Shantel Gamble is an education consultant, and an aspiring holistic coach and healer, from Queens, NY, currently living in New Jersey.
Shantel was only 11 years old when her mother was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. After watching her mother’s doctors throw in the towel on alternatives to her recovery, placing her in hospice and declaring death over her, Shantel became committed to learning about alternative ways of healing. She began researching holistic alternatives from dietary changes to affirmations and prayers in an effort to save her mother.
Together, they prayed away infections that doctors said had no cure, removed her mother from hospice and affirmed her will to live. Shantel learned to advocate for her mother and switched her doctors and continued holistic practices with her, prolonging her mother’s life for another two years!
Shantel found out that she was diagnosed with cancer two weeks before her mother’s death. From there, she began to practice what she preached. She began living; traveling, therapy, writing more, eating foods specific to fighting cancer and other ailments, and she put an end to unhealthy relationships in her life. Shantel continues to heal herself by practicing a “laying on of hands” approach and through prayer. A little more than a year cancer free now, Shantel is more than excited to begin her work in holistic health. She is determined to use her story to encourage the healing of others.
Shantel has just started her own nonprofit, Brave Heart, named for her mother’s battle with CFH and both of their wills to live through trials and tribulations. Shantel and her close friends to raise awareness of holistic healing, healthy habits and community through various community service events throughout the year.
Shantel holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, and a M.S. in Education Policy from the University of Rochester. She is currently working toward a certification in Integrative Holistic Health Coaching. She is also an active member of the Queens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Shantel’s passion for positive youth development, and skills in program design fuel her current work at Springpoint as the manager of school design and instruction, working with the organization’s school and district partners to design new, innovative high schools for over-age and under-credited students.