From Struggle Comes Strength and the Passion to Spark Change


Each meal I ate was like spinning the roulette wheel, not knowing what it would land on. Would today’s meal result in bloating, heartburn or severe abdominal pain? The kind of bloating that makes your pants refuse to fit. The kind of heartburn that feels like your chest has a heavy ball of fire lodged in the center. The kind of pain that feels like your twisted intestines are being repeatedly stabbed by a sharp knife. Or would I be fine?

Dealing with the unpredictability of my gut was definitely something, but my periods were just as burdensome. In my twenties, after numerous colposcopies (a painful procedure where a part of your cervix is removed for laboratory testing), I underwent cervical laser surgery to remove abnormal cells. 

I suffered from irregular, painful and extremely heavy periods. They were so heavy that I often became anemic, which caused fatigue, heart palpitations, and dizziness. The fatigue was so severe that even walking up a flight of stairs was exhausting and left me struggling to catch my breath. 

So in my late thirties, I had surgery to remove the fibroids that had taken up residence in my uterus. While I knew I was ill, I continued to live a fast-paced life, fulling my responsibilities as a wife, the mother of two children and an active duty U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer. 

As you can imagine, dealing with my health issues and the high levels of stress from increased responsibility at work, I often felt overwhlemed, out of balance and exhausted. I found myself snapping at my family, even though they were supportive through a total of six surgeries and countless medical visits. 

One day, while driving home from work my abdominal pain had become so intense and exasperating, I prayed to God, asking for my pain to be taken away. I had tried what I knew to be all my options. At that moment I realized I needed to reclaim my health and rebuild my resiliency. 

My desire to heal and eliminate my pain was the catalyst to start exploring complementary medicine modalities. I was able to make great improvements from several different types of holistic practitioners but, when I found Reiki, it was different. On my first Reiki treatment I felt the energy moving in my body. I felt lighter and intuitively knew that I needed to learn this technique and share its benefits with others. 

It has been a long journey! I now, thankfully, understand that healing occurs on multiple levels (Mind, Body, Emotions, & Spirit). My goal is to facilitate your self-healing and greater resiliency via energy medicine, education and empowerment. When we restore peace and harmony to our body, mind, spirit, or to a situation, we open a pathway so healing can occur. This harmony is what I hope to bring others, something that I wish I had so many years ago.

You can learn more about Reiki under the tab Energy Medicine. I provide education and coaching as well which you can find under resiliency lectures.


 

Credentials

  • Featured Resiliency Educator and Lecturer

  • Experienced in complementary healing therapies for the last 10 years

  • Usui Holy Fire III® Karuna Reiki ®/ Teacher (IRCT)

  • Okuden & Shoden Jikiden Reiki

  • Medical Reiki Certification: Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International

  • Sacred Childbirth with Reiki Certification: Rev. Cori Nielsen

  • Integrative Quantum Medicine Certification

  • Retired US Army Medical Service Corps Officer

  • Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from TOURO International University

  • Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) from Siena College, ROTC Graduate

  • End of Life Doula Certification

  • Member of International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT)

 

Favorite Books

This is a list of books and authors that have inspired me to expand and grow.

  • The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews

  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy By Jon Gordon

  • How to Break the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

  • Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born By Robert Schwartz

  • Take Control of Your Life -  How to Silence Fear and Win the Mental Game by Mel Robbin

  • On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by LTC David Grossman & Loren Christensen

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hays 

  • Journey of Souls, Destiny of Souls, and Life Between Lives by Michael Newton 

  • Soul Speak: The Language of Your Body by Julia Cannon

  • Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer 

  • Uncharted: The Journey Through Uncertainty to Infinite Possibility by Collette Baron Reed

  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

  • The Deepest Well - Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris


The Significance Behind the Logo

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Resilience & Connection
A tree has roots that grow deep into the soil, grounding its connection to the earth to receive support. When we are feeling grounded and stable in our bodies, this allows us to be more resilient. A tree's leaves and branches extend into the sky, accepting the warming energy from the sun that it transforms into nourishment, allowing it to grow and thrive. The branches remind us to make connections with others and the importance of allowing ourselves to receive love from our community.

The Cycle of Life
A tree reminds us that life is a cycle and the only constant is change. In the fall, trees lose their leaves and enter a death-like hibernation for a few months. But come spring, the tree sprouts tiny buds, bursts forth with dramatic blooms and leaves and is born again. In this way, a tree is a symbol of a fresh start on life, positive energy, a bright future and the knowledge that you too can change.