Meet Our Coaches


Lauren Baughman, BSN RN

Lauren graduated from University at Buffalo’s accelerated Bachelor’s in nursing program in 2012. With a background in medical surgical nursing she came to work for UR Medicine’s Employee Wellness department in 2016, performing biometric screenings and coaching clients one-on-one in the condition management program. She is currently enrolled part-time in a family nurse practitioner program. She is a vegetarian and believes in the power of whole food plant based diets to promote good health. In her leisure time she enjoys travelling, watching television (guilty!), a night out, spending time with her pets and loved ones, yoga, cooking, and running.

Wellness tip: Prepare and pack your lunch! It will help you to make more conscious and healthier food choices compared to buying out.

Heather Gostling, MS, BSN, RN

Heather graduated with her bachelors in nursing from SUNY Brockport in 2008 and began working at UR as a pediatric nurse shortly after. She obtained her masters in healthcare leadership and management from the UR School of Nursing in 2011. Heather has been active since she was a child and strives to live a healthy lifestyle each day. Heather began working for UR Medicine Employee Wellness in 2012. She is a certified health and wellness coach and is currently enrolled part-time in the family nurse practitioner program at the UR School of Nursing. Heather’s two small children are the center of her life. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends, running, practicing yoga, traveling, hiking, cooking, and taking a variety of fitness classes at the gym.

Wellness tip: Each day, set at least one positive goal for yourself and write it down. Even if it seems small, something is better than nothing. Schedule time in your day or make a to-do list to help achieve this goal.

Ging Hoang, BS, BS, RN

Ging (pronounce “Jing”) received her Bachelor’s in Integrative Neuroscience and also in Nursing at Binghamton University. She’s worked in emergency, cardiology, and orthopedics before she came to work for UR Medicine’s Employee Wellness program. When Ging is not working, she likes to travel, take walks, bike, and try out healthy (and unhealthy!) recipes. She loves to take the Body Pump class at the gym!

Wellness tip: Set aside at least 15 minutes once a week to do something for yourself. Go for a walk, shop online, read, meditate, clean, whatever it is- it has to be something for yourself that you enjoy. Self-care is healthy, necessary, and important!

Katie Niebuhr, MS, EP-C, C-PT

Katie is an exercise physiologist for UR Medicine Center for Employee Wellness where she provides personalized recommendations and exercise prescriptions for those with chronic conditions. Katie received her Masters of Science in Kinesiology & Health from Miami University in Ohio. She has worked with everyone from first time exercisers to endurance athletes to help them achieve their goals and live healthier lifestyles. Katie’s passion lies in the impact physical activity has on the body and mind, as well as its influence on other healthy behaviors. When Katie is not working, you will most likely find her outside hiking mountains, running on trails, or curled up under a tree with a good book.

Wellness Tip: Start every morning with a glass of water and a good full body stretch! Your glass of water will help rehydrate you after your body has spent the night recovering and a full body stretch will increase circulation and wake up the body in a nice and relaxing manner. This one-two punch will help you conquer your day the right way!

Natalie Thompson, MS

Natalie is a nutrition and wellness coach with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in human nutrition. She practices nutrition at the intersection of human and environmental health, and encourages a mind-body-spirit approach to building sustainable dietary practices. Natalie makes wellness a part of her life by moving as often as possible, spending time outside and in nature, eating foods that nourish her body, sharing experiences with others, and finding time to be quiet and alone to restore her mind and spirit. When she is not offering nutritional guidance, Natalie can be found on (or off!) a trail in the woods, close to (or in!) water, on her bike, atop a mountain, or in her garden and kitchen preparing for the next feast.

Wellness tip: Listening to your body is a skill. Just like any other skill, it is something to practice. If you think you cannot hear what your body is telling you, continue to practice the art of listening: slow down, be kind to yourself, encourage your mind to focus on your body, and breathe; soon you will hear what your body needs. As you become skilled in the art of listening, your capacity for wellness will grow naturally.