I keep people doing what they love
The road has been winding, but perfect.
I attended the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. My thirst for knowledge led me to attend many continuing education classes. The more I learned, the stronger the desire to advocate for clients began to out pace my license. I was so frustrated with how people were treated and mismanaged in the healthcare system. I had so many critiques of the system, that I decided the only way I could do something about it, was to become a doctor myself.
I was afraid I could not survive an academic program without art, so I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in dance/pre-med. I then moved to Portland to attend the University of Western States, where I earned a doctorate in chiropractic medicine and a masters in exercise science.
I dance, because that is when my heart is happiest
When I graduated from massage school I decided to reward myself with a photography and a dance class. I chose to attend the Chicago School of Folk Music because they had a huge variety of dance styles to choose from. I decided to start alphabetically and work my way through all of their styles, top of the list, Belly Dance. I had popped in and out of mostly ballet classes my whole life, always feeling like a square peg in a round hole. But in this first belly dance class I danced in wonder, my body could do everything, I was home.
I danced in a Middle Eastern dance company for five years. I then started dancing Flamenco before moving to New Mexico, to receive my BA in dance with a Flamenco focus. While there I danced at the university, the National Institute of Flamenco and danced in one of their pre-professional companies. I danced as much as I could during chiropractic school, but as soon as I was done, I found Espacio Flamenco here in Portland. I started attending classes and soon after joined the dance company.
But in reality, I dance all the time. I dance when I'm happy, when I'm victorious, when I'm sad, when I need to rally, when a good song comes on at the bank...
Knowledge does no-one any good, if it's not shared
I love making difficult topics easy to understand. As the saying goes, in order to see if you learned something teach it to someone else.
When I was growing up, I swore I would never be a teacher. I come from a family of teachers, my grandmother, mother and father. Watching my mother grading late into the night, seemed like a thankless task.
But fate laughed, I have taught almost everything I've learned.
Dance: technique, choreography
Sciences: Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology
What I have come to realize, is that I love teaching in environments where the thirst for knowledge is rewarded. Lectures and workshops are the perfect setting for this.