In my early adolescence I had a pretty bum knee that required two surgerys before I graduated from high school. I spent most of my middle and high school afternoons in physical therapy which inspired my curiosity for the human body. Massage Therapy was only supposed to be temporary but I quickly fell in love with how people felt after sessions. My passion continued and as you can see, I never stopped learning.
Rolfing was a huge turning point in my life. Massages are amazing but for many people, including myself, the effects were temporary. Rolfing finally helped me to understand how I used my body and the impact that use had on my wellbeing. Rolfing left me with an ease in my movement, a certain comfort in my body. I stopped fearing exercise (the fear of re-injuring myself caused me to give up a lot of activities) and I became happier - a fuller, more authentic version of myself.
Pilates is helping me create a body that I can love. I love how pilates brings together challenging full body exercises while emphasizing body awareness. My coordination and balance are improving, I'm strong and flexible and you can be too!
My husband, Michael and I live in Westland, Michigan with our son Dominic. Aside from studying and exercise I love to grow vegetables, our garden is slowly taking over the entire backyard (really, I just like to eat and growing it give you all the best tastes). In my spare time you can find me playing outside, traveling, or seeing concerts.
Education and Employment History
I am a standing member of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration and The International Association of Structural Integrators.
I am licensed through the state of Michigan to practice massage therapy and Rolfing Structural Integration.
I serve the State of Michigan as an Expert Witness in the Massage Therapy field.
2019 - Mastery Program - Private mentoring program for pilates and neurologic changes - Trent McEntire, McEntire Pilates
2019 - Changing How We Feel By Changing How We Think - Joseph Shannon, PhD
2018 - Pilates Reformer 2/3 - Balanced Body
2018 - Pilates Reformer 1 - Balanced Body
2018 - Knee, Ankle and Foot: A detailed exploration of the biomechanics during the gait cycle. Ron Murray, DO
2018 - Mat Pilates Certification- Beginner and Intermediate Exercises - Balanced Body
2017 - Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science - This course provides a framework to utilize an alternative biomechanical approach that blends neuroscience pain education. This course teaches the therapist how to teach patients about pain science in a treatment framework that still utilizes specific/corrective exercise and manual therapy. Lecture given by Dr. Gregory Lehman, BKin, MSc, DC, MScPT
2017 - Seeing and Communicating. It is our goal to educate clients awareness in a way that allows them to integrate and take the work into their daily activities and lives. Communicating changes correctly is required for successful sustainable changes. Class instructed by Patrice Naparstek
2017 - Diaphragm, Ribs and Embryonic Midline: A detailed journey into the biomechanics of the Ribcage both inter and intra-osseously and how these relate to soft tissue structures in the walking cycle with Ron Murrary, DO
2016 - The Pelvis and Sacrum: detailed exploration of biomechanics during the walk cycle with Ron Murray, DO
2016 - The Female Pelvis: Support, Mobility and Fascial Continuity through Rolf Movement® with Mary Bond and Carol Agneessens
2015-2016 - The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Boulder, CO
Over 600 hours in postgraduate training including anatomy/physiology, cadaver labs, Rolfing theory, clinical hours and an additional mentorships, including career development and advanced therapeutic relationships
2016 - Fasical Fitness, Intro and Trainer courses, 24 CEU, Divo Muller and Dr. Robert Schleip
2015 - Fascial Movement Taping, FMT basic and Performance - RockTape
2014 - Advanced techniques for Disc and Siatica - Advanced-Tranings.com, Til Luchau
2014 - Advanced techniques for Pelvis, Hip and Sacrum - Advanced-Tranings.com, Til Luchau
2011 - CranioSacral, level 2 - The Upledger Institute
2010 - CranioSacral, level 1 - The Upledger Institute
2007 - Massage Therapy - The School of Orthopedic Massage and Bodywork - Ann Arbor, Michigan
over 800 hours of training in anatomy/physiology, Kinesiology, basic massage, deep tissue, medical massage, orthopedic assessment, sports therapy