Throughout my life I have been very passionate about health and fitness. I have participated in a variety of sports and in college competed in cross-country and pole-vaulting in track and field. This experience and desire to reach my highest athletic potential is what prompted me to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and running coach. With ten years of experience as a personal trainer I have a vast arsenal exercises as well as an in-depth understanding of the proper biomechanics behind each movement. Currently, I use my background as an exercise expert to individuals with performance enhancement, injury prevention, and health and wellness.
With a strong desire to learn more about the human body and brain, I enrolled at Sonoma State University and earned degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology. I began to integrate the mind and body in my approach to health and wellness and quickly discovered the importance of utilizing a holistic approach in medicine.
After graduating from SSU I began a three year physical therapy program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. In 2015 I received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT).
Following graduate school I enrolled in the PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Residency at Kaiser, Vallejo. I learned the art of PNF and spent three months doing intensive course work and hands on training and while with patients in acute rehab who had recent strokes, SCI, TBI and orthopedic injuries. I also learned how to apply this method to elite athletes to improve neural recruitment and timing for increased power for sports performance.
I love what I do, and that’s why I continuously strive to learn more. To further develop my skills I consistently take courses all over the country and I am currently working towards becoming a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through the North American of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAOIMT). I stay up to date on the latest research, so you can be sure that the latest evidence is being utilized to guide practice decisions.
Over the years I have worked at different outpatient facilities and I found that the duration the physical therapists were able to work with the patients was quickly diminishing. This was in part due to minimal reimbursement from insurance companies as well as a high overhead. At one facility I was told that within the year I would have to start seeing patients every 15 minutes and rely on the aides to complete the sessions. This model was frustrating not only for me, but also for the patients. I strongly believe that it is more effective and efficient to see patients for longer duration and with one-on-one treatments with the physical therapist. This model allows people to see results faster and reach their goals with fewer visits. As a result, patients save money from the reduced amount of copays and save time from their busy schedules.
For these reasons I decided to make my dream a reality and I opened my own practice. I work to maintain a low overhead because it allows me to see patients for longer durations at a reasonable cost. I am thrilled to have my private practice located at 28 West Gym, where the large facility and equipment is accessible and utilized during treatment sessions.
My hobbies and interests include anything in the outdoors, traveling to new places and immersing myself in different cultures. Depending on the season, most weekends you can find me climbing at the Gunks or ice climbing in the Catskills.
Last year I moved to beautiful upstate New York from California. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area and I look forward to being an active member of this wonderful community!