New Bedford, MA 02740
Throughout childhood, I was always moving -- albeit in my skinny and awkward body, which felt at a loss on the ball field or gym floor. I remember hating freshman year Phys Ed at my high school, as it felt more like a boot camp, dishing out punishment and humiliation for those of us who were less physically inclined. In fact, freshman year Phys Ed turned me off to fitness for the next four years. Fortunately, during my sophomore year of college I developed a love of running and an understanding that there are many ways in which to develop one's body. I began training as a dancer during my senior year of school while completing my B.S. in Health Care Administration, and at the age of 21 set out on a professional performing career (acting, singing, and dancing). For 16 years I performed in feature film, on television, off-Broadway and in regional theatres. As I began to re-tool for the end of my performing career as a dancer, I returned to school at Marymount Manhattan College in New York in 1998, where I became a Fitness Specialist: Older Adults. I became a Certified Personal Trainer in 1999 through the American Council on Exercise and in 2001 through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Through the American Council on Exercise, I became a Clinical Exercise Specialist in 2005, a Gold-Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist in 2009, and a Gold-Certified Medical Exercise Specialist in 2015. In 2011, I was certified as a Cancer Exercise Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2014, I was certified through the Functional Aging Institute as a Functional Aging Specialist.
My work with personal training clients focuses on providing clients a grounded education in safe and effective movement, proper posture and the use of breath, and the joyful essence of movement. I help clients re-examine their belief systems about the capabilities and perceived limitations of their bodies. Regardless of a client's past experience (or lack thereof) with movement and exercise, my goal is to help clients discover a true connection to their unique mind/body and to help them move mindfully, pursuing excellence over perfectionism. I approach my personal training work with focus and compassion, hoping to provide clients a safe space in which to explore their movement potential and reconnect with their body's longing to move, stretch, grow, thrive, and be at peace.
ACE - Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
Expires: Feb 28, 2023
ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: Feb 28, 2023
NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Expires: Aug 28, 2021
ACSM - ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
Expires: Dec 31, 2023
FAI - Functional Aging Specialist
Marymount Manhattan College, NY, NY - Fitness Specialist: Older Adults