I was born and spent my early childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, where I lived until 1st grade when our family moved to Brussels, Belgium. While living in Brussels, we would travel to the Alps where I learned how to snowboard. We moved back to Ohio when I was entering 5th grade.
Upon returning to Ohio, I began my career as a competitive snowboarder, first competing regionally, then nationally and eventually, internationally, where I earned the title of overall Junior World Champion. Having won Junior Worlds, I was invited to compete in two consecutive Winter X-Games.
In 2008, I moved to Durango, CO to finish up my undergraduate degree at Fort Lewis College with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Education and a minor in Adventure Education.
During the summer of 2013, I was working as a zip-line guide and the pulley system malfunctioned, leaving me with a traumatic back injury requiring surgery and extensive rehabilitation. This experience underscored the importance of my own health and wellness and I wanted to share this passion with others. I earned my personal training certificate from NASM two months following my surgery and started working with clients in the fall of 2014. I added the certification of Corrective Exercise Specialist to my professional qualifications in September 2016.
Hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, paddle boarding, camping, cooking