It inspires me to see people achieve their goals no matter how simple and to watch them achieve more than they thought possible.
Personality: Good listener and enthusiastic learner
Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)
Education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon in Broadcast Journalism and Advertising
Proudest athletic achievements:
I’ve run 4 marathons. I run faster than I did 10 years ago, and I finally started placing in my age group (attrition is helpful)!
I spent for two years as a physical therapy aide in Breckenridge, Colo., after graduating from the University of Oregon. I was able to learn and observe some of the top physical therapists for athletes, including physical therapists at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo. and team physical therapists on the World Cup Ski circuit.
I decided to become a personal trainer because I’ve always had the desire to help people, and training gives me the ability to help people enjoy their lives to the fullest. It makes me sad when I hear of people who stop doing the activities they love—whether it’s walking the dog, skiing down a mountain or competing in marathons—because of pain, past injuries or being “out of shape.” While it may not always be possible to do things at the level you did when you were 15 or 30 years old, if you keep moving you can continue to do any activity. But you have to move your body, and I want to help people continue to move.
My ideal client is anybody who wants to move and enjoy life. I especially look forward to working with older clients who have never really “worked out” or who have not been exercising regularly and are ready to make that step. It inspires me to see people achieve their goals no matter how simple and to watch them achieve more than they thought possible.
I’m excited to devote my personal training expertise to helping people with functional movement and every day living. I especially enjoy working with people who wouldn’t typically seek out a personal trainer.
It’s important to move your body every day. Doing so with proper education, insight and guidance can help people to achieve all sorts of goals. I love being part of this process.
Outside the gym
I grew up in Jacksonville, Oregon, and now live in Portland. I’ve been married to my husband Andrew for almost 25 years, and we have 3 kids. My oldest daughter, Mia, attends University of Vermont. Our twins, Jake and Elena, are seniors at Lincoln High School. We also have two Labrador Retrievers, Nigel and Tilly. When I’m not in the gym, I enjoy cooking, running, hiking, paddlling. I ski 30+ days a year and ride horses every week!