Heather Mercer

Heather Mercer

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Health and wellness


Loma Linda University


In these times of social and political upheaval, it has become my passion to use my voice for truth and compassion against injustice, lying, and greed.

— Heather Mercer


Heather Mercer has been helping clients achieve their health and wellness goals for 20+ years and has deep experience with risk factors, disease management, mental health, psychosocial barriers, health disparities, and systemic injustices. She has worked with diverse and often disenfranchised populations that range from the American Indian reservations of Southern California to the inner-city health clinics of Detroit.


Heather received two doctorate degrees, one in public health and the other in psychology, from Loma Linda University.  

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