Thank you for visiting my website! Whatever got you here, I hope you find some information that is useful to you. Working towards empowering girls and women and helping improve the way the view themselves is not just a goal for me - it is part of my life's purpose. I know I am just one person of many who are trying to spiral out positive change in this world. With your interest and attention, we meet as allies in this and make the spiral bigger.
Inspired by reading Dr. Suess' book The Lorax to my daughters, "And all that the Lorax left here in this mess was a small pile of rocks, with the one word...'UNLESS'....UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
My passion is to connect with women of all ages to heal, nurture and celebrate the Sacred Feminine within them and Mother Earth. All my degrees, certifications, professional and life experience provide the foundation for my work, but it is my intuition combined with the wise knowledge of my client that guides how I apply them. As a Maya Abdominal Therapy practitioner, I help women restore function and balance to their pelvic and abdominal regions, thus helping to restore balance within their bodies and lives. In the words of some of my clients, this powerful modality is something "every woman would benefit from experiencing."
I have a doctorate in physical therapy from University of Puget Sound. As a physical therapist and APTA-certified clinical instructor, I worked in a Seattle hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department working in acute care and rehabilitation. I now have the privilege to provide orthopedic and Women's Health physical therapy in an outpatient setting, as well as provide physical therapy to elders in a skilled nursing and outpatient setting.
After giving birth to my first child, I followed my passion to help women have more empowered birthing experiences by becoming a childbirth educator, birth doula, presenter and author. I am ever-inspired by and grateful to the phenomenal Penny Simkin, PT, who is both my friend and mentor in this field.
I am proud to have been an instructor and education committee member for Parent Trust/Great Starts Birth and Family Education. Parent Trust/Great Starts is committed to helping expectant parents prepare for a safe and satisfying birth experiences and to supporting them in their roles as new parents. The instructors serve the community through unbiased education about pregnancy, birth, and parenting, where they offer information about options, and assist parents in making the choices that match their values and priorities. The book Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is a publication that is authored by current and former Parent Trust/Great Starts instructors and half of its proceeds goes toward supporting this vital organization. I now exclusively teach out of hospital birth preparation classes through Penny Simkin's office in addition to teaching private childbirth classes.
I have two daughters, one born in the hospital under the care of nurse-midwives and an obstetrician and the other born at home under the care of a licensed midwife. I am a Girl Scout Leader of a large multi-aged troop of Brownies & Juniors (9-13 year olds) where we work on the Girl Scout mission of growing girls with courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We live in Seattle, Washington.