I am so glad you've made it here. Below is a bit about me, and why I do what I do.
I began my wellness journey when I was 18 years old, and I suffered an injury just prior to entering my Freshman year in college to run Cross-Country/ Track and Field with the Buffaloes at the University of Colorado Boulder.
I was a top 3 distance running recruit in the US after having finished an undefeated season and setting multiple course records. Illinois State Champion, Footlocker Cross Country Championship National Runner Up, 17th in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the top 10 finish by an American in 10 years.
My dream was to be an Olympic champion.
Life had other plans. My injury was such that it ended my running career, and launched me into a over a decade and a half of chronic pain, additional injuries, compromised self-esteem, and a hole I never thought could be filled.
We are taught that if you want something badly enough, and you put in the work, it can be yours. I tried everything. Exhausted every option. Prayed to the highest Gods. Flew around the country to the best and brightest doctors. Exploratory surgery. Followed all the rules. Fought tooth and nail for healing.
When I lost my running, I lost what felt like my identity. Myself.
My sophomore year in college, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.
While symptoms of OCD appeared in my youth, they became more pronounced in college during my injury. My symptoms also carried over into disordered eating behaviors, anxiety, and deep episodes of depression. I began cycles of starving myself, binging and purging. There were days where I couldn't get out of bed. I was subsumed in hopelessness. Doing everything I could to find control. I felt like I was walking on egg shells every day.
Over the course of the next 20 years, I journeyed the path of healing in body and mind. Through therapy, coaching, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, physical therapy, personal training, inquisitive self-exploration and reflection, education and training in various healing modalities,
Not only have I found healing, but a core belief that we are all here to live beyond healing. To live our Big Life.
The most enriching fulfilling beautiful mind blowing life you can possibly imagine. And it's possible. And it's yours for the taking.
I now use my story, my experience, and my training to help others on their own wellness journey.
I work with all bodies and minds.