Coaching Really Works!
Our coaches are trained to help you reach your quit goals. Meet our staff and see what they have to say or give them a call at 1.866.SD-QUITS.
We’re open and ready to talk:
Monday – Friday 7am – 11pm CST
Saturday 8am – 5pm CST
Voicemail is available 24/7 & calls are returned the next business day
Get to know our coaches.
Our QuitLine coaches are healthcare professionals with special training in tobacco addiction and cessation. They’re South Dakotans, just like you. Here’s a bit about each of them:
Adam’s been a Quit Coach for over 6 years. He loves biking and being outdoors and says he always wanted to help people be healthier. His favorite part of his job is knowing that he’s helping people make such a big change and be successful.
Adam’s Tip: Never give up. Learn from your past slips.
As a former smoker, Ashley knows how difficult it can be to give something up that is such a big part of everyday life. Ashley’s been coaching for 3 years and says she loves being able to work with people who are trying to better themselves. She really knows where smokers are coming from and understands that our greatest investment is our health. “Helping people succeed is something that works both ways – it inspires me as well.” Outside of coaching, Ashley can be found reading a book with a nice cup of tea, or enjoying the great South Dakota outdoors.
Ashley’s Tip: Don’t give up. You never know if this time will be the one that finally sticks.
Beth is new to the QuitLine team and enjoys helping people achieve and maintain their goals which lead to a healthier lifestyle. Beth says that the most rewarding part of her job is graduating participants because hearing the excitement and determination in someone’s voice is a sure sign they are ready to continue on their own. Beth spends as much free time as she can with family and friends, and as many South Dakotans, enjoys doing anything outdoors.
Beth’s Tip: Always take it one day at a time. Eventually you will surprise yourself with how far you’ve come.
Evan has been coaching for just over a year and he’s a people person. Helping tobacco users make such an important lifestyle change to benefit their health is very rewarding. Evan says building relationships with callers often makes him proud because he knows he was able to be a part of such an important life change. When he’s not coaching, you’ll find Evan outdoors, spending time with family and friends, eating delicous food, and cheering for some of his favorite teams – Go Ducks and Mariners!
Evan’s Tip: Believe you can do it and have confidence. If you don’t reach your goal the first time, don’t give up and never be afraid to ask for extra support.
Lex is one of our most experienced Quit Coaches with about 10 years experience under her belt. Lex was drawn to coaching because of her faith and her desire to serve others. Her favorite part of her job is hearing a client say how proud they are of their ability to quit tobacco. When she’s not on the job, Lex likes to smell the roses and lists flower gardening as one of her favorite past times!
Lex’s Tip: Believe in yourself – you’re stronger than you realize. Go for it!
A hockey player, dog lover, and eating-out specialist, Nick has been coaching for about 1 1/2 years. Nick’s background is in addictive counseling, so Quit Coaching has been a perfect fit. He’s settled in and enjoys being a guiding hand to people looking for a tobacco-free lifestyle.
Nick’s Tip: Write a pros and cons list on quitting.
Sheila has been a Quit Coach for 10 years and says she’s inspired everyday by the people she helps. Being part of the process and hearing the joy in their voices when they reach their goals is the most rewarding part of her job. When she’s not encouraging people to quit, Sheila likes to spend time with family and friends and curl up with a good book.
Sheila’s Tip: Keep trying! Don’t give up! At a minimum continue to cut back until you’re ready to be completely tobacco-free.