Back in 1998 I decided to try power yoga to increase my flexibility. This was quickly–though independently–followed by an exploration into meditation to try and offset the stress of my first post-college, high-tech corporate job.
A Journey Into Health officially got underway in late 2012 after I became a certified yoga instructor. I didn’t expect to want to teach, I just happened to like myself better when I was helping people calm down. I didn’t feel so uptight or stressed out, and as a “Type-A” perfectionist, that was a very strange feeling! Teaching yoga led me to investigate and obtain my certification as an Usui Reiki Master–something I never would have expected, but at the time my life was sort of like that: full of surprises.
I was still working as a user-experience design manager at a software company and dealing with a less-than-healthy primary relationship, which got more intense the more I felt myself changing for the better. When this all became too much, I developed a binging/overeating-habit. To try and help myself, I studied Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition because it’s what resonated with me. Subsequently, I became a coach: because it wasn’t about the food (never really is)!
In 2013, with my life tossed completely upside down and my insides turned… well, inside out…I relocated to Austin TX and in 2015 focused my yoga studies on therapeutic applications–including chronic pain, anxiety/depression, and insomnia. This was fortuitous, as my time in the South was now split between helping others and trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with me: after 3 years of wild-goose chases with doctors and tests, I was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease.
Needless to say, my idea of what “healthy” meant changed several times over the years. From an obsession with being strong-long-and-lean to stuffing my face in grocery store parking lots to being unable to walk some days to feeling sleepless and hopeless, I’ve been there, done that.
Most of the health challenges I help people with I’ve not just been trained to deal with; I also have the personal experience.
I believe everyone’s mind-body system and life is unique and changes over time; therefore what each person needs to improve and maintain optimal health in a sustainable, livable way simply cannot be done with one-size-fits-all approaches.
When I work with someone, I not only teach techniques but also collaboratively create strategies with my clients. I’ll use any combination of the holistic modalities I’ve been trained in, take into account what people have tried before (and whether it did or didn’t work–and why!). I’ve also been known to leverage my skills from business and technology to create customized wellness programs for individuals and organizations.
When I’m not working, I’m a raving Boston Bruins fan (well, hockey in general). I also love to dance, and to travel internationally. I’ve watched Doctor Who since I was about 5 years old, I look younger than I am (a combo of good genes and healthy habits!), I can be a little goofy at times, and most of all:
I am passionate about helping people like you feel BETTER.