About Jo-Ann

The Basics

Where I Grew Up

Bronx, NY & Pearl River, NY 


Where I Live

Long Island, NY



Hunter College (CUNY) NY, NY

BS Physical Therapy

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

BA Communications


Health Coach Institute: Dual Certification Health & Life Coaching

Health Coach Institute: Continuing

Education - Mastery Level Health & Life Coach


NYS Licensed Physical Therapist

National Strength & Conditioning Association NSCA-CSCS Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist 

American Fitness Professionals Association Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist

Brains & Balance Over 60 Specialist 



Starring Role: Mom to Jack & Sofia

For Strength & Peace: Avid yoga student, runner and fitness enthusiast.

For Calm & Clarity: I meditate everyday. 

For Fun: I love hiking and dancing in my kitchen. 

For more fun: I love red wine, sushi, margarita pizza, dark chocolate with sea salt, pistachios, a good IPA, avocado toast & Haagen Dazs Swiss Almond Vanilla Ice cream

For Giving Back: I'm an active mentor for students in the health and life coaching community.

Nicholas Pedone Foundation "Fight Hard, Smile Big!" 

For Comfort: Vanilla candles, my fireplace, a sea salt bath, the sound of a fierce rainstorm, country music & a cold pillow flip


Beyond Humans: I love dogs! Meet my boy, Apollo!


Houston Evolution Health & Life Coaching is a beautifully and I believe, divinely orchestrated blend of my past work and life experiences. I started my career in healthcare as a physical therapist and personal trainer over 30 years ago. I spent the majority of those years as a personal trainer helping men and women to prioritize their healthcare through strength and conditioning one -on-one training and group fitness programs. I earned a specialty certification in prenatal and postnatal exercise so I could help moms-to-be and new moms establish a positive healthy relationship with their changing bodies.


"My Intense Way"

As my career evolved, I shifted direction and landed on the business side of fitness in franchise operations, sales and learning & development. Like many of you, I've had my fair share of personal struggle born out of an intense battle trying to create a positive and supportive work - life balance. I was losing the battle every day as I gave away more and more of my attention, time and energy to my work. As a single mom to two great kids, I knew something had to give. My kids were being shortchanged and I had plenty of evidence both physically and emotionally that my intense way of doing things was failing miserably. I suffered from anxiety, insomnia and headaches. I felt crappy and lethargic most of the time. It took a long while but I got to a point where I surrendered "my intense way" of doing things and made a conscious choice to radically change my habits. I learned that habit change is a prerequisite to transformation, radical transformation. In short, I learned to retrain my brain, reboot my body and recharge my life! 


From History to Destiny

I went on to earn a dual certification in Health & Life Coaching from the internationally recognized and respected Health Coach Institute. My personal and professional experiences have served as the precursors to Houston Evolution Health & Life Coaching, a business that combines the art and science of habit change to help people evolve physically, emotionally and spiritually....in essence to step out of their history and into their healthier and happier destiny. 

Leveling Up With Fresh Perspective


As an experienced health coach and corporate speaker, I help highly driven working professionals to prioritize all aspects of their health including their physical fitness and emotional resilience so they can avoid burnout and level up in their careers without sacrificing "me time", family time, downtime and fun! They know there's more to life than work but they feel stuck and don't know how to break free from the daily grind. I help my clients to get "unstuck" and move towards the vision they have for a balanced life, one that includes thriving in a career while enjoying every other aspect of their life.


Clients typically come to me with a history of poor sleep, exhaustion, compromised health and are simply unable to stop or hit the pause button when it comes to turning off the demands of the job. I've been there. Others are waging wars with their bodies and with food in an effort to cope with what feels overwhelming. I've been there too. Now, I collaborate with my clients to envision a big, bold future. I help them remove the cuffs and shackles that hold them back or simply tweak what's not working as well as they would like. My goal is to help every client embrace fresh perspectives and create new opportunities for personal and professional growth.  

I'm Still Evolving & So Are You

Becoming a Health & Life Coach was the best career decision I've ever made. It's the delicious, sweet and abundant icing on my 30 year old proverbial career cake! I've never been happier, more relaxed and more fulfilled in my career and more present, more alive and more thankful for being the mom and coach I've become. I'm still evolving and so are you. 


Struggle: A Gateway to Your Personal Evolution

We are all in the process of evolving. The greatest lesson I've learned has been learned the hard way. And it's supposed to be hard. Struggles are the gateway to personal evolution. If you believe it, then and only then, can you definitively embrace the struggle knowing that it’s leading you to exactly where you are meant to be led. Accept its invitation to show up for the greatest part of your life yet to be lived! And you might just discover new joys, new talents and new passions along the way! Let's talk. Schedule a Free Discovery Session and begin to get unstuck so you can move towards freedom, fulfillment and peace in your personal and professional life.