I help clients feel better in their own skin—not only through weight loss or muscle gain but also through moving better in sports-related activities, keeping up with their kids, sleeping better and eating better.
Personality: Ambitious, compassionate, determined, sensitive, easy-going, goofy with a serious side
Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
Education: Western Michigan University, BFA musical theater performance
Proudest athletic achievements:
- Running the New York Half-Marathon and Brooklyn Half-Marathon
- Completing the Insanity Workout (although I wouldn’t recommend my clients do it after doing it myself) and P90x
I’m new to Portland after living and working as a personal trainer and actor in NYC for 9 years. I got my personal training certification through NASM when I was performing in the musical “Mamma Mia!” because I thought it would be a great job when I wasn’t acting. And I was right! I started training with a fitness company called Method Fitness that introduced me to in-home training. After working with them and also in a private training studio where I was doing small group training for a year and a half, I branched off and started on my own as an independent trainer. I traveled around Manhattan and Brooklyn training clients in their apartments, apartment gyms and at an investment bank’s gym. I’ve also been lucky enough to be featured in Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness and Allure’s beauty blog.
My ideal client is someone who is serious about fitness but is also searching for balance in their lives. They know that I’m a part of the puzzle in their quest for better performance, weight loss, muscle gain or just overall feeling better but that I can’t do all of the work for them—they have to show up for themselves everyday. A personal trainer isn’t going to wave a magic wand and transform your body for you. Most of the work a client does is outside of the gym. I might only get to work with a client for an hour or two a week. That means there are 166 or 167 hours a week that I’m not with them. So if a client wants to see results, they have to take the tools they learn with me into their daily lives and take accountability for their own results.
Just like my clients, I’m just a normal person trying to make it all happen on a daily basis, too. While personal training is my job, I’m not perfect in my workouts or diet either. I’m doing the best I can day to day.
I specialize in training with a small amount of equipment. I use functional training, which prepares you for everyday movement because your body works as an integrated unit. I’m great at spotting muscle imbalances. I’m also quick on my feet and have a large catalog of exercises running through my head—if one exercise doesn’t work in the moment, we can modify or do another exercise that will get you the same results without having to compromise training. I’m also a huge stickler for form, and that translates well not only for feeling better in normal life but also for sports performance.
Fitness is a life-long journey. If we give too much to our fitness lives and don’t balance out the reality of our day-to-day lives, we will get caught in unrealistic expectations that we can’t maintain. It’s all about pairing the best you’ve got in that hour-long workout with the realities of career, family, daily commute, bills, pets, delicious meals, etc., to make fitness a sustainable piece of the puzzle.
Outside the gym
I’m originally from Chicago and currently live in Portland’s Pearl District, so I’m just a hop, skip and a jump away from Hyatt Training! When I’m not working, my husband Scott and I spend our weekends hiking, dining out, wine tasting, exploring new places and travelling. I am also an actor, and you can see me performing around town. I co-created/co-produced/co-starred in a digital series that has been selected for several film festivals, and we hope it becomes a big success!