Adult CPR/AED Certified
WTF Taekwondo Black Belt, 1st Dan
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Nutrition Coach
NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Certified Women’s Fitness Specialist
NASM Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist
Trigger Point Performance Therapy™ Certified
Animal Flow™ Certified Instructor
Certified Usui Reiki Practitioner
Author of The Miracle on 98th Street.
all the people: please
Imagine being born with zero athletic ability and an autoimmune condition, pushing pencils instead of pushups.
Imagine that bookworm body, too weak to hold itself upright without serious pain—even with "normal" gym class and ballet.
Now imagine pushing past the pencils and discovering the real wealth of the human body: tissue healing, pain reduction, yoga, running, rugby, martial arts, and countless forms of dance and weightlifting.
By combining the skills of a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach with advanced degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Non-Fiction Writing from Mount Holyoke and Sarah Lawrence College, it's my joy and delight to help reshape other creative human bodies without harmful processes. (I'm also certified in Food Safety and as an International Tea Masters Association Tea Sommelier; no germs here!)
I can tell you about what it means to try every "diet" possible—keto, intermittent fasting, vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, high-carb, low-carb, "only-things-that-grow"-carb—on top of making time for movement during day jobs, and confounding injuries with lunch breaks on playgrounds, or scrambling to stretch in an apartment only a few square feet bigger than a yoga mat.
I'm looking forward to hearing yours.
Fun fact: I couldn't do a single pushup in high school. Fast-forward ten years to a 225-lb deadlift and a black belt in taekwondo. Anything is possible!
"This coming-of-age (again) story is not your usual life challenge = emotional growth narrative... But don't let this description fool you. "
- Melissa G., Goodreads
Cover painting by Lester Rappaport. (c) 2017. "Perchance."