Many people ask how I became a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Interestingly, it wasn’t my original career choice. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I began training in tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop at the age of 4 and pursued dance professionally into my mid 20’s. I concurrently pursued my undergraduate degree at Boston University with a major in Communications because it seemed like the broadest and safest route. While I loved the academic world, I soon returned to NYC to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional dancer. I had some success in the commercial dance world, but as is often the case, the ego based pursuit of material success left me feeling empty and exhausted. Once I attained the willingness to stay open to new ideas, I had a strong intuitive calling to be of service. Specifically, I realized that what I really wanted to do was teach—-and not just teach dance, but teach people about optimal movement of the human body. I wanted to have an effect on people that would change the course of their lives and was in search of a more profound way to accomplish that. Soon after, I became a NASM certified personal trainer and professional dance teacher in the heart of NYC as I finished my undergraduate degree at Fordham University. Even still, the personal training certification merely scratched the surface on my understanding of the human body. Fortunately, a seed had been planted about the idea of Physical Therapy as a career several years earlier, and I was finally ready to nurture the growth of that idea. I did some research and discovered what was required to get into Physical Therapy school and studied for another 2 years to collect all of my pre-requisites. During that time, I gathered more than 100 volunteer hours at a variety of orthopedic clinics, took my GREs, and applied to the top universities in NYC. I landed a spot in one of New York’s finest private Physical Therapy programs at Long Island University and graduated in May of 2010 with my Doctorate.
Today, I own an integrative wellness center in the heart of Santa Monica called StrongHarte Fitness. The space is a reflection of the long and beautiful journey out of who I thought I had to be and into who I was meant to become. It is a healing center for the mind, body, and spirit with multiple healthcare services available. My specialty is in exercise correction and injury prevention, and I take a whole body approach with every client because I believe you have to meet a person where they are at, take your time, and build a solid foundation for any real change to take place. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, dance instructor, and spiritual advisor, I help people do the work on the inside to manifest the life of their dreams on the outside. I believe it is my purpose here on Earth to use human movement as a conduit for helping others. I am a teacher at the end of the day, and I love what I do.