Gretchen is a digital wellness educator with Screen Time Clinic, assisting families, schools & corporations with customized coaching, seminars, and workshops. Gretchen’s passion for digital wellness began in 2016 when she noticed EdTech being overused in her local public school elementary classrooms. By consulting with healthcare professionals, psychologists, and immersing herself in the research with respect to the risks of digital media exposure, she became a vocal supporter of balanced screen time. Gretchen used this knowledge, and previous career experience in event management, to empower others in the community to rally in support of new guidelines to limit the use of technology in classrooms and focus on social emotional development.
Her experience of successfully organizing expert panels and founding an influential local parent group of digital citizenship supporters gives her the confidence to help other communities, businesses, and individuals with concerns about screen time. Her leadership and collaboration with other intentional parents lead to successful strides in digital wellness advocacy within her children’s school district and inspired others in the Kansas area.
Gretchen coaches parents using an empathic ear and appreciates that each household is unique and therefore needs their own customized plan. Her fulfillment comes from the transformational experience of bringing a family from feeling anxious and defeated to a place of ease and confidence in their screen use.
As an active member of the digital wellness industry, Gretchen receives a continual information stream on the latest research. Through her commitment to advocacy, she has served on the Protect Young Minds Advisory Council and participates with other organizations who advocate for child protection related to digital media, marketing, consumerism, and digital literacy. Gretchen’s expertly guides individuals and businesses seeking support, guidance, education, and collaboration in the intentional use of digital media and evolving technologies.
Gretchen empowers families and businesses to identify and reach their ideal personal digital wellness goals through seminars, group courses, and empathetic personalized guidance. Her personal passion is in creating sensory-rich experiences. Throughout her entire life she’s been inspired by a man who created a magical childhood experience like no other, Walt Disney, so with pixie dust in her pocket she began her previous career at Walt Disney World until her focus became raising her own children and advocating on their behalf. Now Gretchen is dedicated to guiding families, businesses, and individuals back to the magic of a better life with limited screens!