I was born and raised in a small town in Kent County, Maryland called Galena. Ever since I could walk I was enrolled in sports. I graduated from Kent County High School where I was MVP of both the lacrosse and soccer teams. Upon graduation I enrolled at Ursinus College to play lacrosse and major in exercise science. After only one semester on the lacrosse team I was selected to be captain of the weight lifting program. However, during my second season I injured my elbow and required surgery so I decided to transfer to Towson so I could acquire a well known surgeon in the Baltimore area to ensure I would be able to exercise again. Not being able to exercise was difficult for me; I suffered from depression and gained weight due to emotional eating. After the surgery I decided to take control of my life, mentally and physically, and acquired a strong interest in weight loss. I switched majors and graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Physical Education. I then became a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant through the American Council of Exercise (ACE). I also hold a sports nutrition certification and am First Aid, CPR, and AED certified.
Within two months of graduation I acquired a job working for a physical therapy center. While the work was very rewarding, I aspired to be more preventative by helping people before they needed medical care. Many patients’ injuries I encountered could have been prevented with a proper exercise and nutritional plan; my true inspiration had been found. I changed careers from physical therapy to personal training and was quickly promoted to personal training manager at a local gym. While working at the gym, I helped many people achieve their fitness goals. However, most individuals were members who already had a workout plan and needed little guidance. I realized that with only 24 hours in a day, I can only help so many people through individual training sessions. I then decided to expand my services to a continuing care retirement community. This occupation has been very rewarding as I am able to touch the lives of many individuals through the five classes I teach, one-on-one guidance, and my wellness speeches. I still conduct personal training sessions in-home and at local health clubs to help meet the needs of every individual I can. Helping clients achieve their wellness goals motivates me to be the best educator I can be.