While working toward an associate degree I also became certified as a 200-hour yoga teacher, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor and certified aquatic fitness professional. While teaching an aquatics class I slipped on deck and needed a knee surgery which put me in physical therapy. I passionately began studying rehabilitation along with various forms of training and movement modalities, and began working in the physical therapy field.
In May 2005 I was rear ended by a car while stopped at a stop light injuring my hip, landing back in physical therapy again. In June 2006 I completed my associate degree and turned my studies to osteopathy and rehabilitation. December of that same year my oldest son and I were involved in motor vehicle collision. In March of 2007 my oldest son was admitted to the hospital in a comma with a blood glucose reading of 2051. A few months later our daughter decided she wanted to become a vegetarian and our youngest boy had developed food allergies. This fueled my curiosity into how food affects our health, well-being and our ability to heal.
In September 2007 I learned I needed a shoulder surgery and began interviewing physical therapist and surgeons to be a part of my “healing team”. I had my first shoulder surgery in December for a torn rotator cuff and spent the first few months of 2008 in physical therapy. As my shoulder was healing I turned my attention to completing the prerequisites to become a physical therapist assistant (PTA). I was back in school and began cycling and running again. Unfortunately, these athletic endeavors tore my meniscus and I needed another knee surgery and physical therapy yet again.
March 2009 another shoulder surgery and more physical therapy happened. The following year, 2010, I required a hysterectomy in March, a shoulder surgery in May including a biceps tenodesis, completed a bachelor degree in June, had another shoulder surgery in September to remove anchors that were in the joint space, received a bone tissue transplant, had a final shoulder surgery in December to reattach it. I was in an arm brace for nine months. All of these surgeries and medications left me with many food intolerances and lead to the development of many food and drug allergies.
My own challenges struck curiosities and brought me to do research and study the best ways to improve my own performance and discover ways to improve my own economy of movement in a pain-free environment. This path was not easy, yet it has inspired and empowered me to discover and enhance the best way to fully recover. I still continue to studying and learn which enables me to provide the very best up to date scientifically proven information to accompany the therapeutic health and wellness services I offer to clients.
Your treatment is a whole body focus and will adapt and change as you do. While your personal journey may vary, you can also expect:
Your pain is as unique as you are. Pain is a whole body experience. When you are in constant pain it is easy to become comfortably miserable. It starts by ignoring the small whisperings of discomfort. Soon, before you know it, you don’t even recognize your body. A body that is in pain. This results in a variety of layers to work through to bring your body back into balance and alignment.
You are not just a body part in pain, with dysfunction or injury. I see you as a whole person. You have a rich history of movements, patterns, behaviors and habits that are sprinkled with small insults to your body. These show up in your body as discomfort. Discomfort causes dysfunction. Dysfunction causes pain and can create disease. Understanding the hows and whys of your pain pattern is as important as getting out of pain. I show you how to change your trajectory while navigating your way back to health and wellness.
Wellness is not something that can be obtained. Wellness is a dynamic relationship with your body, food and the stresses we experience on a daily basis. Transformation can be and is often tricky. This is why doing your “homework” between each of our sessions is so important. When you do the work, you improve your outcome. And you continue on your journey towards enhanced awareness and transformation. Consistency is the key to long lasting change.
We work together to help you identify and overcome your challenges – physically, mentally and nutritionally, while helping you to improve your health and wellness. Creating your body by design.