Annmarie Waite, PhD, ARNP
Annmarie Waite, Ph.D, is a licensed Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Women’s Health. She is interested most in working with women to create physical and emotional health. She is available for private and group consultation for childbirth (with and without interventions); and feminine intelligence workshops for effective lifestyle changes.
She received her doctorate in nursing research and education from Barry University. Before earning her doctorate, Dr. Waite completed a women’s health residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She received her undergraduate and graduate training from the University of Miami and she has served abroad in South East Asia as a travel nurse.
Dr. Waite is the CEO and founder of Girlfriends Health and Girlfriends Guild. She is married and has 2 grown children. She likes to travel, loves to have karaoke parties, enjoys theater, and thinks cardiovascular exercise is fun.
Valerie Holloway, Executive Director
Valerie Holloway, Executive Director with over 20 years in healthcare leadership, Valerie Holloway has a business acumen for healthcare and a passion for empowering others particularly women.
She began her career as a physician relations coordinator advancing to Director, Corporate Vice-president of Marketing, System Vice-president of Customer Service, and held a C-suite position as one of two vice-presidents at 500 bed major medical center. More recently she entered the fundraising profession lending her services to a number of local not for profits and works as independent Coach/Consultant, offering Leadership Coaching, Team Building, Consulting, and Training.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Her dream for Girlfriends Health and Girlfriends Guild is to empower others to take responsibility for their lives and health. A cancer survivor celebrating seventeen years of being cancer free, she knows what it’s like to face losing that which is most important.
She is married and has one grown daughter.
She enjoys reading, writing, going to the theater and traveling. Loves to entertain or engage in anything creative. Relishes the outdoors and nature. And though she does it, thinks cardio is anything but fun.
In Loving Memory…
“My heart is filled with incredible sadness at the loss of a great friend, an awesome colleague. Dr. Rachel Lefebvre was an amazing woman. She was a talented and dedicated clinical psychologist. I admired her intelligence, her strength and humor even at the worst times in her life. She was diagnosed in 2013 with stage 4 colon cancer. Her optimism and determined spirit was truly inspiring. I pray for blessing for her family and friends during this very sad time.” ~ Annmarie
Rachel Lefebvre of Indialantic, Florida passed away on December 3rd 2016 at the age of 43, after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.
She was born to Pierre Lefebvre and Lise Pageot in Quebec City on July 4th 1973. At a young age she was already set on becoming a Psychologist. Rachel graduated from Laval University with a Master in Psychology and received a Ph.D. from Concordia University. Post-Doctoral Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Psychoanalytic Center, Rachel practiced at Baytree Behavioral Health in Melbourne, Florida.
Her outlook on life was never just about herself even after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 40. Her life involved close ties to her husband and also her two sons, her parents, siblings and many friends, and she was still actively helping her patients in their own efforts to understand and create better lives for themselves, as recently as a few weeks ago.
Rachel was a warm, intelligent, funny, wise, resilient, gutsy, generous and down-to-earth caring person.
“Forward, onward and upward I go. One day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time”.
She leaves in grief her dear husband Frédéric Gouin and her two beloved sons, Pierre-Olivier and Sébastien, her mother Lise Pageot, her father Pierre, her brother Manic (Linda Meli), her sister Julie (Stéphane Brochu), her in-laws Louise Perrin and Jean-Pierre Gouin, her sister in-law Caroline, as well as her aunts and uncles, many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous colleagues and great friends.
A calling of family and friends will be held Saturday December 10th from 10 to 10:30 at the Davis Seawinds Funeral Home, 560 Montreal Ave, Melbourne followed by a Celebration of Life at 10:30 AM. A service and burial will be held in Quebec City at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Camp Kesem, www.CampKesem.org or Colon Cancer Alliance, www.Ccalliance.org