Nurse Massage Therapist
Owner | Practitioner
My inspiration to pursue a career in massage therapy first came to me while working as a registered nurse at National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC; I was caring for those who suffered neurological and cognitive impairments, such as stroke, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. The profound healing benefits from both manual and physical therapy, coupled with my passion to make an immediate difference in the lives of others, solidified my decision to eventually choose this path.
My expertise in nursing, the clinical research process and bodywork encompasses over 30 years combined, enabling me to offer a unique blend of traditional medical training, critical assessment skills and a variety of complementary healing modalities in an effort to heal others. As my practice evolved, I developed both a fond interest and rewarding experience in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, MS and ALS. Additionally, I offer maintenance, event and rehabilitative massage for the athletic performer and those with various rehabilitative conditioning needs including, but not limited to, hip/knee/shoulder injuries, repairs and replacements, as well as acute and chronic headaches, back/spinal issues and pain related to TMJD, fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). My practice was transformed the day I incorporated myofascial release (MFR) into my treatment protocol; the impact on my clients was simply profound. The release of this intricate web not only is necessary in alleviating pain syndromes but it truly feels wonderful. Trust in that I have created a completely safe, quiet, and very comforting environment to address the complex medical, rehabilitative and/or emotional needs and make it my priority to work in alignment with other healthcare providers.
My treatment approach begins with a thorough assessment and leads into the correction of any obvious muscular imbalances. Upon physical and postural analysis, I apply skilled manual techniques along with passive stretching, to restore balance, calm your nervous system and boost your immunity. Based on my assessment and your response to my work, I will suggest modifications to postural habits, ways to improve sleep quality and will guide you in how best to establish a meditative | mindful practice that is unique to you. By simply calming the mind you will begin to cool the pain. My goal is to therapeutically touch your life by realigning and re-educating you, your mind and your body. Because my intention is to make a difference in how you feel, think and live, my hope is that after just one session with me, it will become more clear to you, exactly why MassageMatters.
"I hope nursing will grow stronger in numbers with more passionate and compassionate people inspired to pursue nursing and driven to make a difference in the lives of others."
Education & Credentialing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Catholic University of America, 1986
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
The Baltimore School of Massage, 1998
CPR & First Aid, Current
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
American Society of Pain Management for Nurses (ASPMN)
Georgetown University, Fund a Fellow for Parkinson's Program