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Here's What Our Clients Have to Say   

"I have been extremely pleased with the coaching expertise at Spirit. I thought I knew what I was doing until I employed a formal coach. Anyone utilizing Joanie's skills will greatly benefit from her knowledge and expertise."

James H. Meanix, CFP, CLU, ChFC, AEP
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Financial Advisor

"Joanie connected immediately with our audience of female attorneys, investment bankers and business women. She delivered insightful information in an energetic and interesting way. Her keen sense of humor and theater background complemented her strong command of the subject matter. I would not hesitate to use her services again."

Suzanne S. Mayes, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP

"I've contracted Spirit Communications on several different occasions and have been consistently pleased with the quality of the service. The coaches at Spirit are personable and professional and have a dynamic leader in Joanie Badyna."

Richard G. Branton,

Merck & Co.

Vice President Enterprise Systems and Services

"It has been my pleasure to know and work with Joanie Badyna for the past seven years.  Joanie is one of the most creative presenters I know in the area of human communications.  Her work as a graduate instructor in "Communication and Presentation Skills" consistently receives the highest evaluations.  Joanie is a woman of integrity, passion and creativity."

                              Thom Stecher, Thom Stecher and Associates

Educational consultant and motivational speaker

specializing in self-esteem, wellness, social emotional

learning and student assistance programs



"Spirit Communications provides simulated patients for both our undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.  We use these simulations to assess diagnostic and clinical skills, to teach communication techniques and to conduct objective, structured clinical evaluations (OSCEs).  Joanie Badyna and her coaches are uniquely talented at role playing and giving feedback. Our students and faculty agree this is a valuable learning experience!" 


Deborah Becker PhD, ACNP, BC, CHSE

University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing

Practice Associate Professor of Nursing

Chair, Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simulation

Director, Adult Gerontology ACNP, Adult Gero CNS,

Adult Onc Minor, Streamlined AGACNP programs

“Spirit Communications has been instrumental in the development of our standardized patient program that assists our undergraduate and graduate students to develop clinical and communication skills.  Joanie Badyna and the other coaches are committed to providing high quality simulations and debriefings that significantly contribute to our students' growth in their nursing roles.  Student responses to these experiences has been extremely positive.”

Caroline Lloyd Doherty, AGACNP-BC, AACC

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Lecturer, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
Program Coordinator, Streamlined Post-masters AGACNP Director of Implementation: CMS/Graduate Nursing Education Demonstration

“ We have used Spirit Communications’ Standardized Patients in our Practice Lab Skills course for our second and third year professional students. Initially, we modified existing activities to include “SPs”. Because of the success of these activities (from both student and instructor perspective) we began to develop new activities. From
a course coordinator standpoint, it was very helpful to work with
Spirit Communications in all phases of the activities. From planning

to implementation to evaluation, Spirit Communications’ coordinators and SPs are a wonderful resource regarding patient communication.”

Katherine F. Koffer, BS, PharmD, CDE

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/University of the Sciences
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

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