I completed my masters degree & licensure for occupational in 2012, and prior to working in pelvic and perinatal health specialized in pediatrics and Early Intervention.
During the course of my career as an OT, I started to develop an interest in pelvic health, which was solidified after the birth of my daughter in 2019. Despite being incredibly active and feeling prepared for labor, my daughter’s birth resulted in an unplanned cesarean, which left me feeling disappointed and confused. Even more confusing, at my 6 week postpartum visit I was told I could resume exercise but not to “go crazy” and like many others, was sent on my way with no guidance even after having a major abdominal surgery.
I quickly learned that the strategy of picking up right where I left off with vinyasa yoga and other exercise was not the best course of action. Things just didn’t feel right with my core, I had hip pain and pelvic symptoms, and I really didn't know the first thing about how to rebuild strength in a way that supported my body. Through all of this, I set off on my journey to begin training in pregnancy and postpartum rehabilitation, pelvic health, and maternal mental health. I began this as a way to get more information for myself, but quickly realized that this was where I wanted to take my career as an OT.
In addition to being an occupational therapist, I am also a registered yoga instructor. In 2017, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at my home studio, O2 Yoga, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I went on to teach Ashtanga-inspired vinyasa yoga. This had been my main style of practice for years, but through both my pregnancies and postpartum recoveries my relationship to yoga has changed (for the better), and I now primarily teach pre and postnatal classes.
I live in Beverly, Massachusetts with my husband, our two children, and two cats. In addition to my passion for yoga, I am also an avid knitter, lifelong learner, and love to travel.
I have personally experienced progress and setbacks in my own postpartum recovery and am continually finding better ways to support my body and mind. I am excited to work with you and help you develop these skills for yourself so that you have a healthy and supported pregnancy and postpartum.
Coursework and Certificiatons
Pelvic Therapy & Perinatal Support
Herman & Wallace: Care of the Pregnant Patient
Herman & Wallace: Postpartum Rehabilitation
Herman & Wallace: Functional Applications in Pelvic Rehabilitation (Parts A & B)
OT Pioneers: Introduction to Pelvic Floor Therapy for Occupational Therapists
Essential Pelvic Health: Pelvic Rehab Manual Assessment & Treatment Techniques
Core Exercise Solutions: Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification
Postpartum Support International & 2020 Mom: Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training
O2 Yoga: 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training
Childlight Yoga: Yoga & Mindfulness for Children
Down Under Yoga: Prenatal Yoga Module I