I received my BA in English and Education from Vassar College in 1997. After graduating, I taught Special Education to students with emotional and behavioral issues for six years, during which I relied on regular massage to keep my body and mind sound and functioning.
In the fall of 2003 I was ready for a career change and went back to school to become a massage therapist. I graduated from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA in February 2005. I worked as an independent massage practitioner as well as in several local fitness centers for 2 years before moving to Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2007.
Since moving to Portland, I’ve developed a specialty in massage for treatment and recovery. I’ve completed trainings through the Advanced Myofascial Techniques program – a program based on the teachings of Ida Rolf – in myofascial release therapy for the spine and low back, pelvis hips and sacrum, leg knee and foot, arm wrist and shoulder, and neck jaw and head. I’ve also completed trainings in Thai Massage levels 1 and 2, and Tui Na or Traditional Chinese massage.
My sports massage clients in Portland include Olympic Athletes, all levels of participants in road, cyclocross, mountain bike, and track cycling, triathletes, marathon runners, University of Portland men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, and basketball teams, cancer survivors, survivors of spinal fractures, disk herniation and fusions, more survivors of broken clavicles than I can count (not really, I can count pretty high), rock climbers, swimmers, dancers, joggers, walkers, nurses, parents, and other athletes and heroes. This work has made me increasingly amazed at the complexity and brilliance of human bodies. I feel thankful to get to spend my days learning about and from them.