About Kelli


My passion is helping success-driven women say goodbye to unnecessary anxiety and hello to a life of peace, health, happiness, and success.

After spending too many years stressing out about all my lists and to-dos, battling with myself over my body, and feeling like everything and everyone but me had control over my life, I finally found the key to transforming everything. It wasn’t a quick fix that would suddenly make all the stress in my life go away. It wasn’t a new crash diet that would give me the perfect body in a matter of weeks. And it certainly wasn’t some series of rules to regulate my life into oblivion.

It was the realization that in order to achieve my goals – from my health to my relationships to my career – I had to align my mind, body, and spirit. My personal transformation allowed me to step into the life I had spent so many years dreaming of. I felt empowered. I felt free. And I knew I had to dedicate my life to helping others do the same thing.

Helping others learn and grow has always been a passion of mine. As a former educator, I spent years helping my students empower themselves and work towards a bright future. When I decided to shift gears and focus on health and wellness, it felt only natural to approach my coaching in the same way. I’m not just here to give you quick tips and send you on your way; I’m all about giving you the knowledge and support you need to form lasting, transformative habits – whether you’re looking to get control over your health, your stress, your career, or all of the above.

Now a Certified Health, Life, and Mindset Coach and Master Practitioner of The Transformational Coaching Method and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, I am committed to helping you find inner peace, harmony, and success through sustainable and long-lasting lifestyle change.

In addition to my individual and group coaching services, speaking with and educating members of the community is a key component of my work. Speaking engagements that bring awareness and strategies for healthy living have included PBS, MOCPA, Rockwood School District, Fort Zumwalt South School District, Pattonville School District, local Chambers, Professional Women’s AllianceLittle Black Book: Women in Business, and Fearless Women.

My Education and Certifications

  • Certified Life and Health Coach, Health Coach Institute
  • Master Practitioner, Transformational Coaching Method (TCM)
  • Master Practitioner, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • NLP Trainer, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Bachelors in Fine Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Masters Degree in Fine Arts, University of California at Irvine
  • Education Certification, Denver University

My Experience Working

with Kelli Risse

“Going through the 90-Day Total Transformation program with Kelli as my coach was revolutionary and the most nourishing thing I have ever done for myself! Her unique approach was nothing like the other programs I’ve tried in the past. I thought she was just going to tell me what to eat, how much to eat, and how to drum up more willpower. What I got instead was much deeper and more significant to my overall life. Willpower was not needed to be successful. In 90 days, I was able to lose weight, gain energy, develop a new perspective around food without restriction or a diet, gain confidence, start a self-care practice, increase my self-esteem, change my negative self-talk to positive self-talk, improve my relationship with my kids, and increase my self-worth. Working with Kelli is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I will forever be grateful to her for my TOTAL TRANSFORMATION!”


“Working with Kelli in the 90-Day Hello Peace Transformation program has allowed me to reset from a life consumed and controlled by stress to a life where I’m learning and growing every day. The small instrumental changes I’ve made are making a HUGE impact in my everyday life. I am healthier physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Now, I am able to stay calm, manage stress in appropriate ways, be more productive, choose carefully what is worth my time and what is not, constantly complete routine tasks so my household runs more efficiently, and better care for my mind, body, and spirit. For years, my life felt like I would surface from insane stress, gasp for breath, and immediately be pulled back under into more stress. Now, I’m learning to swim with my head above water with a calm, steady and empowered stroke!”

-Amy R.

“My breakthrough session was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Kelli’s demeanor, professionalism, and empathetic nature was so welcomed and appreciated. Her skillfulness of sitting one-on-one with me with only palpable love and her confidence in my ability to take the tools she was revealing to me and use them for my own good was so empowering. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you want a proactive plan for growth in your life and/or your business, I would highly recommend this session.”

-Jeanette , Chiropractor, Caregiver

“Working with Kelli has been a life changing experience. During the breakout session, my emotions and beliefs were transformed so they no longer controlled my mindset. I was able to neutralize any mental barriers and the results have been remarkable. I have made huge progress towards my goals of living a healthier life. My relationship with my husband, kids, family and co-workers have improved greatly and my stress level has decreased. I have the inner-peace and joy I desire. I am so happy I took the leap of faith with Kelli at Rise Up and Live Wellness!”

-Ellen , Wife, Mom, Pharmacist, Friend, Caregiver to Many

Rise up. Live well.

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