I love my work. I love to hear people’s stories about what makes them feel alive. I love helping people be alive in their bodies. I delight in the senses: preparing and eating delicious food, swimming in the ocean, and dancing. I love to sing. I take pleasure in looking at the stars and the smells of the seasons. I love the perfect word choice and powerful imagery in a good poem.

After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1998, I moved to Seattle to study mind-body medicine. I was drawn to the burgeoning holistic perspective and comprehensive approach to health in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in 2000. I worked at a chiropractic clinic for six years, where I gained experience helping people heal from pain. My clients suffered from a range of injuries: whiplash, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, and thoracic outlet syndrome, to name a few.

I received my Masters in Counseling from Seattle University in 2010. In 2014 I became a Certified Hakomi Therapist (body centered psychotherapy) through Seattle Hakomi Education Network. I have also trained in Hakomi for bodyworkers through Portland Oregon’s Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches.  

Currently, I work at the University of Washington’s Department of Biobehavioral Nursing, teaching recovery skills combining touch and mind-body elements. My work there is focused on improving sensory and emotional awareness.

I am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and am certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

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”It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken.”
- G.I. Gurdjieff