I am very enthusiastic about my work and it is almost always on mind, but I am also a father of one beautiful, spirited daughter, a student of Aikido, and a humble home-brewer. I enjoy living and working here in New Haven, but I am not a native “newhavenite.” My father was in the U.S. Army and so I lived in a number of places when I was younger, including Arizona, Texas, Virginia and three different areas in Germany. But I have come to call New Haven my home
Oftentimes, I am asked how I have come to do what I do. It’s a bit of a story, really, because I didn’t set out from the start to develop the practice I now have. I was 19 then, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life (other than continue to be 19 for as long as I could!) But fortunately I was presented with string of serendipities that led me, eventually, to where I am now – on my treadmill desk, writing about my private practice in between clients.
I began my career quite unwittingly in 2000 with three jobs that were simply outgrowths of my personal interests at that time: swimming instruction, aerobics classes, and martial arts instruction. The next year, on a whim, I added personal training to the mix, and juggled the four jobs briefly before leaving my position as a swimming instructor (which I still miss.) I dabbled in several other health and fitness approaches at this time, including various certification courses in yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates.
Then in 2003 I began to focus exclusively on personal training and accrued a number of certifications and trainings ranging from corrective exercise to Chi Kung. It was during this time that I became fascinated with the potential for exercise, stretching, and self-massage to help those in pain or dysfunction to have a normative, positive experience of their bodies. For the next few years I transitioned away from personal training for the super-fit as I became more and more popular with adults middle-aged and older with chronic or recurring pain, discomfort, and physical limitations.
In 2006 I crossed the aisle between the exercise and bodywork disciplines by enrolling in several massage therapy trainings. With the new skill sets in hand, I took a position at a chiropractic clinic as a special consultant in therapeutic exercise and physical self-care. At this time I also left the big gym scene and opened my own private practice.
By 2009 my private practice had grown to a level that demanded my full time, and so I bid farewell to my friends at the clinic and concentrated on my clients. I added several more trainings and certifications over the next few years, traveling up and down the eastern seaboard to take courses and intern with gurus and mavericks of several different therapeutic modalities.
And this brings us to the present day, but not the end of the story – I have a number of trainings and internships lined up for the coming years, and I intend to continue ad infinitum. (But I’ll stop the story telling here, lest I go on ad nauseum!)