I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist (License 20844) for more than 10 years, and graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, Colorado in May 2008. There I completed the 500-hour massage therapy certification program. After that, I worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist at a local massage business while going to school for business at Colorado State University. In 2014 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing.
Since I completed my massage therapy training in another state, I have a unique style for the Portland area. Patients have stated that my style is very methodical and that I have a very strong attention to detail. I have a therapeutic touch that encompasses both targeted work as well as the traditional relaxing massage style. Current and past patients have also touted my customer service and listening skills, business acumen, friendly and personable demeanor, and knowledge of the massage and health industry.
I have a therapeutic style of massage therapy that includes a variety of massage modalities including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy, aromatherapy, hot towels, Indian head massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and lymphatic drainage. Each session is customized to the patient’s individual needs and goals. Fire cupping, paraffin hand and foot treatments, sugar foot scrubs, aromatherapy, and Indian head massage may be added onto any session. I specialize in treating motor vehicle accident patients who present with neck pain or back pain, in which they may be exhibiting symptoms such as headaches, numbness or tingling down the arms and fingers, and limited range of motion in the vertebral column
I have completed more than the required continuing education requirements by the state of Oregon, including courses on the following topics: Indian head massage, aromatherapy for anxiety and depression, ethics and boundaries, myofascial release, hot stone massage, lymphatic drainage, fibromyalgia, and fire cupping. I have also taken additional trainings so that I may bill my patient’s health or motor vehicle accident insurance. I currently accept Providence, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser, PacificSource and Aetna. I am closed to new CHP patients through April 2019. In June 2019 I plan to take a course on Thai massage so that I may further my modalities offered as well as knowledge and understanding of massage therapy.
In April 2019 I will begin taking the prerequisite courses that I need to transfer into the National University of Natural Medicine. I will begin taking the required courses at Portland Community College, and upon satisfactory completion of all coursework, I will transfer into NUNM for their Fall 2020 academic year. There I plan to complete the Naturopathic Doctorate program and obtain a Master’s in Mental Health. My main specialization will be in treating alcohol, opiate, and heroin addiction, as well as treating general health, diet, and lifestyle concerns.
Outside of work, I enjoy an active lifestyle and regularly workout at the gym, performing cardio as well as weightlifting. Maintaining a healthy body and mind is crucial to the bodywork I provide. I also love to get outside and go hiking, participate in local 5k’s, go camping and kayaking, and see live music. Healthy eating is also an integral part of my life, and I cook most of my meals at home and take supplements based on my body’s personal needs.
I also understand what it’s like to have an injury and how crucial massage therapy is to recovery. In 2008 I tore my left ACL while snowboarding. They graphed off part of my right patellar ligament to reconstruct the left ACL, but my knees haven’t been the same since. Since 2014, I have also been chronically struggling with posterior tibialis syndrome as well as plantar fasciitis in my right foot, which has further caused right hip pain as well as piriformis syndrome. Receiving regular massage therapy as well as doing yoga twice weekly, lifting weights three times per week, foam rolling, and getting at least five hours of cardio in per week are the only way that I can stay pain and symptom free. Massage therapy has completely changed my life and I’m so happy and excited to be sharing my gift with you.