I fall under a lot of different labels. Professionally, I am referred to as a Specialist in Neuro-Rehabilitation – and I am especially interested in neuroplasticity, which is how the brain changes and recovers from injury. My labels include physical therapist, neurophysiologist, mom, wife, sister, friend, costume creator, elementary school tutor, pickle ball player, trail builder, gardener, skier, hiker and a whole bunch more.
I just published a book: Highs, Lows, and Plateaus: a path to recovery from stroke. To learn more about my professional self – read this book. Thing is, my professional self kind of sums up my personal self. I love to learn and I love to share what I learn with others! I really do believe in the power of self and personal resilience.
As a mom, I have tried to help my daughters bloom and as a wife I have tried to be a best friend to this really fun, smart guy. One of my daughters has Ulcerative Colitis. She was diagnosed at age 13 and we are determined to beat it. She also just wrote a book – so proud of her. Very inspiring story called, I’mpossible: my personal journey of living with Ulcerative Colitis.
When I am not working or being a mom, I love helping out at our local schools. For the middle school – which is a performing arts charter – I sew costumes for the spring musical put on by the 7th and 8th graders. This is really rewarding because at the start of the rehearsals, the kids are shy and walk with rounded shoulders – many of them hiding behind their own selves. But by the time the curtains are drawn on opening night those kids have transformed into proud, confident young people!
At our local elementary school, I tutor kids who have difficulty learning to read and write. I use all of the brain games I know from my professional work and that has been really successful! The kids learn to read and write and their lives are changed. That is cool.
To blow off steam, I love to garden and work on a long trail that I have built (with help from a neighbor I hired). The trail weaves from our house to a creek at the bottom of the canyon. Using a weed whacker, shovel, and pick-ax are great not only for the body but also for the mind. I also love to hike with my dogs, ski, play pickle ball, and host parties at our house.
I am so fortunate that my days are spent doing what I love.