Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, I moved to Washington, D.C., to attend George Washington University, earning a B.A. in Communications and Political Science. A growing passion for photography and writing laid the foundation for a career in documentary filmmaking. Working in film, video, and radio production for many years, I produced and edited movies for the National Geographic’s Explorer series, PBS’s Smithsonian World series, and for educational multi-media. I also produced advocacy pieces and documentaries for the non-profit world.
After receiving Jin Shin Jyutsu® sessions and experiencing the profound internal shifts brought about by those sessions, I embarked on a new leg of my journey. I attended Jin Shin Jyutsu® workshops and became certified in the early nineties. My practice was nurtured amongst friends and community, who raved about the impact of their sessions.
I’ve been integrating the healing and creative arts for most of my professional journey, from documentary filmmaker to Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner. As a certified practitioner and serious student of the healing arts, I have been sharing JSJ for over twenty years with hundreds of people through my private practice, self-help classes, and movies. Mothering two daughters nurtured a keen interest in holistic parenting. Jin Shin Jyutsu® became one of my greatest tools. Wanting to share my experience with other parents, a unique workshop, entitled, “From Bellyaches to Bruises: A Hands-on Energy Survival Guide for Mothers” was birthed. It combines the wisdom and experience gleaned from parenting with JSJ self-help tools. While the workshop empowers mothers and caretakers, it also addresses common childhood ailments ranging from stomachaches and fevers, to burns and bruises.
Privileged with the opportunity to learn directly from Mary’s hands, I received sessions from her at the JSJ headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. When faced with the task of explaining JSJ to family and friends and with a desire to pay homage to Mary Burmeister, I produced the first and only documentary about Jin Shin Jyutsu®, entitled, “The Art of Living.”
Beginning to teach self-help classes in the late 1990s, I have since been offering workshops throughout the New York/New Jersey area at yoga studios, spas, corporations, schools, churches, synagogues, community centers and private homes, allowing for the unique needs of diverse groups to be met.
My most profound experience to date was bringing JSJ to a youth village in Rwanda (ASYV), where hundreds of high school age children who survived the Genocide of 1994 live and study. Spending a week teaching staff, housemothers, and youngsters how to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu® on themselves, the staff learned much needed tools for coping with the effects of post traumatic stress. I offered individual sessions to some of the neediest students.
My on-going education has included serious yoga and chakra theory study with Meri Lynn Blum as well as workshops with Anodea Judith, Sean Corn, Noah Maze, Todd Norian & Ann Green and IGM™ Therapeutic Acupressure founder Isabel Gatto. An avid student of ancient wisdom texts, I graduated from the Florence Melton School of Jewish Studies. My path has included studies in nutrition and naturopathy, homeopathy, Ayurveda, and Western herbs. I am a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).