I was born in Ohio and, at age 17, moved to Minnesota to attend Carleton College in Northfield. I studied biology and botany with the goal of eventually working for the Forest Service. But not all plans eventuate, as I never graduated and spent 18+ years working with developmentally disabled people in Boulder, Colorado. Upon leaving this career, I worked many different jobs, struggling to find another meaningful vocation.

I eventually decided to pursue my long standing interest in massage.

I have informally massaged people for many years—acting only on my intuition— when I felt they needed the touch. I was told that I was gifted. Feeling that I could help people improve their health and internal comfort, but lacking the credentials, I chose to move to Portland to attend massage school. By deciding to attend school, I finally faced my misgivings about learning prescribed techniques. I had thought I would lose my intuition and ability to sense inside the body if I was taught too much mechanical knowledge. As it turned out, I did not lose my intuition and now I continually search for new techniques to improve and enhance my skills in order to better serve my clients.

I attended East-West College in Portland, graduating in the summer of 2000, and have been licensed to practice massage in Oregon since October 2000.

My many interests include: hikingó(my partner and I hiked the entire 30.2 miles of the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park in a single day), environmental action (See Links page), animals welfare, doing research in traditional and Alternative therapies, and have been into organics for a long time. My parents were in the forefront of the whole foods movement back in the day and passed their ideas and good eating habits on to their children. My aunt did the same when it came to working to help/protect the environment.

I am certified in CPR and a current member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).