My First Job: Phylis Canion
July 21, 2012 at 2:21 a.m.
• Name: Phylis Canion
• Age: 60
• City of residence: Cuero
• Current title: Doctor of naturopathic medicine and certified nutritional consultant
• First job: I was a lifeguard and swimming instructor at age 16.
• What it taught me: It was actually a great foundation for me, because I did the same thing for 27 years. I was a swimming instructor for the American school system when I lived overseas in Africa, Asia and South America. It also tied in well with what I do now. I've always been interested in fitness and staying healthy, and swimming is a great way to do that.
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