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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Envision Personalized Health: An Integrative Wellness Center

Aug 30, 2012 07:09PM ● By Erin Lehn Floresca

Celebrities have them. Super wealthy people have them. Star athletes have them. All of these people have their own team of health gurus working with them to achieve their goals. Wouldn’t it be great to have a team of people working with you to realize your wellness goals? And wouldn’t it be even better if this team could be found under the same roof? This is exactly the environment that can be found at Envision Personalized Health where owner Vickie Nickerson, a pioneer in the health and fitness industry, and her team offer a completely integrative approach to personal wellness.

Nickerson began her career over two decades ago as a personal fitness trainer. Over the years she became a weight and lifestyle management counselor and is currently in the process of adding Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and Herbology to her repertoire.

So how did a personal fitness trainer evolve into an integrative health specialist? It all started when Nickerson began designing personal fitness programs for her clients. She had clients from all levels of fitness levels, including many with special needs. “With that in mind, I began to offer in-home training for many of them,” says Nickerson, “but the equipment at people’s homes wasn’t as practical as the equipment used at the gym; and lack of privacy at the gym was a factor too.” So she opened the first personal training studio in San Diego and had the best of both worlds. Soon, she realized that she needed a nutritional program to go along with it. With fitness and nutrition in place, next would be rewards for progress. The rewards and recovery benefits of massage were needed, so the massage component came next, followed organically by other aspects of the wellness studio.  When the realization hit her that stress management was probably the biggest factor in regards to her client’s wellness, along came yoga and acupuncture too.

What makes the business stand out?

Here is what makes Envision Personalized Health so unique—not only is it a private studio, it is also a whole team of health therapists working together under one roof to realize their client’s health goals. By working closely with other wellness practitioners in the same location, they are able to collaborate as a team to create an integrative wellness program. Envision Personalized Health clients are more assured of reaching their goals, and the team of providers is happier too. “We are really providing personalized service for our clients,” says Nickerson. “We got into this business to heal people, and as a team, we are doing just that.”

Envision Personalized Health team members are able to customize a wellness program around each individual. In fact, during client care sessions the team works together to find the best solutions and programs to fit each client’s needs. “Our clients absolutely love it,” says Nickerson. “They feel safe and very well cared for.”

Their clients are generally people in their early twenties on up. According to Nickerson, “The private setting we offer allows us to tailor the environment for each client.” For instance, if a 45-year-old male client who is working on gaining muscle mass comes in, they can play more upbeat music to pump him up and energize his workout. If the next session is a 92-year-old woman working on keeping her muscles stretched and moving, they can put on something more age appropriate so she can hear instructions better, and concentrate.

Another neat aspect is that Envision Personalized Health is a family-run business. Nickerson’s daughter Genevieve is a personal trainer and esthetician that manages the spa side of the business and her daughter Vanessa is an office and marketing manager who is also studying to be a fitness trainer. 

How does the program work?

Clients come in to get a general initial assessment which allows the health team to better know and understand the client needs before recommending services. The team truly listens to the needs, not just sell services. After the initial assessment they will either recommend a service, or one of the three sampler packages: Fitness, Wellness, and Spa Sampler. These sampler packages allow clients to try out a variety of services related to their interests for a low price. “The health team likes them too as it gives the practitioners a better idea of what would best be suited to each individual client.” After that, the client is able to make an informed decision on what monthly package would be most beneficial to them.

Along with a variety of fitness options and spa services to choose from, Envision Personalized Health  offers Ayurvedic skincare and nutritional counseling. According to Nickerson, “Ayurveda connects mind, body and spirit to the world around us.  And when any one of these components are out of balance it can, and does, manifest in our bodies. I love being able to offer Ayurvedic services. It gives me one more tool I can use to help people.”

One more plus is that Envision Personalized Health is centrally located off Interstate 8 and Mission Gorge Road so they are just a quick drive from most areas in San Diego. “This works out great for so many of our clients, like our business owners, who need to get in and get out quickly,” adds Nickerson.

Envision Personalized Health is located at 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. 14 in San Diego. For more information, call 619-229-9695 or visit

Elaine's Publisher’s Pick
My daughter Lindsey and I both enjoyed an afternoon facial and massage. We both agree it was one of the best we ever had. The inviting atmosphere alone makes you relax and want to spend the entire day there. Plus, the technicians were fabulous. We will definitely be back!