Certifications, Training &
Licensed Massage Therapist
Hawaii State License, MAT #15817
National Board Certified 2000-2016
New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts - 2001 & Lauterstein Conway Massage School - 2000
B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Physiology
UT Austin - 2001
Hospice Maui, Community Outreach Liaison - Currently
Hospice Hawaii, Physician Community Liaison
Presbyterian Medical Services Hospice Santa Fe, NM
Eldercare/ End-of-Life Care
Private Practice - Since 2007
Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement
Association for Death Education and Counseling - Since 2015
I lost my mom as a teenager. She had cancer and chose not to do chemo or radiation. With the guidance of a knowledgeable psychologist, our family brought in hospice care and we cared for her in our home. Caring for her was one of the most difficult things I've done, and being with her as she took her last breath is by far one of the most important things I've done. I was deeply affected by how few individuals knew much about 'sitting by the fire', as I've come to call being close to someone who is dying. Those who did, like our hospice nurse, became my heroes.
I began learning as much as possible about the death and dying process as a way to understand life. It seemed strange to me that we all die but have such a strong aversion to facing it. Death, dying, and losing someone we love are such sensitive topics. Even though it's one of the most natural parts of life, it is also one of the most confronting.
First, as an eldercare volunteer in 2001, then a hospice volunteer, and then a self-employed, in-home, end-of-life caregiver in 2007, I began my career and training in Thanatology: death dying and bereavement. 18 years later, I'm an end-of-life care consultant, hospice educator, and certified in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Serving as an advocate for the dying and the ones who have the courage to care for them in their home, is one of the most rewarding things I do. It is a sacred time of life and an honor to witness someone's last moments. It's incredible to see what we, as humans, are capable of, and the power of love that can shine through this last phase of a life.
I simultaneously began my training in therapeutic touch after my mom died. I received a lot of massages while grieving her death, and remain in awe of the benefits of this most basic yet vital form of therapy. I started a career in massage therapy soon after graduating from college, massaging first in spas, then in my brother's chiropractic office, and finally in my own private practice.
Now, I do both. My massage therapy practice of 18 years, and end-of-life care consulting business blend beautifully.