Achievements & Accreditation:
My Story So Far...
Originally from the United States, I have a BSc in Agriculture (Animal Sciences - 1998) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BSc (Hons) in Biological Ecology (Quantitative Genetics - 2002) from the University of New South Wales. Whilst I was writing my thesis on heritability in koalas, I became interested in Natural Therapies, and Remedial Massage in particular. Upon completing my thesis, I commenced studying Integrated Body Therapies at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT), and was awarded a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2003, and a Diploma of Aromatherapy in 2004.
In 2004, I took the position of Remedial Massage Therapist and Physiotherapy Assistant at City Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, a busy private physiotherapy practice in the heart of Sydney's financial district. During my 8 years at "City Physio", I gained knowledge and therapeutic experience in treating a wide range of musculo-skeletal issues, including numerous sports-related injuries, work-related injuries and dysfunction due to postural imbalances. I developed a special interest in TMJ Syndrome ("clicky jaw") and the headaches that are often associated with this common problem.
In 2011, I established my own part-time Remedial Massage Therapy business, working 1-2 days of the week at Urban Healing on King Street in Newtown, whilst maintaining my position at City Physio. During my time at Urban Healing, I gained the confidence and the skills necessary to run my own business, which led me to establish my very own Remedial Massage practice in the heart of the Sydney CBD in January 2013.
I pride myself in my personalised, holistic approach to Remedial Massage, which typically emphasises Myofascial Release and Orthopaedic Massage techniques, but may also include other remedial techniques, such as Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, Effleurage and Petrissage where appropriate. I have also done additional training in Pregnancy Massage, as well as Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Massage for Oro-facial & Sinus Pain, and Advanced Massage for sports injuries. I stay current with the latest Remedial Massage techniques through workshops and hands-on training courses throughout the year.
I have many other interests & hobbies, including nutrition, traveling, photography, science fiction & fantasy literature, cinema, and gaming. I enjoy bushwalking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), horseback riding, and I studied martial arts for several years. I have a passion for foreign languages (Russian, Norwegian & Spanish), as well as for music (I sing and play flute/piccolo), and love a good philosophical conversation!