I am a mindfulness teacher, health coach, and licensed physician assistant empowering others to live to their fullest potential.
Hello! I am a licensed physician assistant, health coach, and meditation teacher professionally, and personally I am the mother of a young boy and wife to an active duty Army officer.
I am a former elite and collegiate gymnast. I did gymnastics for 21 years, and during that time was on the 1995 World Championship team and the alternate to the 1996 Olympic Team. I also competed at the University of Utah and was an NCAA All-Around champion and two-time balance beam champion. Gymnastics was my first love and served as my first experience in mental training.
Following my gymnastics career, I deeply struggled and became drawn to meditation and mindfulness practices. I became a physician assistant in 2007 after attending the University of Utah's physician assistant (PA) masters program. I also served in the US Army for three years as a physician assistant.
Unfortunately, I became quite ill following the birth of my son and had to quit working as a physician assistant and went on a long personal healing journey. During this time, I have deepened my own mindfulness, meditation and spiritual practices. I have also branched out in the functional medicine world trying to figure out my own health issues. So, it has been a time of great learning, and I now want to approach medicine very differently than I did right out of PA school.
I take a very holistic approach looking at nutrition, intuitive fitness, stress management, social support, and life purpose as key areas to balance for optimal health and happiness. Mindfulness and meditation practices can be life saving and help us access our infinite potential as human beings on this Earth.
I recently heard Dr. Peter Levine, world-renowned trauma researcher, say, "You can’t do it alone, but no one can do it for you." We need each other, but the ultimate work is an inside job.
To sum up my philosophy, here is "A Medicine Woman's Prayer":
I will not rescue you, for you are not powerless.
I will not fix you, for you are not broken.
I will not heal you, for I see you in your wholeness.
I will walk with you through the darkness, as you remember your light.
This is your time to openly share as much as you feel comfortable sharing. I want to understand your story and your deepest intentions and goals. I will be asking a lot of questions in order to more fully understand how I can support you along your healing journey. My goal is create a very honest and safe container for you to express your truth and begin moving towards deep fulfillment and true well-being.
I have always been interested in anatomy and physiology. I constructed models of the human body as a kid, anatomy and physiology were my favorite subjects as an undergrad, and I devoured the knowledge in PA school. This, however, doesn't make someone a healer.
Having been quite ill myself for several years, I see that knowledge only gets you so far. Wisdom and compassion are what make a healer, and my hope is that my foundation of knowledge will be helpful, but wisdom will allow for healing.