As a former Olympic Taekwondo competitor, trainer, coach, and school owner, I found myself wanting to help my competitors, as well as their families find relief from years of pain and injuries. I had also struggled with injuries and overall soreness from years of sports and competitions. In 2003, I started massage therapy school at the Center of Rehabilitative Education (CORE) where the focus was myofascial integration and structural body work.
For the past 14 years, I’ve been blessed to be able to help others get back to an active lifestyle or start the active life they want. I’ve worked with clients of all ages, from a 3-month-old newborn to an 83-year-old ballroom dancer. I’ve also worked with middle and high school students, professional athletes, and Olympians. Now, I have my own team of qualified and licensed massage therapists to help me ensure all of our clients have an active, happy, and pain-free life.
Growing up as a competitive golfer, I struggled with the pain of scoliosis for years. I saw doctors and physical therapists, but the pain still persisted. In 2012, a friend suggested I see Bryan Carter at Carter Sport Therapy. After a few treatments, I noticed the pain was much less severe and my quality of life was changing for the better. This experience would end up being a turning point in my life, physically and professionally.
Living in pain is a horrible feeling, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. But I knew this was something I could do to help others. I started massage therapy school in 2012 and have been a client- turned-therapist for the past four years. I am blessed to be able to help hundreds of people live a more active and pain-free lifestyle.
I first came to Carter Sport Therapy three years ago after suffering from chronic shoulder and neck pain with little relief. I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in the door and the experience has changed my life in more ways than one. First, I gained relief from my constant pain, but I also found a career after Bryan suggested that I become a licensed massage therapist. I earned my certification and joined the Carter Sport Therapy team in August 2016.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages and I’m very interested in helping caregivers for those who have special challenges and illnesses. Since I have a child with special needs, I realize how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves first so they can help others. I feel blessed to have a job where I can help people live healthy, pain-free lives and I can learn and grow as a therapist.
I came to see Bryan in 2009 when I started doing CrossFit and needed help with my shoulder. I was amazed at how this work helped me not only get over that injury but also kept me injury free for the next several years. I’ve always been an athlete. I’ve done half marathons, three full marathons, and been a swimming instructor. In 2014, I received my level 1 Crossfit certification and in 2015 I received my Olympic lifting certification. As a wife and a mother of three children that I home school, I didn't think I had time to do anything else, but with my family’s encouragement and support I got my LMT license in 2017 and now am able to give others the hope of living an active and fulfilling life.
Before starting massage school in 2015, I completed 3 semesters of nursing school and failed the last semester. My confidence was shattered, and I had no idea what to do next. I had also strained my shoulder working out and was a bit bummed about life in general. Even though my first massage was not at Carter Sport, I had a really great therapist that was able to not only help my shoulder feel great, but also connected with me emotionally as well. They lifted my spirits and encouraged me to keep trying. After that massage I decided that I wanted to give massage therapy a try while I waited to be reaccepted into nursing school. I fell in love with massage and realized I could still help people just as much or more, physically and emotionally.
I joined Carter Sport because we share the same goals. I want to be able to help clients with pain or injury and to help people realize their full potential in their sport or activity—and if I have any clients that are struggling with life, I hope that I can help them like the therapist that helped me.
I have always had a heart for people and know from experience how much injury and lack of mobility can affect a person’s physical, mental, and emotional state. As a former client of Carter Sport Therapy, I also know how much massage can help alleviate symptoms and get people back to doing what they love. Because of this, I decided to go back to school for massage therapy to help others in a different way. I am excited to be working with the therapists who helped me in the past, and I look forward to helping clients feel better and teaching them ways to prevent and treat injury outside of the clinic!