“Learn avidly. Question repeatedly what you have learned. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.” -Confucius
I call myself a Holistic Fitness and Wellness Consultant because I am a facilitator of healthier lifestyle practices. I don’t tell my clients what to do, I encourage them to think for themselves and focus not only on their short-term goals and success but the long term.
As a health and wellness professional it is my belief that without educating my clients on how to think for themselves and be there own “detective” that achieving a healthier mind, body, and spirit in the long term isn’t possible.
I incorporate strength training, yoga, respiratory re-training, meditative practices, joint mobility restoration, nutrition, speed, quickness & agility and visual, and vestibular training/neural re-education into my programs.
My desire to better understand human physiology began at the age of 16 when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. For many years my illness went undiagnosed and I experienced horrific symptoms of joint pain, muscle fatigue, menstrual irregularities, brain fog, anxiety, depression, weight gain and many more. At my breaking point I had been sitting in trash cans full of ice to help with soreness from my soccer and track practices, I gained 7 lbs in one week starving myself and had very little strength to get out of bed and attend school and my sports practices.
No one around me would have known I was going through any of this though. I was so good at hiding it and trying to appear strong. However with time it became obvious to my parents and teachers that something was wrong and we went to the doctor.
After a thorough investigation which involved many blood tests, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. For 3 years was put on a medication that proved to be less helpful than I was hoping for. Throughout high school I struggled with symptoms of my condition wondering why I wasn’t getting better when I had the magic pill to fix everything. My mother had taken me to every specialist in the Bay Area and all they could do for me was constantly adjust my dosage. Never once did they say to look at my diet and consider how much I am exercising or make any other recommendation when it came to living a more balanced life.
Since then I have learned the importance of diet, proper exercise, chemical toxicity and overall balance. “We are what we eat.” Additionally later I learned I have a condition called Celiac Disease, which is now known to affect 1 in 100 Americans. Celiac is an allergy to gluten which when ingested can attach your small intestine and wreak all sorts of havoc on your body. Many people with hypothyroidism also have celiac disease but just don’t know it.
Why am I telling you all of this personal information about me? I believe that to live authentically and improve the way we live our lives it is important to share our stories and personal experiences. The more open we are the faster we find answers to what we are looking for.
Throughout the 10 years of discovering my body and constantly being treated with medications and band-aid approaches to healing myself I decided it was time for me to start to look for the root cause of my illness and not just treat my symptoms.
Since studying sports medicine, kinesiology and exercise physiology in college I have continued to challenge myself in my educational process by taking courses in neuroscience, nutrition, fitness and corrective exercise.
I am constantly up to date on what the experts in my field are discovering. My clients, friends and family are probably tired of hearing me refer to yet another study I read, however I can’t help it. My goal as a coach is to bring my knowledge, experience and passion to my clients to create positive changes in their lives. Nothing excites me more than helping my clients achieve their goals.
NOTABLE EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATIONS-
Athletes Performance/Core Performance Mentorship- I trained NBA, NHL, NFL and MLS players. Additionally I worked with the men’s and women’s USA National soccer teams . I even got to teach David Beckham my childhood crush how to perform a proper squat.
University of the Pacific BA Sports Sciences with a Concentration in Health andExercise Sciences- Took courses in human anatomy, kinesiology and nutrition
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at UOP- I worked with all the sports teams in planning and implementing training sessions.
Fitness Instructor at UOP Baun Fitness Center- Taught private and group fitness sessions