A Johnson City, Tennessee native, I was born into a family of fiery redheads that love competition. Even from a young age, my 2 sisters and I were always involved in sports. I began swimming when I was 2 years old; competing by the time I was 6, and continued to compete into college. My coach used to ask me if I hid the Energizer Bunny in my swimsuit because I would just keep going and going….and going. I played basketball for 10 years, but really I just loved anything that kept me moving. I was (and still am) a very hyper person who likes to stay busy, so sports seemed like the best place for me to be. I became fascinated by how the body moves (both correctly and incorrectly) and went to East Tennessee State University for my B.S. in Exercise Science and my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I worked for 6 years in various physical therapy settings throughout my academic and post-academic career, where I learned about corrective exercises for the injured body, which is why I was interested in working for Performance Therapy. I am certified in the Functional Movement Screen and am excited to be working with Brad at Performance Therapy® to get people back up to their peak performance, in sports and in life. As an athlete, I understand the frustrations of training and living with pain after an injury, so getting you back to your sport and your life stronger and healthier is important to me.
"Ten years ago, I began at Performance Therapy a former Division I college tennis player with residual injuries causing neck, shoulder and foot problems. Fast forward to now, and you have an entirely different person. I am migraine-free. I am injury-free. In 2011 alone, I have completed three marathons, a 50-miler, two 100-milers, a 100k, five Ironman events (three in three consecutive weeks), three 70.3s, and an Ultraman (6.2-mile swim, 262-mile bike, 52.4-mile run) plus qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona-all on a foot with a screw in it. Honestly, I owe all of it to Performance Therapy. It is nothing short of incredible that I have been able to undertake this sort of schedule with no glitches, no injuries whatsoever. Fred Ossmann has kept me strong and flexible (for me!), and Mike puts "Humpty Dumpty" back together again after all of the training and racing. Office Manager Katie has a full-time job keeping up with my crazy schedule and following up with my travel to races. They are part of my family."
Ultra Endurance Athlete