- B.S. in Biology & Education
- Personal Training Certificate
- AEA Aquatic Fitness
- Professional Certification
- Arthritis Foundation Certification – Land & Aquatics
- Ai Chi Instructor
- American Heart Association CPR & AED
- Rehab Exercise Specialist/Personal Trainer
- Assistant Age Group Swim
- Coach Springboard Diving
- Swim Instructor
- Former Home School Mom
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Ten years ago, a serious car accident left me in a wheelchair for 3 ½ months but lead me back to the water. Always part fish, I learned to swim in a lake. I competed in age group programs and then in college while adding springboard diving - just for fun. It was a delight teaching my own kids to swim and dive and watching them compete in Cleveland triathlons as teams, but as a busy mom, I rarely got in the water.
Then came the accident. To learn to walk again my first steps were in a pool! On days when we didn’t have physical therapy, my daughter, also injured in the accident, and I would join the Arthritis Class at the local YMCA. Amazed by the progress and strength we gained, I set out to become that someone who could direct and encourage others who need water therapy.
Now as a personal trainer, I come alongside others in their rehabilitation journeys after injury or illness or surgery. I love how inspiring my clients are as they work hard in the warm water to regain and maintain their fitness. In addition to rehab clients, it’s a joy to be able to impart the love of swimming to kids and adults. From swimmers just starting out, to competitive athletes, their progress and “ah-ha” moments put a smile on my face. I am excited to join Liquid Lifestyles and see real progress by using tried and true techniques honed over the years by Leah and her team.
My three children are scattered across America, so my husband and I love to travel and visit them. We have a small farm with a pet goat and two cats, and a big garden. Besides being outdoors, there is nothing better than curling up by the fire and reading a good book while the snow swirls around us in the snowbelt.
Thank you for the privilege of coaching your child to love the water. Hope to see you soon!