I grew up in northeastern Ohio and received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University, majoring in Latin, English, Psychology, and Sociology.
I had a career in public and private, non-profit social services before becoming certified in therapeutic massage at Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. My 30-year practice focused on elders, women during the childbirth year, and people in treatment for cancer, using integrated Swedish, craniosacral, and reflexology techniques.
I am the author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists, and numerous journal articles. I was a presenter at the 2013 and 2016 AMTA National Conventions and the 2014 AMTA Schools Summit, was named 2016 Educator of the Year by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, and currently teach Kinesiology, Pathology, and Ethics in the Therapeutic Massage Program at Pima Community College in Tucson.