Meet Franziska Alesso, Founder of The Well Space

Hi – I’m Dr. Franziska

I’m a certified holistic health coach who is rewriting the narrative around wellness and self-care.


I know how it feels to put yourself last when things get busy.

I’m a practicing health coach, online entrepreneur and a mother of 3. Before I dedicated myself to help other women heal themselves and the planet, I worked at a high-powered job at a top professional services firm. As you can guess, that didn’t leave a lot of time for cooking and working out all day, so I ate sandwiches at my desk and squeezed in runs when I could.

Serendipitously, my calling found me. When I finally took some time off for myself on my honeymoon, I met an amazing nutritionist/personal trainer who helped me detox and convert to clean eating. Finally putting good food in my body was nothing short of life-changing. It gave me back my zing and confidence and made me look and feel fantastic. That’s when I decided that I want to help other women change their life too.

I’ve made it my personal mission to contribute my unique set of skills, expertise, and experience to tackle our health and obesity crisis, as well as our planet’s sustainability problem since they’re interlinked.

My experience in agriculture and global agricultural supply chains began before I could reach the faucet at my mother’s kitchen sink. I grew up in Germany, where I spend my summer days playing in the earthy richness of my Mimi’s garden. Family gatherings were sweetened by meals prepared with ingredients nurtured from seed. Both my parents were involved in the business of agriculture, so the industry felt like my destiny.

After 13 years of working on the producer side of food, I felt the biggest way to make an impact was to transition to the consumer side. I help corporations adopt sustainable practices that benefit everyone, and coach busy, successful women on how to change their relationship with food and fitness.

Armed with my insider’s knowledge of the food industry, as well as a Ph. D. in Social Sciences that equips me to understand personality traits and consumer behavior, I am an expert holistic health coach that specializes in helping exhausted female executives and entrepreneurs create lifelong healthy habits on their own terms. Many of my clients had read conflicting advice about which diet was the healthiest for them, and wanted to know the final verdict.

So I immersed myself in the world of nutrition, fitness, and wellness to ascertain the truth.

I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.

I also studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts including:

  • Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Deepak Chopra, MD leader in the field of mind-body medicine
  • David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
  • Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
  • David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
  • Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing

I’ve found that the “best” diet and workout plan is truly different for everyone, as we all have unique backgrounds, lifestyles, and sensitivities. Because of that, you have to discover what works best for you through trial-and-error, which can be exhausting and expensive. Although…you CAN skip the frustrating part with the help of an expert who has an extensive grasp on both wellness and human behavior. (More on that later.) 


Do More of What You Already Love Doing

Too many women think they have to cook intricate meals and exhaust themselves at the gym to be healthy (aka skinny and pretty), but that’s a recipe for resentment and guilt. Instead, I believe the best and most effective way to living healthy is by doing more of what you already love doing.

Like treating yourself to your favorite acai bowls, or splurging on a rock climbing membership because you’re worth it. You deserve to create healthy habits your way, and not the way that happened to work for some random fitness blogger.

Unfortunately, many health experts assume everyone thinks the same way.

They ignore that you’re an extrovert that hates commitments and loves routines because working out alone, making promises with their friends, and cooking different meals every week was what worked for them, so it SHOULD work for you, too.

The problem with a one-size-fits-all approach is that it works against your motivations, personality, and lifestyle instead of embracing them. And working against yourself just builds frustration.

Before you know it, your fancy new juicer gets stowed away in some cabinet, the gorgeous cookbooks you were so excited about gather dust, and you’ve drunk too many glasses of wine to wash down the shame. You tell yourself you just don’t have enough time right now.

Learn more about what we believe in HERE.


“Franziska’s work with me has served as a catalyst for me to commit to eating clean and taking better care of myself—this is no minor feat”

—Avery, Founder of The Startup Consulting Group


You Deserve To Feel Fantastic

You don’t have to drop everything and go on a honeymoon to change your life.

You just need to meet the right coach. Someone with a litany of credentials and testimonials, but also someone who makes you feel comfortable enough to confide in.

Someone who will listen without judging, and give you personalized, practical advice that complements YOUR personality and lifestyle. Someone who will embrace your uniqueness, find out what triggers your true motivations, and use it to keep you on track. Someone who will make the journey enjoyable.

To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with me.

During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals.

I promise you’re going to leave this session energized, motivated, and with 2-3 simple and practical actions to get you started on your health journey.

Even if you don’t end up enlisting for coaching, if you’re the over-achiever I know you are, one tailored insight from a professional could be all you need to have a breakthrough.

It’s time to prioritize yourself.

It’s time to take back control of your life.

Schedule your free 50-min Health & Well-being Strategy Session Here


“With Franziska I finally found someone who could relate to me and speak to me in terms of what works best for my specific lifestyle”

—Alice, Founder of Sophistikid and AC DesignHouse