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Meet The Team

I’m often asked how I decided to start Chronic Warrior Coaching + Collective. It’s been an absolute labor of love and the culmination of a very winding path over the years…I mean life isn’t ever a straight trajectory, now is it? 


In 1985, I graduated with a B.S. in Health Ed and Biology from Auburn University - yes, I went to school with Bo Jackson and Charles Barkley and might have even crossed paths with Tim Cook…I mean we were there at the same time! (To this day, my claim to fame is dancing with Bo and having a class with Sir Charles!) 


Upon graduating, I realized that teaching wasn’t for me - at least not then. I had decided to volunteer with the Children’s Hospital of Alabama working with the Miracle Network Telethon. I fell in love with the atmosphere but had no idea what I could do. When I stumbled upon Medical Social Work as a job, I jumped into the next steps immediately. Now, I knew I needed a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) … what I hadn’t quite realized is that the University of Alabama was the ONLY school in the state with that program. Any southerner will know why that was a BIG deal!! But, I sucked it up and made my way, working every weekend for a year in the local level one trauma center while taking full time classes. I was honored to receive an appointment as the social work intern with the Pulmonary Department at UAB pediatrics. This was one of nine such positions across the country! 

Denise Archilla, MSW

Founder & Chronic Illness Life Coach

Life Coach named Denise

The Support You've Been Looking For!

Chronic Illness Warriors
Chronic Illness Warrior at a pumpkin patch
Chronic Illness Warrior attending Harvard
Two Chronic Illness Warriors traveling together
Chronic Illness Warrior with service dog

Raven Ulieme

Virtual Assistant


Angelica Dempsey

Virtual Assistant

VISIONS Services For The Blind and Visually Impaired 
Summer Interns Alumni

We are proud partners of VISIONS Services For The Blind and Visually Impaired. VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a nonprofit vision rehabilitation and social service organization. Learn More


Octavius Fryar

2021 Alumni


Beeshernah Ceus

2021 Alumni


Joycelyn Dendy

2022 Alumni


Melody Brendel

2022 Alumni


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