I was born in a very small town in the Southwest of Germany several decades BI (before internet). At age 14 I realized I wanted to become a Physical Therapist, and at age 21 I had achieved my goal in Germany. In 1985 I immigrated to the US, and one year later I was licensed as a Physical Therapist in Montana.
Why Montana? Because it has wilderness to explore, trails to hike, horses to ride, rivers to raft, endless beauty to enjoy, and good people to work and play with. People in Montana smile a lot. I like that.
In 1987, I met Joanne Green, RN, FNP, a true pioneer of Holistic Nursing in Montana. She recognized the gift in my hands and my heart, and she took me under her wing. She became the first of many teachers and mentors guiding me on my way to becoming a Holistic Health practitioner. I am deeply grateful for all the knowledge they have shared with me.
Realizing my childhood dream, I live in a tiny cabin on 10 acres north of Missoula with my partner Jim, our 2 cats and mutt puppy Mishka. The barn is twice as big as the cabin and home to our horses Sweet Majik and Coco, who are my greatest teachers in many ways.
Much of my professional wisdom has been gained through personal experience. I have been living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since childhood. Over the years, my personal evolution has been facilitated by a multi-faceted approach including craniosacral therapy, somato-emotional release, continuum movement, qigong, yoga, traditional oriental medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, reiki, counseling, art therapy, EMDR, dance, drumming, meditation, laughter yoga, equine facilitated experiential learning, and countless hours of quiet listening to the still little voice inside.
I no longer regard PTSD as an adversity. It is a catalyst for my personal evolution. It is a rose with many thorns, but a rose nevertheless, when one is ready to blossom.