I was born and raised on the Big Island so I spent most of my early days riding bikes, skateboarding, and playing outside. I am very drawn to a slower paced, balanced lifestyle despite calling O'ahu home for the past 13 years. Most of my time away from work is spent playing with my two young children, going for walks, or looking for new things to explore. I enjoy experimenting with cooking - especially finding creative ways to trick my family into eating their veggies!
My undergraduate studies were completed at the University of California at Irvine and my graduate studies were completed at Argosy University in Hawaii. I feel very fortunate to have had some wonderful mentors and training opportunities during my early career years.
My most recent work has been with military service members and their families. This work has been both humbling and rewarding. I have learned a tremendous amount about the resilience of the human spirit and the ways that people find a way to continue to live, thrive, and create new meaning in their lives even after experiencing some horrible tragedies and losses.
I have a special interest in continuing to work with people who have experienced trauma in their lives. I am certified in Prolonged Exposure therapy, a treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and have been trained in treatment approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Gottman Level One Training in couples therapy.