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Why I'm A PAssionate Health Educator: How I stopped being a lawyer and started promoting health

I invite you to take a few minutes, and watch the video below.  I'll tell why it's important to pay attention to evidence-based health information and how I learned this first-hand when re-building my health after burnout, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.


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Shirley Archer, a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center, is an award-winning trainer, health journalist and best-selling author of 15 books. She's a former New York City attorney turned full-time wellness, meditation, mindfulness and healthy living educator and yogini.

Through blogs, over 1,000 magazine articles, books and podcasts, she inspires people worldwide to take personal responsibility for creating abundant health with simple to apply tips and evidence-based information.

It's important to Shirley to not only offer the "what to do", but also explain the "why do it" and "why NOW".

Shirley's career as a high-powered attorney in New York City was stalled by burnout and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Overcoming illness and depression and restoring health after conventional doctors gave up and told her she may never feel well again, [Shirley refused to believe that!] inspired Shirley to dedicate herself to sharing health information with others.

Her self-healing journey inspired her 15-year Stanford University career at the Health Improvement Program at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She supplemented her legal education with a course at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and classes toward a Health Psychology Education degree at the Stanford University School of Education.

Shirley draws on her personal background blending East Asian holistic traditional values from her Japanese mom and a love of Western science and logic from her American dad. She's a monthly columnist and contributing editor for IDEA Fitness publications. She's achieved certification in mindful modalities including yoga, Pilates and meditation. She's an award-winning personal trainer, a certified Spinning instructor and an internationally acclaimed award-winning group fitness instructor and master trainer of trainers.

Happily married to a Swiss man and step-mom of 3 beautiful children, you can find Shirley hiking with her beloved German Shepherd, Cheyenne, either in the Swiss Alps or in sunny California, speaking at conferences worldwide, and being featured in various high-profile media including USA Today, Washington Post, Fitness, Shape and cnn.com.


Shirley Archer is a healthy living educator who offers simple integrative tools that empower successful women in their mid 30s to mid 50s to take back their health and bring more peace and happiness into their lives. As an online expert, she helps women eliminate overwhelm so they can focus on achieving the fitness and health goals they want. Her goal is to grow an engaged, mindful community of empowered people that experience greater health and happiness in everyday life.


Shirley Archer blends Eastern traditional wisdom with the best of Western medical scientific knowledge to change the way hard-working women approach the stresses of daily life, so they can make their wellness goals a reality. Her approach to meditation, fitness and wellness will inspire her community to live mindfully from the inside out. 



Shirley is a marvelous proponent of the joys and benefits of fitness. I have witnessed her success as a fitness trainer in the Stanford Health Improvement Program (a program that I founded). Her personal experience has shown her that enhanced physical fitness leads to enhanced “mental” fitness. Considerable past indirect evidence of this link exists. She is a pioneer in leading us to a better understanding of these important “mind-body” connections.
— John W. Farquhar, M.D. Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine Founder, Stanford Prevention Research Center Director, Stanford Wellness Center in Palo Alto, California

As a university educator myself for the last 20 years, I recognize in Ms. Archer three characteristics of the most effective teachers: superior depth and breadth of knowledge about her field; solid, individualized plans for long-term, beneficial behavior change; and a remarkable ability to connect with people personally, to convey the passion she clearly has for her life’s work, and to motivate people to want and to work for the good things she offers. What these characteristics have meant to me in the last 2 years include changes that are easily measured (I’m 20 lbs leaner and at a peak of physical fitness I haven’t seen since college) and those that aren’t so easily measured (these changes are part of my life now, I want to be fit, eat right, be active and engaged in the world, be well). I also see classmates who have been similarly changed, and I see people who are new to the class staying in the class.
— David W. Schaal, Ph.D. Stanford University Department of Neurosurgery

It is truly wonderful to have such esteemed and eloquent leaders represent our fitness community and specifically the American Council on Exercise. Your collective education and experience in our industry has helped to provide positive change to the lives of many.
— Ken Germano President, American Council on Exercise Founder, Operation FitKids

Her presentation was professional, inspirational and informative. Her books were a huge hit with our patrons.
— Annya Rizzo, City of West Palm Beach Public Library

Shirley is a well-known and accomplished writer in the health and fitness field. Her insightful articles appear regularly in industry as well as consumer publications. A great example of a practitioner, who understands the science of her craft, Shirley is actively involved in teaching and training as well as writing about a variety of fitness topics.
— Michael J. Spezzano, National Director of Health & Fitness, YMCA of the USA

client list


Personal Training on the Net  |  http://www.ptonthenet.com/

Spa Business  |  http://www.spabusiness.com/

Alameda County  |  http://www.acgov.org/

San Mateo County  |  http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/SMC

City of West Palm Beach  |  http://www.wpb.org/

Palm Beach Weight & Wellness

MD Beauty Labs  |  http://www.mdbeautylabs.com/

Lite for Life, Boca Raton, Florida  |  http://www.liteforlife.com

Sandals  |  http://www.sandals.com/

Beaches Resort, Boscobel  |  http://www.beaches.com/

IDEA Health & Fitness Association  |  http://www.ideafit.com

Edward Jones  |  http://www.edwardjones.com/index.html

AFLCA [Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association]  |  http://www.provincialfitnessunit.ca/

CanFitPro  |  http://www.canfitpro.net

Fitness New Zealand  |  http://www.exercisenz.org.nz/

World Class  |  http://www.worldclass.ru/

Aquatic Exercise Association  |  http://www.aeawave.com

WaterFit  |  http://www.waterfit.com

The State Bar of California  |  http://www.calbar.ca.gov/

The YMCA of the USA  |  http://www.ymca.net/

Stanford University  |  http://www.stanford.edu/

Oak Creek Apartments  |  http://www.oakcreekapts.com/

Australian Fitness Network  |  http://www.fitnessnetwork.com.au/

AFAA  |  http://www.afaa.com/

Fitness First (UK)  |  http://www.fitnessfirst.co.uk/

Hydrorider®  |  http://www.hydrorider.com/

Chronicle Books  |  http://www.chroniclebooks.com/




Climawear  |  http://www.climawear.com/

Toe Talk - Mind. Body. Socks.  |  https://www.toetalkmindful.com/