My interest in osteopathy began as a pre-medical student at the University of Toledo. I began performing in a Dance Therapy program (part of HPhERD), and ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a major in Theatre/Dance. My education continued at Ohio State University where I received a Masters in Dance with a thesis on Mind & Body Awareness disciplines.
I moved to Canada as a professional dance artist, working extensively with two companies, Toronto’s Dancemakers and Desrosiers Dance Theatre. While enjoying a relatively long and distinguished performance career, I continued my pursuit of alternative health disciplines which included the work of Feldenkrais, Alexander, Laban, and Pilates.
With an ongoing desire and passion to have a positive impact on people’s lives, I returned to full-time studies and graduated from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Sciences. I am a member in good standing with the Ontario Osteopathic Association and the Canadian Institute of Classical Osteopathy. Recently, I have been a presenter at the Healthy Dancer Canada conference and PAMA International Symposium.
I perceive a strong relation between dance and osteopathy—technique and discipline are essential to both practices and I view osteopathy as a ‘healing art’, one that is based on applying principles of mechanics with an in-depth anatomical and physiological understanding. Communication is vital: the expression of health is a unique collaboration between therapist, the patient and their body.