Like many massage therapists, the path that led me to this profession was a circuitous one. I grew up in western Massachusetts (East Longmeadow) and graduated from Providence College with a BA in Psychology. After graduating, I spent the next five years in the Army as an Adjutant General Corps officer in Germany. The coolest job I held was Assistant Protocol Officer, Berlin Brigade- I conducted tours of East and West Berlin in the years just before the Berlin Wall came down. The highlight of my tour in Germany was meeting my husband, Rick. We married shortly after returning to the States and I left active duty (he made it a career and retired in 2007). I continued working in the protocol arena--this time as a civilian--at Fort Bragg, NC at the XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters. When we started our family I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Our boys, Luke and Tim, just graduated from college. Our nest is officially empty. I dabbled in part-time work while the boys were little. I was an advanced sales director with the Pampered Chef for several years and later was a retail sales rep for the software company, Intuit.
A few years ago I went through a lengthy period of depression and anxiety. It was especially difficult. A friend who had been through something similar suggested I treat myself to a massage once a month. She said it had given her a lot of relief from anxiety she had experienced. Well, I took her advice and I’ve been a massage convert ever since. I’ve always been pretty good with my hands so it occurred to me that massage therapy might be a good mid-life career choice for me, a second act as they say. Boy, was I right. I believe massage therapy is what I was always meant to do. It combines my interest in health, the medical field, entrepreneurship and people. I believe my life experience brings a strong element of empathy to my practice.
I graduated from the Madison School of Massage Therapy in April 2011. In September 2013, I became certified in pre- and perinatal massage after completing a four-day intensive class in Boston taught by Carole Osborne. In May 2014 I completed a similar 4-day intensive class on oncology massage taught by Tracy Walton in Atlanta, GA.
I believe healing touch is sacred and I would be honored to work with you. hide