If you told me 10 years ago that I’d be a solopreneur, public speaker, have a pierced nose, be coaching people to sleep, teaching yoga, & living in an old house with an orchard out back, I’m sorry, but I’d have thought you were crazy. But that’s what happened.
I began my gray cubicle-dwelling, hi-tech career back in 1994 at a web design start up while still in college. I studied computer science, and I hated it. I wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t considered practical.
Fast forward to 2010 and my user experience management position was negatively affecting my health. No matter how I tried, I couldn’t figure out how to manage the stress of my fast-paced, constantly changing, unrealistic work environment.
I experienced burnout before it was a clinical diagnosis: bouts of lifelong insomnia got worse; I experienced anxiety & depression. I started binge-eating and couldn’t stop, even when I desperately wanted to.
The help I received from traditional modalities was adequate when removed from my day-to-day world but wasn’t enough when I had to get back to my life.
I got interested in Yoga Therapy and enrolled in an IAYT-approved training program. I was 40 years old, and suddenly in more trouble: I could barely walk, sleep, sit, or stand. My new full time job of medical appointments included too many MRIs, x-rays, blood tests, and no answers.
Always a healthy and highly active person, anxiety and depression again gripped me. I continued to work and attend classes, hiding my pain as best I could.
Two years later I was officially diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Yoga Therapy became part of my healing—learning how to finally slow the f**k down, prioritize myself, set boundaries, make not just lifestyle changes but real personality changes. I resisted it like MAD at first!
But here I am: now also a certified Wellcoaches health & wellness coach, personal coach, and sleep science coach via Spencer Institute/NESTA.
Personally . . .
I didn’t grow up here, but Boston is my home. I’ve been a competitive West Coast Swing dancer and an ESL teacher. I’m a cat person who grew up with Doctor Who. I’ve become a foodie.
You might find me screaming at (or Tweeting) about the Bruins. In the summer you might find me on a beach with a good book (or on my patio trying to write one). In addition to yoga, I enjoy Barre, neighborhood walks, and kayaking on the Charles.
International travel has intentionally been a big part of my journey: I’ve been to 20 countries (so far–I hope to visit Thailand or Australia next)!
I combine my education, training, & years of experience to help busy people like you navigate the delicate balance between high productivity, quality sleep, & optimal energy.LET’S TALK
* The Yoga Therapy components of my instruction are based on this training, and are not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.
Health & Wellness Coaching Credentials
▶ Certified Health & Wellness Coach (CHWC)
▶ Certified Personal Coach (CPC) – WellCoaches
▶ Certified Sleep Science Coach (CSSC) – Spencer Institute (Coaching division of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA))
▶ Mind-body Eating / Eating Psychology Coach – Institute for the Psychology of Eating (Colorado Department of Higher Education – Division of Private Occupational Schools)
Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation Credentials
▶ 500-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher w/ specialization in Yoga as Therapy* – YogaYoga (an IAYT-recognized program)
▶ 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher @ Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
▶ Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) – Yoga Alliance
Formal Education & Corporate Background
▶ Former User Experience Design Manager / Director @ Boston-area software companies including The Mathworks, BEA Systems (now Oracle), & Streambase (now Tibco)
▶ M.S. in Human Factors in Information Design, Bentley University; B.S. Computer Science / Technical Writing
▶ Frontiers of Trauma Treatment certification – with Bessel Van der Kolk
▶ Certified Usui Reiki Master & Teacher
▶ Certified Adult First Aid / CPR / AED