From birth to 9 years old, I lived in an old farm house on a gravel road between the Hubbell House and highway 16. I rode horse, played in the woods, toddled after my brother, and loved all animals. I entered the Mantorville Elementary School as a kindergartner in 1987, and began my journey as a KoMet.
     In 3rd grade my family moved into a new home on Timber Ridge, right off the golf course road. We still had a pasture, and I became very active in 4-H Horse. I joined basketball, track, cross-country, National Honors Society, and Mayo Explorer Post.
     I went post-secondary to UMD in the fall of 1999, studied abroad in the spring semester, and graduated from K-M in 2000. I was off to Colorado College in the fall, and loved it. But, at Mayo Explorer Post years ago, I learned of a career in Recreational Therapy, and I just couldn't shake wanting that job. My junior year, I decided to transfer to UWL for their program in Rec.Therapy.
     My first job out of college was at KidsPeace, and I provided Recreational Therapy programming for teenagers in the residential program. Programming focused on both physical health and mental health.
     Next, I was a wilderness instructor for the MN Department of Corrections, taking juvenile offenders into the northern Minnesota wilderness for 21 days of restorative justice wilderness therapy programming.
     In 2007, I joined Mayo Clinic as a lifestyle coach, coaching on areas of wellness such as nutrition, fitness, stress management, and tobacco cessation. Later, I served Mayo Clinic at Charter House and Generose. I still work supplemental at Mayo Clinic in the Psychiatry and Psychology Department, as a Recreational Therapist and a yoga instructor.
     While working supplemental at Mayo, I served for a year at Riverside Elementary as a Mental Health Practitioner, and became passionate about education.
     Finally, I am right back at K-M, teaching in my areas of passion: health and fitness. I am beyond excited to serve our youth, teaching them tools that will help them find their own wellness path. I believe health is a lifestyle, and can be as unique as the individual. Here's to discovering your healthy lifestyle!