My education, life experience, and work experience are all related to healthy living, good eating, and a well-balanced lifestyle. I grew up in a rural community working in the garden with my dad and mom. My "life education" in whole, vibrant foods and food preparation was extensive, and while I may not have admitted it at the time, I was lucky enough to learn how to grow and tend a garden, how to harvest at the peak of ripeness fruits, vegetables, and berries, and many wonderful ways to preserve what was harvested while retaining the nutritional value of the food. As a young adult, I also worked for several summers for a private logging contractor and crew in the Northwestern United States as their camp cook, preparing all of the daily meals under the wonderful guidance of the owner's wife (who was also my future mother-in-law).After almost 10 years of marriage, I tragically lost my first husband, my highschool sweetheart, in an aviation accident. I made the decision soon after that turning point in my life to return to college, and I enrolled in and completed my undergraduate degree in Human Performance and Sport at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, graduating Summa Cum Laude. My education at Metro State emphasized a healthy lifestyle from the standpoint of exercise, athletics, and overall physical fitness, with basic courses in stress management and nutrition. It was here that I learned to teach others the importance of incorporating activity into their life as well as just how to make that happen. This degree was also my stepping point into the Physical Therapy program at the University of Colorado, from which I graduated with a Master of Science degree in 1999. Along the way, I married my current husband, whom I am still madly in love with. After passing my physical therapy licensure exam soon after graduation, I practiced for over 12 years in orthopedic outpatient clinics treating injuries to all areas of the body, but specializing primarily in the treatment of spine-related pain and injuries (think low back pain, not spinal cord injuries). In 2013, I made the decision to return to school again to increase my understanding of how food and diets affect all areas of human health. I received my certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. I'm using my unique blend of life experiences (from the tragedies, to the triumphs, and all that's in between), education, and career experience to help my clients lose weight, make long-lasting changes in their lifestyle to keep the weight off, regain balance in other areas of their life, overcome personal challenges and tragedies, and retake their health and vitality. You deserve to live a life you love, and I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body and lifestyle and resonates with your preferences and your goals.
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