Dr. Denise McClain-Dukes, PhD is a native Alabamian who was born in Prichard, Alabama, became a ward of the State at eight months old till she was adopted at the age of three by Maxine and Henry McClain of Montgomery, Alabama. She states, “God blessed me with a great family, great life and growing up in a City which gave me a strong foundation and served as a catalyst in my achievements in life.
She has a passion for Health, Fitness, our Youth and the Arts. Although Dr. Dukes holds several certifications in Holistic Healing, Arts Education and Life Coaching. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication and Theater from Tennessee State University, Graduate Degree Studies in Education from Clarke Atlanta University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fitness Science from Charter University. Dr. Dukes states for the record she is neither a medical doctor, nurse or licensed in any capacity of the medical profession. She is just simply a person who has been on a natural health journey and studied holistic and natural remedies to help heal the body for over 35 years in hopes to help prevent and treat any disease that may try to infiltrate her earthly body.
Secondly, she feels being a woman over 50, a mother, grandmother; and still working as a certified master teaching artist in dance and drama by the DANA Foundation out of New York, it is imperative that she keeps her body, mind and spirit in optimal condition. With that being said, she has tried many natural and holistic remedies, some directly from Mother Nature herself and others from alternative methods for various conditions in which some have worked and some have not.
Her love for fitness began when she was a teenager. Dr. Dukes always enjoyed being physically active, whether it was taking professional ballet, jazz or contemporary dance classes at the Cleveland Avenue YMCA, cheerleading or twirling the baton for her high school or college band. In fact, she was noted as one of the youngest major network show producers and directors and host of an early morning fitness TV show when she was 19 years of age on Viacom Cablevision in Nashville, Tennessee titled "Aerobic Heartbeat" while simultaneously working on her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and Theatre at Tennessee State University.
After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles, California where she instantly became a featured dancer on the legendary dance show "Soul Train" while also studying and working in the entertainment industry as a professional model and actress; as well as, a part-time aerobics instructor working for Jack LaLanne at one of his Fitness Center’s in the heart of Los Angeles.
On August 16, 1986, Dr. Dukes received a phone call from her father that at the time she didn’t know, but would change her life’s course. She was informed that her mother was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. She immediately left Los Angeles to be by her side; however, she felt absolutely helpless as she watched her mother suffer through chemotherapy and radiation treatments in hopes of going into remission. She recalls, even through her pain, her mother always stayed positive and encouraged her to continue sharing her gifts and talents with the world; which is why in August of 1987, before her mother died, she competed and was crowned the first Miss Black Alabama, USA.
On October 21, 1987, her mother lost her battle to cancer and several years later she lost her father resulting from complications of diabetes. That is the moment she went to war in hopes of preventing herself or anyone she loved from ever having to endure the pain and agony of what her mother and family experienced by researching preventative measures through lifestyle choices of proper exercise, healthy food choices and integrative remedies that may help prevent the body from becoming a grave victim to any form of disease or illness it is threatened with.
Lastly, after years of learning through self-experimentation and learning from other great natural healers such as Dr. Sebi, Dr. Llaila Afrika, Jack LaLanne, Dr. Dick Gregory and many others; she made it a point to obtain her professional certifications in Holistic Health, Wellness & Weight Loss, Herbalism, Fitness Training and Mindful Transformation. In May of 2018, she established Luxury Body Sculpting Health & Wellness Center in Montgomery, Alabama.
When Dr. Dukes is not in the wellness center consulting with clients, you can find her hosting weekly webinars and traveling to various speaking engagements, educating the community through her weekly podcast, “Dr Dukes Speaks” on Zoom, Facebook Live, You Tube and/or Linkedin. Wherever you find her; rest assure, you can immediately feel the passion and love Dr. Dukes has for People, Holistic Health and Creativity. Dr. Dukes has also authored numerous books and articles evolving around Holistic Health & Wellness. Some of the books she has published are: “Dr Dukes 90-Day Plant-Based Meal Plan”; “Detox & Alkaline: How To Live A Disease Free Life”; “Slave Food: An African- American Epidemic”
Denise’s Daily Motivation:
“Focus on helping others, there you will find your greatest reward."
I am simply a person who truly has a heart for Montgomery and its people. After 35 + years of traveling, studying and self-experimenting with natural healing foods, herbs and modalities; as well as, being a master teaching artist and certified holistic practitioner. I decided to come back home to share my knowledge and talents with those of you who are also seeking to find that "Perfect Balance" in life. The stategy that has worked for me and hundreds of other is by learning how to master the Mind, Body and Spirit to operate on one accord.
Being a lifetime student of the arts, I share my passion using creativity as my guide in order to help others live their best life possible. My ramped up process is designed to empower you to truly maximize your greatest potential by reaching your optimal level of health & happiness; therefore, energizing you to fully engage in finding, manifesting and excelling in your life's purpose.
"Everyday is not going to be perfect, but we decide how it will affect us mentally, emotionally, spiritually and eventually physically" - Dr. Denise M Dukes