Blueprint for a Coach
I hail from Tempe, Arizona, which fostered my wild, desert soul. I relocated to beautiful Boulder, Colorado 9 years ago. I have a unorthodox background for a Health and Wellness Coach. I started as a geologist, with a professional background in prospect mining, Superfund remediation, disaster recovery, and development review for local government (not your typical skill-set for a wellness professional!).
In my personal life, I've been a soccer player, a rock climber (bouldering and sport climbing), a sweep rower, a trail runner, a road cyclist, a mountain biker, and an occasional cross-country skier. Due to a combination of genetics, bad luck, and (now-corrected) bad form, I have also required 9 injury-related surgeries! What several severe injuries have taught me is not only resilience, but the great importance of caring for my body, mind, and spirit. Setback after setback can be damaging to our spirits. But I have decided to channel that discouragement into caring for all aspects of myself, in order to elevate my health to the point that I want. And I want to share that with you. My unorthodox professional background and life experiences have armed me with a deep background steeped in resilience and determination, and accented by gentle understanding and love.
I would be remiss not to mention some of the superpowers that I have been endowed with! I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), which means that my senses are supercharged. This allows me to absorb more of the external world than the typical brain would process - great for details and connection! In addition, I am fortunate to have an ADHD brain - my brain is always processing and deeply curious! It is with great honor and humility that I highlight these superpowers and am fortunate to be able to integrate them into my practice.
Education and Certifications
Niel Asher Orthopedic Cupping for Lower Extremity Certification - 2023
Certified myofascial orthopedic cupping, educated by Dr. Joi Edwards PT.
Myofascial cupping for reduction or elimination of fascial adhesions to allow smooth movement of tissues.
RockTape Kinesio Tape Certification - 2022
Certified kinesiotaping used to support tissue for optimal freedom of movement
FMS Certified Functional Movement Specialist (FMS 1 & 2) - 2022
FMS-1 is the assessment of static postures and dynamic movements to uncover asymmetries and dysfunctions within the body.
FMS-2 implements solutions to correct dysfunctions, bringing harmony back to the body.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer - 2022
Fitness coaching education
Corrective Exercise Specialty & Stretching and Flexibility Specialty
Emory Continuing Education Health and Wellness Program - 2021 cohort
Robust 20 week Health and Wellness Coaching training
Weekly coaching practice integrated with academic training
Arizona State University - 2011
Bachelors of Science in Geological Sciences
Your body is the only vessel that will carry you through life (currently - who knows what the future holds!). You, the individual soul, are the only person you will be with for 100% of that journey.
Your health matters.
My job as a Health and Wellness Guide is to help you deeply engage with yourself, to provide gentle support (and some light humor) as you navigate aspects of your health and wellness. I am here to be the scaffolding to your journey.