My own personal health and well-being interests started as a young teenager. I suffered from severe chronic back, knee and neck pain that brought my dream of becoming a dance teacher to an end. Chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy, meditation and nutritional supplements quickly became key components in my healing journey. Years of my own personal experiences and empathy for others inspired my career in massage therapy.
After growing up and starting my family in Sussex, WI, I moved to Lockport, IL in 2004. This is where my massage career began, working independently and also for three doctors of chiropractic, one of which specialized in kinesiology and sports medicine. Through integrative care our team was able to provide preventative and rehabilitative therapy, including my clinical massage techniques through customized therapy plans. Committed to advancing my knowledge of orthopedic conditions, I began studying my own soft tissue dysfunctions leading to my passion of specializing in Clinical Orthopedic Massage Therapy. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has partnered with the Academy of Clinical Massage to launch the massage profession’s first orthopedic and clinical rehabilitative massage specialty certificate program. I am currently in the process of completing this program.
As a 2010 Graduate of Cortiva Institute - Chicago, I earned Academic Excellence and was the recipient of the 2009 Cortiva-Woodridge Founder’s Scholarship. I have a strong foundation of Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology. I am competent in advanced therapeutic massage techniques such as Deep Tissue, Fascia Therapy, Trigger Point, Positional Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Stretching and Hydrotherapy.
• Advanced Certified Cupping Therapist through the International Cupping Therapy Association
• Certified in Gua Sha
• Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
• Certified Posture Expert through the American Posture Institute
• ACE Certified Personal Trainer with a specialty in Orthopedic Exercise
• YTT200 Certified Yoga Instructor.
In August 2014 I moved back to WI, relocating to Kewaskum, where I could be closer to my family. In my free time I enjoy building my business, exploring my personal yoga practice, and working on Halloween display projects.