Bio


I have a longstanding life commitment to self-development and making a difference in the lives of others that extends into my personal relationships and professional practice.  Service is my passion, facilitating positive change in the world my talent. To these ends, I 6881280-body-mind-and-spirit-in-vintage-wooden-letterpress-types-stained-by-ink-in-different-colors-isolatedhave pursued two paths that allow me to help others to better integrate mind, body, and spirit while growing personally and professionally. As a Massage Therapist and Rolfer, I help people heal from injuries and chronic pain; as a Life Coach, Instructor, and Facilitator, I enjoy pointing the way toward personal growth and fulfillment.

I began my life as a bodyworker over 20 years ago when I attended The Reese Institute, School for Massage Therapy (1989) while completing my BA in Psychology at the University of Central Florida (1990).  As my practice developed and expanded over the years, I found that my preference was for deep tissue massage, or something I now call “medical massage,” for those with pain (chronic or acute), which led me to become a Certified Rolfer in 2001, (The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado).

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Dr. Ida Rolf treating a patient.

Now since moving to Portland, Oregon, I’ve received my state massage license and have an office in Raleigh Hills, in the SW area of Portland, near Beaverton.  Over the years I have trained in many other massage modalities, but my favorites are  Rolfing, Myofascial Release,  Kinesio-Taping, cupping and guasha.  I seem to have a knack for blending the science of massage with the art of listening to my intuition — and that has led to a fulfilling practice for myself and my clients.

I have been actively engaged in personal growth since high school, and it’s that quest for finding the next best version of myself that brought me to teaching and coaching.  After college, and while maintaining an active bodywork practice, I spent 2 years training for and became an Instructor for the international course Understanding Yourself and Others.  Then, after working with my own Coach for quite some time, I decided to take the plunge myself, which I did — twice.  I first trained with Coach University (graduated in 1999), and then trained as was certified as a Facilitator (2000) and a Coach (2008) with the The Field Project, and remain true to that coaching style today.

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I have always had a reputation for being open-minded and approachable, while also having a natural ability to inspire others.  My willingness to speak the truth in firm but loving ways, even when it’s an unpopular or difficult truth, challenges people to go deeper into themselves and find the place where they can be their own best advocate for healing and growth.  As a coach I have had consistent success, even with those who have previously been unwilling or unable to make change a priority. It has been my experience that, when an individual recognizes the value in change, the potential for a new reality is made manifest.

I am married to a wonderful man who wears many professional hats, (among them Theater Professor, Writing Coach, Freelance Writer, and Theatre Director), and we have an amazing son in fifth grade.  This past Summer we relocated to Portland, Oregon after spending most of my life in Central Florida (and a few years in Colorado and Virginia).  I currently have a private practice in the Raleigh Hills area of SW Portland.  Although I’m not practicing Massage in Florida, I am still maintaining my Florida Massage License — and may be back from time to time for “working vacations.”

In every aspect of my work with minds, bodies, and spirits, it is my goal to help people remove blocks, get to the next level, and catapult forward.

Feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have. I’m looking forward to speaking with you!

My family -- 2007

This photo is a few years old.  Our son now comes up to my chest, and by the time I finish this sentence, he’ll likely be taller than me.

Oregon Massage License – #19379 / Florida Massage License #MA9869