I've spent the majority of my life with chronic pain from injuries that stemmed from a thirst for action, adventure, and sports. My journey of healing led me to a career helping others transform their health and fitness.
You Are Resilient
Thank you for making it here! Imagine you lead a life of extraordinary health and vitality. Imagine waking up and feeling the energy to do whatever your heart desires. Imagine that you have the physical autonomy to take part in the activities you enjoy. Imagine that you have a balanced lifestyle with the ability to take care of both yourself and your relationships with others. This is the life that we are all capable of living.
It will take intention, dedication, patience, and courage. It will take the recognition of where we are now and the life we have lead up until this point. The fact is, life has its challenges and moments of despair, pain, and confusion. It is through our willingness to face our challenges and fears the that we can learn about ourselves and what may be holding us back.
I believe that we all have the innate capability to transform and to heal ourselves physically, emotionally, and mentally. Once we recognize this power within ourselves, and decide to take action with guidance and support, we can be the change that we want. We can improve our world and those around us.
I am an adventurer and athlete. I love to move around and find being still very challenging, although I have now come a long way in practicing mindfulness. I grew up in California and started playing various sports at a young age. I found a passion for soccer early on, and I used to dream of playing in the World Cup one day. Pursuing the sport I loved gave me several enriching experiences and took me all over the world. When I got to college, I played Division I soccer at Santa Clara University after making the team as a walk on.
My excitement for action and competitiveness on the field resulted in several injuries and surgeries during my teens and early 20's. Name any joint in the body, and I can tell you a story about an injury or accident. By the time I finished playing college soccer, my body was wrecked. During my experiences with recovery, I visited almost every health professional you can think of: sports doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, yoga teachers, and the list goes on.
Throughout the process of rehabbing and getting back into athletics, I learned a significant amount about anatomy, physiology, and functional training. After college, I worked for a healthcare technology startup that was helping medical practices go digital, but I was constantly seeking out my own treatment to deal with the nagging pain and aches from all my injuries. I started to become more interested in health, rehab, and fitness, and took a much more active role in my own healing. After meeting some helpful health practitioners along the way, I was inspired to go on the path of helping others regain their health and perform better.
Looking back at this time in my life, I am now grateful for all these experiences that I perceived to be negative at the time. It introduced me to the world of health and wellness and taught me lessons that I may have never learned otherwise. My experiences with injuries and chronic pain helped me develop resilience as well as the ability to empathize with others. I realized that it really doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down. What matters the way in which you manage to get back up, every single time.
In addition to exploring movement during my spare time, I enjoy discovering new hiking trails, water adventures, going to farmers markets and experimenting with recipes, dancing, practicing yoga, live music, playing pickup sports, and watching the Golden State Warriors. I am also obsessed with cacao.
Education and Certifications
CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1
200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Training, Doron Yoga Zen Center
GMB Trainer, Gold Medal Bodies
Certified Massage Therapist (CAMTC #72119), McKinnon Body Therapy Center
NeuroKinetic Therapy Level 1 Course
Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
Corrective Exercise Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine
BS Economics, Santa Clara University