengths, aiming to remove barriers of shame, oppression, and negative self-talk. Rob acts as a support for clients and emphasizes deep reflection as a means of assuring the goals of his clients.

When patient ask Rob how he integrates with our team, his response is this:

“As a team, you and I can create a system of accountability, goal setting, reinforcement, and open, heartfelt discussion about things. I know my clients have had some struggles hard committing for long periods of time to things but together we can work through that and find ways to make it work for you in the future! Often times for my clients that means sitting and talking through anything that comes up (be it large or small) and many find it is similar to therapy but using their own strengths and finding patterns that work within it. I reflect what is true in their lives, help them see where they might not have before, and guide and stand beside to support. I really love my job.”