One experience leads to the next:
I began my career as a fine artist. “Learning to see” the art in painting and the art in life while working and studying at the Barnes Foundation serendipitously led me to “teaching others to see” as a vision therapist and later as a natural vision educator. I was attracted to yoga because it reminded me of dance, which is a form of art, and also because yoga is a philosophy or “way of seeing”. For many years I explored the interconnectedness of art, yoga and vision to each other and to life. All along all I’ve wanted is harmony. This yearning led me to explore the healing arts and also to recognize the therapeutic value of my painting practice. I realized that all meaningful activity is therapeutic – which led me to occupational therapy.
I became my own patient:
After more than two decades of helping others, I suddenly became my own patient. In a period of five years, I experienced two bone fractures, daily nausea, gut issues and unintentional weight loss. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, high cholesterol and gastritis. An allergic reaction to omeprazole coincided with my true desire to heal naturally. That desire led me to the Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching course. Over time, I lowered my cholesterol, gained strength, and my stomach felt better. A few years later, my food sensitivities and gut symptoms returned. At this point I was diagnosed with leaky gut, dysbiosis and high levels of systemic mycotoxins. Feeling worse each day, I knew I had to make a big change. Creating heath and harmony became my first priority. I completely changed my lifestyle and diet, reduced my stress levels, and continue my self-healing process. This process has further equipped me in my mission to help others.
We all have gifts:
I believe we all have gifts. These gifts emerge from our strengths and challenges. Our strengths and challenges facilitate learning and growth. They provide us with a purpose and a life path. While vision has always come naturally to me, my health has been a challenge. Vision has guided my life and career while healing my health has taught me to persevere.
Healthy living is an art:
Consider the possibility of living life as art. Living life as art, is living life from the heart. It is honoring our true self as well as our humanity. Life as art is a process of exploration and discovery, a process of creating harmony, a process of healing and health.
Explore yourself. Transform yourself:
What are your strengths and challenges? Your gifts? Your goals? I believe we all have the potential for positive change. It would be my honor to assist you in your process of discovery, healing and health.
- Health is holistic harmony.
- Self-care is medicine.
- Awareness transforms.
- Vision is dynamic.
- Sharon helps you address stress, nutrition and other lifestyle factors as they specifically impact your vision, body, spirit and health.
- She provides experiential self-care practices to facilitate awareness, build skills, and promote relaxation, comfort, vision and overall health.
- Sharon uses deep listening and gentle coaching; she provides education and resources.
- Her support helps you discover your own answers as you take steps toward your own meaningful goals.
Sharon Hicks is an occupational therapist, health coach and artist. She holds a B.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art, 1982 and an M.S. in occupational therapy from Philadelphia University, 2009. She began working as a vision therapist in 1994 and turned to holistic healing methods in 1998. Sharon has taught natural vision practices and yoga since 2001. While employed as a neurological occupational therapist over a twelve year period she specialized in sensory integration, vision and concussion rehab, LSVT BIG and yoga for people with Parkinson’s disease. Sharon is certified as an integrative nutrition health coach with gut health and hormone health specialties via the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Health. She continues to expand her toolbox with ongoing studies in lifestyle medicine. In addition to providing holistic wellness care, she leads a research study investigating the experience of non-curative healing, and continues her art practice.