ABOUT ME
As a physical therapist with a passion for fitness, I developed Fit To Move in order to help people learn to move better and move more, to achieve and maintain a quality of life that allows them to participate in the activities that they enjoy.  
Bio
My Education
  • ​B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with major in Biology, Minor in Psychology and Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St .Louis, MO
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2005 (www.NSCA.com)
  • Certified Special Population Specialist since 2015 (www.NSCA.com)
    
My Experience
  • Division III Collegiate Volleyball Athlete at Augustana College from 1998-2001
  • 10 years as physical therapist in Outpatient Sports Medicine Clinic
  • 2 years as personal trainer in physical therapy clinic, 4 years private in-home personal training
  • Functional Movement Screen Level I trained since 2014 (www.functionalmovement.com)
  • TRX trained since January 2016 (www.trxtraining.com)
 
    
 

My Story

   

I, like a lot of little girls, grew up knowing I was going to be an Olympic gymnast one day.  My dreams were dashed when I realized I was going to be too tall to really go anywhere with it.  Growing too fast combined with all the impact and overstretching, led to knee pain and my first visit to a physical therapist.   At the age of 12, I began working with a therapist, who was always wearing warm ups suits and tennis shoes to work.  I watched him work with a roomful of people, many of whom were young athletes like myself.  I thought this looked like so much fun.  I liked the idea of working with athletes, and especially at that age, I  liked the idea of wearing tennis shoes to work every day.  Though I realized later that physical therapy obviously meant a lot more than athletes and casual work attire, the seed was planted.  
 
 As a college athlete, I began to love the idea of fitness and training, and continued to have a personal love for
fitness after college, which has continued my entire adult life.  I have now been a practicing physical therapist
for over 10 years, working in outpatient sports medicine until November of 2015.    During that time I also held
a certification for strength and conditioning training which helped me incorporate my love of fitness into my
rehabilitation practices and treatments.  Having this additional certification helped me to see past rehab exercises
to the larger picture of how to give people the tools they need to return to sports and recreation, not just daily
functioning.  While I always enjoyed my job as a physical therapist which allowed me to get people moving again
after injury, over the past few years, I had began feeling more passionate about fitness and wellness.  I didn't
just want to get people moving or improve to 80%, I wanted to help them achieve 100% improvement and help
them feel confident to continue to move better and move more.  
 
After having many patients ask me about personal training options after therapy, I realized that I didn't have a
good resource to refer them to.  I didn't personally know any trainers, and it is a profession that has such a wide base of expertise, that I wasn't comfortable telling them to just go see any trainer at their gym.  So I began offering personal training services myself.    I started seeing this as a                                                                                                                                              missing piece in the puzzle in the road to recovery for many of the                                                                                                                                            patient's seeking rehabilitation.  I believe everyone should have the                                                                                                                                        opportunity to achieve complete recovery with confidence in their                                                                                                                                            abilities, to make sure quality of life returns and overall                                                                                                                                                              health/wellness can be achieved.  In November of 2015, I decided                                                                                                                                          to make fitness my full-time job and started Fit To Move.     
 
                                                                                                                                       Fit to move aims to teach people to move safely, efficiently and                                                                                                                                                effectively, promoting the ability to engage in activities that make life                                                                                                                                        enjoyable by optimizing the body’s capabilities.