I began this career in bodywork quite by accident. While in graduate school at the University of Chicago I injured my knee during a martial arts class. It was bad enough to require surgery, and having pursued this route I found the road to recovery using the standard medical model almost totally useless. Fortunately, I had met a man, Everett Ogawa, whose alternative bodywork/healing skills were (are) amazing, and with his help I turned what I thought was my greatest limitation into my greatest learning situation. Much impressed with Everett's work, when he began offering trainings in his method of Structural Integration Therapy (he calls his work Integral Bodywork® and I encourage everyone to check it out) I jumped at the opportunity. That was back in 1999/2000. Needless to say, I left graduate school with my Masters only and decided to forego the long road to getting a PhD. Looking back, I am happy I did because I so enjoy what I do. I am ever so grateful to Everett Ogawa.
As my practice grew over some time, I started to feel I was missing something and when I found that a Feldenkrais Method® training was available here in Chicago I jumped at that opportunity. Well into my first year of the training I knew I had come home. It complimented everything I had learned with Everett and then some. I completed my Feldenkrais training in 2013 with Paul Rubin and Julie Casson Rubin. I have to say that experience was life changing.
As a statement of purpose, it is my firm belief that our bodies are our temple or tabernacle, and that given our environment and our chosen mode of civilization, they require constant care and attention. Ignoring the pain and discomfort is not an option. I have dedicated my life to being a resource for anyone who would want to explore their embodiment---not that it is always easy but that in the end embodiment really is worthwhile.