Movement has always been a part of my life. Through playing sports during childhood and adolescence where I grew up in Delphi, Indiana, I was able to define myself as an athlete – never a star one, but one who was determined to understand how to make my body move in a way that was effective for the given sport. My career as an athlete continued in college and ultimately led me to the field of Occupational Therapy. I attended the University of Indianapolis where I competed as a thrower on the track team and earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2003 and my Master’s of Occupational Therapy in 2005.
I have had a wide range of therapy experiences including home health, pysch, inpatient, outpatient and neuro rehab. In 2009, I moved into a clinical management position in which I was able to bridge my love of teaching with clinical work in skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living communities across North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Virginia. When we moved to Fort Wayne in 2014, I stayed with this company and worked part-time until the summer of 2018. At that time, God was calling me to a sabbatical from occupational therapy. By January of 2020 I was feeling the desire to get back to occupational therapy. In this profession, I am able to combine my understanding of how the body moves with an understanding of the movements required for sports and daily life.
As I transitioned out of competitive sport and more into recreational athletics and daily movement, I had to adapt to changes in my body – from chronic pain, to carrying and bearing children, to a total hip replacement. With each change, I had to relearn how to move my body in a way that felt energizing and strengthening. I had to figure out how movement could continue to be incorporated into my current life. This led me to a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist course that changed how I approach daily life, exercise, and injury prevention as a postpartum woman and how I teach as an occupational therapist.
My husband, Chris, and I were married in June of 2006 and are the parents of three daughters on earth and two children in heaven. We had our first two daughters before Fertility and Midwifery Care Center opened, and as a result of my second delivery, I knew I needed a different experience for subsequent pregnancies and deliveries – one that honored me and my faith. My husband and I experienced the truly unique care of FMCC in March of 2017 when we experienced the loss of our third child in early pregnancy. We were then blessed by the birth of our youngest daughter in 2018 with FMCC.
I feel blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the FMCC family and look forward to walking alongside women in caring for their unique bodies.