Hey there, friend
Wondering why I care about health so much? Well, I’ve got a story to tell. One day in my tween years, I realized I couldn’t go up a short flight of stairs without stopping to take a breath. It wasn’t that I was out of shape, it was something else.
By the time I went to the doctor, we found the reason. What was supposed to be my blood was almost water. I had a severe case of Aplastic Anemia and at only 13 years of age was being told that my life may be cut short.
I was in and out of the hospital but luckily overcame that illness and proceeded with a normal life. But within myself, I battled with fear, sadness, uncertainty. What if this were to happen again?
And then something else happened.
This time it was worse and it wasn’t me. My sister got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and although we tried everything, she passed away on her 31st birthday.
Again I learned about how life can be so fleeting, and that poor health can rip it all away. And it’s not jut physical but emotional health as well. Depression, anxiety, and stress can be debilitating and ruin what otherwise could be a magical life
This is why I do the work I do.
Because I have felt the effects of poor health, I have witnessed the consequences of disease in others. I am here because I understand and care. I am here to make a difference for you.
Bio & Credentials
In addition to my personal experiences, I’ve also spent years working in the health field at a variety of institutions, including the University of Washington School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine & Public Health, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Health & Human Services, the truth Initiative, Rescue Social Change Group, and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. My degrees, certifications, and training include:
- PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- MS from the University of Washington School of Medicine
- Certification as an Integrative Health Coach through Duke University
- Certification as a Health & Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches
- Certification as a Nutrition Coach and in Exercise Nutrition through Precision Nutrition
- Registered yoga instructor (RYT-200) and aerial yoga instructor
- A mobility specialist (FRCms) and strength coach (OS L1)
In addition, I have published more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and my work has been featured in major news outlets such as NBC, CBS, Huff Post, and others.
Want to learn how I can help you?
You don’t have to have it all figured out to take the next step….you just have to move forward