I have lived on O’ahu since 2000 but was born and raised on the Big Island where I enjoyed spending hours outside, exploring, climbing trees, and being in the dirt. I enjoy yoga, barre classes, and checking out familiar places with fresh eyes. I value being thoughtful about how I spend my time and energy. This means that my work schedule is balanced with breaks, time to move, time to eat, time to chat with other humans, and time to spend at home and with my family.
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.
Before starting private practice in 2013, I worked with military service members and their families. My experience with them was 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.
In 2017, I completed yoga teacher training and I am scheduled to become a certified facilitator in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) in March of 2019. I am really excited about sharing TCTSY here in Hawai’i and will likely be starting some groups and offering individual sessions of this adjunctive treatment for PTSD.