Where did you go to school? How many years have you been a therapist? Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
In 2006 I graduated from both UT-Austin with a BS in Kinesiology and Lauterstein-Conway’s Advanced Therapist Program. In 2009 I completed associate level coursework at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City to fulfill NYS’ more stringent 1000-hr licensing requirements. Following that I attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Program where I completed another BS in Health Sciences.
I furthered my manual therapy skills with an advanced course in Structural Integration (aka Rolfing), remodeling fascia and rebalancing joints over a multi-session timeframe – it a non-compromising approach, not for the faint of heart!
To round out my education, I obtained my 200-hr RYT in an Iyengar-style rehab yoga in Cairns, Australia. Don’t ask me to teach a vinyasa flow class though, my specialty is individual attention on proper alignment and full-body activation.
I’ve been a licensed massage therapist and personal trainer for over 15 years. I couldn’t think of a more fulfilling career that engages my passion for rehab + management of this physical life, and the ups-and-downs that inevitably come with it.
What do you consider your specialty modality or stand out area of the body/type of injury you feel you are an expert at addressing? How do you describe your massage/work to others?
I provide clear explanations and a no-nonsense approach to assessment and therapy. If you haven’t learned something new about your body or are inspired to take ownership of your healing process, then you haven’t found the right therapist yet. Come see me!
What brought you to AMC? And what will you bring to the team at AMC?
I like working in a wellness studio that has a proven track record of practical, matter-of-fact massage. I am very grateful to have found AMC and to work with my exceptionally talented colleagues.
When you are not massaging, what do you like to do with your time? What do you do to stay healthy?
My morning meditation consists of watching the sunrise with a fresh cup of coffee while doing my awareness exercises. A few times a week I will walk around town lake or hit the gym. Yep, I’m a movement nerd! … I also eat paleo due to family related health concerns and you can frequently find me in the aisles of Wheatsville and Sprouts. To balance out my rigorous health routine, you can find me in the evenings at the Cigar Vault in East Austin – everything in moderation, especially moderation itself!