Dr. Denise Allen is founder of Best Self, holistic health and fitness. Denise studied health behavior, and positive psychology at Columbia University. Denise is a nationally recognized health educator, and Reiki Master. Prior to becoming a professional health consultant and fitness coach, Denise was a national registry paramedic and firefighter. She is a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and National Board of Certified Health Educators. Denise is founder of the Animal Assisted Education Program at Maine School Administrative District 51. An athlete for most of her life, Denise now competes in long distance running and triathlon events.