Who I am
I am curious, caring, passionate, and driven. I'm a musculoskeletal detective, and I love to solve problems. I find people endlessly interesting, and I love my job very much. As much as your time on my massage table is a respite for you, it's rejuvenating for me as well because I enjoy it so much.
I love to read. I like to create something with my hands which leads me to build, craft, sew, design, and cook. I have two kids, 5 and 3, whom I have plenty of hilarious stories about in case you are interested. I am lucky enough to be married to a fellow nerd and health care provider. I am a lifelong learner, which has currently led me to the pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.
If you want to check out my most recent thoughts on life, quick tips for self care, information I'm learning in my Exercise Science program that my clients might find helpful, and random musings, hop over to the blog.
I received 850 hours of training while attending the Therapeutic Massage program at Madison College, including 120 hours of clinic experience working with the public, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Advanced Muscle Anatomy and Kinesiology.
After graduating I trained in Australia to gain a 160 hour Level 3 Certificate in Kahuna Massage & Polynesian Healing Systems. In America, this is more commonly called LomiLomi, although there are distinctions between the two.
I am also trained in Advanced Sports Massage, Event Sports Massage, and Myofascial Sports Massage.
Why did I become a massage therapist?
This is the number one question I get from clients, who are usually surprised by how simple of a story it is. I was going to school part time for kinesiology (the study of human movement) when I realized I wanted to do something more hands on, literally. Kinesiology was very much about helping people by prescribing exercises and techniques to make changes if they are consistent in performing the prescription. But I found it a little one dimensional to treat the body without addressing the rest of a person, and without being able to provide support on a multidimensional level. So I took two years off of exercise science to get my degree in massage therapy, so that I could help facilitate change in people's bodies, and provide a deeper level of support.