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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*

Chikly Health Institute:

 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:

 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


We all have the ability to help others heal.  
If it is ever something you have considered, know it is never too late!  
There can not be too many dedicated loving nurturing bodyworkers in this world!