For my entire life, movement has been the medium through which I connect to myself and others. It is the medicine I choose to use to help others build healthier, pain-free lives.
My movement journey has taken me through a multitude of fields and practices, including professional dance, yoga, martial arts, strength and conditioning, clinical research, and physical therapy. Through all of these identities, my passion for supporting human flourishing through movement has persisted. My path to pelvic floor physical therapy has not been linear, but my devotion to lifelong learning is what keeps me curious and passionate about the power of movement.
I trained in various dance styles before moving from Boston to New York City to pursue a degree in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. At the height of my dance training and while studying abroad, I found myself suffering from severe abdominal and hip pain. I spent long days in the studio, dancing full-time through intense pain and discomfort. I was seeing a physical therapist who referred me to see his colleague after some time. She was a pelvic floor specialist and my time with her significantly reduced my symptoms and thus instilled a curiosity about the subtitles of my body and its function. When I returned to the states, I couldn’t afford out-of-network physical therapy, and so I turned to yoga to help improve my pelvic floor health through mindful movement and breathing practices.
I completed my Master’s degree in Neuroscience at Columbia University in 2017, where I researched the relationship between motor learning and control and the experience and regulation of emotion. In 2021, I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Columbia University.
Alongside my work as a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, I have taught courses in Health Equality & Social Justice, and Pelvic Health at Columbia, and offer workshops on pelvic health, diaphragmatic breathing, and physical consent. I also conduct movement research with the Partnering Lab, a Boston-based applied research initiative focusing on ethics in physical interaction.