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Meet the Team Behind

Imperfect Pathways

Meet Jane Nady

Jane Nady is a dedicated advocate for mental health, a coach, and a trailblazer in the world of mental health, personal growth and resilience. With an unyielding commitment to empowering individuals to overcome adversity and unlock their full potential, Jane is the driving force behind Imperfect Pathways.

Jane Nady Certified Mindset Coach from Imperfect Pathways
The Journey of Healing and Empowerment


Jane Nady understands the journey of healing after trauma, as she has walked that walk herself. Her personal experiences have not defined her but have fueled her determination to empower others on their paths of healing and self-discovery. Jane firmly believes that we are only as limited as we allow ourselves to be, and she has made it her life's mission to help individuals break free from self-imposed limitations.

Professional History


With a rich and diverse professional background, Jane has consistently demonstrated her dedication to the well-being of others:

  • Suicide Prevention & Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Iowa National Guard: Jane's work in this critical role showcased her unwavering commitment to saving lives and fostering resilience within the military community. Her contributions in suicide prevention have made a lasting impact on the lives of countless service members and their families.

  • Former First Responder: As a former first responder, Jane has firsthand experience in high-pressure, high-stakes situations. Her ability to remain calm, compassionate, and effective in times of crisis has been a cornerstone of her career. She understands the depths a First Responder can find themselves and knows the toll it can take. She provides a safe space where you can share without fearing the information you are sharing, will effect the person you are confiding in.

The Imperfect Pathways Vision


Jane's vision for Imperfect Pathways is to provide a safe space for individuals seeking clarity, personal growth, and resilience. Her coaching approach is deeply rooted in empathy and understanding, allowing clients to explore their imperfections and challenges with confidence.

Empowering Lives, One Pathway at a Time


Jane Nady's passion for advocacy, her personal journey of healing, and her wealth of experience have made her a trusted guide for individuals seeking transformation. Through Imperfect Pathways, she empowers others to embrace their imperfections, overcome adversity, and discover the limitless potential that resides within each of us.

Join Jane on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and empowerment. Together, we can break free from limitations and create a life filled with purpose and resilience.

Avery, Therapy dog in training.


Golden Retriever • 1 year old

Comforter and Support Expert - Energy Booster - (aka Therapy dog in training)

Avery chose Imperfect Pathways because, well owner & dog mom Jane Nady found her and knew she would fit in perfectly! Avery loves dog treats and has boundless energy and love to give to those who choose Imperfect Pathways as their self-discovery partner.

Heather, Office Manager at Imperfect Pathways

Heather Gentry

Office Manager

DMACC - Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) - CPR & AED Certified

Why Imperfect Pathways?


I chose to be a part of the Imperfect Pathways Team because I felt like the clinical setting was not giving me the “whole” wellness package anymore. It had become more about what was the cheapest option for insurance rather than what was best and most effective for the patient/client. 

At Imperfect Pathways, our approach is all about “whole wellness”.

We are here to help clients be their very best.

Paige Heaning

Social Media Coordinator

Iowa State University- Communications/Leadership Studies/Psychology


Why Imperfect Pathways?


I chose Imperfect Pathways to not only broaden my expertise in social media management, but also to immerse myself in a community where mental health is at the forefront. I have always found a passion in the mental health realm, and actively fight against the stigma surrounding it. I am excited to continue my journey here at Imperfect Pathways making real difference! 

We value our partnerships and collaborators. 

We want to recognize those who partner with Imperfect Pathways to provide a wide variety of valuable services. 

