Professional & Personal

Personal Story

I am a Portland-born, outdoorsy, bird-loving, Oregonian. I had a collection of bird-shirts and bird-art way before Portlandia hyped it!

 

I am grateful for growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and have fond memories of hiking, camping and water-skiing. My love for water and speed evolved into surfing, windsurfing, kite-boarding and paddle-boarding. But I also enjoy slowing down for yoga, meditation, playing the piano, savoring warm tea and good conversation.

I was drawn to become an OT because of the focus on function. I appreciate how OTs can use purposeful activities, like getting dressed, playing cards, and building a birdhouse, as therapy for improving strength and coordination as well as mental attention and sequencing. I specialized in hand therapy because of how amazing and critical our hands are in daily life, plus I enjoy creating customized orthoses.

My interest in Nutritional Therapy began after I suffered an episode of food poisoning. My digestive system never recovered and over the next year I became very ill. I was eventually diagnosed with SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). After seeing numerous doctors and undergoing multiple treatments, I was desperate to figure out how to heal myself. The wealth of knowledge and hands-on assessment experience that I gained through the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program was life-changing. It improved my own health, my practice client’s health, and inspired me to create ways to integrate nutritional therapy into the traditional health care that I provide to patients.  

I have practiced yoga and meditation for 20+ years. I endeavor to weave these practices into my work, not only because I have experienced profound personal enrichment, but because modern research is proving they provide a myriad of health benefits on all levels of being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I like to begin and end client sessions with a couple minutes of mindfulness and centering. Some clients have shared that this is their favorite part!

 

Within my yoga studies, I became intrigued with hand mudras, which are a synthesis of hand yoga and mindful intention (a perfect fit for a hand therapist who loves yoga!) I've learned that placing the hands and fingers in specific postures activates acupuncture meridians (energy lines) which stimulate different areas of the brain and create an energy circuit in the body. I am fascinated by how mudras can be used therapeutically to direct the flow of energy and balance the elements within the body.

I am passionate about blending these holistic therapies into tailored programs to nurture the innate healing wisdom within each person. 

Professional Background

Occupational Therapist (since 1997)
Acute care, ICU, mental health, outpatient neurological & orthopedic patients

Certified Hand Therapist (certified 2007)
- Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, trigger finger/thumb, neuropathies, fractures, dislocations, lacerations, scleroderma, tendon repairs, tumor resections, nail conditions, hypermobility syndromes
- Hand/arm splinting specialist: custom thermoplastic orthoses, soft splinting,

Oval 8 and Silver Ring splinting, pre-fabricated orthoses
- Manual therapy: edema reduction, soft tissue massage, trigger point release, Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage, Gua Sha, kinesiotape 

Yoga Teacher (certified 2007)
200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Training, Nosara Yoga Institute

Mindfulness & Meditation Group Founder / Instructor (2014-2017)

Established and supported two groups in Busan, South Korea

 

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (completed 2016)
Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Lotus Belly Wellness (founded 2016)
Personalized health coaching and group presentations in Busan, South Korea 

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program (completed 2019)
Nutritional Therapy Association

Holistic Hand Health (founded 2019)
Serving clients to optimize recovery and improve overall wellness with integrated nutrition, movement, and mindfulness. 

Associations & Memberships

Portland, Oregon  971.762.6982

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