Hear Your Body’s Message

Everyone’s body speaks its own language. Many find that their physical symptoms have roots in memories and emotions. If you are interested in connecting with what your body is saying, I am an experienced companion and guide on that journey. We can meet in my office or by phone. My clients report increased comfort and a new sense of being at home in their body; symptoms lift and their sense of freedom grows.

~ Phone Consultations

~ Support for Facing Orthopedic Challenges and Preparing for Surgery

~ The Rosen Method of Bodywork


The purpose of my work is to support you in getting better faster, as you build habits of awareness and self-care which enhance and sustain your wellness on all levels. This purpose is expressed in my writings, my teaching and my work with individuals.

I approach wellness as a process, a path of self-stewardship with the gentle persistence and heart, undertaken with the patience and caring you would give a child or beloved pet. I started out life with a significant orthopedic challenge (congenital hip dysplasia) that profoundly shapes my approach to life. Wellness and life balance is a conscious, step by step path of active compassion for yourself.

I have been sharing what I learn about the heart of well-being as a mindbody wellness practitioner since 1978. My passion is to inspire others to connect with their inner strengths and resources which make it possible to thrive in the face physical challenges and the stress of modern life. I offer a variety of practical, time tested tools to do so.

My background includes a Master’s degree in psychology and certifications across the wellness spectrum: Wellcoaches® Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Dragon’s Way® Instructor, Arthritis Foundation Self Help Instructor, Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery Heal Faster Workshop Leader, Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Karuna Reiki Master

My personal path is founded on mindfulness meditation practice since 1975. More recently my life is enriched by my study and practice of Wu Ming Qigong. I have thrived with significant orthopedic challenges since birth. The practice of wellness, in it’s broadest sense, is my life’s vocation. Inspiring others to connect with their strengths and possibilities is my joy.

The Birth of Orthopedic Psychology:

I have special interest in working with people living through orthopedic and mobility challenges, inspired by my personal experience with congenital hip dysplasia and partial hip replacement in 1968. The procedure in 1968 was my last surgery. I have lived the experiences that people in pain are facing. I know intimately the issues of vulnerability, physical instability and uncertainty.

My approach is precise, compassionate, and above all, practical. The tools I share have been tested and proven effective in reestablishing, improving and maintaining my own and others’ mobility, comfort and stamina. I know that we can recover far beyond our expectations: I have done so and I have helped others do the same.

I am dedicated to bringing the relief, empowerment and satisfaction of self knowledge and self care to those with physical challenges.

I coined the phrase Orthopedic Psychology in 1993 to name the dynamic in which our sense of self is shaped by the strength and stability of our inner architecture (our skeleton), and conversely how the functionality of our structural strength and stability is  enlivened by our sense of self.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis Gurley
    Jan 02, 2021 @ 01:36:43

    I have a knee joint issue but am also very interested in some mindfulness work and found you in my area!! Exciting


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