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Dave Machovsky

Business/Executive Coach 

  • Organizational Development

  • Process Improvement and Kata Lean Principles

  • Executive Coaching

  • Leadership Development

  • Change Management

  • TWI Training Within Industry

  • Resume Review and Writing

  • Interview Prep

  • Career Development Coaching

  • What is the story behind choosing “Imperfect Pathways” as the name to represent your business?
    Imperfect Pathways came from my own journey. We are led to believe that there is one path and at some point we encounter a fork in the road. Most think the forks in the road we encounter are about the choices we can make in regards to things we can do, accomplish or possess. In my journey, I came to realize that the paths represent much more than that and go much deeper. The path we embark on is really a representation of who we truly are. From day 1, our outside world dictates how we perceive ourselves, because we innocently know no better. However, there comes a point that a person realizes they do not feel like themselves, is stuck or feels lost… something just feels off. That is the point in which a person is in the perfect spot to see that this path they have been on is all about creating who they are. We are unaware that we get to choose who we are, and what life we want to lead. The path is our personal journey in discovering who we are and what our life here will look like. No one's path is perfectly straight. Some have experienced highs and lows. Some paths take a turn at the last minute. The best thing about it is the path is not and never should be perfectly straight. The beauty is in the imperfections…the ups & downs, the corners and bumps along the way. Each one of those imperfections represents a moment of growth. The moment is there regardless of whether or not the person chose to learn from it, it was an opportunity to do so. The more imperfections that exist in a path, the more opportunity to grow and become the person they most want to be. I wanted everyone who walked in my door to understand that we all are walking down imperfect pathways, so they are not alone.
  • Why did you choose the phoenix as your symbol?
    The Phoenix is a symbol of renewal. Its tears can heal and it is a symbol that represents rising from the darkness. When we have no sense of self or who we are, we feel a sense of darkness. As we discover our true selves we are able to feel lighter and exude a brighter exterior (confident). When someone has experienced trauma, they experience darkness on many different levels. Their sense of self has been essentially stolen. Until they find the power within to overcome that trauma, they remain in some form of darkness. Once they realize their power to choose the life they want, they rise up from the darkness and into the light.
  • What about people who are unsure/on the fence about accepting help through coaching?
    The people I work with are those ready and willing to change. As I continue doing what I do, I am finding more out about my ideal client. Until you get in there and just start coaching, you really don’t know the ideal client. You may go into it thinking it’s one type and end up realizing it’s not. My goal is to speak to all of my possible clients, but most often it will be people that have similar struggles as to what I have had or still battle. The true value of coaching lies in the “experienced” knowledge. It’s more authentic and people believe you more when you have “lived” it.
  • What makes you different from all the “bad” coaches out there? How do I know I can trust you?
    I not only have the lived experience in all I coach but my methods are tried and true. I also have the education to back up my experience. I have worked with those in the military and am a former first responder, so who better to understand that world than one of their own?
  • Have you used coaching yourself to get to the place you are today?
    I am walking talking proof coaching works. Nothing is more impactful than someone who can say I see you and understand where you have been. When you say you were in a “dark” place, I get the depth of that phrase.
  • How do I know if it’s working?
    We actually have work that we do not only in session but also beyond each session. You will not only feel the growth but see it through your journal work as well.
  • What if I can’t “do” coaching right? What does it take for me to be a good client?
    The only thing needed for coaching is an open mind and a willingness to make a change in your life. You have to be open to change and to approaching life with more intention. It takes work. There is no “easy fix” to how our life is. We have to get to know ourselves at a deeper level to understand what drives our thoughts, feelings & actions. Once we have that deeper awareness, we can begin to move forward with the intention to begin creating a new life.
  • Isn’t it too late to make any huge changes to “who I am” in this life?
    It is NEVER too late for anything. None of us know the time we have here. It’s important to make the most out of the time we have. Wouldn’t you rather spend one month living your best life than another day in a life you wake up dreading?
  • Who is a good candidate for coaching?
    Anyone age 14 + is a good candidate for coaching. If you want to make a change, feel lost or stuck, have everything you thought you wanted and still don’t feel happy.. coaching is for you. If you are in a state of transition in any stage of life, want healthier relationships, find out who you truly are or uncover your true purpose,..coaching is for you. If you are tired of your past being a part of your present, want to overcome your trauma or simply want to learn who you are or what you want from this life… coaching is for you.
  • Do I have to have a mental health diagnosis to be a good candidate?
    Nope! Anyone who wants to make a change in their life and is willing to learn more about themselves and why they do what they do is an excellent candidate!
  • Do you have any accessibility accommodation services?
    Imperfect Pathways has a wheelchair-accessible office as well as remote/virtual appointment options.
  • Are you a mandatory reporter? In what situations might you break confidentiality? How protected is my information?
    I was a mandatory reporter. I am not required to be but I will report if I have a reason to believe I need to. The only way I will break confidentiality is if your life is in immediate danger. Otherwise to share information, I will need it in writing from the client and hand delivered to get it. My notes are minimal on purpose. In case of subpoena, they remain bare bones to protect my clients.
  • Does insurance cover the cost of coaching?
    Unfortunately, no, our services are self pay. You are able to use your HSA account for a payment method.
  • Do offer coaching through video calls?
    We do offer coaching through zoom meeting or in person. You can choose which method we meet when you book your session.
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