Being an athlete my whole life I have undergone my fair share of injuries. Understanding the frustration injuries can have on day to day life, I have a sincere desire to help anyone overcome their own physical ailments!
My career journey began while I was in college pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. I had the intention of becoming a physical therapist and was excited to begin my journey working as a Physical Therapy Tech. To my amazement I started seeing how many people were being discharged from PT because their symptoms were "better" or because their range of motion reached some arbitrary number, this was eye opening to say the least! I quickly realized that no one was trying to help these people solve the underlying orthopedic problem and get them to functioning better, as most patients were treated with a "cookie-cutter" approach getting the same rehab program as everyone else with a similar injury.
After working in that environment for a while, I decided to change paths and moved on to work as a personal trainer. I soon saw the gym flooded with these same type of patients who were trying to exercise after being discharged or who had chronic pain that they were just trying to work through to exercise for their health, but sadly were making their whole situation worse! I realized there was a definite need for someone in the gym who had the knowledge and skills to help these people with their orthopedic pain combined with a sound biomechanical understanding of how the body worked during movement to teach the same people how to use their bodies effectively during exercises, which would ultimately improve their function.
From that moment on I decided to dedicate my studies to learning how to help people overcome chronic pain by reducing their orthopedic pain and restrictions while at the same time improving their abilities to move their bodies efficiently.
I graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and then went to get licensed as a Massage Therapist. This gave me the abilities to use my hands as tools to promote healing of the body while combining it with exercises in the gym. From there I started traveling all over the country to learn as many manual therapy and exercise techniques as I could from the best orthopedic physical therapist, chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapist, and exercise specialist I could find. Since that point I have learned thousands of manual and exercise techniques that I have used with more clients then I can remember, helping them to drastically improve their pain-free function while teaching them the skills and knowledge to manage themselves as their own therapist!
My goal is to constantly improve my knowledge and skills in the orthopedic, exercise, and holistic healing realm to be able to provide a therapeutic avenue for those people who feel stuck or hopeless with their chronic orthopedic issue(s)! This is my true passion and I am truly doing what I love!!
EdEducation and Certifications:
- B.Sc. Kinesiology (LSU)
- License Massage Therapist (Medical Training College) (LA5029)
- Certified ELDOA Trainer
- Certified Posturologist
- Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise Trainer
- Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
- Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
- Full Body Certified Active Release Technique (ART) Provider, also certified in Long Tract Nerve Entrapment
- Certified Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist
- Kinesiotape Provider (Level 3)
- Postural Restoration Institute: - Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration, Pelvis Restoration, Impingement & Instability, Cervical Revolution
- CranioSacral Therapist (CST 1)