CREDENTIALS

  • Currently Working on: Trauma Release Masters Program (Graduate: 2022)
  • Certified Personal Empowerment Coach (Graduate: 2020)
  • Trauma Recovery Specialist: 2 years
  • Life & Health Coach: 4.5 years
  • Professional Patient: 35 yrs, HLHS 1985
  • Patient & Family Advocate: 14 yrs
  • Writer, Speaker, Author: 2007-Present
  • Relationship Coach for Men: Dating + Marriage + Communication Skills 
  • Guardian ad Litem & Foster Mother of 3
  • Parent & Patient Advocacy Board Member: Johns Hopkins, CHD Program
  • Founder of CHD Legacy Blog & Platform, now CHD Legacy Publishing, LLC
  • The Ohio State University-Concentrations: Early Childhood Dev., Psychology, Human Services
  • Cert. Developmental Disability Independent Care Provider & Certifications underneath this:
    • Behavioral Support Strategies 
    • Medication Administration 
    • Supporting Youth with Intensive & Complex Needs
    • Disability Rights
    • Trauma-Specialized Care
    • CPR & First Aid
  • Rehab Patient Coordinator & Group Facilitator 
  • Professional Nanny & House-Manager: 12 yrs
  • Certified Paralegal
  • Business Professionals of America: Member & Vice President
  • Business Professionals of America: Secretary & Team Leader
  • Special Olympics Volunteer: 10 years
  • Special Olympics Coach: Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field

ABOUT ME

My Coaching Style:

Skating around truths, elephants in the room or being afraid to be assertive has never helped someone shift into a higher phase of growth. Therefore I am very honest and believe that is one of the main keys to evolution as a human. 

After 4 years of Life & Health Coaching, I am now a Certified Personal Empowerment Coach & Trauma Specialist with even more tools, skills, techniques and expertise to guide you or your loved one on the often unpredictable path of mental & physical health struggles.

Following my recent 2020 Graduation as a Personal Empowerment Coach, I am now in a Trauma Release Masters Program due to Graduate in 2022! 

 

Whether you or a loved one are newly diagnosed or have had an illness for many years there are always more tools to accumulate along our healing journey.  If you have experienced Trauma and are in Recovery, I highly recommend ME as your Recovery Companion. If you are new to Trauma Healing, we can work together to find the best resources and plan for you. I have extensive experience as a Patient and Coach in both mental and physical health healing. I will never attempt to "treat" "diagnose" or replace a Mental Health Counselor or Doctor. I am however, an asset to your healing process and will provide you with an approach and perspective that you may not find elsewhere due to my specific individual life experiences, how I personally interpret the world and teach accordingly, mixed with my versatile education and certifications you can view below underneath "Credentials."

I have taught and guided countless Doctors and other medical staff as a Trailblazer & Pioneer in the CHD Community and the new world of being a young adult with a Chronic Illness. I have been featured in publications in various organizations, a magazine, on television, Podcasts, YouTube, and have spoken at countless events & seminars. I have been on a mission since 2008, speaking out about integrating Mental Health strategies with Chronic Illness. Such as: PTSD, Anxiety, Medical Traumas, Depression, Suicide, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and more.

Regarding balancing and figuring out my own health? I have personally tried it all and am not closed off to assisting you in exploring any healing method-no matter how "weird" it may sound. I personally have used both Eastern & Western Medicine, have tried endless experiments on my body, various therapies, diets, and healing modalities-all in hopes of gaining at least some control over my own body. If have found yourself in a similar position, you have hired the right person to get through this with you!

As a result of my own experiences - this gives me more to pull from to help my Clients navigate their way into the mental and physical health they are striving for, yet don't know how to approach the healing process, which I would absolutely consider myself an Expert in.

MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING A COACH & ADVOCATE

My Mission to save the world

I am an old soul with versatile experiences who blindly navigated my way through life being one of the oldest living survivors with half of a heart - called HLHS: a form of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

Even after multiple heart surgeries, I had an always-lingering terminal illness - never knowing when my time was up. I experienced repeated medical traumas and prayed my way through 11 years of childhood abuse.

At 18 I was an official "adult" with my own apartment and found myself babysitting everyone's children and pets for free in my downtime. I discovered I still had this deep desire to protect those whom I perceived as fragile.

I was on a mission to save children and disabled individuals who could not speak for themselves by teaching families, patients, and doctors how to relate and communicate with a human outside of their own cognitive understanding: children and the developmentally disabled.

I spent my entire adulthood thus far as a Nanny and Certified Caregiver for mostly Special Needs children and adults-hoping to "save the world one family at a time" as my business card read.  

I wanted to soak up every ounce of life that I had left. I became hyper-focused on staying busy every single second and needed to avoid the relentless ticking clock in the back of my mind.

To cope, I needed to be valued by others, which made me feel I had a purpose. And I discovered my value was being born with a natural gift to protect, understand, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. I had always felt an overwhelming amount of love to give and didn't want my lessons I had learned to go to waste. ​

In 2007, after speaking at multiple conferences and getting to know my own community of people, I became the first person in the community talk about "edgy" subjects. From there, I started a blog and coined: Taboo Subjects of CHD, where I focused on speaking out about mental health issues and overall lifestyle of a teen and young adult with CHD.

After somehow still being alive, I decided I'm not going anywhere for awhile and need to invest in MYSELF instead of everyone else for a change. In my late twenties to early thirties, my health began to decline rapidly and I therefore could no longer keep up with children or being an Assistant to CEO's.

I had to think of a better plan...something I could do from home where I could take breaks, naps, and take care of my body when it needs me to...

COACHING

 

That pushed me into deciding to finally take the baby steps to turn my passions into a career.  

I began writing my first book while attending an amazing Life Coaching School. 

I was a Life & Health Coach while writing my book but still didn't feel I was done.

I continued as a Patient and Family Advocate and Coaching Chronic Illness Families for countless individuals. 

I looked into more Coaching Schools and that's when I found the SWAT Institute.

Two years later...2020: I am now a Certified Personal Empowerment Coach, Trauma Recovery Specialist and Health Coach. A soon to be Author of my first book and in a Masters Program to take my Trauma Coaching & Patient & Family Advocacy to the next level.

Due to my extensive experience and expertise in not only understanding human behavior from a neuro-cognitive, physiological approach - I understand human behavior from a spiritual, energetic perspective as well which I apply during my sessions to find where you are resonating emotionally and I use exercises and techniques from there to work you through your first series of small shifts. 

"THE ONLY IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY

IS THE ONE YOU NEVER BEGIN"

 -Tony Robbins

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