I’m an exercise scientist; intrigued by how our bodies and minds work to move, stretch, and balance. It is from this perspective that I develop customized exercise programs, classes and presentations that help you be your best “you.” Whether that’s injury or illness recovery, getting ready for your first 5K, or training for a national or international competition, I will develop a program that suits your abilities, goals, and needs.
My journey from desk jockey to fitness professional began in 2003. I had a career as an event planner and was completing my MBA. I played softball on the weekends, but spent most of my time sitting. Due to knee issues, I didn’t think sports were going to be my thing, other than softball and the occasional hike. But that all changed when I was introduced to dragon boating. I fell in love with the sport, the team, and the transformation of my body and mind. I learned how to train with the team, maximize my strength and fitness, and balance my training and nutrition to achieve my goals.
A few years later, with dragon boat world championship racing experience under my belt, I was asked to coach the team I started with. Wanting to provide the best training possible, I became a certified personal trainer and dragon boat coach.
This is where I discovered my passion. I thrive on the challenge of building a customized program for a client, when they are working through an injury or illness, that will help them grow stronger. I love witnessing the “aha” moments in training and hearing the “I didn’t think that I could do that!” comments. I embraced this calling and left the business world to help others achieve their wellness and fitness goals.
I’ve always loved learning; this drive has provided me the opportunity to absorb many different approaches to exercise, from Circus Arts, to CrossFit, mud runs, yoga, Pilates, and countless classes. In 2013, I was a honored as a semi-finalist for BeWell Philly’s Health Heroes. I competed and coached at several Dragon Boat Worlds Competitions. I utilize all the tools I have learned along my fitness journey to offer my clients interesting programs that meet them where they are at.
As I grew as a coach, trainer, and human, I realized there were not a lot of evidence-based, inclusive exercise opportunities for people diagnosed with cancer, injuries, and other chronic illnesses. I decided I could make a real difference by focusing in this area and returned to school for an MS in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology. I completed my thesis on exercising with Cancer and lymphedema, inspired by my work with many cancer survivors on my dragon boat who were eager to train, but had unique concerns about what or how to do it.
I now run my own business doing what I love. I also work within the University of Pennsylvania hospital system and Abramson Cancer Center, empowering patients with tools to safely and effectively exercise during and after cancer treatment, through individual training and group exercise classes.
I excel in creating customized programs geared towards helping clients meet their goals. Whether they are regaining mobility and fitness after an injury or cancer diagnosis, improving general strength or fitness, meeting athletic performance goals, or seeking support and motivation for a healthier lifestyle.
My research-based approach keeps them engaged in their workouts and reaching for more with consideration for their unique needs and body mechanics.