I love nature, especially anything winged, like the crows, owls, and raptors I cared for as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator. I also love fast, thundering, vintage cars and cruising the open road. These passions might seem to have nothing in common, but each evokes a kind of power. Each also embodies a means of escape.

Some part of me has always longed to escape. But I’m also a survivor—a survivor of domestic abuse, a survivor of rape, and a survivor of medical negligence. That’s a lot. So it’s no wonder I’ve spent much of my life trying to run from these legacies, hoping to put distance between myself and these experiences, memories, and the people involved.

I’ve explored many paths to healing and forgiveness. Dedicated self-care, creative work, and embracing the yearnings of my ever-curious mind, have all helped me to stop running and reopen my heart. Every day, I recommit to understanding my experiences and how they’ve defined my sense of self. Now, every day, I commit to running toward love, and helping other survivors navigate their own path of healing.


Did I mention how much I love learning? Here are some of the places my learning journey has taken me over the past 20+ years . . .

1999  Wildlife Rehabilitation Training

2000  Appointment in Wildlife Rehabilitation, State of CT

2002-2003  Hypnotherapy Training & Certification, American Board of Hypnotherapy

2003  BA in Liberal Studies (Psychology, Art, Creative Writing), Charter Oak State College

2003-2004  Graduate Study in Counseling & Psychology, Central CT State University

2008  MS in English, Southern CT State University

2008-2009  Mediator-NVC Training, Seed of Peace

2009  Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Management, Cornell University

2010  Certificate in Marketing Management, Rutgers University

2010  Meditation Teacher Training, Transformation Meditation

2012  Practitioner Diploma & Ordination, IMM (Non-denominational)

2013  MFA in Creative Writing, Southern CT State University

2019  Certification in Patient Advocacy, PACB