Alumni Highlight: Khetnu Nefer | achs.edu

    Written by: Gillian Wilson /
    Apr 14, 2020 11:09:53 AM

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    Khetnu Nefer opened her own mobile women's health practice after graduating from massage school and then from ACHS in 2009 with a Diploma in Holistic Health Practice. 

    When her seemingly healthy father died of a heart attack during his lunch break in 2000, it made her question her family's health. She looked deeper into it and as she learned more, she realized she could help people in her community.

    "People who look like me who may not always have access to the information I was getting. It would be more viable to get it from someone who looks like them who understands, who is coming from the same socioeconomic background and geographic location. That’s how it started and it bloomed from there and it’s still blooming. It’s a labor of love definitely,” Khetnu says.

    A Soulful Touch Wellness

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    Khetnu's services at A Soulful Touch include holistic health coaching and counseling, massage therapy, and more. She is certified to teach Egyptian yoga and also teaches African Dance at a local college. She says, "It’s a lot and it’s still growing and I’m looking into some other modalities. I’m a herbalist as well and I have my own line of herbal products that I make."

    Khetnu says, “I try to be a one-stop-shop for all my clients. I’ve been presented with a lot of opportunities to learn different things. It makes it more comfortable so they don’t have to go tell their story to five different people. I know how that is. I am a uterine cancer survivor so I had to go through that. I know how frustrating that can be because it feels like you’re just being shuffled around."

     

    28 Days To A Soulful Life

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    Khetnu describes accomplishing a lifelong dream by writing her first book, 28 Days To A Soulful Life: “I wrote and self-published my first book. It’s a 28-day guide giving different holistic health practices, techniques, and thought processes to help women navigate life and improve or maintain what I call a soulful life. And that’s one where you’re unapologetically living your life and balancing mind, body, and spirit. Every day there’s the main lesson, a practical application, an affirmation, and a journal question."

    "Especially as women, we try to do everything and be superwoman and mom and wife and employee or boss, and we juggle all these titles and put ourselves last," Khetnu says. "We don’t always take into account the tools that are around us that don’t always cost money, but that can be as simple as taking five minutes out of every day to breathe and stay still and listen to your thoughts. Those are the type of things that are in the book."

    Khetnu says that the book is getting positive reviews and that she's already working on a prompted journal to accompany it.

    You can find the book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Soulful-LaDawn-Khetnu-Nefer-FRASIER/dp/1074419049/ref=as_li_ss_tl

    How to support small businesses during COVID-19

    One way to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is by buying gift certificates to use when they re-open. Another is to buy their products online if possible.

    If you do buy a product from a small business online, Khetnu says that it's very important to leave a review if you liked the product: "People don’t realize, but testimonials help tremendously. People could be on the fence and then see your testimony, and if they see that on your Facebook page, then those things help. It’s just the small stuff."

    "People think to help that you have to spend tons and tons of money, but it could just be you sharing one of the business's posts and help them tap into a whole new market of people. They may get a few clients or customers from that," she says.

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    Because of COVID-19, Khetnu says that her massage business has taken a huge hit. Even before it was mandated that massage businesses shut down, she had already ethically decided to do so. "A lot of my massage client base is older. That has been a huge hit for me because massage is my true money maker and I do a lot of corporate massages. I’ve lost out on a lot of accounts because offices are closed,” she says. 

    The pandemic has caused Khetnu to restructure and re-evaluate parts of her business. She says, "This is the universe's way of making me pivot and using those other things that I haven’t put into the forefront in a while. That’s what I’m looking to do now."

    Experience at ACHS

    After seeing advertisements for ACHS in Herb Quarterly three or four times, she finally called ACHS. "It kind of spoke to my spirit," she says. "They always remembered my name. It meant a lot to me that I wasn’t just a name or a number, and this was over the span of me calling over a couple of years asking questions. When I did finally sign up, seeing how comprehensive the coursework was, was amazing! That is what really sold me on the school and seeing the evolution of where it’s gone now is really beautiful to witness.”

    “I love the school, and I'm very grateful that I had the opportunity to study there. Throughout the years I’ve always told people about the school," she says.

    Khetnu's advice for graduating students: “Find something that you’re passionate about and find how that can create a solution for your clients. One you have that down, then you can start branching out based on client needs.”

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    Authored by Gillian Wilson

    Gillian joined ACHS after graduating from Linfield College with a BA in Mass Communication and a minor in visual studies. She grew up off the grid in rural southern Oregon and spent time exploring the forest surrounding her house and teaching gardening classes to other children in her garden. While at Linfield, Gillian gained valuable experience in public relations, social media management, and digital art. She was awarded a strategic communication scholarship and inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, a national college honor society “that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.” When not at work, Gillian can most often be found making art, enjoying nature or drinking coffee with her husband, Preston. Her interests include sustainability, mental wellness, and trying to stay connected to nature while living in the city. She studied abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has traveled to over ten different countries. Her favorite place that she has visited is the Scottish Highlands, and she hopes to visit many more countries in the future.

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