Weekend Residential Counselor Supervisor
M.A.Health Arts and Sciences-GoddardCollege B.S.Psychology -University of Florida
“To listen is to lean in softly with a willingness to be changed by what we hear” - Mark Nepo
Where did you grow up? I spent my first 24 years in Gainesville, Florida. I grew up among grandfather oak tress (huge live oak trees) draped with Spanish moss – exploring the nearby sandy dune beaches of St. Augustine Florida and Crescent Beach. Gainesville is definitely Gator Nation and orange and blue runs through my family veins. Go Gators! I spent the next several years living on the coast of Maine on Mount Desert Island – enjoying the beauty of Acadia national park. From there I moved to Vermont and lived in a tiny mountain town, befriending the river and getting to know the mountains. I guess you could say I did most of my growing up in Maine and Vermont and nature played a huge part in helping me find myself.
Tell us about your family. My parents still live in Gainesville and are active in education – my father at the University and my mother in the public school system. My dad’s wife actively supports the booster clubs for many of the athletic teams at the University of Florida. I have a sister who is married and lives a train ride away from Montana in western Washington. She has two adorable identical twin girls and my nieces are so dear to me. I am psyched to be this much closer to them! At home I live with my partner who works in Glacier National Park and my two four legged children, Gwen and Kaya. I am super excited to be living here in Montana and sharing life with these lovely souls.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I got to spend a year as a massage therapist working with amazing dogs who ran together on a dog sled team. The dogs were so much fun to work with – stretch, massage and rehab from injuries. Not to mention it was incredible to watch these athletes mush!
Briefly describe your work experience. After college I bought a yoga studio and turned it into a wellness center. During this time I began teaching yoga and finished up massage school. From there I moved to Maine and traveled all over the north east as a massage therapist working with folks to bring awareness to the messages their bodies have for them about their lives. In 2007 I found Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – a system of yoga therapy that focuses on the mind/body relationship – and dove head first into that system. After several years in private practice as a yoga and massage therapist, I served the Phoenix Rising community by stepping up into the school’s directorship role. I helped create and direct the 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programs for Phoenix Rising. In summer 2013, I left that job to move out west to Montana and have since been in private practice working with clients using both massage and yoga to facilitate self awareness.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?There are so many places I would want to go. If I was on a solo trip, though, I would spend a week back backing and tracing the trail that Rama, Lakshmana and Sita took while they traveled through the forests in India from Aydohya to Lanka (today known as Sri Lanka) Their tail is told in the great Indian epic, The Ramayana.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Resting! I love hiking, anything related to rivers and lakes, reading and watching movies. I love sitting on my back porch in my rocking chair watching the birds, watching my dogs and sipping on tea.
What draws you most to this type of work? Getting to both witness and facilitate transformation is a huge honor and I am continuously drawn to work where I am able to support this in others. And, in all honesty, this kind of work keeps my own process of self-transformation alive and kicking too.