About

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 enrolled in Kripalu’s yoga teacher training program to learn whether yoga (which I sporadically enjoyed) could help. Here I discovered there was a whole other “me” ! I didn’t know much about her but at the very least she was relaxed, peaceful, easygoing. As a “type A” perfectionist, I was incredulous but also very curious.

A few months later I enrolled in an Eating Psychology Coaching program, to learn why I was self-sabotaging. I discovered my neighbor was a Reiki master and trained with her on weekends.

By the end of 2013, the life I had previously built was legit unraveling! I said goodbye to a husband, a brand new house, many close friends, an entire career. I sunk further into depression before surrendering to these dramatic changes.

It helped that I relocated to Austin TX and started teaching yoga classes, offering workshops, and coaching clients. It was here that I got my nose pierced, started coloring my hair teals and purples (my favorite colors).

Who was this funky chick?

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.

I look back at my journey and feel like I came alive: a life that had been lived in grays and beiges transformed into one of vibrant colors. The heavy darkness of stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation—surviving (or languishing) the way so many of my clients do—was first replaced with feeling, well . . . sort of OK.

But when you stick with it, what comes is the THRIVING: discovering who you truly are when all the exhaustion, unnecessary hard work (not to mention pressure!), thoughts and behaviors that aren’t serving you, etc. shift or are removed altogether.

When you can let go of the struggle and get consistently refreshing sleep, you can be fully present and enjoy living life as the absolute best expression of yourself.
Each person’s journey is unique, and it’s such an honor to see who my clients become.

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I’d love to help you sleep better, stress less, & live your most vibrant life!

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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.

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* 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.

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Health & Wellness Coaching Credentials

▶ Certified Health & Wellness Coach (CHWC) – WellCoaches
▶ 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

Additional Certifications

▶ Frontiers of Trauma Treatment certification – with Bessel Van der Kolk
▶ Certified Usui Reiki Master & Teacher
▶ Certified Adult First Aid / CPR / AED

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