A curious soul passionate about promoting natural health & wellness, with an inner fire for empowering individuals to take charge of their health, make positive lifestyle changes and live happier lives. She has a fondness for blogging about her health and wellness adventures while having a natural love for irreverent, blue-collar comedy. Since she thinks laughing is a huge part of healing, she’ll often post funny stories and tidbits about her life, or anyone’s life she feels like writing about.
Her life in a nutshell:
She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania called Trucksville, where there are more cows than people. She was her high school valedictorian. (No, she wasn’t the only non-cow in her high school.) She played soccer her entire life and was recruited to play soccer at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, was nominated by both Senator Santorum and Congressman Kanjorski & somehow went and survived. She graduated with a dual degree in chemistry and environmental engineering and did cool research on plants that ate lead bullets. As an upper classman, she taught close quarter combat and bayonet to cadets. She credits a good sense of humor, great friends and a lot of insanity for getting her through.
After learning how to kill people, she felt a karmic imbalance. To correct that, she eventually enrolled in medical school to learn how to save people. She hated it. Realizing that people needed to do more for themselves before they ended up with chronic health issues in the hospital, she received the Global Health Leadership scholarship from NYU and went on to earn a Masters of Public Health from New York University’s School of Public Health, and that’s when she fell in love with NYC and decided to stay (for now.) She did an internship with EcoHealth Alliance, focussing on how to model and predict emerging infectious diseases. While in school, she founded Blooming Wellness to help promote evidence-based lifestyle modification techniques and effective natural solutions that help prevent disease and promote health, happiness and well-being. She thinks drugs are over-prescribed, and emphasizes easy, natural ways to reduce stress, anxiety and improve mood and has a strong interest in sound therapy ( Hence ZENTones and ZENBands.) She is also the chief of research and data lead for CCBT Limited, an international, UK-based company that specializes in creating evidence-based computerized cognitive behavioral therapy programs for common mental health issues.
Her two older sisters are doctors: one is founder and owner of the first salt therapy location in Delaware and one is a pediatrician and internist in Pa. Her dad is a veterinarian and owner of the Trucksville Dog and Cat Hospital. Mom’s a general who made sure we all became doctors.
She’s a certified NIA instructor & Laughter Yoga leader. ( And 89% of people have no idea what those things are, but they are tremendously fun and healthy activities.) She practices Krav Maga, runs, plays soccer, swims, does yoga, bikes, is a huge fan of interval training and plays the violin when her neighbors don’t yell at her. She’s left-handed, pigeon-toed and sometimes thinks backwards. Her biggest charities usually involve animals, especially elephants and gorillas.
About Barnaby: Barnaby is her Golden Doodle pup who has become the official mascot of the Blooming Wellness Blog and her Chief Marketing Officer. He’s also NYC’s sidewalk therapy dog, especially for the Gramercy Park area, because he is ridiculously friendly, knows no boundaries and runs around cheering people up. NO ONE can make a human smile like a dog. He is often seen with Eeks romping around NYC, charming the ladies…charming the men…and eating everything in sight.
He is ridiculously cute and knows it. He also dances, but whenever she try to capture it on video, he suddenly stops or Eeks doesn’t get her phone out in time. Timing is everything…. 😉