We all have a story.
Like many in this town, I moved to State College to attend
Penn State in 1997. Little did I know what a wonderful life
awaited me here. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa.,
but have now spent more than half my life in Central Pa.
In my years at Penn State I studied Earth Science, Geoscience and Photography.
A random summer job landed me at the Penn State Horticulture Research farm in Rock Springs, where I worked for 10 years. I have had the privilege to grow a wide variety of vegetables, small fruit, culinary and medicinal herbs and cut flowers in my time at the research farm.
I have found that plants have a great deal to teach us!
In high school and college, I suffered from migraines for many years and was pointed in the direction of CranioSacral Therapy in 2000. I had never heard of it, but I was told that it could really help with migraines. This was the information that sent me on my journey to discover bodywork.
After a year or so of monthly bodywork, and a new found appreciation for it, I decided to go to Mt Nittany Institute of Natural Health in State College to become a Certified Massage Therapist in 2004. It seemed that all the years at the farm of massaging soil and nurturing plants translated into massaging and nurturing people towards health. I have been migraine free for almost two decades now!
I was drawn toward the light-touch modalities while in school at Mt Nittany Institute and took CranioSacral Therapy I in 2005. I have since gone on to take CST II, SER I (CST III), Pediatric CST, Touching the Brain I, and even a human cadaver dissection course, as well as many other amazing courses.
Having two beautiful boys, both born at home, has been a further education in applying my skills and knowledge to little ones.
I have learned that every client is a teacher, and I am so grateful for the amazing education I receive everyday!
Penn State University - 2001
Bachelor of Science in Earth Science, minors in Geoscience & Photography
Mt Nittany Institute of Natural Health - 2006
775 hour Certified Massage Therapist Program
The Upledger Institute:
CranioSacral Therapy I - 2005
CranioSacral Therapy II - 2007
SomatoEmotional Release I (CST III) - 2008
Core Zero Balancing I - 2009
Teaching Assistant CST I - 2009
Teaching Assistant CST I - 2010
Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy I - 2010
Touching the Brain I - 2018
CranioSacral Dissection - 2020
CranioSacral Therapy, Working with Chronic Depletion I - 2021*
Lymph Drainage I - 2006
Lymph Drainage II - 2019
Lymph Drainage III - 2022*
Integrative Bodywork School of Massage:
Thai Massage I - 2013
Professional Ethics - 2013
Anatomy Trains for Movement Professionals - Lauri Nemetz - 2017
How Fascia Moves Webinar - Tom Myers - 2021
Anatomy Trains 2-Day Dissection Livestream - The Deep Front Line and the Central Nervous System – Tom Myers & Todd Garcia - 2021
Desiree Dennis, Reiki Master:
Reiki I & Reiki II - 2014
Advanced Reiki - 2014
Reiki Master Usui/Holy Fire Reiki - 2014
Susanna Lembeck-Edens, LMT
Professional Ethics - 2016
Professional Ethics - 2018
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
Why the Vagal System Holds the Key to the Treatment of Trauma - 2018
Elite Continuing Education
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting - 2013
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting - 2015
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting - 2017
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting - 2019
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting - 2021
Professional Ethics - 2014
Professional Ethics - 2021
*Scheduled to take, but not yet completed