As a Physical Therapist and a Pilates Instructor, I bring a unique perspective to rehabilitation and fitness that combines a rich variety of training and years of experience. I have a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Pilates Instructor Certification, and a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Drawing from this broad skill set, I can tailor an individualized plan to help you achieve your goals.
I graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2008. Since my training, I have helped individuals correct muscle imbalances and restore efficient movement patterns in inpatient and outpatient settings. Working in several hospitals throughout my career, I have helped people with diagnoses such as spinal cord injury, stroke, trauma from accidents, cancer, and amputation. In addition, I have spent years working in outpatient sports medicine clinics to help clients recover from orthopedic injuries and surgeries such as total joint replacement, spine surgery, and repair of bones, tendons, and ligaments.
I first discovered the benefit of Pilates for rehabilitation when I joined a team of therapists working in the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Amputee Rehabilitation program in 2018. The apparatus opened up many more therapeutic exercise opportunities for patients still healing from surgery. Patients at various stages of recovery could use the apparatus to work on their balance, coordination, and strength both with and without their prosthesis. Pilates expanded my clinical repertoire to provide a more holistic approach to helping my clients with various neurological conditions improve strength, coordination, and balance.
I use the Pilates apparatus in treatment as an extra set of hands, providing neuromuscular feedback and assistance to help the client move correctly. I can modify Pilates exercises to help clients with a broad range of abilities, safely progressing those with severe injuries who are working on regaining their ability to walk without a cane to athletes who can benefit from the challenge of performing sport-specific skills on a moving apparatus.
I am most recently certified as a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. I combine Pilates principles with Pregnancy and Post Partum corrective exercises to create a safe full-body workout. Each functional movement incorporates breathing techniques and body mechanics to help return the core and pelvic floor muscles to peak function. I enjoy empowering women with pelvic floor issues to regain the ability and confidence to return to the sports and activities they love.
If you want to improve your core strength, posture, flexibility, balance, and overall fitness, I have the knowledge and expertise to meet you where you are and create a program to reach your goals.
Certified Pilates Instructor (Club Pilates, 2019)
Selective Functional Movement Assessment I and II (2001)
Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (2022)