Hi, I am Dr. Manja, Board-Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine (BCDNM) and Amen Clinics-trained Certified Brain Health Coach.
I specialize in health coaching for holistic cancer prevention, hormonal balancing, and brain-based wellness.
I work trilingually (English, German, Russian), and am certified as a medical and legal interpreter.
I obtained my Ph.D. and Doctorate of Natural Medicine as well as a Master Degree in Integrative Medicine from Quantum University. But I also hold a Ph.D. from the Brandenburg University of Technology (Cottbus, Germany) and from the University of Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany), as well as a B.A. from the University of Applied Sciences (Potsdam, Germany). For 11 years, I taught college courses at Universities in Germany, Italy, and the United States.
In my early twenties, I got diagnosed with uterine cancer and my doctor suggested surgery. That didn’t go along with the vision I had for my life. I knew with certainty that I wanted to be a mom.
And that vision – seeing myself as a mom – became my big motivation.
I changed my life dramatically, started plant-based eating and mindful living. And I healed myself from cancer. Today I am a mom of three healthy and smart children plus two beautiful bonus children. Along the way I got my share of ups and downs, failures met insights, tears met joy, trauma met healing including restoring my body after multiple fractures of my spine and overcoming PTSD after a severe physical assault. And again, wanting to be the best mom I can be for my kids was my motivation to get out of the PTSD lock.
So, it seemed natural that when friends and yoga students started asking for advice for their health issues, for overcoming emotional and mental blockages, and for support to figure out the best route out of struggling into thriving that I started coaching.
- Cancer taught me about the importance of clean, plant-based eating.
- My fractured spine taught me about the necessity of exercise to support the body.
- Going through divorce, being a single, working mom for a while and struggling financially taught me to master my mental game.
- Physical assault and PTSD taught me to breathe, to soften, to feel my feelings, and stay connected to the Divine source of all Being.
- Getting to know myself prepared me to meet others with compassion.
Certificates and training create a framework to set up a professional environment, and they contribute to a toolbox. However, I tell my clients, the one most important thing for a successful outcome is implementation. Healthy living, spirituality, and personal growth – none of it works without implementing insights into the daily life, thus turning dreams into taking action.
What is your big motivation, your wonderful vision for your life? Let me help you become crystal-clear about it, deeply connect to it, and make it happen!
Manja H. Podratz, DNM, Ph.D.
Books and Publications I (co-)authored:
“Wake Up. Miracles of Healing from Around the World,” (2021) – a collection of healing miracles shared by doctors, scientists, and healers including Joe Dispenza, Mariel Hemingway, and Patrick Porter. Amazon bestseller.
“An Anthology of Non-Conformism! Rebel Wom!n: Words, Ways & Wonders,” – this peer-reviewed anthology brings academics, artists, and researchers together to share both brave and beautiful contributions to womenhood in various cultures in today’s ever-changing world.
“Das Leben kennt den Weg,” (2006, Germany) – a book about plant-based eating, pregnancy, and natural childbirth. This book started a wave of feedback from women – moms, midwives, women with cancer, women with hormonal imbalances and fertility issues, and nurses – and let me to design retreats and wellness programs to help women live their best, healthy lives.
“Von mir aus … Bewegter Leib – Fluechtiger Raum,” (2008, Germany) – a study about the architectural movement space drawing on philosophies about movement, the makeup of the human body, and how we co-create and perceive the urban space taking historic concepts by Leonardo da Vinci, Le Corbusier, Oskar Schlemmer, and Mies van der Rohe into account.
I am here to help you create a lifestyle that supports optimal health
Simply schedule your FREE initial session right here, and let’s chat about what complete wellbeing could do for your life’s quality.